Re: looking to upgrade need some info
The screen RESOLUTION would be the same between many of these screens, but the physical size of the Torch screen is much larger than the 96xx and 97xx models. The screen also does the pinch to zoom which makes it much more readable. For things like e-mails, web pages, and watching videos, I find the Torch MUCH more readable than my 9700 was. The keyboard is essentially identical to the 9700, but I did find navigating the 9700 to be pretty quick since I was very used to using shortcuts from the home screen. The Torch has a nice interface for a touchscreen, but the 9700 is very ergonomic if not for the tiny screen.
All in all, I'm happy I upgraded to the Torch, but the 9700 was a great phone, and if I had to keep it I would still be pretty happy. The Torch gives me a few new bells and whistles that I appreciate - mostly larger screen and more device memory...