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Bad idea to get a BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900?

I really like the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, but is it a bad idea to buy such an old phone? Not to mention BlackBerry 10.

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Aug. 5, 2013 at 18:40

If you want/need a Blackberry, then the Blackberry Bold 9900 is the phone to get. BB OS7 is much more mature then BB10. Faster, more consistent, better apps, better battery life etc etc...
The only thing inferior compared to Z10/Q10 is the Bold's camera. But hey, the new devices aren't exactly great in that respect, either. And yes, the BB10 browser is pretty good,but the one on the 9900 is okay, also. Plus, for the 9900 you can get Opera Mini etc...
I used the Z10 for 4 weeks and the Q10 for a couple of days. The Bold 9900 I had for 6 months when it came out. I miss it.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 5, 2013 at 18:40

If you want/need a Blackberry, then the Blackberry Bold 9900 is the phone to get. BB OS7 is much more mature then BB10. Faster, more consistent, better apps, better battery life etc etc...
The only thing inferior compared to Z10/Q10 is the Bold's camera. But hey, the new devices aren't exactly great in that respect, either. And yes, the BB10 browser is pretty good,but the one on the 9900 is okay, also. Plus, for the 9900 you can get Opera Mini etc...
I used the Z10 for 4 weeks and the Q10 for a couple of days. The Bold 9900 I had for 6 months when it came out. I miss it.

skichump2  Aug. 6, 2013 at 02:53

Also had a bold 9900 (and an iphone) but find the Z10 to be far better. Excellent keyboard (hardly ever type a full word),excellent browser -way better that the 9900. Most apps are available and if it they can be very easily "sideloaded". Just got the 10.2 update and this takes it to a whole new level. The BB10 platform is excellent and any shortcomings are quickly being addressed. If you want a keyboard and a trackpad than the 9090 is your best choice otherwise the Q10 or Z10 (and soon Z30 and Z15) . Battery life is better with the 9900 but you don't get the same features so it is not a fair comparison - this is an area where all smart phones have trouble. My battery life was originally 1 day but has improved with each OS update and is now at least 1.5 days. The phone also tends to use more battery right after an update so spend a few weeks with it for a more accurate picture - also the keyboard learns your typing pattern and this takes time.
If you don't use the internet or mobile video than get the 9900 (if it's cheaper) otherwise the Z10 / Q10

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 6, 2013 at 09:48

There you go, marchonelectric.
Two replies, two opposites :p Isn't tech great?
Skichump's happy with his Z10, for me it was possibly one of the 5 worst phones I ever used...
And I used a 'few'. But nah, doesn't mean I'm right. We all use our gadgets differently.

Only comment I disagree with?
Most apps are available and if it they can be very easily "sideloaded".
That is very 'relative'... I tried a good 2 dozen Android apps via side-load. None, imho, were worth the effort. Old versions, mostly. Slow to start up. Laggy, etc.
And native apps?
Twitter is baked into the BB10 OS. Notifications appear in the hub, etc... Nice. Only: There isn't a single good Twitter app for BB10. The official one is worse than anything available for Android, iOS or WP. And some 3rd party apps are downright ridiculous - no multiple account support, no photo upload (????? LOL 2013 and no photo upload for Twitter? Hahaha)... I have a better Twitter client on my stoneage back-up Nokia E75.
Not saying it's the end of the world.
skichump's right about the Z10's browser - it is possibly the best mobile browser out there. And the virtual keyboard of the Z10 is pretty good, also. Much better than any available Android keyboard imho.
Another advantage of BB10 is that you no longer need a special data add-on. BB10 devices use the network's normal APN.

But I suggest you try the Z10 and/or Bold 9900 before you buy either... You see that 2 people can completely disagree. Imagine a third ;)

CBCListener  Aug. 6, 2013 at 14:47

I've owned a 9900 since the first day it was out (31 Aug 11). I do love the phone, and have decided, for now, that even though I'll be off-contract (with T-Mobile) at the end of the month, I'm keeping it...for now. Mostly because it's still a great phone, but also because of what's rumored to be coming from BlackBerry sooner or later, in the Z-whatever or even the A10.

The 9900 is the first BlackBerry that I haven't outgrown before the end of my contract term. I had an 8100 some 6 years ago that, after an OS upgrade, I fought insufficient memory issues for nearly the last year I was stuck with it (as it only had 64MB of memory). When the 9700 came out, that phone, too, became too small for me after the OS6 upgrade...a nice upgrade, but then 128MB was too small to handle what I had on the phone. The 9900 has no such shortages, as I still have over 150MB free after loading all I really need (and a few things I don't use) on it. And, as I'm with T-Mobile, I do have WIFi calling on it, which is helpful when, say, I'm in Canada and want to avoid international roaming costs.

I still haven't quite learned to use the touchscreen...old habits die hard...but when I remember to, it's nearly as pleasant as using a Z10 (my wife has one, which I've had a few minutes with, anyway). The Z10 is also a wonderful phone. Great audio quality, superb touch control, and a keyboard which (as almost everyone says) is a joy to use.

So...while the 9900 is some two years old, it's certainly not obsolete (BlackBerry has even said that it will be releasing other OS7-based phones even now). So I'd say you can't go wrong in getting a 9900....going this route means (depending on what commitments you need to make to get one) that you'll be waiting for whatever BlackBerry does next. But I'd also say that you can't go wrong with a BB10 phone, be it a Z10 or Q10. It's just that, for now, these devices are in their infancy, so while there's potential to have them do wonderful things, that's something of a waiting game for now. With the 9900, what you see is what you get.

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