Summary: When the BlackBerry 8820 was launched in late 2007, it was the first BlackBerry phone that supported Wi-Fi networks. Today, however, many BlackBerrys and other smartphones include support for wireless networks.
Conclusion: Corporate users now have an updated 8800-series BlackBerry with built-in GPS and T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling ability, but individual consumers may still prefer the BlackBerry 8320 Curve on T-Mobile for its camera and sleeker design.
Summary: In general, we like the T-Mobile BlackBerry 8820 because of its HotSpot @Home support and comfortable keyboard, and we appreciated the accuracy of BlackBerry maps using the phone's built-in GPS.
Excerpt: The Blackberry 8820 was a real find for our office. Whether we are in the States or almost any country our quad band 8820 has connectivity. Research in Motion added some features that we were for particularly the 2GB external memory slot. The inclusion of WiFi 802.11 was a welcome inclusion.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry 8820 is a very capable Smartphone. Email is tops – better than any other device made. Web browsing was very pleasant and quick(especially using WiFi)and there is enough multi media content to satisfy most users.
Pros: Great BlackBerry email, good phone features, good call quality, easy to use and powerful PIM features, fully QWERTY keyboard, built in WiFi
Conclusion: The BlackBerry 8820 pumps up the businesslike BlackBerry 8800 with largely useless Wi-Fi. We'd rather have had 3G, but, hey, we're not going to turn down free Wi-Fi, and neither should you.
Pros: Great combination of e-mail efficiency, GPS, media, and no camera (that's a plus for business folks). Wi-Fi.
Cons: No 3G. No stereo Bluetooth. Not quite sure what to use the Wi-Fi for.
Summary: Research in Motion (RIM) has been keeping itself busy pumping out new phones for the past year or so. Among the newer entries into the market, we first had the 8800, followed by the Pearl and the Curve.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry 8820 is RIM’s first foray into integrated Wi-Fi, and sometimes it even works. The 8820 is nearly identical in every way to the well-received 8800: same form factor, same 4.8-ounce weight, same OS, same trackball navigation system.
Pros: Still has the top-notch e-mail system we know and love. Excellent, roomy keyboard. Integrated GPS is a category killer. MicroSD slot for media files.
Cons: Still no camera. Still no 3-G. Web page rendering is ugly. Wi-Fi is buggy; scanning for access points takes an eternity. Beware the fine print: “Not all BlackBerry plans support Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry services.”
Summary: The addition of Wi-Fi makes the RIM BlackBerry 8820 an even more powerful communication device for business users, taking it beyond just e-mail and phone calls.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry 8820 is the first BlackBerry to offer integrated Wi-Fi. The smart phone continues to offer Bluetooth, GPS, and push e-mail capabilities as well as push-to-talk and multimedia functions. We were also impressed by the long talk-time battery life.
Cons: There's no 3G support and no option for a camera version. The QWERTY keyboard can be slippery, and the device uses a proprietary instant messaging client.