Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900
The latest BlackBerry browser is a capable piece of software, though it still manages to fall short of the experience offered by Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7. Browsing the web on the 9900 was definitely speedier than on the 9930. Web sites loaded noticeably faster, and the 9900's browser stalled less often than the 9930's. T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is much faster than Verizon's EVDO 3G network.
Once again, having a touch screen really helped improve the browsing experience compared to previous BlackBerry Bolds, but the small dimensions of the display made gestures such as pinch-to-zoom a bit difficult to use. Drawbacks aside, the software controls are reasonably easy to figure out, and offer a wide array of options for controlling the browser and sharing the contents discovered therein.
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Because BlackBerrys are intended for business users, they offer far more controls, tools, and options than any consumer will ever bother to explore. The basics, such as wallpapers, ringtones (and ringer profiles), themes, fonts, etc., are all handled easily with the settings tools, which have been broken down in to easier-to-manage groupings.
The home screen can also be customized to a certain extent. It's not as vastly customizable as an Android handset, but users can populate the five different screens with a number of apps, shortcuts, and so on.
AT&T and RIM Announce 4G BlackBerry Lineup
AT&T and Research In Motion today announced three upcoming 4G handsets that will be added to AT&T's smartphone lineup over the course of the next few months. First is the BlackBerry Torch 9810, an update to last year's 9800.
New BlackBerry Bolds Add Touch, NFC, Run OS 7
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.
T-Mobile's BlackBerry 9900 Streets Aug. 31 for $299
T-Mobile announced that it will sell the BlackBerry Bold 9900 starting on August 31. It will cost $299.99 after rebates with a new contract.
RIM Now Accepting BlackBerry 7 Apps
Research In Motion indicated via its blog today that it is now taking application submissions for its forthcoming BlackBerry 7 platform. RIM has posted a step-by-step guide for developers so they may properly test and post their applications.
RIM's Latest BlackBerrys Can Use NFC to Access Buildings
Research In Motion and HID Global today announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360 will add support for HID's iCLASS digital keys and readers within the near-field communications chip. By including support for HID's digital key readers, users of these BlackBerry devices will be able to use their phone as an identity card, such as those used to access office buildings and other controlled locations.