CrackBerry Poll: Which newly-announced BlackBerry 7 Smartphone are you most interested in?

BlackBerry 7 Smartphones
By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Aug 2011 02:34 pm
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As the Crack Team gets into review mode working on this wave of new BlackBerry 7 Smartphones hitting the market, I figured the timing made sense to get some feedback from CrackBerry Nation on where our priorities should lie. Obviously we're going to tackle every new BlackBerry with CrackBerry gusto, but we want to know - of the new BlackBerry 7 Smartphones announced, which one are you most interested in? 

Are you a keyboard kind of person so you're all about the new Bold? Or do you want to go full touchscreen and are most excited for the Torch 9850/9860? Or maybe you're a huge fan of the Torch 9800's sliding form factor, so are all about the 9810? Whichever one you're most interested in, cast your vote for it on the poll above and sound off in the comments with your reasoning.

NOTE: Yes, I realize I could have added other options to this poll like the upcoming Curve 9350/60/70 or an option that says I'm most interested in BlackBerry QNX Phones (I think we're all interested in that!), but I wanted to keep things limited here to the newly announced devices, as those are the phones we have/will have in our hands to play with over the days and weeks ahead.

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66 comments

FreddyE

Bold 9900 but the Torch 9860 does seem interesting

drakesaliasonline

Let's just say I buy a Rogers 9900 outright and get it unlocked, Will it work fine with T-Mo in the US since they're both GSM? I don't want people to think this is a dumb question, but I don't think this point has be brought up (I'm just to impatient to wait for it to drop in the States)

oddlyshaped

They're both GSM and support the same 2G bands, so you'll get GSM/EDGE. However, they do not work on the same UMTS bands, so you won't get 3G. Here is a handy reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands

Bob G

So far, the polls seem to be going the opposite of AT&T's order of release. :/

ignites

the one i dub torch 3 (9850/60) and possibly bold (5 or whatever we're on) except not at 250$ maybe at 169$

flyingspatula

/me looks for the "none" radio button. I'm a BB die-hard, but none of these phones really excite me.

jonathon.94

I'd love to have the new torch but it's too bad Verizon does not Offer it :(

mlb13

I would be most interested in the 9810, but it won't be available on my carrier, so I'll have to say the 9930. If the 9810 was available to me, I would like it best.

Tariq.H

I'm personally not sure if i want the bold or 9810 torch.... I'm still not exactly sure how useful the relatively smaller touch screen on the bold is

Kuttysark

Hey Kevin, I know the forums are a rage with app mem issue on the 9900, but looking at the #'s they don't seem to add up. 768mb ram + 8GB (translates to 7.8 actual GB) storage (1.5GB for os and apps one can persume? since your video showed 6.2gb media storage) which means if your free app space from unboxing is right, 1.3gb is used for the OS and current apps? Seems like an awful lot of space no?

Xader

No.

The 8GB is only for pictures, video, music, ringtones, etc.

The OS, apps, and themes are all on the 768MB. With the OS installed, it leaves about 188MB for apps.

Kuttysark

That doesn't add up. You say 8gb, which we all know is actually 7.8 gb. of that, the device clearly states it has 6.2GB in media storage of which 6gb is free. What happened to the other 1.5 gb? Did they just disappear?

Traditional BB devices had everything stored in the ram, so there was only one number, for example my BB 8900 had 256mb of ram. These devices have seperate Ram and storage memory. One would think that a chunk of the storage memory is being used for apps.

z_scorpio_z

what xader said is correct. where/what is consuming the memory, i can't say until i get one in my hands.

csmith954

I'm going with the torch 9810, thought I'm going to have to leave Verizon to get it. The lack of NFC is a bit disappointing. Makes question is it worth it to leave Verizon for At&t to get it anyway.

imrank128

I'm just going to go ahead and say it: the bold 9900/9930 is the best smartphone ever created and I'm not ashamed to admit that.

TheTigerTek

I already have the Bold 9900... now I'm looking to sell my Galaxy S2. Love the new Bold Touch.

Cheetablaze

nice! what company and how much for the SGS II?

kuppyr

I'm interested in the 9810 but unfortunately my carrier (Verizon) won't be getting it!! So my 2nd choice is the 9850 though after seeing that the Bold 9930 has 8gb internal memory vs 4gb on the 9850 I'm thinking the 9930 might be better off in the long run...

willm

Drop in a 32GB MicroSD and that last 4 isn't such a deal breaker.

kuppyr

That won't help! Unless your able to store apps on the MicroSD card. It's like having a 16gb card in the Storm2 doesn't make it run quicker..

DaedalusIcarusHelios

You can't store apps on the internal 4 GB either. It's all in memory, which is really stupid. The hope was that it was changed with OS7 but that doesn't seem to be the case. Looks like we'll have to wait for QNX until we can store apps in storage vs. RAM.

Having said that, since RAM is cleared when you pull the battery, they must store something on the internal storage as well (perhaps compressed or encrypted), and that's also probably why it takes long to boot the device since it is loading up all the apps into memory.

CrackersB21

TEAM 9900 ! would go torch if it didn't have such a small battery, had a better keyboard, and if it had nfc, as well as it not having a very strong design. so in other words 9900 is considerably better, for me at least

DCBerry21

I still can't decide between the 9900 or 9810. My dream phone would be the QNX Bold-Torch hybrid (the Blowtorch? :). A slider with a bigger screen AND an awesome keyboard like on the 9000/9900. Make it happen RIM ;)

UnknownError507

+1
Same page here to but till then im going to upgrade my beloved torch to the torch 2.

gregerator

I am most *interested* in the FiddySiddy of the group. Purchase will be based on use. Also curious to see Bellagio.

Joe257

The 9900 will be a crazy hot seller! RIM has a winner in this device! The 9860/50 will also do quite well. The 9810 a bit less but still a successful device for those who can't choose between a larger screen and a keyboard.

Pilot Prop

The 50/60s would be my choice IF there wasn't a 9900!...I can't wait to shed this 9800(still like the device) for my new BOLD...9810 isn't even worth it to me. It should have been the original Torch but it is what it is

D_shak

I love the physical keyboard and honestly can't stand the virtual but I also want the big screen, so I have to go with the 9810.

hlavicka

no news about white 9900 yet guys?

El Platanero

For some it may be confusing to choose since their choice is based on the carrier so maybe their should be a pole on that.

Steelers

I would for sure get the Blackberry Bold 9900. I dont know WTF is going on with Rogers but I called them today and sent an e-mail to a guy who works in the presidents office for Rogers and they both stated that Rogers has not released the Bold 9900 yet. But then I hear of all theses customers and Kevin got there hands on them threw Rogers.......am I missing something here?

dnottingham4

Being a keyboard loving fool and a previous Bold 9000 user, I am most interested in the 9930 but now that I am on Verizon its been nuts having to wait on them to announce. I will also look at the Fiddy to see what that one is like before making a final decision.

youaintd0wn

Poor 9810, ain't gettin' much love... :(

z_scorpio_z

one reason is because it is no available on all carriers

matttehman

Have 9800, my first BB was a Storm1. In all honesty, I never use the physical keyboard due to my familiarity with touchscreen. Touchscreen just feels like home :).

Rainforrest

I would get the Torch 9860 in a heartbeat if it was running on QNX...

The_Adventist

+1

Couldn't agree anymore

DaedalusIcarusHelios

9850 for sure! All three are great though, but I like the bigger touch screen, and I've become accustomed to an onscreen keyboard so even though a physical keyboard would be nice, I don't want to sacrifice the screen real estate. I'm on Verizon so the Torch 9810 is not an option for me. I could be happy with any of them though.

calcareer

I will be getting the 9930 on the Sprint network as soon as it is available.

stackberry369

Where is the curve in that poll playa?

BerryPotter

I want the Bold 9790 (Bellagio) if they're gonna produce it. Anyone know?

stackberry369

Where is the choice of the 9360 curve @ playa?

mahonmagic

PLZZZZZZZZZZZ GIVE ME THIS FANTASTIC AND SLEEK NEW TORCHLOOKS MINT I REALLY WANT THIS COS MY BLACKBERRY CURVE 8520 IS SO BAD IT KEEPS ON BRAKING AND BBM AND FACEBOOK DOES NOT WORK HAS NOT WORKED SINCE THE DAY I GOT IT IT IS GOING TO MAKE ME GO CRAZY I WILL GO OF MY HEAD IF I HAVE TO KEEP THIS PHONE FOR MUCH LONGER IT IS SO BAD THAT I CAN NOT KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY FRIENDS THEY CAN ALL TALK ON BBM AND FACEBOOK BUT I CAN NOT AND DO NOT TELL ME THAT IS NOT A TEENAGERS WORST NIGHTMARE THAT I CAN NOT STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY FRIENDS I NEED IT.so plzzzzzzzzzz give it to me

z_scorpio_z

look for it on the left side of the keyboard, usually third last key from the bottom.

houseane

I'll be going for the Bold. To be honest, I'll likely get this and wait until about six months after the QNX phones are released to upgrade so that there are a decent amount of apps available. I'm still waiting for someone to make a good Bible app for the Playbook that has multiple translations like the YouVersion Bible app.

El Platanero

I'm glad I'm not alone on this. I wrote to YouVersion a month before I got my Playbook and never received a reply. Hopefully they are too busy working on the app.

P.S. 9930 on Sprint as well and then second generation QNX phone.

buckwild

The 9860 !
Nuff said...

camera531

Over 3 months and still no US release date for 9900, or release dates for ANYTHING! All I'm hearing for the 9850/9860 is fall and beyond! Like NOVEMBER! BS!!! RIM stock at $22.10 - NO SURPRISE!

jaerikson

9860! and waiting... and waiting... and waiting...

knightfall

I loved my Bold 9000. Typing on it was a breeze, and although the Torch 9800 is good, it's just not the same. I'd go for the newest Bold out of the three.

If I didn't have the PlayBook, one of the Torches would be in my sights since I use these devices to present my demo reel, past work, etc.

Thirty Hops

Here's the ONE AND ONLY issue with the 9900. No auto focus. Why would they omit auto focus?

HipPo13

Kevin, any word on these devices been able to upgrade to QNX OS?

camera531

Are you really asking that question!

sarllc

I have become somewhat of a touchscreen guy! Had the storm 2 before being "convinced" to go to droid! I have an HTC Inc2 and it IS awesome! but ANY droid lacks security and I am a true crackberry at heart! will miss this awesome 8mp camera w all it does! AND all the apps etc! but security is a biggie!
i am now torn between the bold & the full touch! with the nfc and not nfc!
I thought all had 8GB internal! then i see today the touch has only 4GB! what is up with that???
any input?!?!?

sarllc

BUT....
Right now I am about not even caring which one i get for VZW!!!
I KNOW that i just want AWAY from android no matter how much I like the phone itself!
If someone would make a phone like my Inc2 and it NOT be android...I would like it and have a harder decision going back to BB!!!

Catch a wave and your sitting on top of the world!

zensen

the torch with sliding keyboard is my favourite :)

westex#WP

If they had made the 9810's screen 3.5 inches I would be all over it. The current screen is just too small. Love everything else about the phone..... :(

ianchristie1972

I have to go with the Torch 9810. Sure the outside is basically the same as the 9800 but the slide out keyboard really makes it a winner for me. Yes the Bold 9900 is an excellent form factor and it is beautiful but the 9810 with the larger screen makes more sense for a touch device. As for the 9850/9860, while it is a gorgeous device and has a nice large screen, for me the lack of a physical keyboard and less on device storage make it fall short for me.

That all said, I'd take any one of the three with the Bold 9900 an extremely close second to the Torch 9810.

westex#WP

If they had made the 9810's screen 3.5 inches I would be all over it. The current screen is just too small. Love everything else about the phone..... :(

Berry_Tash

Love my white torch 9800 thinking bout the white 9810 but if I like how the bold 9900 feels and looks in person ill wait it out and see if at&t will be getting a white 9900.

tenacious_dog

Since Verizon won't have the 9810, will have to be the 9850.

Tried a Droid Incredible last year. Loved the browsing and the screen size.

Was surprised how well the touch screen keyboard worked! Especially with my fingers.

But it was not a BB and so just wasn't an acceptable business phone....not even close. Swapped back to the old Curve after 3 months. The Curve is now at least 3 if not 4 years old and massively "behind the curve" technologically.

Really want an improved machine and the Storm ain't it.