Blackberry Bold 9700 *Holiday Gift Idea*

bb9700 The Bold 9700 is a champion smartphone suitable for the mogul, business minded, or messaging addict on your holiday shopping list. The Bold 9700 is sleek, cool, and makes no compromises.  It has all of the basic features that anyone who needs a reliable phone with excellent email and messaging capabilities as well. RIM has trimmed the size of this device and replaced the trackball with an optical trackpad on this new version of it’s flagship model. The phone is equipped with all of the other features that we have grown accustomed to on phones of this type.  It offers full html web browsing, video recording, voice dialing, full PIM management, a music and movie player, and a simple way to download apps directly to the phone. The Bold 9700 is the ultimate communication tool with easy to setup push email, pre-installed instant messaging applications, blackberry messenger and threaded sms/mms support.

Snapshot:
Price: $99 (AT&T) after mail in rebate, $199 (T-Mobile)
Carrier: T-Mobile & AT&T
3G: Yes
OS: Blackberry OS 5.0
Input: Front Facing Full Qwerty Keyboard, Optical Trackpad, Camera/Media Button
Screen Resolution: 2.4 Inch Screen, 480×360 Resolution
Web Browsing: Yes, Full HTML web browsing
Camera: 3.2 MegaPixels with Autofocus and Image Stabilization
Wireless Capabilities: Wifi and Bluetooth
Application Store: Yes
Media: Media Player, Video Recording
Expandable: Yes up 32 GB
Memory: 256 Flash Memory/ 256 MB Onboard Memory

Special Features: Battery life on this device is supposed to be excellent.  RIM boasts that you should be able to get 6hrs of talk time and 17 days of standby time. Trackpad is a big plus over trackball because it’s easier to use, feels better on your thumb and much more durable.

Negatives: No touch screen (but this is a personal preference). Blackberry OS is dated when compared to the iPhone, Android and WebOS.