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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 for AT&T

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 is available now from AT&T for $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

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Next-gen Bold

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the successor to the original Bold and brings new features, such as a sleeker design, next-gen processor, and updated operating system.

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Sleeker design

The Bold 9700 boasts a more compact design than that of its predecessor, measuring 4.29 inches tall by 2.36 inches wide by 0.56 inch thick and weighing 4.3 ounces.

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Brilliant display

Given the smaller size, you do lose a little bit in screen real estate. The Bold 9700 has a 2.44-inch display (compared with 2.75 inches) but its 480x360-pixel resolution at 245 pixels per inch certainly keeps things clear and sharp.

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Left side

On the left spine of the phone, you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port, and a customizable convenience key.

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Optical trackpad

Like the latest BlackBerrys, RIM replaces the trackball with an optical trackpad. It's extremely responsive and an easy transition from the trackball.

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Keyboard

Though not as spacious as the original model, the Bold 9700's 35-button keyboard is easy to use. The large and comfortable buttons are ideal for typing both short text messages and longer e-mails.

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Camera

On the back, you'll find the smartphone's 3.2-megapixel camera and flash. The camera has variable zoom, auto focus, video recording capabilities, and standard editing options.

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Picture quality

While we were happy with outdoor shots, the Bold's camera struggled a bit with indoor shots. Images were clear, but we wish colors were a little brighter.

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