The Good The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 features a sleeker design than its predecessor and adds a 3.5mm headphone jack, a responsive optical trackpad, and an extra-sharp display. The smartphone is fast and offers the full range of wireless options and robust messaging capabilities.
The Bad The BlackBerry browser lags behind the competition in terms of usability and features. You can only download apps to the phone's main memory.
The Bottom Line Though Web browsing is not its forte, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 is one of the most powerful and best messaging smartphones in AT&T's lineup.
BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T)
Editors' note: Portions of the Features section were taken from our review of the T-Mobile RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 since the two versions share a number of similarities.
Even a year after its debut, the original RIM BlackBerry Bold remains one of the top-10 most popular cell phones of 2009 and we can understand why. The robust productivity tools, extra-large display and keyboard, and great multimedia performance made it one of the best all-in-one messaging devices around. However, as with all tech gadgets, there comes a time when a product reaches the end of its shelf life and the masses start looking for something better.
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