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BlackBerry Bold 9000 review | Multimedia Functions

Published on: Sunday, November 16th 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

BlackBerry 9000 audio and video player

BlackBerry 9000 audio and video player

Playing music & video on the BlackBerry

The beautiful design of the audio and video player of the BlackBerry Pearl already amazed me. Let alone the multimedia player of the BlackBerry Bold. In particular when playing video files, where the large monitor shows to the fullest, the quality is superb. The built-in speaker delivers sound of an astonishing quality and if desired, at high volume. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 supports many file formats, even Divx.

Internet function on the BlackBerry Bold

Internet function on the BlackBerry Bold

Internet browser & Push-email

The Push-mail function on the BlackBerry alerts you wherever you are, as soon as new messages arrive. Opening attachments is ever so easy, although editing is standard impossible. You can manage your mail accounts via a special BlackBerry Website. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 offers the possibility to select and copy parts of texts which is a handy functionality that is not often found on a mobile phone. The Internet browser is easy to operate at a reasonable speed, thanks to the 3G technology. The only disad-vantage is formed by the many slide bars that appear if a website consists of different columns, which makes it nearly impossible to navigate. One example is the Microsoft Outlook Web Access, you simply cannot use this page because of all the slide bars.

 

BlackBerry camera

BlackBerry camera

BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.6

There is no software standard included with the BlackBerry Bold 9000. You can download this software from a special Internet page. The BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.6 is clearly structured as well as straightforward. It offers a main menu with five options: Application management, Backup, Multimedia management, Synchronisation and Data transfer from a second BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Bold smartphone keyboard

BlackBerry Bold smartphone keyboard

BlackBerry software application

This clear software application lets you get the most out of the BlackBerry very fast. These mobile phones usually come with rather complicated software, but not the BlackBerry Bold 9000. If your BlackBerry Bold handset is connected to a computer, you can also select the mass storage mode which lets you swiftly manage the data on a memory card without having to install software.

 

SanDisk microSDHC memory

SanDisk microSDHC memory

1GB internal phone memory

The standard memory of 1GB lets you store several multimedia files on the BlackBerry Bold. However, if you own lots of music, and in particular for video files, 1GB is rather skimpy. Thankfully, the Bold 9000 offers the possibility to enhance its memory capacity with a microSD/SDHC memory card. The BlackBerry Bold supports memory cards up to 8GB.

BlackBerry battery

BlackBerry battery

3,7V Lithium Polymere battery

According to the specifications, the included 3.7V Lithium Polymere battery will last for 13 days in standby and offers a talk-time of 4.5 hours. During the period I tested the mobile phone, I used the media player quite frequently and also the Internet functionalities. The battery then lasted for approximately two days which is fairly reasonable.

 
 
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