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Old 01-09-2010, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking at buying an 8900 through craigs list - and yes i did read the FAQ and i know what to expect / do.

My questions are along the lines of "is it worth the upgrade"

i currently have an 8320 that i use on Tmo's network running a hybrid OS combining some of the core OS components from 4.6.1 and the latest 4.5 for the 8320.

most of the reviews i have read put the 8900 in a favorable light but not enough of an incentive for me to upgrade... that is unless OS 5.0 really make the device shine.

so, long story short, i am asking for advice on weather or not its a good deal to upgrade from my 8320 to an 8900 for about $200. Keep in mind, though, that i will be able to sell my 8320 for about $100 bringing the total cost of upgrade to around $100.

thanks for the advice and the like...
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That is really a question you have to answer. The 8900 is a newer device, with probably a faster processor and more memory. You need to make sure it has the features you need and want. Have you compared the specs? Have you looked at the device and actually compared the look and feel with your 8320?

The 8900 runs on EDGE, not 3G, so if that was one reason, scratch that one.

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hah yeah thanks for pointing that out; i forgot about that.

I know it runs on EDGE, that isint a problem. I was just wondering about the New Os... is it worth the upgrade? is the browser any good (4.X devices = shitty browser) are there any super new and worth it features besides the ones that occasionally get listed... like significant speed improvements or battery life?

and, really specific question, does os 5.0 allow the phone to connect to an 802.1x authenticated wifi network without a client side certificate?
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The browser is no different on 4.6.1 or OS 5, currently.
RIM are in development of a "better" browser, but currently its no difference.
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Hmm, ok thanks.

Can anybody do a simple test for me? i need a device running 4.6 and above (5.0.X preferred)

please go manually create a wifi profile, but when you get the chance to specify secutiry, put PEAP and tell me if, anywhere, you get the ability to select "ignore" or "dont validate server certificate"

the reason i ask is because the university i go to has complete campus wifi, but i cant connect because this phone doesn't support the ability to connect w/o a valid server side certificate... and since the IT department is too cheap to buy a CA signed certificate, my phone will not connect due to the lack of trusted certificate. I heard somewhere that BBos 5 had the option to connect w/o validating the certificate.

If i can indeed connect w/o a valid certificate in os 5 then i will go ahead and upgrade... else, its a deal breaker.
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Hmm, ok thanks.

Can anybody do a simple test for me? i need a device running 4.6 and above (5.0.X preferred)

please go manually create a wifi profile, but when you get the chance to specify secutiry, put PEAP and tell me if, anywhere, you get the ability to select "ignore" or "dont validate server certificate"
I'm running OS 5.0.0.411.

After I selected PEAP a bunch of fields appeared on the screen related to configuring it, at the bottom of the screen is a checkbox for "Disable Server Certificate Validation"

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I had the 8320 with T-Mobile, and upgraded to the 8900 last year. The 8320 was good; the 8900 is better. The 8900 has better screen resolution, which makes for a better user experience in general. If you were to look at the two devices side by side you'd appreciate the difference instantly.

The 8900 has 256 MB of memory, more than the Bold. This is perhaps the most important feature. With the 8320, you have to be careful about how many applications you install, to keep from running into memory shortages. With the 8900 it's very unlikely that you'll have a problem. The 3.2 megapixel camera is also a step up from the 8320.

But if you go to OS 5.x, you have to remember that all current releases are still in beta, and all have glitches. Many of us running 5.0.0.411, for example, have found that phone calls on UMA are somewhat distorted. Some people are seeing an SMS glitch. There are still random resets. OS 5 is nice, no question about it; I'm not tempted to go back to 4.6. But I'm hoping for a stable release version somewhere soon.

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I'm running OS 5.0.0.411.

After I selected PEAP a bunch of fields appeared on the screen related to configuring it, at the bottom of the screen is a checkbox for "Disable Server Certificate Validation"

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Yeah, i verified this via an emulator. I have yet to test weather this is what i needed (i go back to university this weekend...) but from what i have read, this will work. Thanks for doing the verification for me as well!



Thanks for your feedback! i got my 8900 yesterday off craigs list and i am in love! I haven't noticed many of the glitches that people are complaining about, but i dont use SMS.

No random restarts yet, but the phone will occasionally come out of standby and a few other things...

oh well, i am still eagerly awaiting a more stable release.
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