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.
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 EV-DO capable; has a built-in GPS radio; an integrated music and video player; and offers solid performance. The Sprint version also features unlocked SIM capabilities and an AIM client.
Cons: The BlackBerry 8830 is on the larger side. There is no camera option, and the phone doesn't support stereo Bluetooth headsets. Callers reported distorted speakerphone quality.
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.
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.