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Old 06-20-2010, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was asked to select a bb for work and a little overwhelmed. I've never owned one, done some research but could use some assistance.

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Don't plan on doing a ton with it - company doesn't allow apps (facebook, etc). Could do some document reviews, etc but not sure how much of that type stuff I'll actually be able to do with such a small screen.

Most of my friends / family are Verizon. Would love to use them as my carrier to get free vzw to vzw. And they seem to have better coverage.

Size is important since I plan to carry in pocket.

Limited to devices 'approved' by my company.. here are my options:
AT&T - Curve 8310, Curve 8900, Curve 8520, Bold 9000, Bold 9700
Verizon - 8530
Sprint - there are a couple that I don't have handy but unless there's something great about Sprint that I don't know we'll leave them out of the discussion.

The simpleton in me says just select the highest model number assuming that would be the 'best'.. so was leaning toward the 9700. But noticed the 9000 had more memory? No luck finding benchmark numbers for processing power.

Then ran across this that says the 8500 and 8900 are basically the same:
answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091109172833AAYIVdO
links here:
gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=2889&idPhone2=2604


Unless there's something I'm missing I should go with the Verizon 8530?



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Old 06-20-2010, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have experience with the 8530, or any of the other models on your list except the 9700. I can tell you the 9700 is great and wouldn't be a bad choice.

But I think you need to choose the carrier first. Which one has the best coverage where you live, work and travel. Then choose the most recently released model that has the features and feel that suits you.

Something else, I advise against carrying the blackberry in your pocket unless your committed to that practice. Dirt and dust gets into blackberrys and causes both aesthetic and functional problems for some, and sweaty pockets have been known to cause moisture damage. Plus, carrying in a holster allows use of separate in-holster and out-of-holster profile settings.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Avoid the 8310 as that is the oldest of your listed devices and close to becoming a legacy device (if it hasn't already). There will be almost no development for the 83xx series and that means no bug fixes.

The Bold 9700 is the king of the BlackBerry lineup as of right now. That means you can stick with your present carrier, AT&T. If you're happy with their service, network coverage, etc, that makes the most sense.

Whatever you choose, consider models with the new trackpad (8520, 8530, 9700) instead of the older trackball (8310, 8900, 9000). It's a HUGE improvement and addresses a weak spot in RIM's devices. And by all means, go to a store and play around with a demo model to get a feel for the keypads. Big differences between the various models and it's something you're going to have to be comfortable with since you'll be using your BB on a daily basis.
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9700 is the newest. Go tot he ATT website and compare the three.

Also would depend on which carrier has the best service where you will be using the device. Figure that out first and then pick the phone you like.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with the above comments, carrier first. I have both the 8310 and the 9700 and although I do like the 9700 for it ability, the 8310 has served me well and continues to do so. It is an older unit but if cost is an issue it may be had for less. The 8310 is on Bes and the 9700 on BIS. You mentioned processor speed and power. The Blackberry is not a device capable of doing beyond it intended design and is therefore limited by its design. It is not an IPhone. You mention devices allowed by your company. Most companies also limit the function and use by the IT policy applied to the BBxxx8217;s Some severely limit the ability to download any non approved applications. My company only allows about 4. So if you using the BB for business and they will pay for the phone I would go wit the 9700. I also find it interesting your company selected the same types as my company did. Last thought, I donxxx8217;t recommend carrying any BB in a pocket without some type of cover to prevent any lint causing key issues.


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But noticed the 9000 had more memory?
Thats incorrect.
The 9000 has 126MB application memory (where OS and apps are installed, where emails, texts, calendar entries, address book are stored.) but 1GB of memory for pics, vids, documents.
It is always recommended to keep those type of documents on a memory card.

The 9700 has 256MB app memory, therefore more memory to make your phone run.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Okay, leaning hard toward the 8530 from Verizon. The 9700 from AT&T is still lingering though.. just not sure what's better about it?

Thanks for all the help!


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Choose the carrier first.
Then choose the BlackBerry.

If you want Verizon as it works best where you work, travel and play, then get a Verizon BB. Note that the 8530 is not a "world" phone (Verizon having only recently has found the world outside of North America) which may not suit you.

Better is subjective. I don't use Verizon, so I think the 9700 is best. But that is an opinion....
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Subjective - I hear ya. Been looking for benchmarks but no luck. I finally found one site saying the processor for the 8530 was 528MHz (vs. 624 for the 9700). I don't think that's apples to apples as I suspect they're different types of processors.

Memory seems comparable in both.

International is not an issue at the moment.. don't think it will be during the ownership of this device.

Oh, and I suspect either network would be fine 99% of the time.. I do enjoy hiking and have found Verizon to have coverage in some areas where friends with AT&T did not. But that's such a small amount of the time, not a big factor. The fact that my friends and family use Verizon (free vzw to vzw) is pretty big.
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Stick with Verizon...some problems but still the best service...my recommendation would be the new Bold 9650...best phone yet.
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Keep in mind with Verizon they charge a 30 dollar a month data plan. that you have to pay.
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Stick with Verizon...some problems but still the best service...my recommendation would be the new Bold 9650...best phone yet.
Did you read the first thread?

He has to buy a BlackBerry that is certified by his company. The 8530 is the only Verizon BB that is certified by them.

Glad you like the 9650, but it is immaterial to the posting....
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Keep in mind with Verizon they charge a 30 dollar a month data plan. that you have to pay.
AT&T also requires the monthly data plan, and will add it to your account if they see a BB on the network without one.
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I won't say cost is not an issue b/c ... well it just sounds bad. I'm sure the company has done the research on cost.

Still looking for any concrete information on the advantages of the 9700 over the 8530.


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Comparison: 9700 vs. 8530
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Thanks! I've been churning on this decision so long I think I did that at one point and forgot about it.

I didn't see any drastically important differences to me. Processing power is not listed in that comparison, but I guess I'm still wondering if I would even notice the extra processing power of the 9700. Assuming it has more - kind of found contradictory information online. Any thoughts on that?
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You said that your company will not allow you to install apps so the processing power probably won't really make a difference. You will be allowed to use the BB for it's main functions: as a phone, to send/receive email, as a PIM (contacts & calendar). Either will be fine so it goes back to the original suggestion -- decide which network you want to be on and go from there.

From what you've mentioned on this string, Verizon is probably your best choice since it appears to work well and since most of your family is on it. (One of the main reasons I have Verizon instead of AT&T -- both work equally well where I need them but family on Vzn.)
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Thanks for all the input - I ended up taking the advice of choosing carrier first... went with the Verizon 8530.

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