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Old 08-08-2008, 04:18 PM   #21
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All they did was refresh the OS and give it more eye candy
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I just got the bold myself this last week - I love it. The only thing I'd change is perhaps make the keys not so close together. In my last 8800 world series bb, the keys were easy to type with using one hand - but the bold's keys are jammed right beside each other.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:16 PM   #23
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Nah, wouldn't change a thing. Keys are perfectly spaced, applications are spot on (love the ability to rewind podcasts in small increments), faster in every department compared to the 8310/8300/8100/7100v previous handsets.

Very quick for Enterprise Activation to complete.

If I were to be picky, I'd say I'd rather have the headset jack on top of the unit, instead of the side so you can have the headset pluged in while the unit is safely tucked into the pouch.

Otherwise, well done RIM.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:01 PM   #24
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vibration could be a bit better
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:06 PM   #25
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More applications to choose from. I am jealous of the iphone'ites bragging about the Appstore ;)
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:11 PM   #26
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The iPhone definitely has the lion's share of applications, but truth be told, not all (not many) are really worth anything. There are some great applications, though, that's for sure.

I am trying to wait on the Bold and have been using the iPhone (first and second generation) for a little over a year now. I love the device for a media device, but I don't like it as a phone. On many occasions I have had the phone lock up when making or receiving an important phone call, and in my job (assistant commander over the patrol division in law enforcement), trying to make or get a phone call only to have the phone crap out in a critical situation is dangerous.

But, to stay on topic, I would cast my vote for releasing the dang phone to AT&T now! That's what I would change. Well, that and make the cost free. That would be nice!
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:13 AM   #27
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Don't want to get into the BB/iPhone debate, plenty of room for both etc., but what strikes me about Bold is how spooked RIM must have been by the new kid on the block.

Hardware first. Bold's fascia is iPhone with a keypad; black, glossy, sleek, but turn it over and the leather look backplate, love it or hate it (I like it, feels soft and non-slip), does not integrate with the whole. And because the front is flush the ports, side buttons etc. somehow look crude.

So, what I'd change is probably nothing that won't be fixed with Jav - a bit smaller case, spaced keys, but keep the sharp screen.

To software, and here again Bold feels like a response to iPhone rather than a confident move forwards. I'm just talking about the UI, the engine room remains pure BB. Some may think the OS clunky and restrictive, but heck, it just works.

The icons are so minimalist they can be difficult to tell apart - everything's just so damned black! And because the screen header is also black, the main apps look like they're in letterbox format and have you searching for a full screen option.

But, as we all know, Bold is fully loaded with goodies, and if having 3G, WiFi and GPS floats your boat, nothing else at present will do.

My 0.02 is, after a few days of average use, 3G is a "so what?", WiFi drains the battery and GPS, well I already had it on my 8310.

With the 9000, RIM have done a respectable job broadening the appeal of their devices outside planet corporate, but one thing this model ain't is bold.
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I can't comment in relation to previous Blackberrys, because the bold that I bought yesterday is my first one.

I was considering an iphone, N95, samsung omnia etc....went with the BB and glad I did.

Yes it's clunkier than the iphone, but it works better. Also, the AppStore isnt all its cracked up to be lets face it.

Also nice to not own a mac

Oh yeah, one thing I would change. They advertise it as coming with Blackberry maps. I see no such application on there, and when I try to download it I am told that the 9000 is not supported. wtf?

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It does come with BB maps. Trying changing the theme to precision silver and see if the icon for BB maps mysteriously appears. If the Orange version does not have it, install 134 and unlock maps for your vendorID.
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:37 PM   #30
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Battery life I'd definatly work on
I get a day, max, with heavy use.

when i go to 2G (gsm) i easily get a day and a half or 2 days.

that's the price to pay, i guess.. for 3G
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[QUOTE=david_uk;1090739]
The icons are so minimalist they can be difficult to tell apart - everything's just so damned black! And because the screen header is also black, the main apps look like they're in letterbox format and have you searching for a full screen option.
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Wow - you nailed it on this one. The icons are really hard to tell apart actually. I coudn't quite put my finger on this issue... but now I can =)
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:56 PM   #32
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8 mp camera

512 ram for apps

5 mm thinner

streaming media and flash

full real html email...not this "get images" BS we have to do every time !
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streaming media and flash
I might have misunderstood, but I thought streaming media was possible.
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I might have misunderstood, but I thought streaming media was possible.
not all net radio is supported
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Ah. Okay. Thanks.
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if anyone can direct me to any net radio that works that would be great.
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Price.
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If I were to be picky, I'd say I'd rather have the headset jack on top of the unit, instead of the side so you can have the headset pluged in while the unit is safely tucked into the pouch.
The holster provided with the Bold by Rogers is open on the sides for the top half of the device, so the headset jack on the side works fine.
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One finicky thing about handling emails on the Bold is that if you want to "Delete Prior", which I often do, you have to go the extra step of getting the "Full Menu" -- something I didn't have to do on my old 8700.

Instead, on the initial menu I get the ability to "Mark Prior Opened", which seems to me to be just a useless feature that I will never use.

Wish I could switch them.
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