A big improvement is the memory boost. That is doubled compared to the Bold 9700, which is probably necessary to ensure that the new BlackBerry OS6 works smoothly. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 worked properly but didn't look that beautiful. That's completely changed now. With a push of a button you can manage connections, notifications of calls or messages, or your most used and favorite startup applications.
Other solid adaptation is the browser of the BlackBerry Bold 9780. The browser is based on WebKit, a technique that the browser in Android phones and the iPhone uses. It works much better than the stiff OS5 browser in the 9700 Bold or Curve 8900. The pages are loading very quick, conform itself perfectly to your screen and glide smoothly back and forth. The way to organize your favorite web pages and working with different tabs is better.
Unfortunately there is still some delay occurring when scrolling through menus and the browser requires a refresh now and then because of some jQuery issues.
We have tested our Fish Eye Menu, DMXzone Lightbox, Ajax DataGrid, DMXzone Calendar, HTML5 MP3 Player, Pure PHP Upload 2, and we are very surprised how well they work with BlackBerry OS6.
A little bit on the slow side, but Fish Eye Menu works!
DMXzone Lightbox is showing a nice outlined picture, awesome!
In this demo we test the Bold on a basic Ajax Grid. Ajax DataGrid allows you to create tons of possibilities as you can see.
Fill in the calendar to book your room or use the DMXzone Calendar for other projects like birthdays, appointments and other events.
The HTML5 MP3 Player is almost perfect. The sound is perfect, the navigation is how it should be, but it's a pity that the timer doesn't work because of the limited support of flash.
The uploading option is working amazingly good. Pure PHP Upload 2 directs the user to the data locations and gives the opportunity to upload a song in no-time.
The BlackBerry 9780 is clearly an update of the 9700 and brings in terms of looks not that much except a black finish. Size and weight are exactly the same but the hardware improved with a 5 megapixel camera instead of the 3.2 megapixel in its older brother. The internal memory is doubled to 512MB and you still can enjoy the same solid design, the comfortable grip and excellent full QWERTY keyboard.
The real improvement is the BlackBerry OS6. Not only the interface is more beautiful but the integration of Social Feeds is astonishing. There are many other small but pleasant changes such as Universal Search, Browser Tabs, Contact history, YouTube uploads, etc.
The BlackBerry is the ideal basic smartphone but don't expect any flashy games or super-fast special browser actions.