It was commendable for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 to integrate capacitive touch with a QWERTY keypad in a bar design. Walking in its footprints is the Bold 9700, which is priced lower than that phone.
The 2.45-inch capacitive touch display comes handy while launching the app tray, applications and scrolling through emails and messages. The rest of the phone is easily operated using the keypad and the regulars – call receive/end, back, menu and track pad. What we found attractive about the design was the curved shape of the corner keys, almost melting into the metal bezel. At first you might miss the volume controls and the camera keys on the right edge as the keys are really very sleek. The only color in this black beauty come from the liquid graphic of the BB OS7. The app launcher tray had various categories – all apps, favorites, media, download and frequent. Emails, web browsing and BlackBerry Messenger worked smoothly over the smartphone. The call clarity was good, the sound output of the media player too was okay. The 5 MP camera sensor at the back is superfast but good only in daylight. What disappointed us was the VGA resolution video recording, which is good enough only for the phone’s display. It also has a good battery backup of 1.5 days.