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Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) vs BlackBerry Bold 9900: Sure Winner

May 8, 2022 | Debbie Turner

The smartphone of the moment is without doubt the Samsung Galaxy S II or S2, and we’ve posted many articles on this impressive Android handset. Recent posts included a review roundup where the experts were similarly impressed, and a look at the Galaxy S II vs. the LG Optimus Black. Now though we wanted to look at another comparison, this time the Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) vs. the BlackBerry Bold 9900 to see if there’s a sure winner.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 (aka the Bold Touch) is for the T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G network and will also be available with a GSM/CDMA variant, the 9930. We have already given you details of a summer release for this handset and some news of reviews. As a very brief specs recap the Bold 9900 will have a 1.2GHz Snapdragon single-core processor, 2.8-inch VGA display, five-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD video capture, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB with Micro SD card). The operating system will be BlackBerry OS 7 and it also features a QWERTY keyboard.

For the Galaxy S II a specs recap includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel rear camera, 16/32GB storage and 1GB of RAM. At first glance on specs we’d have to say that the Galaxy S II is ahead although the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is no doubt a decent enough powerful BlackBerry handset.

Over on Know Your Mobile, Paul Briden has conducted an in-depth comparison of these two phones split into categories with a win, lose or draw given for each section and we thought it would be interesting to see what he has to say and give you a rundown. On form factor there’s really no contest and the Galaxy S II easily wins this one. For the display the Galaxy S II takes it again. It’s Super AMOLED display came in for wide praise in reviews and it seems, rightly so.

We’ve already mentioned the storage and the Galaxy S II is once more way out in front with that optional 16 or 32GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. As far as operating systems go the two handsets come out with a draw. The Galaxy S II has the latest Android Gingerbread OS but the Bold Touch 9900 has the latest BlackBerry OS 7. For processor, once again it has to be the Galaxy S II with its 1.2GHz dual-core as opposed to the 1GHz single core of the Bold 9900. Best camera winner is also the Galaxy S II, pretty obvious given the earlier specs we gave you.

In conclusion then the Galaxy S II takes the victory fairly easily and pretty much sweeps the board. That’s not to say the Bold 9900 is not a good handset, it’s a fairly solid respectable smartphone. That said, it’s not really in the same league as the Galaxy S II, which is set to take the world by storm with sales targets of 10 million. What are your thoughts on these two handsets? Would anything persuade you to choose the BlackBerry Bold 9900 over the Samsung Galaxy S II? Send us your comments to let us know.

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  • edmund

    um you can't compare those two phones, one is full touch screen and the other is half touch and keyboard- its like comparing an all electric car to a hybrid car , they're just not in the same league

  • Johnny J

    Agreed! Two different phones in different leagues. I have Android and I'm going back to Blackberry. I thought I would get caught up with all the apps, but in the end how can you use the apps when the battery doesn't last long enough. The battery life on these full touchscreen devices pale in comparison to the Blackberry. No one does messaging and email like Blackberry. I do a lot of email/sms on my device and the touchscreen keyboard experience just isn't the same. The android devices have a lot of bells and whistles, but I don't utilize many of them. With the added speed to the 9900, this definitely will be my next phone on Verizon. Oh yeah, and all the apps I have on my Incredible are available in Blackberry App World! Besides, Android will be available on the Blackberry devices in the future.

  • andrew

    Another idiotic comparison. Guess what?? SOME people actually like physical keyboards and have no interest in touch keyboards. Got it? This Android/IPhone good, everything else bad is getting REALLY OLD

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  • Learning curve

    It’s a valid comparison now because RIM is directly competing with android and iphone. So what if the bold has a qwerty. That’s the way rim wants it because some people can’t use a touch keyboard or refuse to learn how to use Swype on Android. I can tell you now my first android was the g1 which had a keyboard. I thought I needed a qwerty until I got a galaxy s and learned how to use swype. It took a day or two to get used to but now there is no way any qwerty smartphone can keep up with me. Swype has the current world record in type speed. I find it amusing that the blackberry phones always come out with specs that are 1 generation behind the competition.

  • Delio

    Oh man are you serious? These both phone are in different sense to compare them.its very obvious man.think of it before posting.sorry for that.thanks.

  • Jo

    the key feature of the blackberry is the still unmatched security (at least for bb messenger). And I don’t want to become subject of tracking and targeted marketing (neither from Apple nor from Google). Therefore the only question for me is if the 8900 is better than the 8700 or the torch.

  • Grrr Power

    Your reply is almost as useless as the original comparison/review. Feel free to generalise about "Android devices", but without any specific reference to, or knowledge of, the Samsung Galaxy S II, your words are empty. I have a Blackberry for my work, and have recently received the Samsung for personal use. Nothing looming on the Blackberry scene would make me adopt one of their retro phones in place of my new acquisition, which is superior in almost every way.

  • Johnny J

    I am not saying that Android sucks sweetie. In fact, I did acknowledge that the Android phones have many bells and whistles as evidenced by your Samsung device. However, I'm just stating facts based on my experience. Does the Samsung Galaxy S II have a hardware keyboard? Does it have an amoled screen that sucks the juice out of the battery? That's what I thought. Well I have come to realize that I am more productive with a blackberry keyboard and substantial battery life. I don't need a Kindle sized phone in my pocket either. WIth the upgrades on the Blackberry 9900 and the eventual transition to the QNX operating system, Blackberry is making a strong push. Android apps will be available on future Blackberry devices. Also, why do you use a Blackberry at work? Productivity reasons? Security perhaps? We don't use phones for the same purpose, so I'm not bashing Android phones and devices as a whole. I just believe Blackberry is the way to go for me. Enjoy your Galaxy S II.

  • vsadfsd

    thanks for the comparison….was in 2 minds between them…now its sorted…s2 here i come..

  • Steve

    Got a Galaxy 2 last week and so far I'm really happy with it. Previously had a 3GS and could not wait to get rid of it. I phones are over rated and use is very limited because apple only deal with…well, apple. I can bluetooth apps, music, photos…my old i-clone would not let me do that…not sure about the argument re: blackberry and S" - all I'm saying is I'm very HAPPY with my new phone :D

  • jacky chan

    i would love to buy the blackberry bold 9900 because i’m a BIG FAN of YESTERDAY’S TECHNOLOGY. i LOVE buying new phones equipped with top of the line specs from LAST YEAR. i’m also too clumsy to work a touchscreen. blackberry is SO ME. I LOVE (giving) RIM (jobs).