BlackBerry Bold 9000 Review: Berry With Guts: 360-degree Spin, Design And Construction

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We've seen fuller boxes

BlackBerry Brecent 9000 comes in a retail package, which would have passed as decent had we not seen the Storm's extra gear. We don't acquire it why the business flagship didn't receive the same treatment at its touch sibling.

What the Brecent lacks compared to the Storm is the 8GB microSD card (replaced by 1GB), the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable and the clever dual DC charger that can hold both American and European connector.

The retail package of the Brecent is not much of a treat

The Brecent comes with a nice leather carrying pouch but, unlike the Storm, omits a cloth for polishing the screen. A handsfree is also included but it's one-piece, so alternative earphones on the same remote is not an option. At least this time RIM have included some extra custom-fit ear buds so you can pick the correct ones for you.

Finally, you acquire a Compact Disk (CD) with some arguably useful Personal Computer (PC) software and the usual paperwork.

BlackBerry Brecent 9000 360-degree spin

At 114 x 66 x 14 mm, the BlackBerry Brecent 9000 sure is a handful. It is visibly wider and slightly taller than the Curve 8900, which we found to be just the correct compact size. Squeezing the Brecent in a pocket is certainly harder but thanks to its relatively slim waistline not impossible. Yet this might be a honest price to pay for the larger display and the roomier keyboard.

The weight of 133 grams is also something to be considered. It is barely acceptable considering there is no metal used on the body of the device. On the other hand, the solid weight in your palm implies class and sophistication.


Design and construction

We guess there are enough people out there who think the number of keys on a QWERTY messenger is on the verge of fine taste. But hey, since the Curve the distinct BlackBerry charm is no longer a euphemism for gigantic bland and corporate. So, let's see how the BlackBerry Brecent 9000 fares. We need not foracquire though that the Brecent precedes both the Storm and the Curve 8900, so the different design choices are understandable.

The BlackBerry Brecent 9000 has its own approach to styling but is definitely something you won't mind being seen with. The glossy black front is pretty pleasing and the faux leather at the back doesn't see offensive as we feared having seen it on official shots only.

If there is anything incorrect with the design it would be the profile of the Bold, which is by no means as sharp and neat as the Curve 8900. The wide and erratic line of the chrome frame on the left hold out some of the appeal and the extra few millimeters of thickness don't assist too much either - nor does the fact that the chrome-like frame is actually plastic.

The other part of the Brecent we are not particularly fond of is the top of the device, which is nowhere near the Curve 8900 and its stealthy buttons masked under the surface.

The front panel of the BlackBerry Brecent 9000 is pretty standard for the class. The QWERTY keyboard and the landscape display atop are pretty much set in concrete. We'll acquire back to those two elements a small later as they do deserve their own quality testing time.

The other things to note up front are the status Light Emitting Diode (LED) and the earpiece at the top, as well as the control and navigation pad in the middle. Built around the company tradeimprint trackball it contains four amply sized and solid keys.

Earpiece and status Light Emitting Diode (LED) at the top

The trackball itself is the usual impressive performer that handles remarkable and responds sweetly to every flick of the thumb - jumping items on classy screen and in menus with just the pace and bounce that you would expect. And in case you think otherwise - its speed can be configured to suit you better. The controls around it (Call, End, Menu and Back) provide nice press feedback and will raise no usability issues.

The trackball and the keys around it are a pleasure to use

The left side of the Brecent 9000 features one of the loudspeaker grills, the 3.5mm standard audio jack and the standard miniUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (as opposed to the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) variety found on the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and Storm 9500).

Here are also the left convenience key (assigned by default to voice-commands) and the microSD card slot, with the latter hidden under a stylish plastic lid.

It's pretty crowded on the left

Unfortunately, this particular microSD card slot is one of the greatest usability letdowns in the handset. It is so poorly designed that we doubt anyone at RIM ever got to actually test it. The card sinks too deep and ejecting it is quite a hassle. But even if you do manage to have it pop out you stand no bloody chance of taking it all the way out smoothly. We guess the plastic lid is a major part of the problem: it looks quite stylish but hinders usability gigantic time. It's fixed to the case on both ends and thus impossible to acquire out of the way for a secure grip on the deeply buried memory card.

To create matters worse the BlackBerry Brecent 9000 couldn't deal with a 16GB microSD card. In fact it could barely handle an 8GB, starting to lag so much that working with it was barely possible.

On the other hand user reports all over the internet recommdiscontinue that the Brecent 9000 has no problem handling the 16GB cards just as RIM claim. We therefore suppose that what we are experiencing is a unit-specific problem, unlikely to appear elsewhere.

Moving on to the correct side of the BlackBerry Brecent 9000, we come upon another loudspeaker grill, the volume rocker and the other convenience key. By default it is set to launch the capturing camera but you can assign whatever function feels more appropriate. By the way, both convenience keys are fully programmable.

The volume rocker and a convenience key on the right

At the base of each of the sides are the two connectors for the desktop charging dock that you can purchase separately.



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