A Bold Curve

by Volker Weber

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WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the sleek and powerful BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9700 smartphone. ... with support for 3G HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi(R), a 3.2MP camera and a sharp, dazzling display.

Looks like a Bold in a Curve's skin, minus Trackball, plus Trackpad. This should be the BlackBerry to get.

Comments

Jepp - this looks definitely nice and the specification is also very good. I am currently thinking about Pre - or this one? Hmm..

Johannes Woltermann, 2009-10-21

I have found the trackball to be more of a liability than an asset. It doesn't work any better (really) than my old Treo's pointer t680 , it gets gunk in it easily and needs to be cleaned, and it doesn't work I put the Bold in a ziplock bag to protect it from rain (camping/sporting events/etc).

It's a good move to ditch it.

Craig Wiseman, 2009-10-21

Saw this in an IBM exec's hand at LoLA in Boston. VERY impressive. Want.

Rob McDonagh, 2009-10-21

No information yet on availability or carriers. But I think that this is the Blackberry that will finally make me replace my Palm Treo 755p.

Gregg Eldred, 2009-10-21

It will be available on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US with possibilities of Rogers in CA and Vodaphone in the EU in the next couple weeks. Too bad it's not on a decent network in the US, otherwise I'd consider it.

scott marchione, 2009-10-21

The start should rather read "BOCHUM, GERMANY" - developed at the ex-Nokia site there....

Kai Scharwacht, 2009-10-21

It will be available on Rogers in Canada.

Concensus is that most folks with Bolds and Curve are not going to upgrade, very minor updates from Bold.

-> from Crackberry

Onyx is 20% smaller physically (size of curve 8900 a big turn-off for me).

It may have 40 more vertical pixels but the PHYSICAL SCREEN is 2.44" vs. the 2.65" of the Bold. Then you have the smaller keyboard.

The Onyx has no onboard memory like the 1 gb found on the bold and it also removes two external speakers and so music and sound are worse than the Bold or curve 8900.

It uses the same 624 mhz processor but slightly tweaked.

Yes the 3.2 mp camera is an upgrade but video recording remains the same quality as the bold, tour, curve 8900.

So basically, it uses the EXACT same screen, memory, camera, and keyboard of the Tour, is the size of the curve 8900.

I don't see why any TRUE Bold owner would want to upgrade when within a year the new Magnum/Dakota will release which is the size of the bold, a bit slimmer, has a new camera with liquid lens technology, hybrid touch screen like the palm pre allowing for flick scrolling, possibly new browser with flash support which RIM said they were working on for 2010 etc...

Bilal Jaffery, 2009-10-26

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