While most would consider BlackBerry World to be quieter than other trade shows (think CES, CTIA, etc.), the event wasn't without surprises. Amongst the PlayBook news, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series was announced, and for the BlackBerry aficionado, it's quite the device, with a 1.2 GHz processor, 2.8-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and BlackBerry 7. While carrier partnerships and pricing haven't been announced yet, the 9900/9930 will be available "starting in the summer."
I was a bit skeptical of it at first - after all, it looks just like a rehashed Bold 9000 - but after testing it for 20 minutes, there's a lot to like about it. The keyboard, similar in size to the original Bold's QWERTY, appears to be more tactile. The body is thinner, and the metal frame gives the phone a premium feel. The display is absolutely beautiful, and the fast processor means lag and browser checkerboarding is virtually nonexistent.
It's the best BlackBerry to date, but it'll be launching amongst some awesome devices like the LG Revolution, DROID Bionic/Targa, and HP Palm Pre 3. Will you be buying one, or are you waiting for something else? Cast your vote below, and defend it in the comments section!