Looking back, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a smartphone that was a remarkable. At the time, as an organizer and messaging device, it was really perfect. Compared with today's smartphones, the Bold 9700 is strong in different ways but nevertheless was bold.
Do you remember my story about the BlackBerry Curve 8520? A few months later, I moved on because the Curve simply was not good enough. I bought a BlackBerry Bold 9700 – and because it was so expensive – I financed it for two years, I know, bold.
Already, the display of the Curve was great for its time. The colors were great and the screen was a little bigger than the competition. In terms of computing power, there was nothing to complain about since rich 3D games or photo apps were not yet available on smartphones.
The BlackBerry was not an entertainment device; its strengths were in communication. Whether checking and writing emails, chatting or surfing websites, everything could be done easily without frills. The full QWERTY hardware keyboard of the BlackBerry Bold was really well-suited for writing. Typos were rare and experienced fingers could really write fast. But the calendar was not well made. Synchronization with Google Calendar was difficult – if not impossible - and I didn't use this feature.
My old BlackBerry Bold 9700 was my last smartphone that I mainly used for organizational and productive purposes. There were hardly any interesting games for BlackBerry or from other distributors. Somehow, I miss those times, because the games, social networks and other entertainment apps take up to much of my days and more time than I would like. Maybe it's just nostalgia or maybe I need more discipline but I do miss that time.
So did my financing the Bold 9700 pay off? In retrospect, I would say: probably not. Within a year, the Bold was a little outdated by the end of 2011. And Android had already picked up speed. But as my financing agreement was still in play, and switching to another phone would lead to duplicate costs, I remained with the device for a bit longer than I wanted. Since then, I've tried to avoid financing smartphones in general.
In retrospect, I see how much has changed with smartphones since the BlackBerry Bold 9700. New devices have become real time-wasters, even if they are more powerful and do way more.
What did you think of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 back in the day? Let us know in the comments.