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Old 11-10-2007, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Several of us in my company have the 8703 from Verizon. I like the phone, especially since my previous BB was a 7250. Well my boss was with a friend in Starbucks recently and his friend had a 8830 and my boss had to get one. Now he wants me to get one (which is the usual scenario) so I can help him with his. I did play with his a little and do like a lot of the features. How difficult was it to go from the thumb wheel to the track ball and do you like the ball better? The screen seems a little smaller too. I know these are minor issues but I was just wondering if there is any compelling reason not to switch.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I really like the trackball much better than than wheel. Having my thumb 'up front' for everything makes it much easier to use.

I switched in July when Sprint's 8830 came out. Now when I pick up one of my user's 'wheel' devices it feels very strange....and old fashiond
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That was kinda my feelings also. Now that you mention it, even on my 8703 I prefer to use the keypad as much as possible as opposed to clicking the wheel.
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Just switched to the 8830 about 3 days ago. I was coming from a 7100i. First day I thought I wouldn't like the trackball but now I like it much better. Just like Juwaack said, it feels weird to use the trackwheel now.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Couldn't agree more. Especially after reading posts on how to clean the trackball, as mine was getting slightly "jumpy." Cleaned it with an alcohol wipe, just before MY boss asked to check out mine...perfect timing! Now he's getting one!

If I'm not wrong here, I think the 8830 is quite a bit heavier than the 8703, at least from what I remember from coworkers phones...but well worth it (maybe I'm wrong).
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I don't think the trackball makes that much of a difference. After the first week or two, you get used to it.

As far as the other things go, I love my 8830. Wouldn't trade it for any other phone.
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8830 is a fantastic Blackberry, my only complaint is the size of the keys, they are very small and crammed in. You do get used to them, however I much prefer the keyboard on the curve, as well as the keyboard on the 8703. Trackball is a + in my book.
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just recently made the switch from the 8700g to the 8320. It's been over a month.

It's an easy transition, very quick for me. Although I do admit, sometimes I find myself hitting the right side of the phone looking for the "back" button. It seems so convenient there.

I will point out one thing. The trackwheel, the phone is better supported with your hand. I play bass assassin a lot, sometimes while laying in bed. It's more awkward holding the blackberry up with a trackwheel cause there isn't much support when your laying down, and now your thumb has to do two things, scroll and hold the blackberry up, its awkward with the position of the trackball now.

You'll have no problem using it normally, only because the forces of gravity are working with you. It's only laying down. Other than that, its fantastic.
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I came from the Motorola Q. The jog-wheel on the Q was with out a doubt HORRIBLE. Coming to the trackball, is great. No complaints atall.
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completely agree. I went from the 8703e to the 8830 and never looked back. I love it. I thought I would miss the wheel too but gotta say the trackball is not only much better ergonomically but also much faster in general since your thumb is always up front.

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Thanks for the replys everyone. When I was checking out my bosses 8830 yesterday I actually liked the escape key on the front. As I stated earlier I like being able to do everything on the face of the phone. Looking forward to getting mine!
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I agree, having your thumbs on the front of the phone feels more comfortable for me. You'll love your 8830!
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I came from a 7250, and I now much prefer the 8830. Its easier to use during one handed operation.
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The 8800 series is miserable in sunlight but the 7800 series is a beauty. The 8800 series has some improvements like the speakerphone. If you don't mind wearing a Bluetooth then the 7800 is better in my opinion. Keyboard is better. GPS is nice on the 8800 but far from a handheld. It's slow and expensive. I use my 8800 sometimes for the speakerphone and louder ringer. Otherwise the 7800 series.
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Wirelessly posted (7250: BlackBerry8830/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/109)

7800 series?
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Wirelessly posted (7250: BlackBerry8830/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/109)

7800 series?
I'm gonna guess he had a dyslexic moment
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:56 AM   #17 (permalink)
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8830 is a fantastic Blackberry, my only complaint is the size of the keys, they are very small and crammed in. You do get used to them, however I much prefer the keyboard on the curve, as well as the keyboard on the 8703. Trackball is a + in my book.
One tip I learned a few weeks ago is to slide your thumbs around on the keyboard, as opposed to "attacking" the keys. It is much easier and streamlined to use once you get accustomed to sliding.
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I agree the keyboard is harder to get used to then the track ball. Once you use the ball you won't want a track wheel. If Verizon gets the curve I will switch for the keyboard. It is ok but crammed and not as easy to type on but it works.
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