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    Key Differences between 9700 and 9780

    First and Foremost, I just wanted to make sure I'm on the same page as everyone else on the key differences between the Bold 9700, and Bold 9780


    • Slightly different finish on sides (9780 has a darker chrome look)
    • OS 6 comes Standard on 9780
    • 9780 has 512MB onboard as opposed to 9700's 256, mostly to cope with the increased requirements of OS6
    • 9780 has a 5MP camera, 9700 has a 3.2MP camera
    • 9780 supports HSPDA 7.2mbits, 9700 only supports 3.6mbits
    • 9700 is 0.1mm thicker. This is trivial at best.
    • 9780 supports HSUPA 2.0mbits, 9700 does not support HSUPA
    • Battery life on the 9780 is improved slightly, although the battery is the same (1500mAh)
    • 9780 has lower SAR values than the 9700.

    If you have anything more, or if any of this is wrong, post here, and I'll do my best to correct it.
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    I believe the key buttons are slightly different in design.

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    thinner better faster stronger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Jerde View Post
    I believe the key buttons are slightly different in design.
    I got my hands on one to see if this is the case or not, and I didn't see any distinguishable differences from my old 9700, and the new 9780, except that the keys on the 9780 didn't have nearly as much wear as my old trusty 9700.

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    thinner better faster stronger!
    Thinner? No. Better? Barely. Faster? Not exactly. The processor in the 9780 is exactly the same 624mhz processor that can be found in the 9700. The key difference in speed is due to the combination of OS6, and the 512MB ram. Both have the same 256MB ROM. OS6 isn't really much faster to me, but it "seems" faster as everything is more "fluid" in motion. I've ran OS6 on the 9700, and it feels just as fast as OS6 on the 9780. Both phones are perfectly capable of handling it. Stronger? No.
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    Some reports are surfacing that the Blackberry 9780 has a brighter screen and backlight. Initial investigation suggests that this has less to do with the model, and more to do with both Age, and production location. It appears that the plants in Mexico, and Canada are using two different kinds of LED backlights for both the 9700 and 9780. Depending on where your Blackberry was manufactured, the LED backlighting may differ slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceMage View Post
    I got my hands on one to see if this is the case or not, and I didn't see any distinguishable differences from my old 9700, and the new 9780, except that the keys on the 9780 didn't have nearly as much wear as my old trusty 9700.



    Thinner? No. Better? Barely. Faster? Not exactly. The processor in the 9780 is exactly the same 624mhz processor that can be found in the 9700. The key difference in speed is due to the combination of OS6, and the 512MB ram. Both have the same 256MB ROM. OS6 isn't really much faster to me, but it "seems" faster as everything is more "fluid" in motion. I've ran OS6 on the 9700, and it feels just as fast as OS6 on the 9780. Both phones are perfectly capable of handling it. Stronger? No.

    So apart from that, the camera has gone from a 3mp to a 5mp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceMage View Post
    I got my hands on one to see if this is the case or not, and I didn't see any distinguishable differences from my old 9700, and the new 9780, except that the keys on the 9780 didn't have nearly as much wear as my old trusty 9700.



    Thinner? No. Better? Barely. Faster? Not exactly. The processor in the 9780 is exactly the same 624mhz processor that can be found in the 9700. The key difference in speed is due to the combination of OS6, and the 512MB ram. Both have the same 256MB ROM. OS6 isn't really much faster to me, but it "seems" faster as everything is more "fluid" in motion. I've ran OS6 on the 9700, and it feels just as fast as OS6 on the 9780. Both phones are perfectly capable of handling it. Stronger? No.
    Umm ... the processor in the 9780 is the same processor used in the Blackberry Torch .. If it was the same as the one int he 9700 then why does the 9700 not run OS 6 as natural and fluent as the 9780? I'v been doing a lot of research I just did an upgrade and my 9780 is being shipped (can't f_ckin wait ZOMG :laugh2 I don't see how you can even compare the performance of a OS not ment for a berry to an OS specially made for another berry (9780) .. I'll leave my thoughts when it ships either way for anyone wondering in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi Tek View Post
    ... If it was the same as the one int he 9700 then why does the 9700 not run OS 6 as natural and fluent as the 9780?...
    It's likely due to the fact that the 9700 has a much more limited amount of available RAM than the 9780. The other place where you'll notice that there is less memory is when you try to load larger web pages. Some pages simply won't load on the 9700, where they would on the 9780 because of the extra memory available.

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