01-19-12 09:40 AM
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  1. neil74's Avatar
    My 9900 upgrade arrived today. I have not really used it enough yet but my initial impression is I am not sure.

    It is certainly quicker booting up as is app world, general navigation so far however seems pretty much the same. In the hand is where I am not sure, in my opinion the 9780 feels better in the hand, time will tell on that one.

    It is early days, my main motivation for the upgrade (other than being a sucker for gadgets) was that the 9780 often slows to a crawl and takes an age to boot up. The 9790 has also caught my eye but I'd never buy a newly released BB again as it always seems to take few months for all the apps and themes to port across. I thought about going back to an iPhone but that Apple tax is pretty hefty and the ipod touch does me fine.

    Let's see how it goes.
    01-12-12 05:17 PM
  2. lycafe's Avatar
    For me, to go from 9780 to 9900 was an instant love..
    01-12-12 09:11 PM
  3. BerryWorshiper's Avatar
    Going from a 9780 to a 9900 is like..........



    to




    Faster, thinner, and down right destroys the 9780 (Coming from an iPhone 4S owner) by the way
    01-12-12 09:44 PM
  4. neil74's Avatar
    I can see that the keyboard is better, this has though been offset by it being not as comfortable to use one handed.

    Also no left side convenience key, not happy with that.
    01-13-12 03:52 AM
  5. juliankueh's Avatar
    Well, I'm on day three after my 9780-9900 conversion. I, too, am unsure about the 9900's aesthetics but it sure is fast. I'll stick with it for a bit. I can always sell it and return to the 9780.
    01-13-12 04:11 AM
  6. neil74's Avatar
    That's how I feel, although I usually sell the old phone while it is still worth something. Maybe I'll sell it and get a 9790 in a few months if I am not impressed. 9780 is a great phone but it is slow and that was the one thing that grated me.

    Of course I am yet to get a feel on battery life with the 9900.
    01-13-12 04:25 AM
  7. juliankueh's Avatar
    Battery life is a bit hit and miss. If I use it heaps then the battery gets hammered hard. I'm talking 30% in an hour. Standby alone, it'll stay solid for ages. My typical usage includes approx 90mins browsing, 30mins talk, an hour of podcasts, 50+emails, some BBM and a few texts. After 12hrs I'll be on 20-30%. On the 9780 I'd still be on 60%. It's early days in the battery cycle, though.
    01-13-12 04:32 AM
  8. neil74's Avatar
    I have been getting 2-3 days on the 9780 but then I often switch off 3g unless I really need it. For email and messaging I have always found 2g to be just fine, I only switch on 3g (using quicklaunch) if I need to surf or go on facebook or something.
    01-13-12 04:49 AM
  9. neil74's Avatar
    Have to say the lack of the left side convenience key is annoying, it affects quicklaunch and the positioning of the right side key is uncomfortable.
    01-13-12 05:55 AM
  10. infinus's Avatar
    If you have every used BB9000, then gone to 97xx
    you will surely feel the difference and luxury of 99xx.
    but if you born with curves, new smaller bold devices then it doesn't feels that much..
    my sister is a curve fan.. she refused to a bulky 9000 and gave it to me.
    .
    use 9900 for some time and if you don't like it..
    get a 9790... it's just 9780+10
    01-13-12 06:02 AM
  11. FuzzyB's Avatar
    That's how I feel, although I usually sell the old phone while it is still worth something. Maybe I'll sell it and get a 9790 in a few months if I am not impressed. 9780 is a great phone but it is slow and that was the one thing that grated me.

    Of course I am yet to get a feel on battery life with the 9900.
    If the 9900 does not impress you then your standards are set too high to reach as a bb owner/ lover.
    01-13-12 06:23 AM
  12. neil74's Avatar
    you can use always use a application like sixtools, which gives you the ability to use the volumer-rockers as extra convience-keys.
    They are all on the right hand side of the phone too though. The 9790 will be the same as the 89900 though just the 1 convenience key.

    On the 9780 the left side key was perfectly placed imo.
    Last edited by neil74; 01-13-12 at 06:56 AM.
    01-13-12 06:53 AM
  13. SpiritsFade's Avatar
    Have to say the lack of the left side convenience key is annoying, it affects quicklaunch and the positioning of the right side key is uncomfortable.

    This and the fact that the speaker is on the bottom are the only two things I dislike about my 9930. Otherwise, when I upgraded my friends 9780 last night, I couldn't believe how slow it was compared to my 9930. Its going to be my only blackberry for a very long time. If I end up liking QWERTY BB10 phones, thatll probably be the next investment. I do know for a fact though, that I'm sticking to blackberry

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9930 using Tapatalk
    01-13-12 07:05 AM
  14. emirozmen's Avatar
    Use the device for at least a week, then decide.
    01-13-12 11:49 AM
  15. SC457's Avatar
    9900 is the best for me with bigger hands. Actually I like the size so much better I got a Bold 9000 as a 2nd phone for work in favor of a 9700 and can't complain at all.

    9900 size and form factor is everything I've wanted in a phone. Can't wait to see how performance increases on 7.1, hopefully AT&T releases that soon!
    01-13-12 12:23 PM
  16. neil74's Avatar
    Update The keyboard is excellent, loving that.

    Another annoyance, removing the phone from the case without grabbing the volume button is imo poor design.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    01-13-12 02:16 PM
  17. BoldtotheMax's Avatar
    I am thinking need a little more time to really decide.

    I went back to my BB 9700 for awhile and really do miss my physical keyboard, but that was about it. Quickly back on my Android mytouch4G.

    Love the 9900 as I know a couple people with them. Only thing holding me back on purchasing one is all the bricking issues. If not for that, probably be rocking a 9900.

    Sent from my HTC Glacier using Tapatalk
    01-13-12 02:43 PM
  18. chunt69's Avatar
    Play with it for a bit longer- I was the same when I went from my 9700 to my current 9900. Once you get used to the touchscreen and better keyboard, not to mention the speed at which it can multitask you won't look back :-)
    (Its also amazing how many apps It can swallow up without effecting the performance of the device!)
    01-13-12 03:33 PM
  19. escentz's Avatar
    I've had my 9930 since it was released. I switched carriers for it. I seriously miss my 9780, that's for sure. I'm hoping verizon gets the 9790... And that it isn't as buggy and infuriating as my 9930
    01-13-12 04:27 PM
  20. neil74's Avatar
    Update: Battery life is not proving as horrific as I feared. Initially on Friday it dropped like a stone but yesterday I used it as I did my 9780 which is in the house gprs and wifi and outside gprs (unless I need 3G) and the discharge rate was 1.7%, took it off charge at 10:30am and it had 77% left when I switched it off last night (11pm ish)

    Probably not the heaviest day of use I have had but overall not terrible.
    01-15-12 04:25 AM
  21. juliankueh's Avatar
    Yea battery life on Edge is very reasonable. Quite bad on 3G. What OS are you on, neil74?
    01-15-12 04:29 AM
  22. neil74's Avatar
    7.0 bundle 2406 (v7.0.0.585. I am on Orange UK.

    I am just trying to use it as I did the 9780, I only got 2-3 days from the 9780 because I stuck with 2G, on 3G probably 1-2 days. For what I use it for messaging 2G is just fine, emails works, BBM works whatsapp works, Facebook struggles a bit so I often switch on 3G for that otherwise I only switch it on for web browsing.

    Interestingly the drain % on GPRS was 2% and it reduced to 1.7% when I got home and put wifi on.
    01-15-12 04:40 AM
  23. neil74's Avatar
    Ok 3 days in and I think that for how I use my phone the battery life is more than good enough.

    Mine came off charge at 10:45am on Saturday and right now (10:30am on Monday morning) the battery is sitting at 45%, not bad at all I think, this includes switching it off completely at night. Curiously it loses about 5% when switched off overnight.

    Maybe my use has been lighter than before but overall I can live with this. Now if only they would release theme builder.....
    01-16-12 04:36 AM
  24. infinus's Avatar
    Update The keyboard is excellent, loving that.

    Another annoyance, removing the phone from the case without grabbing the volume button is imo poor design.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    I agree on this...
    so i keep it holster when i am not move..
    RIM should have redesigned holsters too,
    it's so old design.. they need fundamental changes..
    01-16-12 04:55 AM
  25. neil74's Avatar
    It does not help that the supplied holster is so snug. Maybe the aftermarket leather one will work better?
    01-16-12 07:29 AM
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