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    The Bold or Curve 8900 for me?

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    Hello, I've been having a lot of trouble deciding between upgrading to either the Bold or the 8900 Curve. I currently have an Iphone 3G, but the battery life sucks on it and I absolutely despise having to use a touchscreen keyboard, my texting and emailing speed on it is way lower than it was on my old phone (an LG enV).

    I'm still within my 30 day tryout for ATT, so I could either get a Bold or switch to T-Mobile and get a Curve. The things that are most important to me are as follows:

    1. Battery life- I need to be able to get a full day out of the phone without recharging (preferably at least 2 full days) with heavy texting (at least 100 texts), 2 hours of internet browsing, maybe 30 minutes of phone usage, 3-4 hours of listening to music, and perhaps an hour or two of doing random things with my phone.

    2. Speed- I hate waiting for my phone to "think" when I could be doing something else, it feels like my time is being wasted. I know the Bold has a faster processor but the Curve has more memory so I dunno if one is faster, but speed is important to me.

    3. Size- I don't mind the phone being a little big, but it has to fit in a pocket most of the time, so the phone must be small enough for that.

    4. Durability- I tend to accidentally drop my phones at least once or twice a month on a hard surface, so the phone needs to be pretty durable.

    3G versus EDGE isn't really a big deal to me, I almost always have access to Wifi and I'm not a heavy internet user on my phone, I just need to be able to check random news stories, occasionally look up info for a business, or just waste time.

    My absolute biggest concern is battery life. I have to be able to use the phone a good deal and have it last me through the day and possibly a second day. My usage listed above would be my average usage, so if it could manage that for 2 days without needing a charge then it would be enough.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope I can get the answers I need to finally choose my new Blackberry!

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    Can't speak at all for the bold.
    Battery life is ok on the 8900 if you upgrade from the stock OS to .174. As for speed, I have no complaints. Pretty snappy. I had a launch iPhone and the only thing I missed when I switched back to blackberry (8310) was the browser. I got pretty good with the touch typing, but do prefer the real keyboard. Someone will reply about the bold sooner or later.
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    I can only speak for the 8900 as well. It's an awesome device and very compact. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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    My daughter has the curve 8310 with T-Mobile I have a Bold with ATT. She uses it a lot Facebook texting browser and has no complaints on battery life
    I prefer the bold keyboard. Battery lif s good apart from when I am in an area wher the signal is weak and it is continuously searching (the same with both phones)

    It's all about the plan and how good a coverage tmobile has in your area. Tmobile is cheaper, with good customer service The Bold has the better screen but then there is the 8900 which is a great phone. It comes down to personal preference on size, keyboard and carrier
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    Battery life on the bold is heavily dependent on service in your area. However, if your resourceful, there is a way to disable 3g so you jnust use edge and thus increase battery life. Since you have att, already and don't mind a bigger device, I say bold. The big keyboard is nice. Also if you have mini usb chargers and things, they work with the bold. Micro usb is going to be the new standard, but that hasn't changed the fact most people already own a lot of miniusb items.
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    EDIT: the bold is snappier also.

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    I love my Bold battery life for me is great! I txt all day
    check email ,surf internet! After about 17 hours I still have
    60% battery! Very fast to loading apps!
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    Don't know if this is a part of your consideration but the 8900 with TMO will provide you with the ability to use your WiFi signal to make calls (UMA), allowing for a great indoor signal. Also TMO data plan includes unlimited tethering if you plan to use your phone as an internet connection for a laptop.
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    I tried the 8900 but decided to stick to my Bold. It's Gold standard for BB for the time being -my personal view ofcourse.
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    Bold keyboard is much better and the 624 mhz processor is amazing when running multiple apps on the phone. also the 3g speeds for data and the ability to simultaneously make and recieve calls and send email and use other data apps is wonderful. :-D

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    Bold for me too, although the supposed price on AT&T for the 8900, when it finally gets there is going to be around $199, which is attractive. If I hadn't gotten a Bold, I would have def got the 8900. I am extremely happy with my 9000.
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    I do have to admit, I wouldn't mind having the cheaper plan on T-Mobile. I looked at the coverage for them and for ATT, and they are about the same for the area I live in. I don't like how ATT only shows 3 different levels of coverage and T-Mobile shows 5 so it's hard to compare directly, but overall they seem pretty similar.

    I currently don't live in a 3G area, but starting around either May or August I'll live in a city that has 3G with ATT but no 3G with T-Mobile. Like I said, 3G isn't a big issue for me and I heard that the Curve 8900 was faster than most EDGE phones due to some technology it uses.

    I've seen the Bold in person but there's no actual T-Mobile store where I live and the local Target/Wal-Mart don't have a demo model of the phone sitting out so it's hard to compare sizes, but I suppose I could just check out the older Curve to see if both phones fit in my pocket well enough.

    I guess I really do need to check out the keyboard as well if there is a big difference. Is the keyboard on the Curve 8900 close enough to the 8300 that I could try out the 8300 and come away with a good idea of how the 8900 would feel?

    Anyway, thanks for the responses so far and if anyone has any more to add then I'd appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by izelan83 View Post
    Hello, I've been having a lot of trouble deciding between upgrading to either the Bold or the 8900 Curve. I currently have an Iphone 3G, but the battery life sucks on it and I absolutely despise having to use a touchscreen keyboard, my texting and emailing speed on it is way lower than it was on my old phone (an LG enV).

    I'm still within my 30 day tryout for ATT, so I could either get a Bold or switch to T-Mobile and get a Curve. The things that are most important to me are as follows:

    1. Battery life- I need to be able to get a full day out of the phone without recharging (preferably at least 2 full days) with heavy texting (at least 100 texts), 2 hours of internet browsing, maybe 30 minutes of phone usage, 3-4 hours of listening to music, and perhaps an hour or two of doing random things with my phone.

    2. Speed- I hate waiting for my phone to "think" when I could be doing something else, it feels like my time is being wasted. I know the Bold has a faster processor but the Curve has more memory so I dunno if one is faster, but speed is important to me.

    3. Size- I don't mind the phone being a little big, but it has to fit in a pocket most of the time, so the phone must be small enough for that.

    4. Durability- I tend to accidentally drop my phones at least once or twice a month on a hard surface, so the phone needs to be pretty durable.

    3G versus EDGE isn't really a big deal to me, I almost always have access to Wifi and I'm not a heavy internet user on my phone, I just need to be able to check random news stories, occasionally look up info for a business, or just waste time.

    My absolute biggest concern is battery life. I have to be able to use the phone a good deal and have it last me through the day and possibly a second day. My usage listed above would be my average usage, so if it could manage that for 2 days without needing a charge then it would be enough.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope I can get the answers I need to finally choose my new Blackberry!
    I own both the 9000 and the 8900 so I can directly compare them:

    1. Battery: You will not get 2 full days usage out of either BB based on your usage, however without a doubt the 9000 is quite noticably better than the 8900.

    2. Speed: The faster processor in the 9000 is very noticable. I can be tethered to my computer downloading multiple torrents, while composing an Email and listening to music and there is no perceptable slowdown, while on my 8900 it freezes while just locking or unlocking the keyboard.

    3. The 9000 is slightly thicker but the same hight and width as the iPhone 3G, so if you are fine with the iPhone you will be fine with the 9000. I find the smaller size of the 8900 to be a definite drawback because of the smaller screen and smaller keyboard.

    4. The 9000 has better build quality IMO, but if you drop your phone that often you should really get a rubber skin for it.

    Overall, I most definitely prefer my 9000.
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