Apple might be outselling RIM, but the BlackBerry handset maker still has bold plans. Literally. The BlackBerry Bold finally has a release date of November 4th on AT&T’s network. Hey, if the network is good enough for the iPhone, it’s good enough for the Bold, right?
The Bold offers the same half-VGA or 480×320 resolution as the iPhone, but since the screen itself is smaller, there’s a higher pixel density which should offer a very clear display. That’s 163 ppi or pixels per inch for the iPhone vs. 217 ppi for the Bold. There’s also the QWERTY keyboard, GPS, WiFi, 3G, 1 GB of internal storage and support for up to 16GB of expansion capacity just to name a few features. Although there were some early reports of a slow browsing experience on the Bold with beta firmware, the release date kept unofficially creeping back and I wonder if some under-the-hood tune-up efforts were the cause.
Documents To Go by DataViz is pre-loaded on the device, which is a nice plus and will come in handy for editing and viewing Office docs. With RIM passing Windows Mobile in terms of market share recently, the Bold looks to continue RIM’s growth, especially in the consumer space. Expect to pay $299 with a two-year agreement if RIM’s BlackBerry Bold is the apple of your eye. Making the smartphone launch even more bold is yesterday’s announcement from RIM: they’re launching the BlackBerry Application Storefront in March of 2009.