The latest official release of OS 5.0 for the Bold 9000 that I know of is .411 that was put out by Bell here in Canada. There may be another official version of the software elsewhere in the world I suppose, but I’m not aware of it. I’m on the Rogers network but I put that release in once it became available because I wanted to see how it would manage the memory on this device compared to OS 4.6.
Memory usage and/or drain seemed to improve a bit from the 5 or 6 MB of free space but the more I added third party applications, the worse things got. I think the biggest memory hog was SocialScope, one of the best Twitter apps going, but I had to remove it to keep from doing a battery pull twice a day. I was concerned that the premium version of Documents to Go was also using a lot of the memory so I deleted it but there was little or no change to the available memory on the device.
With barely more than 10 MB free, I was getting very frustrated with this lack of ability to use the 9000 for anything more than a regular cell phone, or maybe even a “feature phone”, so I put .610 in and enjoyed a more usable device.
Aside from having about 20 MB of available memory, .610 offered a few nice features. The Key Lock icon was absent from the menu screen but I noticed that the Mute button now locked and unlocked the keys rather than put the device in Standby mode. The Camera regained its features that were lost even in the official .411 update so I was able to do more than just return to the Camera to shoot another photo or send the image via email or MMS.
Enter OS 184.108.40.2061. Feature wise it is pretty much the same as .610, but, I had about 27 MB of free memory while having the following applications installed: Documents to Go Premium (with PDF to GO), Twitter for BlackBerry, CaptureIt, My Account amd Zoompass from Rogers Wireless, Poynt, LinkedIn, Windows live Messenger, GPSLogger, Dictionary.com, and all the core BlackBerry apps. I just couldn’t have all that with 4.6 or 220.127.116.111 for that matter.
So to sum up this very basic review of OS 18.104.22.1681, it is definitely worth the upgrade. You won’t be sorry. It let’s the 9000 do what it was meant to do… a lot.
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