Hands On With The BlackBerry Bold 9900 At #BB7FanNight In Toronto

Probably the most anticipated of the new devices that RIM is getting ready to release on the world, is the Bold 9900.  Following in the footsteps of the Bold 9000 the 9900 has what is probably the best BlackBerry keyboard I have used.  RIM managed to make the keyboard on the 9900 6% larger than the 9000, but stay within the same size.  Now of course they are many more goodies encased within the 9900, such as NFC, a touch screen and those liquid graphics.  More videos after the break!

The touch screen responsiveness is top notch, and can be compared to other platforms and  manufacturers, which is something that was sorely needed after the Torch 9800 left many of us a little disappointed.  The other big new thing is the NFC chip within the battery door of the 9900.  While NFC hasn’t really taken off yet, we can hope that RIM will partner with some companies to make this a worthwhile feature.

The one feature that I hadn’t really thought about going into the event, but which surprised and amazed me the most, is the Wikitude browser.  The Wikitude browser takes advantage of the augmented reality and is surprising cool.  As you can see in the video the augmented reality can be used for several social media functions, and the integration of BBM is off the hook.

The video playback on the 9900 is also much smoother than we have been used to on the BlackBerry platform, and I am sure that it can mainly attributed to RIM finally getting a little more aggressive with the specs and adding a 1.2GHz processor.

Overall I was very impressed with the Bold 9900 and I believe that is a device that was necessary to appease the masses while we wait for QNX to make it’s way to the phones.  The good thing about BB7 is that since there isn’t any massive changes to the operating system, you can bet that there will be lots of apps ready to go when the devices start to hit the shelves.