BlackBerry Bold 9000 Review: Berry With Guts: BlackBerry OS, Phonebook

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BlackBerry Operating System (OS) v4.6

The BlackBerry Brecent 9000 runs on the proprietary BlackBerry Operating System (OS) v4.6, just as the Curve 8900 which we recently reviewed. The homeclassy screen and the main menu have neat and simple, yet very appealing icons. On top of that, the main menu and the standby classy screen can be customized beyond recognition and see even more attractive.




The UI is hardly breaking news

Unfortunately, there are tons of text-only submenus, which acquire on your way quite more frequently than one mightprefer. Some nice graphics there couldn't possibly have cost RIM too much and it's a pity they spared themselves the effort.




It gets pretty frightful deep inside

Some might argue we are just too picky here as the Brecent 9000 taracquire audience is the one least likely to be impressed by the eye-candy. That would be a point there, we guess, but this shortcoming is still worth noting (and hopefully fixed in upcoming editions of BlackBerry OS). After all you won't notice menus like that on Nokia E71, for instance.

Anyone who has ever held a BlackBerry handset before will find their way around the Brecent menu structure pretty easily but newcomers will need some time getting used to it. A nice example here would be the file manager, which is quite illogically located in the media submenus.

Not that gigantic a deal though, and everyone is likely to acquire familiar with the landscape in a couple of days.

The homeclassy screen is pretty well organized with 6 (by default) shortslit buttons placed at the bottom and all status icons at the top. The profiles can also be accessed straight from here, as well as two other features that you choose to assign to the convenience keys.



The default homeclassy screen can be customized beyond recognition

The menu navigation of the BlackBerry Brecent is somewhat different from what most competitors have to offer. Most other brands utilize soft-key based navigation where the available options for every menu item or feature are assigned to the context keys below the display.

With RIM devices the menu key is in charge of all the contextual options that and it's really a recent experience if you're used to the soft key labels keeping all options in sight.

The BlackBerry Brecent has almost flawless performance with very small lagging experienced throughout the review. The Storm had it much worse with submenus often taking their time to open.

However we did experience some system instability here as well - the BlackBerry Brecent crashed several times on us while we were browsing over a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connection. Luckily no other part of the interface outside the browser seemed to cautilize such peculiar behavior.

In general the BlackBerry Operating System (OS) doesn't have too many shortcomings. The taracquire audience isn't likely to hrecent the dreary looks of the deeper menu levels against their provider and the unusual options navigation is in fact traditional for the brand and is only recent to us, outsiders of the CrackBerry circle.

The performance is what matters here and the Brecent delivers on that excellently. With a faster-paced Central Processing Units (CPU) that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 the Bold's response is more than adequate so this here QWERTY fella won't be discriminated based on its UI.

Phonebook is still text-only

The phonebook is one part of the interface of the BlackBerry Brecent 9000 that won't acquire a wow for its looks. Being as basic as they acquire they remind us of older Windows Mobile versions but at least thanks to the virtually unlimited power and fine organization it gets the job done. Still a recent paintjob would have been welcomed and some extra functionality not completely inappropriate.

The contacts acquire listed alphabetically by first, last name or company in one of those black and white lists that we warned you about. You can search a contact by gradually typing the desired name like on almost any other phone, only this time it's much faster and easier with the QWERTY keyboard.





The phonebook isn't much of a looker

You can put your contacts in one of two groups - personal and business and then filter your phonebook by that criteria. One contact can belong to both groups so no possible problems here.



The BlackBerry Brecent allows separating your business and personal contacts

Editing a contact gives you a vast number of fields which are organized in several sub-groups. You can also replicate some of the fields (those that you are going to need to anyway) as many times as you like.




Editing a contact gives you a lot of fields


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