This is not a lie! I got to handle an updated version of the Blackberry 8800. For now I can't mention the model#, but the best thing about this device is the keyboard, which DESPERATELY needed improvement. This thing looks a lot like the 8800, but instead it's silver, the feel of the device is MUCH better and it's slightly smaller.
Handling this device has made me feel really good about being patient and sticking with my 8700c, but it still isn't 3G! and I refuse to upgrade until RIM goes 3G. Yes, they are working on it, but it wont be until this Fall or possibly early next year.
So I had the 8700c - AWESOME - then the Pearl - Not too bad - Now the 8800 Blah - The screen and reception of the phone is great but the key pad is horrible. The buttons are way to close together. I have made more mistakes typing on this on the Pearl.
I played with it at Cingular...web pages look incredible!!! There is no camera on this phone...and to me if you have a 1,000 bells and whistles add one more to make 1,001 and add a flippin camera. Nice looking phone though overall.
Has anyone used the unlocked version on the T-mobile network? I'm just wondering if the GPS feature works and if there are any hangups that you haven't liked. Please let me know how you have liked it. Thanks
I too was a little disappointed when I got my first shipment of these and realized that it didn't have a camera. It definitely sucks for those who like to carry only one device, but for the long haul this is going to be better for sales. Most BB users are BB users because their companies do not allow camera phones. However, I definitely wouldn't be opposed to seeing a camera version some time soon.
As far as 3G goes, if you actually take an EDGE enabled BB and race it on the web vs a 3G data device you don't really notice a difference. The only real disadvantage I can see to not having 3G is no streaming video or music. However, one plus to not having 3G is better battery life. Ask any legit BB user and they'll tell you that battery life... (continues)