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Old 05-12-2010, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been going through all the "problem and issue" threads on the 9700 boards now i'm curious to know if there's anything that most people really hate about the 9700...

Planning on moving up from the 8900 (trackball must die) within the week.

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I hate that Sprint doesn't have it.
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i hate that people have so many problems with it that i have never encountered.
makes me seem like a ignorant fanboi. hahahaha :p
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alright fellas i'm gona need a bit more haha
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i hate that people have so many problems with it that i have never encountered.
makes me seem like a ignorant fanboi. hahahaha :p
Funny, I was thinking the same exact thing when reading this title.

Besides that I hate the fact that once the 9650 Tour (yes I said tour) comes out, it will have double the memory (512 vs 256) of onboard memory.

Grrrr.

I guess that just makes me more envious of the next version bold, whatever that is.

Oh and knowing the fact that those 9650 owners will still have to deal with that pesky charging port placement puts a little light into my situation lol

Ok, now seriously. Do you like or love your 8900???? If you do, then you will like the 9700 even more. Its better in ever aspect. I came from the 8900 after having it for a little over 6 months. Why did I upgrade? Cause I could, and my GF needed a new blackberry, so upgrade and give her my 8900. Keep in mind, I had NOOOO issues whatsoever with my 8900, not even trackball issues.

What does the 9700 have over the 8900? Comparing the two, screen is the same, camera is the same 3.2mp with flash, same amount of onboard memory. Difference is the processor bold's 624mhz vs 8900's 524mhz, bold's trackpad vs 8900's trackball, Bold OS 5.0 vs 8900 4.6, bold style keyboard vs curve style keyboard, and oh.......you gain 3G with the 9700.

Essentially the bold is faster (speed processor wise), you will notice this! Trackpad vs trackball,whether you had issues with the track ball or not, you will appreciate the trackpad, plus peace of mind that you prob won't have issues with it. And you get 3G data, which you can argue if its faster than EDGE or not, which for me, I really wasn't sold on 3G and don't care about DATA/BROWSING Speeds. However, with data, you can be on a phone call and use data (browse web, BBM, instant messaging) at the same time! This was huge for me.

OS is no biggie, I do like 5.0 better, but it ain't a selling point, you can still put 5.0 on the 8900 if you want so its not a swing factor for me. The only thing I was reserved about was the keyboard, since I never liked the 9000 bold keyboard or the 8800 keyboard. The 9700 keyboard took NO absolutely no adjustments for me. Neither did the trackpad, no adjustments, settings are actually still the same too.

I had absolutely NO problems with the 8900. I loved it. When I got the 9700, it was like night and day. The 9700 is that much quicker, the trackball seems so archaic now, and 3G, I might be able to go without, but man its so nice being able to receive instant messages while on the phone!!!!

I wouldn't be able to go back to the 8900. Whenever I use one or the tour, it just seems so friggin' slow.

Oh and the 9700 look really grew on me. I liked the 8900 looks better at first, but now that the 9700 has grown on me, it just seems more "classier."

If your curious my personal BB progression has been 8700->8320->8900->9700

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Hate the small qwerty keyboard. The curve had a great keyboard. Bit more tactile.
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Hate the small qwerty keyboard. The curve had a great keyboard. Bit more tactile.
I agree.
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Beginning to hear some "funkyness" in the space bar. Made me nervous. Ordered a replacement keyboard from cnn.cn BlackBerry Bold 9700 OEM keyboard - QWERTY - Cellular Nationwide Network - Cellular Accessories - Will wait till something fails, but nice to have insurance. And.. while getting the keyboard, picked up some red & black furniture for my 9700. Go Red Raiders!
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's my contribution:

1. Trackpad isn't accurate enough to play Brickbreaker as well as with the trackball

2. T-Mobile UMA is unreliable. With my 8900 it was always reliable for downloads and mostly reliable for calls.

3. Micro SD card is hard to remove.

4. Google maps is slow to find satellites. This is probably more to do with T-Mobiles 3G interfering with cell tower location assistance.

All in all not big problems but still things I miss about my 8900
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i came from an 8320 curve and i miss the keyboard. i've had the 9700 for over a month and i can't get up to the speed i had in typing as i did with the 8320

track pad makes precision a little harder... as stated above with certain games
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Beginning to hear some "funkyness" in the space bar. Made me nervous. Ordered a replacement keyboard from cnn.cn BlackBerry Bold 9700 OEM keyboard - QWERTY - Cellular Nationwide Network - Cellular Accessories - Will wait till something fails, but nice to have insurance. And.. while getting the keyboard, picked up some red & black furniture for my 9700. Go Red Raiders!
Is it under warranty? If it is ask for a replacement before you void the warranty attempting to fix it yourself someday :p
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Has nothing to do with it specifically being a 9700, but the browser isn't very useful. "page too large" and pages that don't display in a useful manner are very annoying. Opera Mini and the Bolt browser help some, ...but
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I love my 9700. The keyboard took some getting used to, but I have no problem with it now. I'd have to answer this question by saying "not much". IMHO, it's the best BlackBerry yet.

The only thing that annoys me is the back. It was very hard to remove at first, but over time, it seems to be getting looser and looser... not a problem yet, but it certainly could turn out to be an issue.

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alright fellas i'm gona need a bit more haha
You're probably not going to find it. The 9700 is probably the best phone RIM ever made and may be for some time to come too. Sure there are annoyances from time to time but "hate" probably can't be found.
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You're probably not going to find it. The 9700 is probably the best phone RIM ever made and may be for some time to come too. Sure there are annoyances from time to time but "hate" probably can't be found.
I agree. Hate is way too strong a word for this awesome phone. I love everything about it except the smallish keyboard. But that is just a minor annoyance.
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I love everything about the 9700 except the keyboard. The keyboard is too stiff and the keys are too close together. I much prefer the Curve's keyboard.
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As a very happy owner of many different BlackBerry devices, I find that the 9700 constantly disappoints me. I don't know if it is hardware (doubtful) , software (most likely), or T-Mobiles network (maybe) but I encounter all kinds of tiny but annoying issues. The top 2 are the following.

1. Sometimes GPS can't find location even when standing outside. I like location based services and games. Waiting walking in circles while the 9700 figures out it's coordinates is mind boggling. What is worse is sometimes it simply never finds the location until I am miles away.

2. On a call, the 9700 drops from 3G-->EDGE-->GPRS which just means no data while on the call which might not be important anyway. However, with one firmware release (maybe 993) while on the call it would attempt to switch away from GPRS which resulted in brief moments of static every 10 seconds or so.

Oh and for the removal of the microSD, just slip a small piece of paper under the card and it should slide out easy. The problem is that the battery guide has a small upward lip which sticks with the bottom edge of the card if downward pressure is applied while removing it. Seems like just a simple design oversight. Also remember that the microSD slot is spring loaded. Not thinking one time, I used enough force to just pull it out. I have no idea if that did any damage.

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I hate the slow speed that it accesses the 3G network or WiFi with certain applications. The iPhone version of the same programs is faster by comparison (Facebook, browsing, etc.)
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:20 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I hate that for receiving a file over bluetooth we have to head to media and click 'receive using bluetooth' even after pairing!
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I can't stream IHeart radio reliably. Not even on UMA. In fact, I never notice any difference using Wi-FI or 3G. They are both fairly slow.

Other than that I hate the software mods RIM made like hard coding functions into my speed dial keys and removing the ability to lock the device with the left convenience button. Not sure who the brain surgeon at RIM who thought those changes needed to be made or would be appreciated...
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