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The brand new Blackberry® Bold™ 9930 for Sprint is the thinnest smartphone in the Blackberry® lineup. This device is beautifully built to combine the iconic Blackberry® QWERTY keyboard with a beautiful high-res touchscreen and precision-based optical trackpad. This phone also comes preloaded with the BlackBerry® 7 operating system. BlackBerry® 7 is packed with powerful new features and innovative apps. It delivers the smoothest and fastest BlackBerry experience to date! The Blackberry® Bold™ 9930 also features a speedy 1.2 GHz processor, WiFi Capabilities and a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. This smartphone really has it all!
The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is the sleekest model to date.
What cell phone compares to this model? The BlackBerry Bold 9930 for Verizon and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for T-Mobile.
Why should I get this phone? You want all the rich messaging BlackBerry features in a stylish phone with a full tactile QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen.
In a nutshell: The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a solid step in the right direction and fills a gap in the smartphone market. Anyone who wants basic smartphone features such as e-mail, social media connectivity, a solid integrated camera, and great call quality will find it in this device with a user interface thats more fun to use.
This is the thinnest BlackBerry Bold available to date.
As expected the signature BlackBerry Bold tactile QWERTY keyboard is included. Its a bit more spacious than the keyboard found on the BlackBerry Curve. We rarely suffered mistypes when using this keyboard. Above the keyboard are the Call, Menu, Trackpad, Back, and End Call/Power keys. The silver that surrounds the cell phone gives it a high-end look. We also appreciate the keys on the side of the phone are similar to those found on existing BlackBerrys. There are volume keys and a one-touch key that launches the camera on one side, a 3.5mm headset jack and an uncovered microUSB port on the other, and a screen lock key at the top of the phone. Youll definitely want to activate the screen lock when the phone is going to be in a purse or pocket, since you can accidentally set a search in motion or something else. The smartphone can support up to a 32GB microSD card, but youll need to remove the back cover of the phone and the battery to access it. Since this is a true world phone theres a SIM card included thats located underneath the battery.
Operating System: The smartphone comes loaded with BlackBerry OS 7 and supports multitasking and multiple screens with the ability to organize apps just about any way you want. Overall, the user interface is fairly straightforward and icon friendly and the touchsreen just adds to a solid user experience. BlackBerry OS 7 isnt a huge departure from BlackBerry OS 6. The search feature has been updated to include voice support for universal search so you can speak search selections. This feature worked pretty well. Additionally, we appreciated how well the notifications worked. At any time you can easily see any notifications including missed calls, messages, Facebook updates, Twitter mentions, and calendar appointment in a glance. We particularly appreciated upcoming events listed in Facebook appeared in the calendar notifications.
We appreciate the signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard.
The touchscreen makes the BlackBerry more fun to use.
Camera Features: The BlackBerry Bold sports a 5-megapixel camera with a flash on the back of the cell phone. Using the flash in dark settings added a lot to overall picture quality. It lacks a tiny mirror for framing self-portraits. The side convenience key is set to launch the camera, but this can be easily changed.
Photo taken at camera's highest setting.
Connectivity: The cell phone works with 3G networks, but you can do a lot on this cell phone using a WiFi connection. Additionally, this is a true world phone and comes with an included SIM card for use overseas or in areas with a GSM network.
Battery Life: The battery life on the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is acceptable for a smartphone, but not stellar. On a full charge, the phone lasted about a day and a half when using it to regularly check e-mail, surf the web, place calls, and take a few pictures. On the plus side, you can recharge the phone when its connected to a computer via the USB-to-microUSB cable.
With its touchscreen, BlackBerry OS 7, and slender design the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a solid choice for people who want a smartphone that excels at email, calls, and keeping track of appointments. Plus it still has a great sounding music player and impressive 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video.
|Operating System Release Number||7|
|Cell Phone Design|
|Phone Style||Open Face/Bar|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||4.53 x 2.6 x 0.4 in.|
|Weight (w/standard battery)||4.59 oz.|
|Keyboard Type||Physical QWERTY|
|Screen Size||2.8 in.|
|Display||640 x 480 pixels|
|Push To Talk (PTT)||No|
|Camera & Video Features|
|Front Camera Resolution||N/A|
|1080p HD Video||No|
|Cell Phone Specifications|
|Processor Name||TI OMAP|
|Processor Speed||1.2 GHz|
|Onboard Memory||769MB RAM|
|Removable Memory Card - Type||Micro SD Card|
|Maximum Memory Card Capacity||32GB SDHC|
|Removable Memory Accessibility||Under Cover|
|Photo Caller ID||Yes|
|Expandable Memory Slot||MicroSD|
|External Volume Control||Yes|
|Service / Support||1 Year Warranty|
|Hearing Aid Compliance||M3/T3|
|Talk Time||Up to 6.6 hours|
|Standby Time||up to 12.8 days|
|Battery Milliamp (mAh) Hour||1230|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Web Browser||Full HTML|
|USB Port Type||Micro-USB|
|Early Termination Fee|
|Early Termination Fee - Initial Amount||Up to $350/line for Advanced Devices & up to $200/line for other devices|
|Early Termination Fee - Monthly Declining Amount||$20 for Advanced Devices, for all other devices, the prorated ETF is calculated by taking the months remaining times $10|
Customer Rating: 4.5
by James Severns -- January 29th 2012 -- Stanfield, OR
Very good phone. Battery life is a little low.
Customer Rating: 4.5
by Michael Simmons -- November 24th 2011 -- Woodbridge, VA
Customer Rating: 2.3
by Buffy Carriet -- October 13th 2011 -- brownstown, MI
The number 3 Button just fell off, no one has swapped it out even though it's within 30 days. Drops call. And now I have a phone that I can't dial a 3.
Customer Rating: 4.5
by Ellington -- October 9th 2011 -- New York, NY
Coming from a BB 9800 the 9930 is a whole lot better. The updated OS system is a major improvement over BB 6.0
Customer Rating: 1.3
by John Lindstrom -- September 21st 2011 -- Normal, IL
This is an excellent phone. Superb construction and OS7 is a nice upgrade to past Blackberry OS. My experience purchasing through Lets Talk was equally satisfying.
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