1. hardee's Avatar
    I've been using the 9000 for my work phone for awhile, and love it. My trackball is starting to become more hassle than it's worth to keep clean and rolling properly, and I was thinking of buying a 9700 to replace it. I'm not a heavy app user on my work line (mail, SMS, and BBM, as well as a couple streaming radio apps), and would likely continue to run OS5 for stability. Aside from the trackpad over my gunky trackball on my 9000, are there any major benefits of the 9700 over the 9000?
    01-26-13 11:53 AM
  2. raino's Avatar
    There are a few more differences:

    9700 has double the RAM (256MB vs. 128MB)
    9700 has a higher pixel camera (3.15 vs 2)
    9700 has a better screen resolution (246 ppi vs 222 ppi)
    9700 can accommodate a larger microSD card (16GB vs. 8)
    9700 has one fourth the internal storage (256MB vs. 1GB)
    01-26-13 12:25 PM
  3. agp101's Avatar
    Hey.. Out of curiosity: at which price point are you looking to get a 9700? Personally I'm trying to weigh what the advantage of a 9700 would be over say, a cheap 7.1 device like the 9320 which sells for $120 to $150 new, off-contract depending where you buy it from. It is an incredible improvement over 9700 and os5/os6, even if you do just use it for bbm and email.

    Is there any reason in particular which justifies your decision which I am not aware of? Just want to make sure you're making the best purchase for your uses
    01-26-13 01:15 PM
  4. hardee's Avatar
    The internal storage is my main concern...even with a shrunken hybrid on my 9000 and the 5 apps I have downloaded, the file free is much lower than I would like. Thank you for your reply!
    01-26-13 01:15 PM
  5. agp101's Avatar
    Yeah... that can be annoying. It was my life story on my 9700 os6 even with a well shrunk OS x_x. (I just couldn't do os5 mainly due to the lack of tabbed browsing.. I'm a heavy browser! lol).
    My 9320 has a well shrunk 7.1.... many apps installed (I'd say 20-25) and i still have 150mb of free storage, and the os overall is so much more stable than my previous 9700.

    Anyway, hope this helps

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9320 using Tapatalk
    01-26-13 01:25 PM
  6. hardee's Avatar
    I guess, as with everything else, eBay is not the best place to look? I only had a few things that steered me towards the 9700 (and none are dealbreakers if I went another direction):
    1) Price of the 9700 on eBay hovering around $100
    2) Use of my 9000 batteries in the 9700 (just a minor cost savings, as cheap as many accessories can be had now)
    3) Build quality of my 9000 as compared to previous personal BBs I've owned (8330, 9630, etc..) the 9000 just feels right. Again, not a dealbreaker.

    The newest BB I've owned was a 9650, so 7.0, 7.1 (and to a large extent, 6.0) devices are out of my realm of expertise...so I was really going on what I knew before as opposed to anything new(er) and drastically improved. $150 is not out of the range of what I'd be willing to pay...where can these devices be found for this price point?
    01-26-13 01:26 PM
  7. agp101's Avatar
    Ebay isn't a bad place if you find a good seller . Usually the online merchants are more reputable.. I got my 9700 off Ebay used and there were no problems with it.

    I forgot that your 9000 battery is compatible with the 9700! Thats a plus.

    As for where to get these cheap 7.1 devices... I'm in Canada and they're pretty much available at every carrier... Some sell it for $120 and some for $150 off-contract. Just simply buy one retail

    I guess it's really up to you what to get.. you can always check em' out in store and see if you like them.

    The 9700 is rather unbeatable in battery life though... I don't think theres a comparison with any BB there lol.. it really just keeps going

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9320 using Tapatalk
    01-26-13 01:35 PM
  8. hardee's Avatar
    Ahh, you Canadians and your fortune of having RIM as the home team...

    Battery life is probably my biggest sticking point on the 9700. I work in a somewhat fringe-y service area, and kind of giggle that my more heavily-used 9000 will get through the workday with at least a half a charge, while my coworker's iPhone is plugged in by lunchtime! As long as a 7.1 device can at least get me through a day, it definitely gives me something more to think about. I appreciate the help for an old-BB user reborn as a noob!
    01-26-13 01:48 PM
  9. grover5's Avatar
    The 9700 is a great device OP. Especially on OS 5. I would strongly recommend it given what your needs are. Tunein radio Is a great app for radio by the way.
    01-26-13 01:51 PM

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