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Have you seen the Blackberry OS 6.0 preview ? It's very cool OS. search on Youtube for the official video. And the good news is 9700 is going to get the upgrade, as it has 512mb RAM. so choosing between these two devices is a difficult choice. also 9700 has nice screen and unbeatable performance (you will never see 'please wait' message anywhere). but right now the current OS on BB is bit outdated. so unless they confirm the new OS upgrade you should give more weight on HTC.