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Old 11-03-2009, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone

Just got my rogers 9700 a couple hours ago and now finalyl switching contacts/info from my old bold to my new one!

Somethings I like/love:
I love the form factor bold was chunky!!
Trackpad Amazing!! no more nasty trackballs that stop working!
THREADED sms!!
V 5.0.0.321 platform 5.1.90

Somethings I dont like:
Right side convenience button clicky/noisy
I cant find GPS

I'll edit this when I change my phone over

just a quick update
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What store did you find the 9700 at?
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same here i am looking to find one in the York Region / Toronto GTA area. I prefer to buy from a Best Buy location, since they offer a $9.95 monthly no questions asked exchange policy
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Got my as well. Crankin' up the Enterprise Activation now....

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can anyone confirm if it has UMA support?

Seems to be ambiguous as Blackberry.com says that the 9700 supports UMA, whereas Rogers doesn't mention it as supporting their UMA talkspot service.

I'm all over this if it supports UMA, otherwise it will be a big pass...
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u guys are so freakin' lucky. LUCKY!!!
im still on contract so i gotta wait till some fantabolous fellow posts one up on Craigslist off of a contract aka d$scounted pr$ce. Come on...some one pleeeaaasssee help me get one. pleeeeeaaaaaasssseeee!!!!
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Got mine too, Both Bolds (9000 and 9700) I got on release day, yahhhh. Time to unload the 9000 on ebay
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Somethings I like/love:
I love the form factor bold was chunky!!
Trackpad Amazing!! no more nasty trackballs that stop working!
THREADED sms!!
Since some of us are still *dying* for a detailed list of what's all changed on the Bold 9700, can anyone who's received theirs add to this list for those of us that are watching their clock & calendar not sleeping at night waiting for the 9700???
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*Pictures now scroll very cleanly similar to iPhone
*Music Player can fast forward in shorter increments
*Fonts can be reduced to 5
*Ring volume can be adjusted further
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NO UMA ON ROGERS 9700s!!!!

WTF! Wow. I f*%king hate Rogers I hope they burn in hell.

I can't wait till Wind mobile comes here...buh-bye Rogers!
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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nice, 5 text size is cool, thanks for sharing
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So far, I dig it. The UMA tidbit has yet to be figured out, I guess it's set by the carriers though I'm sure the more hardcore BB tinkerers will figure it out. The thing though is that is 3G such a battery killer? So far, I just have EDGE enabled to preserve battery life. I've had this phone for 2 hours and it's been an honest improvement from my Sony Ericsson w580i and Pearl.

To nindee: Wind just got burned pretty hard by the CRTC. It's not all that likely that they are coming to Canada yet since they need to appeal with the supreme court to be accepted.
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Had mine for two days now and already updated the OS to the latest leak

I went from the Curve to a Bold 9000 last year and never regretted it. The 9000 was the best phone on the planet. Now, the honour goes to teh new Bold 9700 (IMHO)

Personally I was very surprised at how small it feels in my hand compared to the 9000 but it is a very good feeling. This is obviously a personal opinion but it now slips very easily in my jeans front pocket while the 9000 was just a tad too bulky on the tighter pants.

Also, the weak vibration curse of the 9000 seems to be cured. The 9700 seems to vibrate much stronger which is very welcome for me.
The trackpad is amazingly smooth and intuitive. no problem switching from years of trackball use. I did turn down the sensitivity by 20% though since I found it a bit to quick.

My only complaint is that none of my themes came over from the 9000

Apparently (from some other threads) we have to wait for a new dev kit from RIM before all themes will work properly on the 9700. I was having some issues with the 9000 on OS 5 with themes as well but at least they would be ok until a battery pull.

All my applications are running Ok so far and everything is very quick feeling.

If anyone has specific questions fire them in here.
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My only complaint is that none of my themes came over from the 9000
Actually all 8900 themes seem to work flawlessly for me and 4 others I know with the phone. Try it out!
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why do you guys want UMA so bad on a bold? u need to have the rogers talkspot service to use it and who needs uma when unlimited talk is coming out soon from many different carriers and Rogers will have to follow sooner or later....
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What I want to know is:

1. How does the keypad compare with the 9000? I have a Bold and a 8900 Curve at the mo and I much prefer the Bold keypad;
2. How does the screen compare? Again, I much prefer the Bold screen as I find it easier to read;
3. Sound. Bold sound is much better than 8900 so which does the 9700 follow?

Appreciate your advice...
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1. basically the same, but smaller, because the device is smaller. i.e. its more like the bold keypad then the 8900.

2. no idea.

3. no idea.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aregold View Post
Had mine for two days now and already updated the OS to the latest leak

I went from the Curve to a Bold 9000 last year and never regretted it. The 9000 was the best phone on the planet. Now, the honour goes to teh new Bold 9700 (IMHO)

Personally I was very surprised at how small it feels in my hand compared to the 9000 but it is a very good feeling. This is obviously a personal opinion but it now slips very easily in my jeans front pocket while the 9000 was just a tad too bulky on the tighter pants.

Also, the weak vibration curse of the 9000 seems to be cured. The 9700 seems to vibrate much stronger which is very welcome for me.
The trackpad is amazingly smooth and intuitive. no problem switching from years of trackball use. I did turn down the sensitivity by 20% though since I found it a bit to quick.

My only complaint is that none of my themes came over from the 9000

Apparently (from some other threads) we have to wait for a new dev kit from RIM before all themes will work properly on the 9700. I was having some issues with the 9000 on OS 5 with themes as well but at least they would be ok until a battery pull.

All my applications are running Ok so far and everything is very quick feeling.

If anyone has specific questions fire them in here.

Where did you download the latest software from?
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What I want to know is:

1. How does the keypad compare with the 9000? I have a Bold and a 8900 Curve at the mo and I much prefer the Bold keypad;
2. How does the screen compare? Again, I much prefer the Bold screen as I find it easier to read;
3. Sound. Bold sound is much better than 8900 so which does the 9700 follow?

Appreciate your advice...

The 9000 sound is much better than the 9700. The 9700 speaker is compared to the 8900 (which is why I took the phone back).
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