I have owned 5 Blackberry devices in a period of 6 years. The one I liked the most was the Blackberry Bold 9000. The last I owned was the Blackberry Torch 9800 and it was the worst nightmare I ever had in my professional life. So I started looking desperately for another device, even seriously considered going back to the old and known Bold 9000 but they are not built anymore. I do not like touchscreen, I do NOT need touchscreen, I type very fast, "I need tools, not toys".
So, I stumbled upon the Bold 9900 with a certain hesitation. The "faster processor", "touchscreen" ads did not touch my heart, I was already heartbroken with the Torch. But I bought it. What a pleasant surprise ! It was BETTER than the Bold 9000, but improved ! Instead of the trackball, the touchpad now is a real update, the screen size is just perfect, the combination of phone, internet, email, GPS, compass, etc., makes sense for a power user like me, taking care of hundreds of customers with just one device for emails, SMS, phone calls, instant messages. It is blazingly fast, sharp screen, wow !
I am seriously considering buying another one before RIM decides to update it and scrap the good job they did with this one. It always happens to multinational companies that some marketing initiative designed to supposedly innovate and bring better numbers destroys a company's own market. Those experiments work well with PowerPoint presentations, endless conference calls with Engineering departments and hundreds of layers of middle managers but end up being disasters with the consumer. I am crossing my fingers so that the good people working at RIM today stay there and keep providing us with good tools.
Make no mistake. This phone will reinstate RIM's reputation as the prime manufacturer of business-oriented smartphones. Bravo!