BlackBerry Bold 9700 Is Sleek, Slim, but Not So Bold

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Is Sleek, Slim, but Not So Bold

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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The Bold 9700 feels compact in the hand, with a weight of 4.30 ounces and a height-by-width of 4.29 x 2.36 inches. It features a 35-key QWERTY keyboard, as well as a trackpad for navigation. The trackpad, it seems, has permanently replaced the trackball in RIM devices.

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The Bold 9700s 2.44-inch screen displays images and videos at 480x360 resolution.

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In addition to 3G connectivity, the Bold 9700 includes 802.11 Wi-Fi. Its integrated GPS allows users to access BlackBerry Maps, which displays the surrounding territory and offers step-by-step directions through it.

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The eWEEK test of the Bold 9700 was conducted using a device connected to T-Mobile, which served up Web pages quickly in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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BlackBerry users will be familiar with this screen and its display of the operating systems various functionalities. From here, users can access their documents, e-mail, media, camera and virtually anything else.

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Besides standard-issue features such as auto focus, 2X digital zoom and image stabilization, the 3.2-megapixel camera includes video recording in "normal" mode (480x352 pixel) and MMS mode (176x144 pixel).

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BlackBerry allows users to view and make lightweight adjustments to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, a useful feature while on the road.

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BlackBerrys Word To Go feature in action.

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Instant messaging isnt the only way to communicate in real-time over the Web; the Bold 9700 also offers the ability (if youre running T-Mobile) to make calls over Wi-Fi, thanks to the devices Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) support.

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For those moments between meetings, BlackBerry continues to offer a suite of games—and what BlackBerry would be complete without games?

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The back panel of the Bold 9700 is pebbled leatherette that looks handsome, and also prevents the device from sliding around on a slick surface such as a metal desk.

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The Bold 9700 includes a 1500 mAh removable Lithium-cell battery, which Research In Motion claims will provide up to 6 hours of talk time, 21 days of standby time and 38 hours of music playback.

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While not known primarily for its multimedia capabilities, the BlackBerry 9700 will support music files in MP3, WMA9 and various professional formats (such as Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+).

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The sides of the Bold 9700's casing include a miniature USB port, 3.5-mm headphone jack, volume adjustment keys and a button for either snapping photos or opening applications.

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