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Hands-on with the T-Mobile RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780

The Bold 9700 is being succeeded by the 9780 that offers a few key improvements that make a good device even better.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9780 builds upon the success of the Bold 9700 with a better camera and the latest BB 6 OS while still maintaining the great keyboard and long battery life.

Check out the ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones full blog post with a video walk through and thoughts on using the device.

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The Bold 9780 rests in a try under the top of the retail box.

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You get a nice belt clip holster, USB cable, USB A/C adapter, stereo headset and 2GB microSD card in the box.

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The Bold 9780 has the same great display and front facing QWERTY keyboard you have come to expect from the BlackBerry lineup.

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You will find the volume button along the top with the customizable right convenience key down below this on the right side.

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The headset jack, microUSB port, and left convenience key are found on the left side of the Bold 9780.

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There is a lanyard opening and the holster activation point on the lower left side.

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The back of the Bold 9780 is a rubberized material that almost appears to be made of leather. It feels good in your hand.

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The 5 megapixel camera and flash are found towards the top of the Bold 9780.

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The lock key and play/pause/mute key are found on the top of the Bold 9780.

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The Bold 9780 fits well in my hand and feels small compared to all of the large touchscreen devices I have been testing out lately.

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The Bold 9780 has one of the best QWERTY keyboards on a mobile phone. It is compact, yet designed to be very usable.

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In this close up of the left side you can see the design of the keys and the left shift and ALT keys.

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The right side shows another shift key along with the del/backspace, enter, and SYM keys.

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There are four hardware buttons (Send, Menu, Escape/Back, and End/Power) under the display. The touch sensitive trackpad is centered between these buttons.

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