Get the torch...I love my bold 9000 still but you will adapt to the smaller keyboard. like you I was a bit dubious because I'd seen the 9700 keyboard and they were going to be pretty much identical in size but for a guy with big paws typing isn't a problem.
Memory won't be a problem at all, I've got a long list of apps installed similar to the one listed in the previous post and they'll be room for that list twice over again.
Os .246 was good for me, only slight lag when swiping through home menu screens but this is much improved in os .284 which I've just upgraded to. The browser is smoother and renders quicker in this version too if u do decide to get the torch and upgrade the os straight away
Hope this helps
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