| | 03-24-12, 08:10 AM Thread Author #1
If you're thinking of going for a 9900... Just do it
You won't regret it. At least, I haven't.
I switched from a 9780 to a 9900 about 2-3 weeks ago.
Was very reluctant to move because of 2 main reasons, the camera and the battery life.
Decided to do it because my 9780 was an absolute beast for me and I thought I have to stick with RIM for the joy that phone gave me, so I upgraded to their new flagship.
First off, I ran the device on day 1 with stock OS 7, and sure enough, the battery was dead by 5PM. I immediately bought a second backup battery and charger bundle, I went into this with eyes open so I was fine with it.
What did really surprise me is I tried taking pictures of documents as I need to with my 9900, no zoom, no fancy tricks, it does a more than serviceable job. Its not crystal clear on every pic but its more than readable which is all that I need and a lot, a lot better than I was expecting, which as a great surprise.
Did a wipe and installed OS 7.1 on the second day, and the battery life since has been phenomenal, I now go through a full day very easily on a single charge, and don't need to worry about the battery unless I go through heavy (for me) usage.
I still have the backup battery but haven't needed it once.
The keyboard is just a dream, and I absolutely love typing on it, no stutters, no errors, its more fun to use than my laptop keyboard.
The marriage of a touchscreen and a keyboard in OS7 is brilliant, its just the pinnacle of mobile phone OSes for me. Straight from the home screen, I type away the name of the app I need, its localised, I touch the one I want, job done. Just selecting something makes me feel so happy to be using this phone.
Overall I give it two thumbs and two big toes up because its, yet again, the best phone Ive ever owned. Its surprised me and exceeded my expectations in every way.
There are 2 negatives, Id say, neither of which affects end users.
- When I decided to get this phone I went all over the place trying to get a working display model to try it out before committing. I went to several CarphoneWarehouses, a Three store and an Orange store. No one had a working display model. Also, they all tried to convince me to get other phones instead.
I bought the phone blind in the end, but I can imagine a lot of users wanting to see what the fuss is about have to take the leap blind, which is a pity, and RIM needs to look at ensuring its devices are out there for people to play with and handle for themselves when they're considering it, or they will be led elsewhere. All I got in a Three store was one of those plastic dummy models which felt nothing like the real deal and actually put me off a little.
- OS7.1 has made a huge difference to me from a battery point of view. I can't help thinking that if its software that makes this much of a difference it was a huge mistake to release the initial version for as long as they did.
People formed very negative impressions based on the early build available, and now most people won't edit their review or viewpoints of give it a second try with the upgraded software.
Getting a customer to give your brand a try is a lot easier than convincing someone who's had a bad experience with your brand to come back. When someone tries a device they need to be hooked, the upgrades can't come so far apart for future devices.
Hopefully they'll learn from this with BB10 devices, but overall, the 9900 at the present moment is just a beast of a phone.
If you're even thinking about it a little, just close your eyes and take the leap. I can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed.