Conclusion: Sprint's version of this easy-to-use, global smartphone is better than Verizon's, with more software, GPS capabilities, and the freedom of an unlocked SIM card slot. It's also hands-down the best business-friendly smartphone on Sprint's network for frequent travelers to Europe.
Pros: Seamless global roaming with unlocked SIM card slot. Free and for-pay GPS options. Excellent media player. Long battery life.
Cons: No support for DRM music or Bluetooth stereo. Poor options for editing Microsoft Office documents.
Conclusion: The full-sized BlackBerry got a great makeover: slim and attractive, shiny and classy at the same time, and a very useable QWERTY keyboard and device controls. The second full-sized BlackBerry to sport this new design offers strong features to compete with Palm, Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones.
Pros: World phone with dual network support is ideal for Verizon customers who travel abroad. Sleek and modern design will turn heads. The device is slim and light by BlackBerry and smartphone standards. You get the great push email experience with attachments, filtering and search functions. You also get a good set of software including messaging (IM included), PIM, Maps/GPS and desktop syncing.
Summary: The flexibility of GSM international roaming, paired with BlackBerry's easy-to-use messaging capabilities, gives the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone an unbeatable one-two punch for business users and frequent international travelers.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry 8830 is a good choice for world travelers who need to be on a CDMA network at home but want to keep the same number while abroad and can't live without a BlackBerry device. Other worldwide travelers might prefer a smaller, more feature-rich regular GSM cell phone or another of the few cell phones that support both GSM and CDMA.
Pros: Irreproachable, sturdy design. The BlackBerry 8830 looks like it will withstand bad treatment., A great ultra-large display., I have mixed feelings about the keypad. It is a bit too slippery and I would have preferred some grip: either a gel-like or soft-touch texture. However, it is large enough to let you type quite fast and I managed to type text in almost half the time it takes on a regular cell phone with predictive text input., The BlackBerry 8830 features a tra...
Cons: MicroSD card access requires back cover removal., It's a detail but a pesky one. Menus don't loop so, when you get at the bottom of a list, pressing down again doesn't bring you back to the top., To accommodate a majority of corporate users whose companies prefer employees not carry cameras around, the BlackBerry doesn't have a built-in camera.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry 8830 smartphone is known as the World Edition. The BlackBerry 8830 is a CDMA phone with GSM/GPRS networks. The BlackBerry can roam the world, make mobile calls and access e-mail wherever you are. BlackBerry kicked it up a notch by adding BlackBerry Maps via the built-in GPS technology. Some other cool features are a media player and expandable memory.
Excerpt: The RIM BlackBerry 8830, now available from Verizon Wireless, is one of the network's few devices that has true world roaming capabilities thanks to dual-mode CDMA/GSM support. We took the 8830 around the block and across the Atlantic for a test.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry 8830 proved to be an outstanding device. We were very impressed with how well it works and the capabilities. It may lack some features like a camera, this is of course geared more towards businesses and some businesses prohibit camera phones. Strictly from a business perspective, this is a wonderful phone. While you may not have a push-to-talk type feature, you will be able to stay connected anywhere in the world that you can get reception.
Pros: Sound quality, Talk time, Very stable, Wonderful email client
Cons: Keys on keyboard don’t always give feedback or won’t respond when pressed, Small message notifications, Voice dialing performance could be much better, No A2DP profile
Excerpt: If you do not leave the Canada or the United States regularly, then the BlackBerry 8830 Curve will be of little interest. The big claim to fame for the thin, but larger, BlackBerry 8830 is that it can be used throughout Europe. For you stuffy Globetrotters who need the best in phone technology, you’ll appreciate the 2.5 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display and the now iconic full and fully contoured QWERTY keypad.