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    kau1225 is offline BlackBerryOS Friend
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    Downgrade from OS6 to OS5.

    As I write this post, I'm not sure if I'm searching for a consensus from the collective knowledge of BBOS or just blubbering my own opinion.

    I have now had the Curve 3G (9330) from Sprint since the first week it came out (I think early October) and am generally satisfied. The phone originally came loaded with OS5, which I was quite familiar with due to my previous Blackberry, a Bold 9700 on T-Mobile. The moment a leaked version of OS6 came out, I loaded it up on my phone; however, my phone regurgitated the software and was not happy, forcing me to reload OS5.

    Eventually, a stable leaked version of OS6 came out (around mid-October) and like any obsessed crackberry addict, I immediately loaded it up. Since that time I have had either an official or leaked version of OS6 installed on my phone.

    Overall, I love OS6. Everything about the phone felt natural, the new browser was zippy with the tabs, multitasking ran smoother, and I found little to no faults. The more I used OS6, the stronger my attachment to it became, which began clouding the realization that I came to: the Curve 3G (9330) should not run any of the current official or leaked versions OS6.

    The main problem that I continually faced with OS6 was its processor requirements. Opening SMSs, emails, and even BBMs took well over 5 seconds to load, and sometimes over 15. Now this might not seem like a long time, but when you continually keep your phone in your hand waiting for an email or a text message, opening a message thread and waiting becomes bothersome. When I finally accepted this issue, I began noticing that other applications were not running as quickly as they did on OS5.

    Over the weekend, I made the depressing decision to downgrade to OS5 (5.0.0.1030, the latest official release from Sprint). Within a day, I began wondering whether I was happy or not. OS5's visual interface is not only ugly, but immature looking compared to OS6. The natural feel I became accustomed to on my BB turned into the old method, simply being familiar with OS5. Even with all these negatives, I am satisfied with the downgrade. The phone efficiently does all the tasks that I need it to complete (e.g., allowing me to place calls, receiving text messages/emails, navigation, and basic web browsing) without any of the delayed responses that I encountered running OS6.

    I suppose the best way to end this ramble would to pose the following questions to BBOS members. Has anyone else downgraded? If so, do you regret the decision? Did anyone else have problems with OS6 on their Curve 9330? Is anyone else running OS6 on phones originally running OS5? If so, does OS6 run well (I'm really curious to how it is running on the Bold 9650/9700)?




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    Hello Kau1225,

    Off the topic of your question a bit. Have you tried to find a nice theme for your device running OS 5? Many times a theme can add features and visualization to a phone to give it a whole new look and feel to the OS. I would suggest looking around for a nice theme to get you by until a stable version of OS 6 is able to run on your device.

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    Hey Joseph,

    I've played around with some themes in the past, but generally have been fine with the stock themes on the phone. I suppose I could look around for an OS5 theme that looks like the OS6 interface. If I do find one, I'll edit this post to include the link.

    I suppose the root of the problem is that RIM needs to step up and include faster processors in phones (at least 1GHz, in my opinion).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kau1225 View Post
    Hey Joseph,

    I've played around with some themes in the past, but generally have been fine with the stock themes on the phone. I suppose I could look around for an OS5 theme that looks like the OS6 interface. If I do find one, I'll edit this post to include the link.

    I suppose the root of the problem is that RIM needs to step up and include faster processors in phones (at least 1GHz, in my opinion).
    I understand, it's nice to keep it simple sometimes on the device UI. Here is a link to some themes that we offer in the BlackBerryOS App Store... Themes BlackBerry Software - BlackBerryOS Software Store. There are some free and premium themes.

    Fore sure, RIM is definitely going to be making the jump to atleast a 1 GHz processor in many upcoming devices.

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    OK, i just got the curve 9330 last week and i loved it...i said lovED it. had the os5. then i saw an update to os6 so i downloaded it. i regret it. i hate it! it changed my whole phone.

    here's my problem. i am not young, i need reading glasses. I don't need all the bells and whistles that the younger generation is used to or wants. one of the things i loved about the blackberry 9330 os5 was that i could make the font big so i could read it anywhere without my reading glasses. it made all the difference in the work having a cell phone. i loved the simplicity of os5, the screen, how it listed the choices, how you get to applications, the options, everything.....OS6 changed all that. the display is different, how you navigate, the constant scrolling and missing, and now when you want to delete something, these little boxes with tiny writing come up. and the delete icon pops up whever it wants to. it's very hard for me to read and find what i want. i want to go back to OS5. i should have left the phone alone as it was when i got it. it was the first phone i COMPLETELY loved out of all the phones i've had.

    nowhere does os6 tell you it reconfigures your whole phone. it's very misleading. i must admit i'm not very knowledgable when it comes to all this technology. i thought it would just ADD stuff, not remake the phone phone. it's not the phone i originally bought. I went back to verizon where i bought the phone and they told me i couldn't go back. it was totally disgusted. i tried another store and they told me the same thing. i haven't been back. you can't tell me with all the technology they are supposed to have, they can't delete os6 and give me back what i originally had when i bought the phone. i think that's pretty low. i know there are others who are not satisfied with os6. i have age related problems and i want my os5 back!

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    Sorry, i replied to the wrong thread. Here's where the reply belongs.

    OK, i just got the curve 9330 last week and i loved it...i said lovED it. had the os5. then i saw an update to os6 so i downloaded it. i regret it. i hate it! it changed my whole phone.

    here's my problem. i am not young, i need reading glasses. I don't need all the bells and whistles that the younger generation is used to or wants. one of the things i loved about the blackberry 9330 os5 was that i could make the font big so i could read it anywhere without my reading glasses. it made all the difference in the work having a cell phone. i loved the simplicity of os5, the screen, how it listed the choices, how you get to applications, the options, everything.....OS6 changed all that. the display is different, how you navigate, the constant scrolling and missing, and now when you want to delete something, these little boxes with tiny writing come up. and the delete icon pops up whever it wants to. it's very hard for me to read and find what i want. i want to go back to OS5. i should have left the phone alone as it was when i got it. it was the first phone i COMPLETELY loved out of all the phones i've had.

    nowhere does os6 tell you it reconfigures your whole phone. it's very misleading. i must admit i'm not very knowledgable when it comes to all this technology. i thought it would just ADD stuff, not remake the phone phone. it's not the phone i originally bought. I went back to verizon where i bought the phone and they told me i couldn't go back. it was totally disgusted. i tried another store and they told me the same thing. i haven't been back. you can't tell me with all the technology they are supposed to have, they can't delete os6 and give me back what i originally had when i bought the phone. i think that's pretty low. i know there are others who are not satisfied with os6. i have age related problems and i want my os5 back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterfli52 View Post
    Sorry, i replied to the wrong thread. Here's where the reply belongs.

    OK, i just got the curve 9330 last week and i loved it...i said lovED it. had the os5. then i saw an update to os6 so i downloaded it. i regret it. i hate it! it changed my whole phone.

    here's my problem. i am not young, i need reading glasses. I don't need all the bells and whistles that the younger generation is used to or wants. one of the things i loved about the blackberry 9330 os5 was that i could make the font big so i could read it anywhere without my reading glasses. it made all the difference in the work having a cell phone. i loved the simplicity of os5, the screen, how it listed the choices, how you get to applications, the options, everything.....OS6 changed all that. the display is different, how you navigate, the constant scrolling and missing, and now when you want to delete something, these little boxes with tiny writing come up. and the delete icon pops up whever it wants to. it's very hard for me to read and find what i want. i want to go back to OS5. i should have left the phone alone as it was when i got it. it was the first phone i COMPLETELY loved out of all the phones i've had.

    nowhere does os6 tell you it reconfigures your whole phone. it's very misleading. i must admit i'm not very knowledgable when it comes to all this technology. i thought it would just ADD stuff, not remake the phone phone. it's not the phone i originally bought. I went back to verizon where i bought the phone and they told me i couldn't go back. it was totally disgusted. i tried another store and they told me the same thing. i haven't been back. you can't tell me with all the technology they are supposed to have, they can't delete os6 and give me back what i originally had when i bought the phone. i think that's pretty low. i know there are others who are not satisfied with os6. i have age related problems and i want my os5 back!
    There is a way to go back to operating system 5. If you are available tonight and on msn chat, I can talk you through the process, it will take about an hour. If you are on msn chat, pm me your screen name and then I'll add you. Would probably be around 9PM EST

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterfli52 View Post
    Sorry, i replied to the wrong thread. Here's where the reply belongs.

    OK, i just got the curve 9330 last week and i loved it...i said lovED it. had the os5. then i saw an update to os6 so i downloaded it. i regret it. i hate it! it changed my whole phone.

    here's my problem. i am not young, i need reading glasses. I don't need all the bells and whistles that the younger generation is used to or wants. one of the things i loved about the blackberry 9330 os5 was that i could make the font big so i could read it anywhere without my reading glasses. it made all the difference in the work having a cell phone. i loved the simplicity of os5, the screen, how it listed the choices, how you get to applications, the options, everything.....OS6 changed all that. the display is different, how you navigate, the constant scrolling and missing, and now when you want to delete something, these little boxes with tiny writing come up. and the delete icon pops up whever it wants to. it's very hard for me to read and find what i want. i want to go back to OS5. i should have left the phone alone as it was when i got it. it was the first phone i COMPLETELY loved out of all the phones i've had.

    nowhere does os6 tell you it reconfigures your whole phone. it's very misleading. i must admit i'm not very knowledgable when it comes to all this technology. i thought it would just ADD stuff, not remake the phone phone. it's not the phone i originally bought. I went back to verizon where i bought the phone and they told me i couldn't go back. it was totally disgusted. i tried another store and they told me the same thing. i haven't been back. you can't tell me with all the technology they are supposed to have, they can't delete os6 and give me back what i originally had when i bought the phone. i think that's pretty low. i know there are others who are not satisfied with os6. i have age related problems and i want my os5 back!
    If you don't have MSN, I can type up the steps I went through to downgrade. It isn't relatively difficult (but then again, I grew up with technology and computers), but more so time consuming. The people at the Verizon store do not know what they are talking about. I'm surprised they would say you can not downgrade the phone.

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