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.
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: The RIM BlackBerry 8820 one-ups the BlackBerry 8830 and offers T-Mobile business customers a well-connected smartphone with the addition of Wi-Fi.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry 8820 for T-Mobile brings the addition of Wi-Fi and support for the carrier's HotSpot@Home service. The smartphone continues to offer solid e-mail functionality and Bluetooth, GPS, and multimedia capabilities.
Cons: The BlackBerry 8820 doesn't include the improved Web browser found on newer BlackBerrys, so there's more work involved in navigating pages. The handset is slightly bulky, and we wish it was equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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.
Excerpt: Ostensibly designed for business users who can’t have a cameraphone in the workplace, the BlackBerry 8820 is, in fact, a consumer-friendly device that includes one major upgrade over its predecessor, the 8800: Wi-Fi. And while this addition allows for speedier web browsing and better connections in spotty coverage areas, it comes with one major caveat—AT&T has chosen to allow Wi-Fi to carry only data, not voice, so VoIP, isn’t a possibility.
Excerpt: One of the trademark Blackberry functions is the Blackberry Messenger, a sophisticated IM client that works like AIM but better. Why carriers lock that feature down and force customers to use their inferior version is beyond me. Blackberry owners take great pride in communicating with their own messaging system, and if you purchase this model from AT&T you will NOT have such luxury.
Summary: Dank seiner vorzüglichen Kombination aus WLAN, GPS und mobilen E-Mail-Funktionen ist der Blackberry 8820 ein hervorragendes Kommunikationstool für professionelle Benutzer. Es fehlt nur noch UMTS-Unterstützung, um ihn perfekt zu machen.
Pros: einfach zu benutzender Trackball, gutes Display, WLAN und GPS
Cons: keine UMTS-Unterstützung, keine HTML-Unterstützung für E-Mails, keine Kamera