If you have a BlackBerry Bold 9000, you’ll love it not as much. That’ll be because the 9700 is a 9000 in a smaller package.
And you Curve users? Well it’s the same size, and thinner than the Curve.
What’s to like about the 9700?
- Size, it’s smaller than the current Bold 9000, and a little thinner than the BlackBerry Curve.
- It’s lighter than the Bold 9000.
- While in the holster, you can have an audio cable plugged in.
(this is one of thing that annoys me about some PDAs)
- Faster than the Bold 9000.
- The BlackBerry 9700 has a physical lock button, which means we don’t need to place a Lock icon on the home screen.
What’s not to like about it?
- The physical lock button. I kept hitting it by accident.
I’m sure I would get used to it.
- The microSD card is hard to get out.
There seems to be some sort of lip or catch that holds the card in.
- Trackpad takes a little bit of time to get used to.
How do I think it’ll go in the field, amongst real users?
Very well. I think it will sell like hotcakes. And with the Trackpad replacing the fault prone TrackBall means we’ll see a lot less (faulty) handsets being returned to us.
It’s definitely a GOOD thing. FASTer than the Bold 9000, but unfortunately not any CHEAPer than the current Bold 9000.
I’m looking forward to our customers getting their hands on the 9700.