Originally Posted by richard cheese
I was wondering how the 9700 is compared to the 9000
If nothing else, the 9700 has vastly better battery life. The screen on the original Bold 9000 was beautiful but there was a penalty for that; colleagues at work who had them say theirs used more power than the Death Star. All our users had to have two batteries to avoid being caught with a flat unusable phone.
I had a Pearl 8110 until last Friday and put up with the SureType input (RIM's predictive text) to get a smaller form factor. But with the cleverly proportioned 9700 and reports of a plethora of less visible improvements, I made the switch. It was 6 days before I had to charge the device from the initial charging, and that's with a lot of use during the "playing with the new toy" period. That will do me.
Yeah as reported it's not fast connecting to the 'Net but I only do that when I positively have to (and it is a good "emergency" feature of smartphones) and there is no PC nearby. Frankly, for me web browsing sucks on anything less than a 15 inch monitor.
This is my third BlackBerry over the years and previous ones have elicited a "Hey, pretty cool device" reaction from me. This one blew me away, a huge step up from the Pearl 8110 and in the intervening two-and-a-bit years since I got that one, RIM has really improved the OS.