Excerpt: Take the recently reviewed BlackBerry Style, convert it to a candybar style body by axing the clamshell with front LCD screen, and you have the BlackBerry Bold 9780 . Just like the BlackBerry Style, the Bold 9780 sports the latest BlackBerry 6 OS, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and full QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry 6 has brought many improvements to RIM's latest lineup of handsets, and the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is no different from the latest crop of speed demons.
Pros: Blacked-out look is hawt!, Doesn't mess with the success of the 9700 - great feeling device, great keyboard, BlackBerry 6 - yay for webkit browser and universal search!, More memory and megapixels than its predecessor the 9700
Cons: Need a way to disable the homescreen views on BlackBerry 6 (a lot of accidental scrolling going on), BlackBerry 6 really makes you wish there was a touchscreen and a bit more screen size to work with, No WiFi N support, when sibling devices like the Pearl 3G and Torch 9800 do have it, Doesn't mess with the success of the 9700 enough - hard to get excited about minor improvements, Another GSM BlackBerry that lacks OpenGL support - hard to get developers making 3D games...
Excerpt: Aaron reviews the Bold 9780 , T-Mobile's newest BlackBerry and the third BlackBerry 6-equipped handset. Specs include a 624 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, and an awesome QWERTY keyboard. It's an improvement, but can it compete with Android , iOS, and Windows Phone 7? Part 1 of 2.
Excerpt: The recently announced BlackBerry Bold 9780 may not generate the buzz of other handsets considering it’s quite similar to the 9700, but for BlackBerry addicts in love with the portrait QWERTY form factor, the changes should still be welcomed. Aesthetically its pretty much par for the Bold series course, but internally its camera has been upgraded to a 5 MP version complete with a flash and image stabilization.
Excerpt: Aaron reviews the Bold 9780 , T-Mobile's newest BlackBerry and the third BlackBerry 6-equipped handset. Specs include a 624 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, and an awesome QWERTY keyboard. It's an improvement, but can it compete with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 ? Part 2 of 2.
Conclusion: Using the BlackBerry Bold 9780 isn't a very different experience to using the Bold 9700, so 9700 owners should stick with their current handset and consider something new when it comes to upgrade o'clock. But if you're looking for a BlackBerry and don't fancy the touchscreen stylings of the Torch 9800, then it's definitely worth a look.
Summary: The key question here is it worth moving from BB 9700 to BB 9780? My personal answer will be a resounding "yes". I like an improved camera and the black body. Despite certain reservations I became a fan of the new OS. At the same time it is still a tried and trusted 9700 with the familiar form factor, body and design. I will repeat it again. BB 9780 is an ideal solution to get your first Blackberry and I sincerely advise it as a smart purchase.