Enterprise Mobility: eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: RIM BlackBerry Bold Smartphone

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2008-12-09
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: RIM BlackBerry Bold Smartphone

by Andrew Garcia

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: RIM BlackBerry Bold Smartphone

Front

The Bold offers a QWERTY keyboard and the now-standard trackball, but the Bold has the nicest screen seen on any BlackBerry.

Front

Media Player

The Bold's Media Player takes good advantage of the Bold's hardware, delivering crisp images and vibrant sound.

Media Player

Back

The Bold has a textured and padded finish on the back of the device, plus a 2-megapixel still and video camera with flash.

Back

Main Screen

The main screen shows shortcuts for applications used most recently.

Main Screen

Applications

The Bold comes with a new theme that will only show the name of the highlighted application. Since the icons can be a bit indistinct from one another, it takes awhile to get used to what is what.

Applications

Left Side

The left side holds the Mini USB port, 3.5mm headset jack, MicroSD slot and a button to engage the voice dialing feature.

Left Side

MicroSD

The MicroSD slot claims to work with cards up to 32GB capacity, but some may find it difficult to swap cards as the flip door prevents easy grasping.

MicroSD

Right Side

The right side of the device has physical buttons to control volume and to access the camera.

Right Side

Connections

The Bold is the first BlackBerry with HSDPA 3G support for GSM networks, and it also comes with Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP) and Wi-Fi.

Connections

802.11a

The Bold is the extremely rare mobile phone that works with both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands.

802.11a

Battery

The Bold comes with a 1,500-MAhr battery that provided more than 5 hours of talk time in my tests.

Battery

Page View

The Bold has a revamped Web browser that offers a full-fledged Web browsing experience (minus Flash and Java) when in Page view, but the browser's zoom controls leave much to be desired.

Page View

Column View

Users can switch to column view for a browsing experience tailored for smaller screens, but navigating the resulting long screen with the trackball can be tiring.

Column View

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