BlackBerry Bold 9700 versus the BlackBerry Bold 9000



With the BlackBerry Bold 9700 now official, we can take a look at the known specs for the device. Overall, things are to be expected. The device takes everything that the 9000 had, and improves on it. The easiest way to understand the Bold 9700, is to see how it compares to its predecessor.


As you can see from the above image, the form factor is significantly more compact in the 9700 than with the Bold 9000. Every dimension of the 9700 is smaller, especially the weight. The Bold 9700 weighs in at 89 grams, while the Bold 9000 weighs in a 136 grams.


In terms of available features, the Bold 9700 packs everything that the 9000 had, but a few changes have been made. Most notably, the device uses a trackpad, whereas the Bold 9000 uses a trackball. This is unofficially the new standard at RIM and it’s very welcomed. Trackballs tend to break and a trackpad will mean the device lasts much longer. Also improved is the camera. The standard for RIM is now 3.2MP, which provides decent pictures, good enough for sharing on the Internet at least.


The media capabilities of the 9700 are better than the 9000. The 9700 packs 480×360, whereas the Bold 9000 comes in at 480×320. Again, everything we’re reading about this device tells us it’s a little better spec wise with a much more modern form factor.


There isn’t anything spectacular to report in terms of new media functionality but that is to be expected. We do know that this device will ship with OS 5, meaning the media experience from a software perspective will be a little improved. Overall, OS 5 is going to make this device a little better in terms of navigation and user interface.


The battery life has been significantly improved on the 9700. RIM has managed to add 1.5 hours of talk time and 8.5 days of life to the battery. This may turn out to be the most loved feature of them all.

So it looks like the Bold 9700 is shaping up to be a top-of-the-line device. Running on 3G HSDPA networks, packing a 624 MHz processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and WiFi, 3.2MP camera and a sharp display, you can’t go wrong with this BlackBerry.

  • Jack

    this is very useful. however, i have been contemplating purchases both of these phones although cannot decide for the life of me which one to go for! i love trackball but my main worry is how long it will last on a reliability term, i also love the design of the bold 9000. But as stated in this review, the 9700 is shaping up to be a much better, modernised phone. Has anyone got any advice for me please?

  • blackberry supporter

    face it people …. its the new era

    Blackberry Phones were created to be BIG and Smart ! why the hell they manufactured the 9700 ! its Not a blackberry phone its any other phone u can use with upgraded specifications . So if you want a small tiny mobile go for other mobile brand .


  • jason

    ..dammmmmnnnn…. hahahaha

  • Riccardo991

    I own and blackberry and have for some time, and must say Iphone kicks blackberry arse Hard.

  • Josie097

    I have had the Bold 9000 for 6 months and hate it! It is good at first when you get it but after a while if you update it with the newer software it constantly crashes and freezes, and turns off just before low battery. Also after i got the phone 2 weeks on, the bluetooth broke and hasn’t worked since! I am dissapointed becuase this phone wasn’t cheap either. I would die for an iPhone and would deal for a 9700, either way… don’t buy a 9000!

  • Diverdan

    I know this is kind of late in the game but just wanted to post my thoughts as a longtime Bb user. I went from using a Motorola RAZR to the Bb Pearl when it first came out. I liked the Pearl as a phone but the internet (MediaNet) really sucked. As soon as the Bold 9000 came out I switched to that and loved it. Everything about it! Except for one little thing. The trackball. I had to replace the damn thing 3 times. When the 9700 came out with the trackPAD, I switched as soon as my account was upgradeable. I really loved this “new improved” model. The trackpad was an amazing improvement to the phone overall. But… Only one little thing stood in the way of making it the perfect phone; the onboard memory. I know many people have posted as to why it was astonishingly diminished from 1 GB to 256 MBs but not to my satisfaction. If you could download your apps to the SD card, no problem. If you could store all your contacts on the SD card, no problem. If you could store all the items in your memo pad on the SD card, no problem. But such is not the case. I’ve downloaded 15 apps that I use pretty much all the time and deleted the one’s that came pre-loaded on the phone and am down to about 60 MB of memory left which really bogs down everything.
    I can’t wait until the Motorola Atrix 4g comes out next month!

  • Just my 2 cents

    Sounds to me like you love yourself just a bit more than your phone.