When we first posted impressions of the BlackBerry Curve 9700, we asked BlackBerry Cool readers what they would like to know about the device. We have taken some time to post more pictures of this device, and answer some of your questions.
Albert: Does the T-Mobile HSPA Bold support more than 1700 AWS band for 3G?
The BlackBerry Curve 9700 has the following network support:
- 3G (HSDPA) compatible
- UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6), 2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1,4,8)
- GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
- Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM
Touchpro247: Turn the device on show some pics of the home screen. Show a pic of the about screen.
T-Mobile Curve: I’d appreciate info on the processor. Rumor has it that T-Mobile’s version will have the 8900’s processor, not the Bold’s. Thanks!
hassan: any one when it going to be released to the hole world ???? and if any one know how can i buy it with an unlocked virgin now and ship it to another country ?
This device is going to take a while to be released in countries outside of North America and Europe. We don’t have any details yet, but stay tuned.
canadian wireless hater: Does the browser still suck? How does it run with the 3G? Fast? And is the T-Mobile 9700’s 3G AWS or north american? Test shots with the camera please and thanks.
The browser is no different than any other browser running 5.0 software. It is basically the same browser as always, but with a little more support for different web content. I’m hard pressed to see any real differences.
Here is a picture taken with the Bold 9700. The camera is pretty decent at 3.2MP but nothing spectacular. It has a flash which really helps too.
Chris: What is the impression of the trackpad? Is it better navigating than with the trackball or even the trackwheel?
1) Battery. Does it use the same battery as the T-Mobile Curve 8900 (and original Verizon Storm)?
No it does not. As you can see from this pic, the battery looks like the Bold series batteries but according to the specs, it has been updated and gives much more talk time.
2) Charging. Still charge through the micro-USB port? (Thought I read somewhere that it’s back to a proprietary charger.)
Yes, RIM is still using micro-USB. It is now the industry standard and as far as I’m concerned, here to stay.
3) 3G. Any noticeable speed difference on T-Mobile, or does the browser’s crappiness make it irrelevant?
I notice that 3G helps when you’re browsing through YouTube videos and rich media content for sure. Also, if you download a lot of applications, you will really appreciate the 3G.
4) WiFi. Curve 8900 barely attaches to WiFi, presumably to save on battery life. New Bold any more aggressive about WiFi?
There are some issues regarding WiFi with BlackBerry devices and the fact that they turn it off to save battery life. Personally, I found it stayed connected to my WiFi signal loyally, but I will get back to this issue soon with something official from RIM.
5) UMA. Curve 8900 bad about switching between WiFi and Edge when on UMA. Any improvement when talking via UMA, especially when switching between WiFi and the T-Mobile network?
It took about 5 seconds for the device to log on to the WiFi connection and start up UMA. I have about 2 signal bars of UMA and the call quality is very decent.
Any more questions? Comment and we’ll answer!