“The BlackBerry Bold 9000 improves on its predecessors in nearly every way,” Andrew D. Smith reports for The Dallas Morning News.
“It comes with a faster chip, a larger screen and a much-improved Web browser. The engineers at Research in Motion didn’t add a touch screen (the first touch-screen BlackBerry comes later this year), but they did install the best keyboard I’ve ever used,” Smith reports.
“Still, despite being the best BlackBerry ever, the Bold lags way behind Apple’s iPhone, which costs $100 less,” Smith reports.
“The iPhone’s greatest virtue is its elegant simplicity,” Smith reports. “Hand an iPhone to a new user, and he’ll figure it out immediately. Hand a Bold to a new user, and he’ll ask you for the instruction manual.”
“When the iPhone detects a Wi-Fi network, it asks if you want to join,” Smith reports. “Bold users have to ask the phone to scan for Wi-Fi. Then they have to set up connections manually.”
MacDailyNews Take: Yes, yes, this is about the Bold, but what about the BlackBerry Storm, some might ask? The Storm doesn’t even offer Wi-Fi at all. That is not a typo.
Smith continues, “The Bold’s browser is better than anything BlackBerry has offered before, but it doesn’t render Web pages as well – or as quickly – as the iPhone. No matter what you’re trying to do, the Bold makes it harder than the iPhone.”
Full review here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gil” for the heads up.]