BlackBerry Bold 9700
The BlackBerry Bold retails for about $199.99 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile and is one of the best smartphones from the carrier. The Bold 9700 looks almost nothing like its bulky predecessor, the Bold 9000. The 9700 is a sleek smartphone that resembles the Curve 8900, but with leather backing, and 3G wireless.
Pros (in comparison to the Curve 8520):
• 3G- The best feature on the new Bold is the fact that it is the first BlackBerry on the T-Mobile network with 3G wireless. The 3G makes surfing the web less painful than on the slow 2G EDGE network.
• Track pad- The track pad works very similar to that of a laptop track pad and is much easier to keep clean than the trackball on previous BlackBerry's. However, the 8520 also has a trackpad similar to the Bolds.
• Expanded memory- 256MB on board memory is plenty for daily tasks and can always via microSD cards.
• 3.2MP camera- The 3.2MP auto focus camera is a great addition to any smartphone, but fails to compare to the 5.0MP cameras on other T-Mobile smartphones.
BlackBerry Curve 8520
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is the heir to the highly popular 8320, which has been one of the best selling BlackBerry's to date. The 8520 has a new redesigned look, new menu, and great easy to use dedicated media buttons. The 8520 is hailed as the mass market consumer BlackBerry due to its low price, but can it really stand up to the competition?
• Dedicated media buttons- The dedicated media buttons make it easy for users to navigate through their songs without having to take their device out its case.