A couple of months ago, Research In Motion (RIM) contacted me to tell me about their newest BlackBerry smartphones and asked if I would be willing to take one for a test drive. Having been a member of Team BlackBerry for a few years now, I didn't hesitate to say yes. I'd had my BlackBerry Storm2 for almost 2 years at that point and was beginning to think about buying a new phone, so their email was right on time. I looked over the 5 new smartphones wondering which one I would receive, when I realized that based on my carrier, it would likely be the Bold 9930. I was a little unsure about how much I would like the Bold, because my BlackBerry at the time was all touchscreen and the Bold was a combination of touchscreen and keyboard and I really liked having a full touchscreen.
When it arrived and I got it set up for service, the first thing I had to do was set up my email boxes. I have 5 email accounts for work, play, and blog business, so keeping up with my email for each account is very important. After than I downloaded SocialScope, which is the app that I use to keep up with my Twitter and Facebook accounts. That's when I noticed a great app that was preloaded called Social Feeds, which allows me to keep up with all of my favorite blogs. Every time there is a new post, I'm notified by the blinking red light and the new post is right there in my feed. Being a blogger who lately seems to always be on the go, this is the perfect app to help me keep up with my favorite blogs.
That was Day 1. Now, that I've had the phone for over a month and used it in my daily routine and used it during several key events, here's the lowdown on my BlackBerry Bold:
- So how did I adjust to having a keyboard again? Actually, the better question is, how did I live without a keyboard? My typing is much faster and more accurate now that I have a keyboard again, and those things are key, particularly for live-tweeting.
- Even though there is a keyboard and I don't have the larger screen that I had with my old BlackBerry, I don't feel like I'm missing out by not having it. The screen on the Bold is large enough that the compromise was worth it.
- My phone has frozen a few times since I've had it, but that's not really a big deal. I mean, my laptop freezes, my computer at work freezes, my mp3 player freezes. It's an electronic. It's going to freeze. The first time it froze, I thought, "Oh no. It's going to take a year for it to reboot when I take the battery out." Well, imagine my surprise when it didn't! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the reboot time is much shorter than it was before. Thank you to whoever is responsible for that change.
- Speaking of the battery, the battery life on my Bold is ridiculous….ly long. I recently attended Blogalicious 11 and I live-tweeted ALL day long and not once did I have to charge my phone during the day. This is one of the best things about my Bold.
- My Bold is also light and thin. When I look at other people's phones, they look so clunky compared to my Bold.
- The camera on my Bold takes great pictures and it has 11 different modes that you can choose from when taking pictures. See for yourself:
- I could probably go on and on about my BlackBerry Bold, but I'll stop after I mention one more thing–the web browser. Remember the kinda-sorta-not-really-a-full-web-browser browser that BlackBerry had before? Well, that's gone. It now has a regular web browser that allows you to see pages just as you would on your computer. Love it.
*The BlackBerry Bold 9930 was provided to me by RIM, but as always, the opinions are my own.