Review: BlackBerry Bold 9930
The BlackBerry Bold 9930's 5 megapixel camera is hamstrung with its lack of auto-focus. While images I captured were, as a group, decent enough to look at, none of them were excellent. Indoor shots showed a lot of grain and soft focus. Outdoor shots were more accurately in focus, and colors/white balance was fine, but exposure was typically off. It also had a hard time balancing settings with bright and dark regions, which led to plenty of photos with both under and overexposed regions. Sure, some of the photos are worth sharing, but I've seen better performance from phones with 3.2-megapixel cameras.
The Bold 9930 shoots video at a maximum resolution of 720p HD. On average, results are better those generated by the still camera. While both indoor and outdoor footage showed more grain than I'd like, it was dialed down to acceptable levels when shooting in bright sunshine. Focus was good, details were visible, and there were no odd problems, such as ghosting, or stuttery movement. Again, not the best video results from a phone, but still pretty good.
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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 22.214.171.1244 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.