Well it's time I grabbed a new back up phone. My last BB was a 9700, and to be honest I can't even remember what using it was like.
I am looking at the 9790, the 9780, and the 9320. The only features that are important to me are battery life and reception. I will not even be using it with BIS or BES so 3G is irrelevant, which would technically mean the 9220 would also be considerable, however that phone is not available in Canada.
I'm aware of the differences between these three phones from a purely technical point of view, but I'd like to know if anyone has practical experience in using them, and comparing them vis a vis the battery.
It would be advantageous if there was OS support for East Asian languages.
Any suggestions would be well appreciated!
Go with the 9320, as it's fairly cheap and runs OS7.1. Since it's a backup phone, you don't need so many features. You can turn 3G off on the phone if you don't need it to squeeze out more battery life.
If you don't mind a used phone, the 9780 would also be a good choice with solid battery life. The 9790 seems to have similar battery life to the 9900, which is quite bad for a BB.
Looking at your criteria, and you are not interested in using BIS/BES, I'd go as follows:
- Bold 9780 - excellent battery life, well supported for language packs, OS 6, almost limitless supplies for accessories for this phone.
- Bold 9790 - OS 7.1, not bad battery life but not as good as the 9780, touch screen and high resolution, not much out there for accessories if this matters to you.
I really think the 9780 would give you the best "bang for the buck" for what you have in mind. If you were to ever go BIS/BES, then the 9790 should rank first. I have the 9900 on 7.1, which works well, but the battery life is pathetic.
I used both the 9790 and 9320, and the 9320 is defnly the better choice for battery life.
Battery life depends on how you use the device. If you are in a fringe coverage area, you will use a lot of battery.
Lithium batteries tend to work better when kept topped up when you are near a power source. Maybe this will help: http://www.blackberryfaq.com/index.p...m_Battery_Life
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I know the 9900 doesn't have the best battery life out there, but in my personal experiences it's not as bad as it's made out to be. I have an extra battery & charger, but I don't actually have to use it that often. I'm a pretty heavy user, and even I can usually make it through the day; and that's with WiFi and Bluetooth on 24/7. Sometimes if I use the phone or browser excessively I'll have to swap out the battery, but that usually only happens a couple times a month.
Last edited by DennyCrane; 08-04-2012 at 01:58 PM.
I've used all 3 of the phone's mentioned; 9320, 9780 & 9790. The 9780 would get me at least a day and a half of use, not quite as good as my old 9700 @ 2 days which was a unpleasant surprise.
I bought my daughter a 9320 for $150 and she loves it. I had it for a week or so "setting it up" and found the battery life to be at least 2.5 days of moderate to hard use (texting, BBM-ing, emailing, surfing and a tad of phone use thrown in for good measure). She texts and BBMs and that's pretty much it, although to see her without the phone in her hands and thumbs flapping away is a rarity indeed. According to her, she gets about 4-5 days out of it!!
My go to phone is the 9790 although I also have a 9900. I just much prefer the form factor and find it gives nothing away to its larger brother. It has a slower chip but you honesty wouldn't notice, in fact it's an advantage when it comes to battery life. It also has an AF camera, something that the 9900 should most definitely have, no excuses. It is the same phone in a smaller package. As to overall battery life, I see a day to a day and a half with moderate to hard use, my 9900 struggles to last even 12 hours with the same use.
If it's just battery life you're looking for, I honestly don't think you'd go wrong with a 9320, and at $150-$200 outright, you can't go wrong with the price, either.
There are some new 9780s out there through Telus and I think Rogers, but be prepared to track them down yourself, they're not so enthusiastic about tracking one down for you.