04-19-10 03:05 PM
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  1. nolan.b's Avatar
    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





    Last edited by nolan.b; 04-18-10 at 11:39 PM.
    04-18-10 01:55 PM
  2. Michelle Haag's Avatar
    Looks sexy! Nice job
    04-18-10 02:19 PM
  3. dLo GSR's Avatar
    looks good! might look better if the bottom cover matched the keyboard color, but otherwise i like!
    04-18-10 02:20 PM
  4. fcknbambola's Avatar
    Wow. I'm not really a fan of brown, but that looks really chic. I love it.
    04-18-10 02:21 PM
  5. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Not quite my cup of tea (no pun intended ) Might look better if you replaced that
    battery cover. Nice work though.
    04-18-10 02:28 PM
  6. nolan.b's Avatar
    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!
    04-18-10 02:38 PM
  7. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Try taking a picture of the back on a darker surface. The light desktop may be
    skewing the view a bit.
    04-18-10 02:49 PM
  8. vanesserstation's Avatar
    Nice, great job dude. Reminds me of a candy bar.
    04-18-10 02:56 PM
  9. FreshThePoet's Avatar
    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.
    04-18-10 03:03 PM
  10. angelkissez's Avatar
    I think it looks awesome!!
    04-18-10 03:05 PM
  11. pilsbury's Avatar
    Looks sweet, nice job
    04-18-10 03:06 PM
  12. rhcpcjg's Avatar
    Nice job, I don't have the guts to change my housing...

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    04-18-10 03:07 PM
  13. nolan.b's Avatar
    With darker background:



    Last edited by nolan.b; 04-18-10 at 04:29 PM.
    04-18-10 03:18 PM
  14. MrKyoo's Avatar
    Well done.

    Can you elaborate more on what you had to glue on?
    04-18-10 03:20 PM
  15. Fubaz's Avatar
    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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    04-18-10 03:48 PM
  16. nolan.b's Avatar
    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.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com


    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.
    Last edited by nolan.b; 04-18-10 at 04:31 PM.
    04-18-10 03:52 PM
  17. spiderhider's Avatar
    Looks great. Professional job. Well done!
    04-18-10 03:56 PM
  18. Interlude's Avatar
    How's the keypad compared to OEM?

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    04-18-10 04:08 PM
  19. nolan.b's Avatar
    How's the keypad compared to OEM?

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    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.
    04-18-10 04:39 PM
  20. Geefiasco's Avatar
    Very Nice!

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    04-18-10 04:44 PM
  21. charlieb620's Avatar
    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.
    04-18-10 05:54 PM
  22. canusaybimmy's Avatar
    that looks very nice...good job
    04-19-10 08:18 AM
  23. MissGerman's Avatar
    niiiice. good job
    04-19-10 09:19 AM
  24. charlieb620's Avatar
    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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    04-19-10 09:54 AM
  25. mstibby's Avatar
    Love it! Chocolate/coffee is one of my favorite colors.
    04-19-10 09:58 AM
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