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Comparing the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Bold 9000


Salomondrin does a great job of leaking videos of unreleased devices and his most recent is a comparison of the Bold 9700 and the Bold 9000. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 aka the Onyx, will have some decent specs with a 3.2MP camera, 256 MB of memory and a tighter form factor.

Because these videos are constantly being pulled, we’ve decided to bring it to you in picture form.
click through to see some notes and pictures from the Bold 9700 and 9000 comparison video


T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 details emerge including preloads


Al Sacco of CIO.com got an email from T-Mobile USA’s PR firm that contained a marketing image of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 as well as some previously unknown details. The image came before an embargo was signed so he decided to publish.

According to the PR firm:

“The BlackBerry ‘Onyx’ sports a premium experience and design with a high-gloss black finish and leather grain detail on the back. Boasting features such as high-speed 3G Web browsing, Wi-Fi calling, visual voicemail and support for corporate and personal e-mail options, the ‘Onyx’ will satisfy all your on-the-go needs. Also the phone comes preloaded with mobile applications from BlackBerry App World, including Amazon MP3 store for quick and easy music downloads and TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn directions.”

It seems we’ll be getting an official announcement about this device early November. Rumor has it that the T-Mobile version of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will come with slightly different specs. The T-Mobile version is rumored to have the same battery as the Curve 8900/Storm/Tour, while the AT&T version will come with the Bold 9000 battery. Also, the processor is rumored to be different as well.

It’s great to see App World coming preloaded with the device, and I’m hoping this will be standard on all future BlackBerry devices.

The Amazon MP3 store is interesting but I’m more interested in getting the 7Digital application. It was supposed to be available this summer but I’ve yet to see it available for download.



A closer look at the BlackBerry Bold 9700


UPDATE: Sorry folks, looks like the video has been removed. Until next time!

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive devices in the RIM product line. The device is part of the Bold product line meaning that it’s geared towards high level executives and CEOs. That means that it will be relatively expensive and come with all of the features you would expect from a high-end smartphone.

The above video is a quick look at the form factor and trackpad functionality. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to trying this one out.



BlackBerry Desktop Manager comes with tethering feature



The German ninja at benezblog has leaked the upcoming BlackBerry Desktop Manager which is rumored to be bundled with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 aka the BlackBerry Onyx.

Desktop Manager comes with a new feature that allows you to easily set up your BlackBerry as a modem so you can tether it to your laptop. It seems to be working but some users are having issues connecting. This is leaked software so all the kinks haven’t been worked out. If you’re unable to connect, you may still have to use an existing tethering solution such as TetherBerry.

Included with the rumor is a leaked copy of Desktop Manager, which includes the modem feature.

Try it out for yourself. Are you able to tether your laptop and your BlackBerry?

Download Desktop Manager (English, sans Media Manager)
Download Desktop Manager (Multilanguage with Media Manager): RapidShare Part 1 & RapidShare Part 2



eBay pre-release BlackBerry devices are a waste of money



Here at BlackBerry Cool, we have had our share of pre-release BlackBerry devices in the office. While it’s fun to play with the device and get an idea of the form factor, the software hasn’t been through the requisite testing and is usually very buggy. The OS is generally outdated and overall, it’s a very limited version of what you will get when the device comes to market.

A company on eBay is currently offering two pre-release BlackBerry devices: the BlackBerry Storm 2 and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (listed as the BlackBerry Onyx).

The above image is a screencap of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 listing and it shows just how ridiculous this listing is. The image shows the 9700 with a trackball. We know the device will be shipping with a trackpad and if you were to purchase this device you would be seriously missing out. Currently, the item’s highest bid is at US $1,625.00.

The BlackBerry Storm 2 is currently bidding at US $1,125.00 and it’s looking like it might be a scam. While the seller has a great seller’s rating, the item uses a picture from Engadget. The only other image attached to the auction looks like a mess of wires. If the user was serious about this sale, you would think they would take the time to post a proper picture as in the case of the 9700 listing. Again, with this purchase you are going to miss out on what could be a great device. A touchscreen BlackBerry such as the Storm 2 will have to go through an incredibly rigorous testing period as the accelerometer and new UI adds more levels of complexity. Buying this device before it’s ready for market will be a complete waste of your hard earned money.

I’m not even going to link to the eBay auction out of principle.


Everybody wants the BlackBerry Bold 9700 aka the Bold 2


It seems a few carriers will be getting their hands on the BlackBerry Bold 9700. As you know, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the update to the Bold product line, making it in essence, the Bold 2. The device will be a smaller form factor than the original Bold, and will come with a battery casing reminiscent of the Bold 9000.

So far, we have pictures of the 9700 at both AT&T and Bell retail locations in the sales systems. We’re guessing a Fall 2009 launch date for the Bold 9700, and it’s good to see Bell picking it up as they missed out on the Bold 9000.

[Bell Via][AT&T Via]


BlackBerry Onyx 9700 details roundup: the BlackBerry Bold sequel


blackberry-9700-bold brand

The BlackBerry Onyx 9700 is shaping up to be the next generation BlackBerry Bold. The specifications as well as some form factor features are confirming that this is the BlackBerry Bold sequel.

While Onyx is the codename that we’re hearing right now, it could very well be changed once it hits a carrier, which will likely be AT&T first. It’s likely that AT&T will drop the Onyx codename once it hits the market, and may simply go with BlackBerry Bold 9700 or the BlackBerry Bold 2.

PhoneGeek, a field tester for AT&T who has been using the Bold 2, has confirmed some of the following details about the device:

  • The Bold 9700 is now known to have both the trackpad and the Bold-style casing.
  • The device will be approximately the same size as the 8900 with a keyboard that resembles the Bold.
  • The battery cover has changed yet again and apparently it is also an improvement.
  • Memory card is behind the battery cover and not on the side a la Bold 9000.
  • The mute and lock buttons are on the top.
  • 256mb of flash memory.
  • The device came to the field with SW on Platform
  • Battery life seems greatly improved from the Bold 9000.

The Bold 9700 is going to be one of the most powerful devices yet on the RIM product line and I’m really looking forward to the launch.

[PhoneGeek's post]