| | As state before...9700 is really an update 8900 NOT a bold 2
I have no idea why they called the 9700 the "Bold 2". It's code name is Onyx (and they based it pretty much off the 8900) They should have called it the Onyx or the Curve 9700 'cause I've owned both devices.
The 9700 is just an 8900 with a trackpad, slightly faster procesosr, Os 5.0, 3G, and a mix of the Curve/Bold keyboard. They even use the Curve form factor...NOT much difference. The 3G and trackpad are pretty much it. For those that say the 8900 was too small or whatever? What phone were you using? The 8900 and 9700 are pretty much IDENTICAL in size.
I would get the 9700 but if you can get a deal on the 8900? The 8900 was considered a better device than the 9000 (which is odd). The bold 1 (9000) had a low res screen and ate batteries. T-mobile was giving away 8900's with 2 year contract if you are eligible.
I would try for the 9700 though. It is a nice upgrade.