"Awesome phone!"5.0 starson by gary-tx
Pros: Battery life, Wifi with UMA, the optical trackpad, great balance of screen resolution, size and weight
Cons: Needs a better web browser. T-mo's 3G coverage in Austin is a bit spotty
Summary: Overall, an awesome phone. Battery life is really incredible: during typical daily usage with both the 3G and WiFi radios on, I'm getting 2-3 days of use. This is one of the most important things to me and BB worked some magic here Friends of mine that have a G1 and a Palm Pre are only getting about 8 hours under similar usage.
I upgraded from a Pearl - the 9700 is so much better on every aspect: screen brightness, resolution, battery, functionality, readability, speed, overall fit and finish, ease of use, audio quality and apps. And... it is so great not to have that trackball anymore. The optical trackpad on the 9700 has a great feel and takes no time to get used to.
UMA - WiFi works seamlessly. I have it configured for home. Easy to set up and it just works.
Only thing needed to make it perfect would be a full webkit based browser. The 9700's browser is improved over the Pearl's but it still has a long way to go compared to the iPhone and Android.