Saturday, December 12, 2009

BB Bold 9700

Switched from a Blackberry Bold 9000 (see blog entries from December 2008 here and here) to the new Blackberry Bold 9700. Go here for full specs, and see reviews by the Boy Genius Report (part I and part II), by Engadget, by Brighthand, and by Crackberry. Some of the differences can be seen in the pictures below... The first is the size, with the Bold 9700 being smaller and more svelte than the Bold 9000 (at 4.29 x 2.36 x 0.56 inches and 4.3 ounces, compared to 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.6 and 4.8 ounces). It also has a trackpad rather than a trackball, and a micro-USB port rather than a mini-USB port, which means a different charger, different USB cable, and perhaps other accessories...

Other, less visible differences are the screen resolution (480 x 360 for the Bold 9700, versus 480 x 320 for the Bold 9000); an improved camera (3.2MP vs. 2.0MP); a better battery life rating; increased memory (256MB flash memory versus 128 MB); and the microSD card now goes under the back cover (but without needing to pull the battery), obviating the need to fiddle with the cover on the slot... Oh, and the Bold 9700 has the version 5.x OS...

So, is it worth "upgrading" from a Bold 9000 to a Bold 9700? Opinions vary. Other than the size/weight difference (which some find an improvement while other do not) this blogger didn't see much difference in performance to justify upgrading, and did so mostly because of a screen crack on his 9000.

Some 9700 screen captures: Main, Seesmic, SocialScope, Ubertwitter, Music player, Viigo

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