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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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What about the Blackberry Bold 9900. Need info.

Good day all, I would like your feedback with honest input. I know this is a MAc forum so I do not want to be blasted for my question. I am not a tech no guy and do not play games nor will I watch movies and such on a phone. I would just like to do a little texting some e-mail and might use the internet a few times. I would like to pick up a smart phone and am looking at the Blackberry bold 9900 for its keyboard. Could you walk me through some of the pros & cons between the iPhone and BB. I work outdoors all the time with loud and dirty equipment. I have been told the iPhone drops calls a lot, the phone is not the greatest compared to others, reception and hanging up the line when holding up to your ear can be frustrating. how difficult will it be to use with my iMac etc...
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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I use my 9900 for work, and when it works it's awesome.

In setting these for clients, I've seen a pretty high DOA rate. In those that didn't have hardware issues off the bat, there are still significant software bugs - I have to do a weekly hard reset (battery pull) to clear up oddities like malfunctioning scrolling.

Internet sucks on a BlackBerry, as does the GUI of almost every app I've seen.

I use about 4000 minutes/month on my work phone, and I frequently have calls dropped with Rogers.

By comparison, my iPhone is great for internet, great for reading email (writing is a nuisance), doesn't randomly crap out as often, and doesn't drop my calls.

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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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So, what you are saying is that if I choose BB I can expect to have similar frustrations as when I had a windows machine.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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I have the BB 9900 and don't have the hard reset problems that "John Clay" has but the internet does suck.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 07:46 PM   #5
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Thats was my experience with a bb 9800. I used to reset mine every week due to lagging on bbm. Once reset bbm, ran faster.

There are a lot of apps for ios that are not media based (music, movies, games) as well.

As for your dropped calls, i don't think i've any phone that didn't drop a call at least once. Yeah i've had dropped calls with my iphone, but i did also with my previous bb 9800. Its not like you get dropped calls everyday. If you do, maybe you might to check with your carrier. Dropped calls aren't just based on the phone itself. The network might just have a glitch here and there, it happens.

Its obvious that a physical keyboard will be better than a touch screen. From my experience when comparing an iphone 3gs to a bb 9800. I found the iphone to win in every aspect, except battery life, and the physical keyboard. The bb didn't excel at anything except for the physical keyboard.

My experience with general web browsing was horrible. Never did it do what i wanted it to.

Bb = good keyboard, good battery life
Iphone = decent for typing, battery life not the best, but excels at everything else.

Edit: yes i know i didn't have the 9900. So take my opinion for what its worth.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 07:48 PM   #6
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Bb = good keyboard, good battery life
Iphone = decent for typing, battery life not the best, but excels at everything else.
I agree 100%

Anyone using this:

Keyboard Buddy Case - Backlit Edition - iPhone, PDA, Treo, BlackBerry, Smartphone Cases

I ordered one, seems to be taking for ever to get here...
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 08:12 PM   #7
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I've owned a couple 9900s. I liked them, really nice solid build quality.

I didn't find typing on the keyboard particularly easy. I found the way they were indented confused me as to which key I was actually pressing. I'm sure if I actually held onto the phone for an extended period of time I would have gotten used to it.

One I had worked flawlessly, no issues. The other had a weaker battery (easy fix), but had reception issues.

It's definitely hit or miss with them it seems.

They sync up well with the latest Blackberry syncing app (forget what it's called).
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So all of you who have used or still use one, would you just suggest to someone like me with no exposure to a smart phone to simply go for the iPhone 4s or 5 and learn to use the keyboard properly.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 08:58 PM   #9
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So all of you who have used or still use one, would you just suggest to someone like me with no exposure to a smart phone to simply go for the iPhone 4s or 5 and learn to use the keyboard properly.
Aside from the issues I mentioned, I love my 9900. I'd get one again (and I did, when my last one died).

That said, I only use it for email/calendar and phone calls. Absolutely everything else on it goes unused.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 02:51 AM   #10
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I would like to say that it is the best Blackberry phone that we have ever used. Its superb keyboard I think ever is enough reason to go for Blackberry Bold 9900. Revamped touch screen display, faster processor and classic BlackBerry design definitely lure attention. Furthermore, it is well-built, stylish and offer great user experience. I love BB 9900.
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