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    Default Bold 9700 Coffee Color Housing

    Hey all,

    Just wanted to share my experience. Completed my first housing conversion last night on a 9700.

    Color is Coffee or Brown (from Ebay). I kept the silver/chrome housing on to help keep that BOLD distinguishment.

    P.S. Out of all BB conversions, this one seemed to have been a pain only because the main unit, you have to extract each button "unit" and even the charger contacts plus the battery area into the new "house". Pretty much all pops off upwards. The top piece (e.g. where it says Blackberry above the screen) had to be glued on as it did not stay. Even the old one had some type of glue or rubber to stay on. Otherwise, taking apart the 9700 is quite easy.

    Hope you like it.

    Click here to view all photos: Bold 9700 Coffee - a set on Flickr





    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Bold 9700 Coffee Color Housing-9700_coffee07.jpg   Bold 9700 Coffee Color Housing-9700_coffee03.jpg   Bold 9700 Coffee Color Housing-9700_coffee06.jpg   Bold 9700 Coffee Color Housing-img_0853.jpg   Bold 9700 Coffee Color Housing-img_0857.jpg  

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    Looks sexy! Nice job
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    looks good! might look better if the bottom cover matched the keyboard color, but otherwise i like!
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    Wow. I'm not really a fan of brown, but that looks really chic. I love it.

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    Not quite my cup of tea (no pun intended ) Might look better if you replaced that
    battery cover. Nice work though.
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    Thanks for the comments. The back cover actually does match the "coffee", the faux leather section is brown, slightly darker. Maybe the angle of the shot... :S

    I was pondering going white, but having 9000 and 8320 and 8100 in white and early release of White editions coming up (as seen on the blog here) thought i'd go for something different for change...for <$30.00 can't complain, will run with this then switch up again soon.

    good times!
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    Try taking a picture of the back on a darker surface. The light desktop may be
    skewing the view a bit.
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    Nice, great job dude. Reminds me of a candy bar.
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    Wow I'm about to send my BB and a housing to you, cause from the threads I read, installing it ain't no ride DOWN TO THE LAKE.
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    I think it looks awesome!!
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    Looks sweet, nice job
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    Nice job, I don't have the guts to change my housing...

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    With darker background:



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    Well done.

    Can you elaborate more on what you had to glue on?
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    MrKyoo, most builders say they have to glue the Blackberry Branded earpiece section above the screen in place, the oem replacements require it to stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fubaz View Post
    MrKyoo, most builders say they have to glue the Blackberry Branded earpiece section above the screen in place, the oem replacements require it to stick.

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    As he mentioned, the top housing piece in the front (mute/lock features located) did not snap or stay in place hence used a dab of super glue. All good





    Looks like even the original piece had some type of "glue" or rubber surrounding that helped "snap" in the housing.
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    Looks great. Professional job. Well done!
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    How's the keypad compared to OEM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interlude View Post
    How's the keypad compared to OEM?

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    Before you mentioned this, didn't really pay notice. They "look" identical having the original piece next to it (same angles of the buttons split down the T and Y columns, same size keys, etc).

    Now that i'm paying attention, does feel "bit" different. Buttons feel lower/more flush less keypress action needed. I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison, could all be in my head...thanks a bunch

    Tomorrow from the office will compare hands-on. Keep you posted.
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    Very Nice!

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    i wanna change the housing but it doesnt seem as easy as the 9000. i dont wanna damage my phone. no backup. its my one and only.
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    that looks very nice...good job
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    niiiice. good job
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    How do you feel about the metal back battery covers with the housing. I like the brown body but I want the brown metal cover also

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    Love it! Chocolate/coffee is one of my favorite colors.
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