Review: BlackBerry Bold 9930
Disappointingly, it looks as though RIM hasn't update the camera software, either.
Leaving the side convenience key set to launch the camera is the best and fastest way to get at it. It launches in perhaps a second or so. The 9930 has a 5 megapixel camera with fixed focus (what?!?) and an LED flash.
The physical button can be used to take pictures, as can a software button on the 9930's display. Some basic options can be controlled from the viewfinder without calling up a separate menu. The flash can be turned off, on or set to auto. The shooting mode can be changed, which includes a wide list of options (auto, face detection, portrait, sports, etc.). The BlackBerry key can be used to get at several other settings, such as resolution, where pictures are stored, and so on.
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When you want to take a picture, the 9930 responds pretty quickly. It shoots and saves pictures in about a second, which is as good as you can expect from a phone.
Similar to the BlackBerry 6 software, the BlackBerry 7 camera software puts a thumbnail of the most recent shot in the corner of the viewfinder. This means you can see the picture you last shot. Press it, and it opens the gallery application.
The 9930's gallery app comes across as bare bones compared to some of the competition. Â Pictures can be viewed in a grid. From the main gallery view, pictures can be selected, moved, shared, and all that you expect.
Once you open a picture, you can zoom through the entire gallery by swiping in either direction. Editing features are limited to rotating, cropping, and zooming. Pictures can be shared via email, MMS, Bluetooth, Twitter, GoogleTalk or Facebook.
May 2, 2011
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.
Dec 11, 2012
Wi-LAN has filed a lawsuit against Research In Motion alleging that the BlackBerry maker is infringing on a single patent related to Bluetooth technology. Wi-LAN says a number of RIM's smartphones, such as the Bold, Pearl, Storm, and Torch, infringe on the patent.
Apr 3, 2012
Research In Motion was hit with a lawsuit by NXP, which alleges that RIM's BlackBerry Torch, Curve, and Bold smartphones infringe on six of its patents. NXP wants sales of the devices halted, and compensatory and triple damages.
Oct 19, 2011
Verizon Wireless has made operating system updates available to both the Research In Motion BlackBerry 9930 Bold and 9850 Torch. Both are being updated to OS version 18.104.22.1684 and include extensive change logs.
Oct 10, 2011
Research In Motion today announced a forthcoming update to its BlackBerry 7 platform that will add an application called Tag. The application makes use of the near-field communications chip on recently released BlackBerry smartphones so users can share contact information, documents, URLs, photos, and other multimedia content by tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together.