(CBS) - It's the "thinnest" BlackBerry ever at 10.5 mm in depth. Canada's Research in Motion (RIM) launched the BlackBerry Bold 9900 - equipped with the anticipated BlackBerry 7 operating system - in India and it's supposed to be handed over to those who pre-ordered it in the U.K. today.
Armed with HD video recording, the next generation browser and advanced sensors, this smartphone is powered by the latest BlackBerry software and hardware, making it faster and smoother than the other mobile devices in its family.
I don't actually have one in my possession - nor do I plan to purchase one when it's made available to all U.S. consumers on August 31. Come fall, I'll be sailing in the iPhone 5 pond - hopefully, .
Even still, I feel it's our duty to let you know what's there to love (or not love) about the BlackBerry Bold 9900 - you know, in case you decide to play in the new BlackBerry pool. Here's what other gadget reviewers found...
It's top-of-the-line and lives up to the brand
"At first glance, the Bold 9900 reminded me of the old Bold 9000. But mere resemblance apart, everything else is vastly different... So, when you put together the looks, the specs, the performance and the price, you have a delectable combination," says Ivor Soans at First Post. "Yes, there are niggles like the dated camera, but when compared with the whole package, they're not so important... The Bold 9900 is the top-of-the-line BlackBerry and overall, it lives up to the iconic Bold brand."
It's the best BlackBerry ever, but it's still a BlackBerry
"With an improved and enhanced operating system that is speedier than any previous version, this could be the total package you're looking for in a smartphone," says Jonathan S. Geller at BGR. "Unfortunately, it's still a BlackBerry, and outside of the core areas where a BlackBerry still offers a competitive advantage like email, for instance, I don't see a reason to pick this smartphone over an iPhone 4 or one of the latest Android handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S II or Google's Nexus S."
It could be the best BlackBerry ever, but it'll cost you
"The design is better than we have seen out of RIM in a long time and almost makes you forget that this was the same company that brought us the Touch and Flip," says David Stellmack at Fudzilla. "We suspect that once it is in wide release it will become the standard for many corporate IT shops, and the replacement BlackBerry that BlackBerry users will want... We are hearing, however, that you can expect to pay a little more than you expect for it, at least right out the gate."