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New BlackBerry Bolds Add Touch, NFC, Run OS 7

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May 2, 2011, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Research In Motion today announced a new series of Bold handsets, the 9900 and 9930, which marry a traditional BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard with a touch screen. The new Bolds are the first BlackBerries to include near-field communications (NFC) for mobile payments. They also include a magnetometer, which supports augmented reality applications. Both devices feature a 2.8-inch capacitive touch display with 640 x 480 pixels; 1.2GHz processor with 768MB of memory; 8GB of on-board memory and support for microSD cards; 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture; and accelerometer and proximity sensor. On the radio side, it comes in two configurations, one quad-band GSM/EDGE with tri-band HSPA+, and one dual-mode CDMA EVDO Rev. A, quad-band GSM/EDGE, and dual-band HSPA+. Both include Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Both devices will be available later this summer. Price points weren't announced.

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May 4, 2011, 8:57 AM

What I was Waiting For?

Loved the original Bold but really wanted the touch screen (for doing almost everything else except typing!). It was so hard giving it up but got the Torch. Loved the touch screen but did not like the keypad (too small). The Torch is also slow in some applications (including the calendar). Also did not like the slider, phone does not feel solid. Can't wait to try the Touch Bold. Shoot, I gave my wife the Bold (she does not like the Torch at all) and she has all my nice bold accessories which she will never give me back! Comment about the screen, I personally never use the internet on my cell and don't need the bigger screen of the Torch. Most of the websites I do go to have mobile versions of their websites that work just fine. Glad ...

May 2, 2011, 8:01 AM

Close but no cigar

I love the specs, I really do. I just hate looking at the phone. If I were to purchase this phone, what "ahh" factor would I get? How and what BB device can I purchase thats going to make me feel/look superior to others? If I buy this phone, the old bb users are not going to feel left behind when looking at my phone and I won't feel like I'm out doing them by looking at their phone and looking at mines, because they all "Look" the same!!!

I know some ppl are going to say what about the iPhone. At least the iPhone itself is of the higher class sort to speak. It gives its users not only a in-croud feeling but a I'm sh*ting on you and your phone attitude to its users. That's what BB needs desperately and I don't see them achieving that by th...
people don't buy blackberries for the "look" factor. They buy it for the quality and dependability
Seriously? What do you want? Matching purse and pumps to go along with it?

"How and what BB device can I purchase thats going to make me feel/look superior to others?"

Sorry. This phone will do nothing to overcome your inferiority complex. P...
WHAT?!! no Android APPs or Flash Support on BB OS 7. Yeah, I'm done!

May 2, 2011, 6:39 PM

You're getting there, RIM!

But you're still convinced that BlackBerry OS is a viable alternative to iOS and Android.

Guess what: you are incapable of becoming a serious competitor to other manufacturers without scrapping BB OS. Adopt Android and reap the profits.

I remember when I suggested that to my BB rep a few months ago. His response was that BB6 was Android. For a millisecond, I thought he literally meant that the new OS was a hybrid BB/Android OS or something awesomely cool like that. Sadly, he didn't.

And then I was like "lolwut?". RIM makes excellent hardware, but they cannot compete in the OS department. Perhaps I am just a myopic consumer, but can't we all agree that Apple and Google pretty much have the mobile operating system market by ...
No, iOS will not allow anybody to adopt their OS. LOL good try though, sounds good. So for that reason not to just have two OS's to chose from, we need BB OS and WPM to work
MadLib said:

Guess what: you are incapable of becoming a serious competitor to other manufacturers without scrapping BB OS. Adopt Android and reap the profits.

I'm sure glad you aren't RIM's CEO. RIM has MI...
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