Round Robin: Questions About the BlackBerry Bold?

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I've just barely scratched the surface of the BlackBerry Bold (PIN PING! No, not literally Kevin!), as my initial preview video shows (MAIL PING! Thanks for the tips, Bla1ze!) and already have to figure out my full, final review (SMS PING! Will have it up Monday, Dieter!)

I'm figuring out the "fake buttons" (MMS PING! Ha! Funny Moran sign guys!) and the spellchecker (MESSENGER PING! Yeah, you can still out type me...)

Hang on... Holds down power button. There, now maybe I can finish this post!

So here's the thing: TiPb's main purpose is to service you, our readers. What if any questions might you you have about the Bold. What would you like to see better explored? Compared more directly with the iPhone?

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Rey says:

Could you compare video quality on the two screens? Same resolution but does it look better on one than the other?

Jhauser3 says:

How does the browser compare? I have used the black berry browser in the past and it was not even close to safari. Has RIM made steps towards a better browser?

Touch Me says:

How does the battery hold up with heavy internet use compared to the iPhone?

Tk says:

another question i've had was, it looks kinda big, is it heavy? or in other words, is it small/light enough to fit in your pocket without feeling uncomfortable?

AZbear says:

How do the speakers sound. Are they tinny sounding and are they loud enough?

Steve says:

How many minutes does it take to figure out where things are? And does it come with a giant magnifying glass to read emails? :lol:

bas.life says:

i wish blackberry had better native implentation with mac os, instead of relying of third party software, ie-missing sync. It was just hit or miss with pocketmac for me...

mb_iphone_fan says:

i would like to know about the typing comfort. is it more comfortable to type on that device than on the iphone?
is the wifi connection better than on the iphone?

Deathscaller says:

Hows the internet speed and battery life compared to the iphone.

ernest says:

Deatscaller: the battery life is like Iphone when U utilize all the battery draining apps in the phone. Iphone has better internet speed and better browser thou, cuz its SAFARI.

frog says:

Is there much/any lag in the menu system?

The Reptile says:

1) The BBB browser. How well does it work? Is it frustrating to have a good screen but no compelling interface?
2) Media capabilities. How do they compare to the iPhone?
3) Non-NOC email. Can you do this on the BlackBerry and if you can how well does it work?
4) Navigation. How long does it take to navigate to screens using the trackball? Are there other methods or is the track ball the only way?
5) If you don't email or text much is there a compelling reason to own a BBB?

Glenn says:

How does the app store and browers compare?And how does apps like aim and facebook compare

James says:

How was the Bold's radio reception compared to the iPhones?

Bla1ze says:

Hehe!! I won't crash this question fest like I did over @ android central http://androidcentral.com/round-robin-questions-blackberry-bold/ I'll just tip my hat to Rene for the mention.

Bla1ze says:

Oh yeah...my reasoning as well, I don't have an iPhone to advise ppl of what the comparisons are, so better I not say anything then look a fool :P
On that note, I can haz iPhone? <--had to say it :P

Derek says:

browser head to head? Battery comparison ? Please?

Charlotte says:

in terms of applications, which one has better selection and more powerful/useful apps? access, costs, etc??

Jonathan Kutz says:

How is the battery case cover in terms sturdiness? I always found myself playing with the cover on my palms, taking it on and off alot.

WatersWest says:

I was listening to the Crackberry podcast, and something Kevin said made it sound like there is more than one type of Internet browser on the phone. Is there more than one? What's up with that?
Secondly, is it possible that having more buttons on the phone make games more enjoyable than on our beloved iPhone?
Finally, just to get Kevin back, can we find some excuse to come up with a good name to call the BB in retort to his "Oh Frack-phone" label....???

Bla1ze says:

@Steve
Their is more then one browser, being the "Internet Browser" the "Hot Spot Browser" and whatever lame wap browser your carrier wants to install (ie: medianet for AT&T) but essentially all function in the same way you can read a better explanation that I posted @ http://forums.crackberry.com/f3/why-do-i-have-different-browsers-ie-wap-...

Bla1ze says:

@Charlotte
Hands down iPhone wins here imo and I of course am a BB user!

kalil says:

i love the bold i think it perfect
but the broswer and 3g need some fix

devonair says:

This could have been the ultimate device if they added a touchscreen to this form-factor...

Steve says:

Could iPhone users find any practical use for the BlackBerry Bold... like for scraping ice off of their windshields? :lol:

Afrocane says:

I carry blackberry for work and iPhone as personal phone. The only advantage with the bb is the battery lasts a few days before needing a charge.
The reason this is possible is coz I can't bring my self to listen to music, watch videos or surf the Internet in the stone age

Rene Ritchie says:

ATTN: This thread is exclusively for legitimate questions about the BlackBerry Bold from an iPhone perspective.
Please post responsibly, and do not abuse our comment system.
Wow am I disappointed right now :(

Dan Hinze says:

So, if this is exclusively for legitimate questions about the BlackBerry Bold from an "iPhone" perspective, why is an iPhone being given away? Shouldn't a Bold be given away instead since most the questions will come from "iPhone" users inquiring about the Bold????
Anyway, here's my "Bold" question. Do third party GPS apps such as Google Maps work with the Bold yet?

bas.life says:

I know this is pretty much a subjective question, but I watch many movies on my iphone; knowing the screen size differences, do you or anyone find watching video/movies on the bold enjoyable?
Another question, will my movies formatted for the iphone play natively on the bold or do I have to reconvert them into a compatiable format?

Cherryhead25 says:

I think I have a legitimate question. How's the Bold sound as a phone, ya know like when placing a call? Is the sound quality good compared to the iPhone 3g, eh?
Also, did RIM launch their "App Store" yet and if so, how does it compare to the iPhone App Store?

Ansar says:

Why do these posts not make sense most of the time, why cant they just submit a post thats actually clear instead trying to be clever nd crack stupid jokes. Comon lads sort it out or get som1 who knows something.

iAirmanshirk says:

Was my comment deleted for now being in the form of a question...??
Okay.
Why is the blackberry track ball so hard to use, why is their user interface not been upgraded since the 90's and how are they still selling phones?

Patrick says:

Blackberries are famous for their email capabilities. However, I've heard the gmail experience on a BB is not that great (e.g. no push, haphazard 2-way imap synching, etc...). How does gmail on the Bold compare to on the iPhone? I'm looking at getting one of these devices, and the gmail experience is a huge factor for me. Thanks!

Matt Sawyers says:

What is the cost of the blackberry data plan? What color bit depth does use? What's the picture resolution (talen from the camera) ?

lordzod01 says:

there are enough reviews to compare both the iPhone and bb indepth. Why do people keep blogging with stupid questions about browsers and battery life.

Kevin Nuckols says:

I would like compare the the fuze web browser and the bolds experience.

Amani says:

Whether I get an iphone or blackberry, I won't be using the 3G Network(I don't want to pay for a data plan) How does the wifi compare on each?

Garrett says:

Fantastic review. I am currently on a BB and looking forward to a Bold or an iPhone. I have used both and both are great fantastic devices. There are tons of keyboard shortcuts you can look into. I stumbled across a lot of them while using mine. Having and iPhone I am sure you have a mac. Have you found any solutions to the BB syncing to mac catastrophe? If so please let me know!

Jake says:

Bold is a beautiful phone!

talljason says:
  1. Are there any applications that you loved on the Bold? Either on the BB OS or third-party?
  2. Did you feel like you used the Bold "on-the-go"? Or was it a "stop & use" phone?
SomeAudioGuy says:

Really after your Spazz-out review of the Fuze, I'm really curious to see how you handle a non-touch screen phone.
What do you think of the total messaging package? Being able to receive IM without being IN the IM app?

Jeff says:

I've seen it listed multiple times, but batter life is my question as well.

talljason says:

How do the Bold and iPhone compare for consumers not dependent on getting and sending e-mails...is there a certain feature other than e-mail that makes the Bold better than the iPhone?

Jrock says:

Is the bold better than the iPhone? =O

Scotty says:

How does it feel in the hand. Too wide?

cole says:

how is the reception compared to the iphone after all the iphone doesn't get good reception at all

.m.e. says:

it really does look like quite a good phone !!

Amani says:

How sexy is that bold!

zim says:

hi i got my blackberry bold and i cant use the browser . everytime i try it keeps saying i have n active wifi connection and i do not know how to switch to gprs. thanks

rya lab says:

Wooo! Let's go! I wanna win me some prize-age!

Jordan Hanna says:

WINNING WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE.

James says:

I can't afford to buy one myself...

Dave says:

wifi tethering? can i keep the phone in my pocket, and use it as a tethered modem for my iPod touch or my laptop?

samantha says:

HI IM SAMANTHA I HAVE HAD THE BLACKBERRY BOLD FOR 3MONTHS AND TODAY IT WAS CHARGED AND EVERY THING AND IT WONT TURN ON AND WHEN I TRY 2 CHARGE IT IT WONT WORK ........SO IM GOING TODAY TO GET EAITHER A I-PHONE,INCITE,SAMSUNG ELERNITY,HTC FUZE,LG VU (WINE),PROPEL,SAMSUNG EPIX.YUP PROBLEY EAITHER IPHONE OR HTC FUZE WELL SINCE MY MOM IS GETING AN UPGRADE IN MARCH SHE CAN DO A EARLY UP-GRADEE AND ILL GET THE I-PHONE AND IF I DONT LIKE TRADE IT FOR THE HTC FUZE YUP THHATS WHAT IM GOING TO DO WELL THATS ALL I WANTED TO SAY THANKS FOR YOURE TIME WELL THANK YOPU AGING BYE BYE