I'm on my forth BB, the last one being the Bold 9700 from At&T. I was very happy with my Bold 9700 until I dropped it down a flight of stairs on the way to an airplane flight. So I went over to the local ATT store to get a new Bold 9700. No luck, they no longer sell the 9700 but they did have the 9900. I wasn't completely crazy about the size of the 9900, but I use BBM for work so I decided to go for the 9900 (the only other choice at ATT was the Torch, which is WAY too big). I'll get a hundred BBMs a day from my colleagues around the world (I work in an international sales team). And I use AT&T because I do a lot of business travel and its nice to get BBM when I'm in Singapore or Taiwan.
I've had the 9900 for about a month now and I think it is the best BB yet. First of all, I love the screen. It is very bright, the icons are very sharp and when I take pictures with the 9900, they pictures look great on the screen. Next, the touchscreen is easy to use. I spent a few days getting my favorite applications in the 'Favorites' folder so that I don't need to go to the 'All' folder anymore. And the new 'Search' feature is much easier to use than Search on the 9700. I have always used the 'Search' feature on my BBs (searching for something in the body of an e-mail message on my BB has always been faster than my desktop computer), but the way Search is implemented on the 9900 is much better.
Next, the browser actually works. On my Bold 9700, I would get errors on many web pages but I have not seen this on the 9900. Last, the keyboard has a very nice sculpted feel to it. I like the 9900 keyboard better then the 9700 keyboard.
I like to compare the BB to the iPhone. My wife has an iPhone 4, which she has had for about three months. When she needed a new phone and we went to an ATT store, the girl at the store sold her on the iPhone 4 by saying "it will change your life". It has not changed her life but she does like the iPhone. But she has a very tough time typing text messages on her iPhone, which is very frustrating for her. I think the screen on the BB 9900 is sharper than the iPhone 4 (but this might be due to the screen protector in the iPhone 4 which makes the screen a bit fuzzy). She has not installed many apps, but she has installed the weather app which she uses often. My favorite apps for my BB are gwabbit and Bloomberg. Gwabbit automatically makes entries in Contacts if it detects a well formatted signature on an e-mail.
Bottom line: if you need a Blackberry and you can't get a 9700, go for the 9900. The touch screen is easy to use, the screen is very sharp, the new Search feature is great and the browser works well. I would have given this review 5 stars except that the size of the 9900 is a little bigger than my old favorite, the BB 9700.
I ordered this and did indeed receive a 9900 that works on AT&T's 3G bands. It was directly from Amazon.com and not a third party.
This is by far the best BlackBerry hardware I've ever used and I've used many of them. The processor is very fast, the keyboard is excellent and the screen very bright and crisp. The touchscreen is very accurate and registers touch quickly. The major issues I have is that the battery life is not all that great for a BlackBerry but more comparable to an iPhone 3GS. I can barely make it through a busy day with it but have bought an extra battery to solve this issue. There are still a few other bugs that I'm sure will be worked out through the software updates like things freezing up on occasion or the camera randomly opening up. I've had a few random reboots as well. I still am overall very happy I made the purchase and upgraded from a 9780. The device is very stable when I am just using the core features and the few reboots I've had have occurred while using third party apps.
I have the 9900 on tmobile 4g network. This review has nothing to do with the seller that people are complaining about, only the phone.
-Fantastic design and finish, super thin!
-fastest blackberry yet, everything is silky smooth
-browser is much improved, utilizing multi-touch pinch to zoom
-best keyboard of all time
-Touch screen makes navigating around the menus much faster
-good camera quality, good enough to get details on documents
-battery life is decent, will last a day
-the best messaging device by far
-Fantastic call quality and speakerphone, loud ringer
-not the best gmail integration, no shortcut for starring emails
-OS7 is still behind android and iOS in terms of available apps, touch screen integration, and user friendliness
-no free navigation app, most android, windows 7, and nokia phones have this.
-app updates take long
-web browser still not as good as android/wp7/iOS.
The biggest thing holding RIM back is the software. Hardware is not the issue, just look at the Amazon fire, which is based on the Playbook. Amazon is selling millions more than the Playbook, which probably sold a few thousand units in total. This should be a wakeup call to RIM, adopt a different OS, or get serious about developing a competitive operating system.
The new processor makes everything to work faster (much faster) comparing to my previous BB9700. So much joy to see how fast 9900 restarts. It looks like the price for speed is a shorter battery life. It doesn't last as long as 9700's one with the same usage and has to be recharge during the day. By the way, my charging devices for 9700 are not powerful enough to charge 9900. And of course the Blackberry customer service is the worst in the world. They do suck!
due to the problems arising with the functionality of the equipment I had several problems with it and to comment on the trade labeling it as a service provider pesimo, so in communication with the problem was solved with silver replenishing it. since they were factory equipment details.