Summary: For the globe-trotting executive, the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a powerful voice and messaging tool that offers world roaming and solid performance.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry 8830 offers dual-mode functionality so you can use the phone globally. It's also EV-DO capable, has a built-in music and video player, and offers solid performance.
Cons: The BlackBerry 8830 doesn't support Verizon's V Cast services at the moment, and the handset is on the larger side. There is no camera option and the phone doesn't support stereo Bluetooth headsets.
Excerpt: BlackBerry is synonymous with Push Email. It’s only been just a little while since we’ve had the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and we know what that can do. So the company has decided to bring us yet another communication marvel and lo! behold, the much awaited BlackBerry 8800 is here in our fair city at last and lucky us, we got to be the first to test drive this black and silver beauty.
Summary: The RIM BlackBerry 8800 for T-Mobile is a fantastic messaging device built on top of a solid, if not amazing, cell phone. While the 8800 is sleeker and more fun than the 8700g that preceded it, nobody’s going to mistake it for an iPhone - there’s no camera to be found, and while the media player is a useful addition, it’s not on par with the entertainment offerings found on other, more entertainment-minded handsets.
Conclusion: A tremendously effective messaging phone, the 8800 adds a trackball and music player to the traditional Blackberry form factor. But the lack of 3G high-speed wireless will be an issue for Web surfers and laptop modem users.
Pros: First Blackberry with full keyboard, music player and trackball. Built-in GPS. Blackberry e-mail is still unmatched in ease of use and flexibility of merging many accounts.
BlackBerry 8800 Smartphone: The Best Kind of Co-Worker
Personal Electronics buzz
12 June 2007
Excerpt: BlackBerry 8800 is a quad-band world phone. It features a QWERTY keyboard, e-mail synchronization, BlackBerry proprietary OS and software, HTML browser, Bluetooth 2.0, music and video player. The BlackBerry 8800 series utilizes instant messaging services available via Yahoo, ICQ and other providers. The BlackBerry 8800 includes a charger, USB cable, stereo hands-free headset, a carrying holster, rechargeable battery and BlackBerry desktop software.
Excerpt: When I first heard about the release of the new 8800 corporate blackberry in January, I told my wife 'I know what you can get me for my birthday this May.' Well, I could not delay gratification until May (that is another story) and I ordered one from Cingular. The good news is its sleek, sexy and solid, media friendly, includes GPS and has a trackball.
Excerpt: The development and progression of the BlackBerry has been one of the most interesting of any mobile device. It went from being a pure business product to a status symbol to a great consumer phone in a short amount of time, yet it is still in the middle of another period of rapid advancement. RIM’s newest addition, the 8800, is seemingly a combination of the all-business 8700 and the consumer-oriented Pearl.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Pearl may have been the first to have a sexy, modern look; but for the very large full-QWERTY BlackBerry user base, the BlackBerry 8800 is the first hard core BlackBerry with the new look. While the push email, messaging and PIM functions remain strong, the BlackBerry 8800 adds a new navigation package and longer battery life.
Pros: Sleek, modern design that will turn heads. The device is light by BlackBerry and smartphone standards. You get the great push email experience with attachments, filter and searching functions. You also get a good set of software including messaging (IM included), PIM and desktop syncing. Longer battery life than all previous BlackBerry devices while supporting a 312MHz processor and GPS.
Cons: We wish it had 3G support. With Bluetooth v2.0 implementation it begs for more profiles such as A2DP for playing music via stereo headsets, DUN and file transfer to and from desktop machines.