: What about the Blackberry Bold 9900. Need info.


Sitting Bull
Oct 21st, 2012, 04:58 PM
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...
Thanks

John Clay
Oct 21st, 2012, 06:20 PM
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.

Sitting Bull
Oct 21st, 2012, 07:09 PM
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.

garf1108
Oct 21st, 2012, 07:35 PM
I have the BB 9900 and don't have the hard reset problems that "John Clay" has but the internet does suck.

phuviano
Oct 21st, 2012, 07:46 PM
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.

smashedbanana
Oct 21st, 2012, 07:48 PM
Bb = good keyboard, good battery life
Iphone = decent for typing, battery life not the best, but excels at everything else.

I agree 100%

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I ordered one, seems to be taking for ever to get here...

kloan
Oct 21st, 2012, 08:12 PM
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).

Sitting Bull
Oct 21st, 2012, 08:27 PM
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.

John Clay
Oct 21st, 2012, 08:58 PM
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.

edwinmiller
Oct 22nd, 2012, 02:51 AM
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.

kloan
Oct 22nd, 2012, 04:20 AM
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.

The iPhone is simpler to use. Typing on a virtual keyboard isn't a big deal.. I find I make just as many typos on either one.

The main thing here is that either one isn't something you can bang around.. if you're in a rough work environment, you'll need a good case for whichever phone you get, otherwise it'll get pretty banged up rather quickly.

Sitting Bull
Oct 22nd, 2012, 07:08 AM
Thanks guy's, I have only ever had a flip phone. I cant handle trying to text on it. What do you think of the iPhone 3 ?? I can get one for free.

kloan
Oct 22nd, 2012, 07:35 AM
Hate them. Screens are awful (I hate to see pixels). Plastic cracks like crazy all on its own. Slow as sludge. Camera blows.

But hey.. if it's free... it'll at least give you a chance to try out iOS.

bgps
Oct 22nd, 2012, 07:35 AM
My work device is a Bold 9900, this is a very disappointing phone. The phone freezes and requires constant hard reboots. The keyboard is terrible sticky keys. Build quality is poor.
Talking to our IT department (who are huge Blackberry fans) they say that the 9900 is junk. They have had to send a bunch back for replacements, and we have over 100.
I don't know what people are saying about battery life being better, I know several people who have both the 9900 and iPhone and I can tell you it's about the same.
If you are getting a Blackberry don't buy one of these current generation phones, wait for the Blackberry 10 models. The phones that are out right now are simply a mess.

edwinmiller
Oct 22nd, 2012, 09:21 AM
I would like to say that is the best Blackberry phone that we have ever used. Its marvelous keyboard is a good reason to go for Blackberry Bold 9900. The Revamped touch screen display, faster processor and classic BlackBerry design definitely allures attention. Furthermore, it is well-built, stylish and offers great user experience. I love BB 9900.

jhuynh
Oct 22nd, 2012, 11:15 AM
I don't know if I could recommend the Bold 9900 at this point in time considering it won't get BB10 whenever that is released.

If you can, I would hold off until the BB10 devices are released which should have a superior browser experience to the current generation Blackberrys and hopefully less issues with the software needing a hard reboot etc.

There is no doubt the keyboards on Blackberrys are superior to other manufacturer's keyboard phones.

dona83
Oct 22nd, 2012, 01:54 PM
I can type 40+WPM on my iPhone, I don't see the big deal.

Before the iPhone, I had a Palm Treo 650 which I preferred over Blackberry.

Mrsam
Oct 22nd, 2012, 11:27 PM
My work phone is a 9900. It's probably the most frustrating electronic device I've ever used. I've had it replaced 3 times already due to a faulty keyboard, a bad touch screen, and one that just stopped turning on. Multiple people on my team had theirs replaced several times. I'd steer clear of the 9900, it's an awful device.

Sitting Bull
Oct 24th, 2012, 12:04 AM
OK, well I did like the feel of BB, But.... based on reviews and what you all have said there seems to be to many hard restarts and other glitches. Kind of like the old days of windows. Not interested. So iPhone it is.
Thanks to all that replied.

Guy.