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Old 12-20-2006, 06:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been reading some about the upcoming 8800 that is similar in size to the Pearl but has a full keyboard and wifi.

Some questions?

1. What is the point of wifi? I assume this lets one use internet access in hot spots but why can't you just use the internet access on the Pearl. Is the wifi faster? Allow different web access?

2. Is the phone G3 (fastest mobile internet standard) vs. EDGE?

3. If this phone is about the size of the Pearl but with full keyboard, why did they even come out with the Pearl. It is not that old? Why did they not put this keyboard and size on the Pearl?
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, in terms of thinness, it's about the same as the Pearl; in all other dimensions, it's closer to the 8700 than it's younger sibling.

8800 (Camera-less): 114 x 66 x 14 (or 4.48xxx8243; x 2.59xxx8243; x 0.55xxx8243;)
8800 (Camera): 106 x 60 x 15.5 (or 4.17xxx8243; x 2.36xxx8243; x 0.61xxx8243;)
8700g: 110 x 69.5 x 19.5 (or 4.33xxx8243; x 2.73xxx8243; x 0.76xxx8243;)
8100: 107 x 50 x 14.5 (or 4.21xxx8243; x 1.96xxx8243; x 0.57xxx8243;)

1. Depending on the implementation, which no one knows for sure, just yet. We do know that it's going to be UMS/GAN-capable, meaning that if you carrier supports the handovers (T-Mobile only), then you can move from a carrier network to a Wi-Fi network without dropping your call or connection. This extends the carrier network to places it sometimes has never been able to access, such as a basement or protected building. As far as data over Wi-Fi, no one knows anything just yet.

2. It's only EDGE-capable.

3. The SureType keyboard allows them to shrink the overall size of the entire device, thus appealing to customers. See the dimensions above to find out the dimension differences - the Pearl is still MUCH smaller.
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First off, in terms of thinness, it's about the same as the Pearl; in all other dimensions, it's closer to the 8700 than it's younger sibling.

8800 (Camera-less): 114 x 66 x 14 (or 4.48xxx8243; x 2.59xxx8243; x 0.55xxx8243;)
8800 (Camera): 106 x 60 x 15.5 (or 4.17xxx8243; x 2.36xxx8243; x 0.61xxx8243;)
so the version with the camera is smaller in the first 2 measurements than the version without the camera?
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1. Wifi is significantly faster than EDGE. Under ideal conditions you get slightly better than ISDN speeds with EDGE. Wifi may also enable UMA as jibi mentioned as well as other possible uses (maybe other VOIP services like Skype?).

3. Some of us prefer SureType, some of us prefer full qwerty keyboards. Thankfully, RIM typically produces a full qwerty and a SureType equivalent of each device. I'm not sure I understand the reason behind your question -- isn't having options always preferable to having a manufacturer lock you into a single way of doing things?

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Old 12-25-2006, 09:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So there will be an 8800 with two different keyboards? Sounds hard to understand why.
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How could anyone prefer suretype?...I would rather poke my eye out with a rusty fork than use suretype...In fact, I would rather use a lowly Treo (qwerty) than use a suretype BB.
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I agree, the full keyboard is best
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so the version with the camera is smaller in the first 2 measurements than the version without the camera?

Yes. The Cameraless model "Indigo" is larger because it has a larger battery..1400 mAHrs versus 1100 mAHrs for the one with the camera.

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