Is the BlackBerry Bold Too Expensive?
This just in: the long-delayed BlackBerry Bold will be available in the United States on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for $299.99 (with a two-year contract). RIM’s BlackBerry Bold was announced months ago in the sweltering summer heat and after months of delay it arrives in sweater weather, but with a price point that is just hard to swallow in these tough times. Why is the Bold $299.99? Here are our thoughts. The BlackBerry Bold has a 624MHz processor under the hood, which will no doubt help its UI run like butter and help videos play back at a decent clip. But the iPhone has a 620MHz ARM processor, too, and it costs $100 less. Plus Cupertino’s golden goose comes with 8GB of storage where the BlackBerry Bold comes with 1GB of on board storage and a microSD slot only–which, admittedly allows you to add up to 16GB of storage, or more as microSDHC cards catch up–but it doesn’t have all of the features the iPhone has. The UI is good, yes, but it’s not as good. The browser is good, but it’s not as good as the iPhone’s Safari browser. So are BlackBerry fans and new adopters paying a premium for that idea exactly: that RIM knows people enjoy its products and so expects us to shell out the extra dough? Is it charging a premium for its stellar full QWERTY keypad to those that aren’t fans of the iPhone’s touchscreen one? Or is it the full GPS support and already-available GPS applications that provide turn-by-turn directions? Or its ability to run applications in the background? Sure, you can send off multimedia texts and record video, two features not found in the iPhone, but you’re still limited to a subpar camera. Yes, you can copy and paste text anywhere. But are all of these features worth that $100 premium? And then there is that big elephant in the room: the Verizon BlackBerry Storm. Which we don’t know what it will retail for but is said to be “competitive” with both the T-Mobile G1 and iPhone. Does that mean the Storm could also be priced lower than the Bold? You tell us, is the Bold worth it now? Will you shell out $299.99 for the smart phone in November?