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BlackBerry 8703e

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The RIM BlackBerry 8703e features EV-DO support, impressive messaging and PIM options, but it lacks a camera and a media player. The 8703e sports a nice and compact form factor at 4.3x2.7x0.8 inches and 4.7 ounces, which includes a full QWERTY keyboard and a large 2.5-inch diagonal QVGA display. Also, the 8703e is extremely easy to use one-handed, thanks to the trademark BlackBerry track wheel and escape button on the right spine. Typing was easy, though two hands are still required, as the width of the…

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The RIM BlackBerry 8703e features EV-DO support, impressive messaging and PIM options, but it lacks a camera and a media player. The 8703e sports a nice and compact form factor at 4.3x2.7x0.8 inches and 4.7 ounces, which includes a full QWERTY keyboard and a large 2.5-inch diagonal QVGA display. Also, the 8703e is extremely easy to use one-handed, thanks to the trademark BlackBerry track wheel and escape button on the right spine. Typing was easy, though two hands are still required, as the width of the 8703e makes one-handed thumbboarding an uncomfortable reach. The screen shows off 65,536 colors at a 320x240 pixel resolution, which makes for a great viewing experience as images and text appear sharp and colors are bright. The BlackBerry 8703e's display also features a light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the backlighting depending on whether a user is indoors, outdoors, or in a dark environment. Voice quality on the phone is impressive, with an accurate, clean sound. Unfortunately, voice dialing is not offered on the 8703e, and conference calling is needlessly complicated. The 8703e's battery is rated for 3.3 hours of talk time and up to 8 days of standby time.

BlackBerry's own instant messaging client is available on the 8703e, along with SMS support. Up to 10 e-mail accounts, including POP3, IMAP, Yahoo and Google accounts, can be accessed, with push e-mail capabilities possible using Exchange, Lotus Notes, and IBM Domino servers, or by redirecting mail from your desktop. Synchronization is over the USB 2.0 or fast Bluetooth 2.0 connections. The 8703e is capable of reading Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF documents, but editing is not possible. The phone gets a big boost thanks to its tethered modem support. Over Verizon's impressive EV-DO network, the BlackBerry is truly remarkable when paired with a laptop. Unfortunately, the 8703's speedy data access made the phone's sluggish mobile Web browser all the more annoying. There is no camera, no music player, and no mobile Web bookmarks dedicated to streaming media content. Viewing images is a business-like affair. The 8703e does have built-in GPS. The RIM Blackberry 8703e is a great phone for business and messaging, but not for users looking ofr a multimedia experience.

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