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I Got a Blackberry Bold 9700 !

November 9, 2009


I recently messed up my Blackberry Bold 9000 while trying to install a screen on it (something i’ll explain later), but it was good timing, because it allowed me to pick up a Bold 9700.

After a few days of playing around with it, I’m ready to post my little review about it. I’m not going to post about whats been already out there already, but I will let you know what I like and dislike about the new Bold. Lets dive right in with the bad.



[Trackpad feeling cheap]
This list wont be long at all. The first thing I noticed is the trackpad feels a little flimsy, or cheaply made. Sometimes when I use it, it snaps or cracks. I havent figured out why it does this yet, because its hard to tell when it will do this. Its nothing big, but when it does snap, it makes you wonder whats going on. Note: the picture depicting the trackpad is that of an 8520. I couldnt find one of the Bold.
no f shortcut

[Removal of Shortcuts]
I like many blackberry users out there, use shortcuts to help navigate. I’ve been using shortcuts since the Blackberry 950. It was an easy way for me to get to links instead of fumbling over the trackball, and it allows me to unclutter my home screen by hiding the icons I don’t need. I keep the ones I have to navigate with the trackball on screen. Over the years, there’s been shortcuts that have been removed. The first was [C]ompose. It took a while to get used to not having that shortcut, but was easily fixed by going to the [A]ddress book to first, choosing the contacting, and composing from there. With the Bold 9000 came the removal of the ala[r]m shortcut. Granted it was just moved into the clock, but I wanted to be able to press R from the home screen to set my alarm, not go into the clock app, then pressing r. Now, with the Bold 9700, they took out Pro[f]ile. I now have to keep the icon on screen and navigate to it in order to adjust my profile. I can still hold down # to go in and out of vibrate, but sometimes I want silent. I still find myself pressing F from time to time. Soon we will learn to live with out it…..

or do we ?

It has just come to my attention an app called Super QWERTY::

It looks like the app allows you to assign new shortcuts. I have yet to try it, but I see potential for this puppy. First thing I’m going to do is to bring back the Pro[f]ile shortcut. I’ll report back on what I think of the app later when I actually get it and play around with it.



[Vibrating and ringing at the same time]
Gone are the days where your Blackberry would vibrate a few times first before sounding off and ringing. Gone are the days where you would have to download a separate program in order to make your Blackberry vibrate AND ring at the same time. Gone are those days. Now, with 5.0, we welcome the days where this comes as an option while updating/editing a profile.

The new 3.2mp camera is a great improvement from the one the 9000 had. Not much to say about it except it’s much much better.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll play around with the phone some more, and I’ll come back and report anything else I don’t like about the phone.


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