I'm interested to know how the browsing speed is for the Sprint folks who have just activated. Any that have used EDGE before, is it comparable? I think I heard that EVDO would be faster, but the 8703e processor slowed it to about the same speed. Is that the case??
I just got the 8703e today...already have an 8700g...with 3+ bars on a 1XEV signal browsing speed seems exactly the same to me...the difference I am noticing is that the 8700g seems to start loading the page more quickly (i.e. stuff starts to show up on the screen) but it takes a tad longer to load all the way in. On the 8703 the screen stays black for a few seconds then just pops on screen. I haven't timed it certainly but in just general browsing it seems so close I can't tell a difference.
That is entirely possible if the proc on the 8703e is a bottleneck. I haven't tried tethering yet...will try it in a little bit and post my results. My comments were just regarding browsing on the device itself...I am hoping you are right though since I use it for tethering pretty frequently while traveling. Now if only we could get a BT profile for it
You'll love the tethering performance. I am quite pleased, its pretty close to what I see with an EVDO card. Finally one device for phone, email and data tethering (at least until Cingular 3G Blackberry shows its face)