BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 vs Nokia E6

Vs Tony Crammond 16:11, 9 May 2011

This time around it's the turn of BlackBerry's newly announced Bold Touch 9900 to face-off against Nokia's up and coming E6, in a bid to see which new device will take 2011's 'King of the Messenger' crown

BlackBerry devices were widely regarded as the standard for those seeking fast, secure messengers; until Nokia came along with its successful E-class range to challenge for a slice of the portrait QWERTY pie.

But the game has changed in recent years and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Nokia E6 have a lot to prove, but which one will be regarded as the portrait messenger to have when they go on sale in Q2 of 2011?

Build
BlackBerry Bold 9900 - 115x66x10.5mm, 130g
Nokia E6 - 115.5x59x10.5mm, 133g

If you're talking size there isn't much in it between these two devices. Both are thin and very pocketable and it would be a fairly safe bet to assume that companies with the pedigree of RIM and Nokia will turn out devices that are robust and extremely durable.

Not much separates them when it comes to looks either, as Nokia has chosen to follow RIM's lead with the simple portrait design that has served the company so well all these years.

The Bold Touch 9900 has a certain premium quality that the Nokia E6 lacks though, so if you're style conscious the BlackBerry is likely to appeal. Don't get us wrong, the E6 is no fugly device, but it does lack a certain je ne sais quoi.

Winner - BlackBerry Bold 9900

Screen
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 features a 2.8-inch TFT capacitive screen that operates at a resolution of 640x480 pixels. The display is a joy to behold and movie playback (including 720p content) is fantastic.

Nokia's E6 features a similar display, though slightly smaller at 2.46-inches. The resolution is the same as the BlackBerry though, and at 640x480 pixels you get plenty of performance on the small screen.

Both the E6 and Bold 9900 have plenty to offer in the screen department but they won't be winning any gongs over the likes of the iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S II That aside it's hard to choose between them. So we won't.

Winner - Draw

Optics
Nokia has imbued the E6 with a top-notch 8-megapixel shooter with dual-LED flash, geo-tagging and face detection, though performance is far from assured in light of the performance of some recent devices.

One drawback with the E6 is the lack of auto-focus in favour of fixed focus though, so don't go flocking to buy one of these devices if you're looking for a camera-phone, because the E6 most assuredly isn't one.

The Nokia has pretty solid video capture functionality, recording content at 24fps in 720p and if video-calling's high on your agenda (as it may be given the market these devices are targeting) you'll be pleased to know the E6 features a VGA secondary camera.

It's business as usual for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, with the device toting RIM's standard 5-megapixel shooter with LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilisation. There have been some performance enhancements on this new device though and you can be sure it will do its job without a hitch. Don't expect miracles though, as ever.

Disappointingly the Bold Touch 9900 lacks a secondary camera, so if you were harbouring thoughts of carrying out those important video-conferences on the golf course, you'll be out luck.

Winner - Nokia E6

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