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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 8530: side by side

0. phoneArena 05 Jan 2010, 04:28 posted on

RIM has two new devices on the market, both a refresh of popular originals. The Curve 8530 replaces the Curve 8330 on the nation’s major CDMA carriers, and the Bold 9700 is an overhaul of the 9000. Given that both run on the same platform is there really that much of a difference?...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


Wouldn't it be a better comparison between the bold 9700 and the curve 8900?? The curve 85xx can't even out do the bold 9000, mind the 9700...

posted on 05 Jan 2010, 21:50

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its the same thing i tell every customer. both are great phones. the bold just adds a bigger camera (which i dont think they even mentioned..lol), slightly higher rez screen and some extra media features. people with nails tend to like the curve a lil better since the extra space between the keys is a lil more "nail overhang" friendly. other than that, most go for the bold.. why... cuz its the upper end, and peeps like having "the best" lol. wanna pay $100 more for what equates to a slightly bigger camera.. go ahead. lol

posted on 06 Aug 2010, 22:31

5. CPNYtoCHI (unregistered)


I totally agree in that they seem to peform the same, although, the Bold is built better. I have tried both phones and don't see a big difference in the key pad either. In my opinion the extra media features are useless. Who is going to watch a movie on their cell phone. If you want to take good pictures then go out and buy a Digital SLR camera.

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 11:04

3. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


9700 has bigger keys which the latter are smaller yet more space..bigger hands=need wider keys

posted on 19 Jan 2010, 11:12

4. ErikSax (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 May 2009)


The high resolution of the Bold is very noticeable when reading text. It is a drastic and very much appreciated improvement. RIM should abandon using low resolution LCD panels for BlackBerry screens. The Tour is far more appealing than the Curve for the same reason.

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