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Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900

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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.


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