What BlackBerry users should learn from iOS4

by Volker Weber

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When Apple offered to upgrade existing iPhone 3G and 3GS users a new version of the operating system, people were quick to update. A very usable 3G turned into a slug, a 3GS was only somewhat worse. Basically new bugs.

Now RIM has BlackBerry 6 and a new device, the 9800 Torch. After looking at the Apple debacle, do you really want to upgrade your existing phone to a new OS generation? I am not so sure*. A Bold 9000 (the original) has 128 MB of RAM, the Bold 9700 has 256, the Torch 9800 has 512. Apple wasn't smart enough to not allow the update on the 3G, but RIM says you will need a 9700. And there is a hardware update in the wings. Apparently the 9700 gets a refresh in 4Q10. 512 MB of RAM and the Torch camera. That will come with BlackBerry 6.

My advice would be, even if RIM does offer BlackBerry 6, don't be the guinea pig to try it out.

*) I am perfectly aware that iOS is completely different beast from BlackBerry 6 and does not have the same memory footprint. I'd just be careful.


Good point. My hope is that they are smart enough to optimize their usage. (Since, touch will not be part of 9700's experience)

Bilal Jaffery, 2010-08-20

As soon as I heard they are going to double the RAM for the BlackBerry 6 equipped 9700v2, I became very cautious.

Volker Weber, 2010-08-21

One can hope. :(

Bilal Jaffery, 2010-08-21

You know I have this defect that I see things as they are, and not as they are supposed to be? :-)

Volker Weber, 2010-08-21

take a lokk at this... not too bad i think!

Martin Andresen, 2010-08-21

Yes, I may be completely wrong.

Volker Weber, 2010-08-21

Gibt es denn schon geleakte Versionen von BlackBerryOS 6 für den Bold 9700?

Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, 2010-08-23

Whoops. The last post was meant to be in English. It's early still, no coffee yet.

So again: Has anybody seen a leaked version of BlackBerryOS 6 for the Bold 9700 somewhere?

Also, I find it pretty funny that the BGR guy touts the BBOS build running on the Bold as snappier than the production build they tested on the Torch. Less eye-candy on the Bold, potentially?

Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, 2010-08-23

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