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Old 07-21-2006, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Brighthand's reviewer did not think too much of the 8700. Do you agree with his views?

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Old 07-21-2006, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not really. Beauty (and reviews) are in the eye of the beholder. If a technology reviewer is "befuddled" by the BB GUI, they are not too bright.

Build quality has been debated over and over and over. As has the form factor. It is a personal opinion.

The 8700 is the perfect BlackBerry FOR ME. It clearly is not for that particular reviewer...

"I can only conclude that the big draw of the Blackberry platform was and is the fact that it was the first to do mobile and "push" email well."

The Palms and PPCs and WM5 mentioned may one day be decent competitors, but they are not there yet. I have an MDA (yuck) and a Q (still trying to figure out WHO that one is built for), but for me the 8700 is the best.

Good conclusion. Clearly this is the first time this person has used a BlackBerry. It's his opinion, but I don't agree with it.
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I really didn't understand the point about the display and fonts. I like the simple display of text with the included fonts on the BB. Ever try changing the fonts on the Q???
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If a technology reviewer is "befuddled" by the BB GUI, they are not too bright.
Umm, not to mention things like "Opera Mini will startup, but it won't browse the Web" which of course is just flat wrong. Browses the web just fine on my 8700. I'm sure the reviewer never bothered to set up the internet access the way it was supposed to be set. And "Because of the hap-hazard nature of the Blackberry's operating system..." Huh? Just what exactly is "hap-hazard" about the operating system? The fact that it doesn't crash all the time like a lot of the other PDA's? Sorry, but overall to me this reviewer comes across as a Palm/Windows bigot, who had preconceived notions about BlackBerry and wrote a review with a bit of a pre-conceived agenda.
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It would have been nice if all the facts were straight. He was talking about the bluetooth and said the 8700 couldn't be used as a modem which is true via Bluetooth. The way he made it sound, though, was that it can't be used as a modem period which is obviously false.
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I was shocked at his comments regarding the battery life. I owned the PPC6700 and MDA and would be lucky if they gave me 6 hrs standby and an hour talk time. That was my #1 reason for getting the BB.
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Just give me my email reliably in real time with a nice screen. Until someone else does that, the 8700 is the only game in town.
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Just give me my email reliably in real time with a nice screen. Until someone else does that, the 8700 is the only game in town.
agreed, this guy should go back to his palm... more bb's for us!
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It would have been nice if all the facts were straight. He was talking about the bluetooth and said the 8700 couldn't be used as a modem which is true via Bluetooth. The way he made it sound, though, was that it can't be used as a modem period which is obviously false.
Taken out of context you may be right but IMO it does seem that he is referring to bluetooth DUN, as he does mention it before and after the mention of not being able to use it as a bluetooth modem.

IMO the reviewer does have some good points but it is true that the reviewer probably couldn't get Opera mini to work because of the network settings.
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