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Old 06-05-2007, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got mine a few hours ago and it is everything I wish the 8700 had been when I first joined the BlackBerry universe.

The build quality of this is much better than my previous two BBs which I felt were rock solid -- the 8700 took a bath and worked after drying out while the 7130 took a few tumbles onto concrete.
So far, I'm stoked that it doesn't squeak and the battery door doesn't have any play. Smart, RIM, to put that little pad under the door to keep it from moving.
Call quality is superior to both of my previous BBs. Audio is louder and clearer. I was actually able to take and hold onto a call here in the office. I am pleased by that. My 7130 was particular where in the office I could take a call. It would drop out and garble often.
I love the way it feels in my hand. It's the perfect size. It's going to take a little time for me to readjust to the qwerty keyboard after suretype but I think I'll manage. Coming from a scrollwheel device, I'll have to adjust to the use of the menu button and trackball, which was causing me some initial frustration this morning. I couldn't figure out how to delete an e-mail without opening it (too many steps) or how to move the application icons around in the submenu screen of the Zen theme.
Once I figured that stuff out I was much happier. I need to futz around with the profiles and ringers, wallpapers, etc., and other personalization stuff.
In my opinion, this thing is light years ahead of the 7130c, and I am impressed so far. I think I'll use this device for at least six months. It should keep me satisfied until a 3G BlackBerry arrives on the scene. I used my 7130 for just shy of eight months. So, I think I can do six to nine months with the Curve. Woot.
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My gripes after 2 days -

1. Under Message tab with Today Theme, shows (1 unread) most of the time.
2. Calendar/Tasks alarms don't go off
3. Ear piece volume not as loud as Pearl 8100's
4. Memory/memory handling not so good - the Pearl has more.
5. Screen seems "washed out" compared to Pearl's "deeper" color

aside from those, it's a great device. I will exchange mine in 27 days for a new one Hopefully by then the quirks will be fixed.
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2. Delete the CICAL service books for your personal email accounts and that will fix the reminders.

4. Run the setup wizard and remove all the languages but English. That will free up 10 mb or so.

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My gripes after 2 days -

1. Under Message tab with Today Theme, shows (1 unread) most of the time.
2. Calendar/Tasks alarms don't go off
3. Ear piece volume not as loud as Pearl 8100's
4. Memory/memory handling not so good - the Pearl has more.
5. Screen seems "washed out" compared to Pearl's "deeper" color

aside from those, it's a great device. I will exchange mine in 27 days for a new one Hopefully by then the quirks will be fixed.
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I ran the set up wizard and got rid of the extra language dictionaries. I don't notice any lag. Thanks you to the super early adopters for sharing this info.

I am not having any issues as far as audio goes. I turned the earpiece up(it's quite low out of the box) on the first test call to check my work voicemail this morning. It's quite loud and clear once the volume is adjusted.

Not having any issues with reminders either. I read stuff when it comes in (using Dimension Zen theme) and the notifier icon goes away.

I'm not sure why people gripe about the screen. I have still have the original screen protector on it (for now) and even with that it's a very nice screen to look at ... I am not coming from a Pearl, though, but from a 7130c so I guess my mileage varies in that regard.

I've got all my phonebook ringers set up and that was really quite easy, simpler in fact, than I was expecting it to be.

My only gripe was that even though the desktop manager SAID all my 7130c stuff was put on my Curve, when I went to look for the wallpapers, calendar items and my address book those things weren't there. I guess I can live without the calendar items since I have all that info at work. I did sync with Outlook and got my address book on the phone.

I don't know if that's the Curve itself or the desktop manager software. But, I worked around those initial set up hiccups and am getting the device to my liking slowly but surely.
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2. Delete the CICAL service books for your personal email accounts and that will fix the reminders.

4. Run the setup wizard and remove all the languages but English. That will free up 10 mb or so.
I did run the setup and removed all the languages - still short on ram.
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My gripes after 2 days -

1. Under Message tab with Today Theme, shows (1 unread) most of the time.
2. Calendar/Tasks alarms don't go off
3. Ear piece volume not as loud as Pearl 8100's
4. Memory/memory handling not so good - the Pearl has more.
5. Screen seems "washed out" compared to Pearl's "deeper" color

aside from those, it's a great device. I will exchange mine in 27 days for a new one Hopefully by then the quirks will be fixed.
I came from the pearl too. My curve seems to have a much better screen. Maybe it is just the larger size that makes it look better.
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I compared my 8300 to the 8800 and the 8300 is dimmer but not so much so that it was terribly noticeable.

And the difference is primarily noteable when the 8800 is turned to full brightness.

Otherwise I think the 8300 screen is quite good.
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