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Old 06-14-2009, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm on Sprint now. Superb coverage in my area, WAY cheaper data plans vs. AT&T. I get a decent discount with Sprint so the move was a simple decision. Plus I love the size of the Curve series over the Bold, in spite of the Bold's truly superior keyboard.

I see that the 8350i offers push-to-talk where the 8330 does not. I don't use ptt so that's not a factor.

The 8330 has the 3.5 mm headphone jack vs. the 2.5 mm one on the 8350i. That's a factor for me, but a small one.

Slightly better battery life for the 8330 and tethering (if you pay for it).

I like the look of the 8350i better than the 8330 but the 8350i is iDen only where the 8330 is the regular Sprint network. How big a difference in coverage am I likely to see in northern NJ and NYC? Will this be a big deal?
I also like the fact that the 8350i has OS 4.6 while the 8330 is still on 4.5

Recommendations? I'm leaning toward the 8330 but if anyone has real world experience with both models I'd love to hear what you have to say.
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Coverage is main thing.

Then it may come down to OS 4.6 vs. 4.5
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If you jump to the 8350i, you will be doing far less OS upgrades.

A couple of my users at work have 8350i's, they nit pick a few issue's they've had with it but it's mainly been with PTT.

The 8330 is more main streamed, but is a bit more hardware lacking the 8350i has more built in memory. Themes will also be harder to come by if you switch themes often.

Also the trackball is different from the 8330 it's more pushed in, so you may want to get the feel for the 8350i before you get it, it's only a minor difference.
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Thanks guys! I was naive enough to assume the coverage of iDen and Sprint's CDMA network were the same. Now I'm hearing from some local users that there is a MONSTER difference and that iDen is the pits outside major metro areas.
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I believe iDEN is also slower then CDMA, and soon enough Sprint will have some CDMA RevA berries.
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