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Old 02-18-2007, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone who has one please post a serious review and some overall pics for this new 8800. Thsi i am sure will help all the people who plan on getting it on wednesday make a good decision. This is one of the bad parts of getting it early... helping us all with our questions. Please post.
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I would like to hear more, too. BUT, unless the 8800 was exploding and people were loosing fingers, nothing would stop me from getting it on Monday or Tuesday.
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yes,

where is all the "love"

a few members got them and forgot about us already!
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Check out these two articles from vowe dot net.
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My review on the 8800:-

Got mine yesterday morning. Gave Adam - GSMPS - a call as soon as I had the unit in hand to get it unlocked. Amazingly, he had the instructions and the code for me within 4 hours!

Put my TMO SIM inside. EDGE picked up right away. Transferred my BIS email service books from the PEARL to the new 8800 - worked like a charm.

The unit itself - Black with a blue tint on it, looks really nice. Its a bit heavier than the 8700G, and a bit wider, but for me that was good. The grip on the phone is a lot more stable.

Keyboard layout is a bit tight, but only takes a few minutes to get used to, and you're well on your way to typing at the same speeds as 8700G, if not faster. The keys have a little edge on them, which makes pressing each key easier.

The buttons, SEND, MENU, BACK, and END are very soft and easy to press, unlike PEARL. The trackball is the same size as PEARL, but the casing around the trackball kind of makes it seem a bit wide. Trackball is a lot more stable, and it feels firm, again, unlike PEARL.

So far, all the keys on the keyboard, and all the buttons on the phone are designed with perfection in mind.

The speaker phone on the 8800 is LOUD and CLEAR. No hiss or distortion. I read somewhere that the 8800's speakerphone is unlike the PEARL's or the 8700's. 8800 speakerphone has 2 vertical speakers built inside, rather than just 1.

The mic also works very well. I tested the mic with speakerphone from about 5 feet away, and the other person on line could hear me fine.

The screen is VERY sharp and crisp. The best screen so far on any of the BB's.

Unlocked on TMO works great. Service, BIS, Emails, GPS w/ BB Maps, BB Messenger, Google Talk, MMS, SMS, pretty much everything works well just the way it used to on my black TMO Pearl. The only thing that I don't like, and I know a fix of that is coming soon, is the Cingular theme. Its very annoying, and I hate it

Overall, I like the phone a lot. Even though its the same processor as the 8700, it seems to run a bit faster, and smoother. Keyboard is nice once you get used to typing on it.

The battery has been running fine since yesterday, and I've been using it full throttle. Its currently at 45%, which is AMAZING.

The only downside on the phone is that its kind of big. If you've used an 8700 and a Pearl in the past, you won't like this about the 8800 either. Its kind of bulky.

Hope this helps?
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Hey,
Thank you very much for the review. One quick question. What exactly about the cingular theme that you dont like. Cant that be changed with the en theme or other pre loaded ones. Can you clear that up for me. Thnks.
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No problem

I'm just used to TMO themes and the ability to download different themes

The problem is that nothing is being supported right now on the 8800 from RIM, or Cingular, or Google (for google maps).

Even BlackBerry.com download section on the phone says "device not supported".

I am assuming that this is because the official release date if 21st, so that's when all the support will be put in place? I sure hope so.
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Thanks for the review. Glad to hear it is working the way it is supposed to on T-Mobile. Makes me feel a little more at ease about getting one.
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Why buy a Cingular 8800C w/o WiFi and unlock it for T-Mobile when a T-Mobile version with WiFi and with/without a camera is coming soon....2-3 months?

Especially if you already have a BB Pearl?

Maybe a WiFi chip is hidden in the Cingular 8800 and can't be used yet.

You are indeed a BB 8800 Pimp

...but are unlikely to get laid based on your BB Bling, unless you have WiFi or 3G.

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I got mine this morning... Two words... Love it!!! I have had every blackberry since and including the 7290... This one is awesome, finally a GPS... It has the same themes at the 8100... Telenav works great...the GPS has a very fast start time... I have berry411 on it and it also works fine... Newsclip, bbspell, weatherbug (awesome program), google maps 1.4.4, berry maps 1.0.70 all work also... and like previously stated google maps and berry maps are working with older versions...

it does seem faster... enterprise activation was easy... no problems... keyboard doesn't bother me... i kind of like it, especially after using the 8100...nice to be back to a full keyboard...

one other major note is the media player works ALOT better... i have a couple of one hour shows taken off my tivo and converted... on the 8100 the media player controls always lagged... drove me crazy... but on the 8800 absolutely no lag... when u hit pause it pauses.. you then hit play it immediately plays... same with using the scroll bar to forward the video...

If anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask....
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nyc_dude, you have to understand that most people here are NUTS for BlackBerry's I, just like happiicamper, have had every blackberry out since the 7100 series.

Its like drugs. Except, a lot more expensive. And I have every intension to buy the TMO 8800 when it comes out with WiFi and maybe / maybe not camera.

I actually spoke to one of my very good friends, a developer at xda-developers.com and he pointed out that if there's a WiFi chip in this unit, he may be open it up and enable it. I just don't know if I want him to open up my 8800 and mess around with it just yet He's VERY GOOD at what he does though... so we'll see.
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Happiicamper:

Is the speakerphone really loud, because that is what I want. the 8700 speakerphone is plenty loud. I am hoping the 8800 is louder. What about the handset volume. Do you have to strain to hear the caller when not using the speakerphone.

I want to buy this phone, but everyone is reporting that the spacing of the keys is troublesome for typing.

Let me know something

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Is there a reason they dropped the right side convenience key? This is almost a deal breaker for me since I use both of mine very frequently.
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Why buy a Cingular 8800C w/o WiFi and unlock it for T-Mobile when a T-Mobile version with WiFi and with/without a camera is coming soon....2-3 months?

Especially if you already have a BB Pearl?

Maybe a WiFi chip is hidden in the Cingular 8800 and can't be used yet.

You are indeed a BB 8800 Pimp

...but are unlikely to get laid based on your BB Bling, unless you have WiFi or 3G.

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Thanks for the review. Sure wish this was a 3G phone, but that still may not stop me from selling my Pearl and getting one. I just might wait.....who knows.

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My review on the 8800:-

Got mine yesterday morning. Gave Adam - GSMPS - a call as soon as I had the unit in hand to get it unlocked. Amazingly, he had the instructions and the code for me within 4 hours!

Put my TMO SIM inside. EDGE picked up right away. Transferred my BIS email service books from the PEARL to the new 8800 - worked like a charm.

The unit itself - Black with a blue tint on it, looks really nice. Its a bit heavier than the 8700G, and a bit wider, but for me that was good. The grip on the phone is a lot more stable.

Keyboard layout is a bit tight, but only takes a few minutes to get used to, and you're well on your way to typing at the same speeds as 8700G, if not faster. The keys have a little edge on them, which makes pressing each key easier.

The buttons, SEND, MENU, BACK, and END are very soft and easy to press, unlike PEARL. The trackball is the same size as PEARL, but the casing around the trackball kind of makes it seem a bit wide. Trackball is a lot more stable, and it feels firm, again, unlike PEARL.

So far, all the keys on the keyboard, and all the buttons on the phone are designed with perfection in mind.

The speaker phone on the 8800 is LOUD and CLEAR. No hiss or distortion. I read somewhere that the 8800's speakerphone is unlike the PEARL's or the 8700's. 8800 speakerphone has 2 vertical speakers built inside, rather than just 1.

The mic also works very well. I tested the mic with speakerphone from about 5 feet away, and the other person on line could hear me fine.

The screen is VERY sharp and crisp. The best screen so far on any of the BB's.

Unlocked on TMO works great. Service, BIS, Emails, GPS w/ BB Maps, BB Messenger, Google Talk, MMS, SMS, pretty much everything works well just the way it used to on my black TMO Pearl. The only thing that I don't like, and I know a fix of that is coming soon, is the Cingular theme. Its very annoying, and I hate it

Overall, I like the phone a lot. Even though its the same processor as the 8700, it seems to run a bit faster, and smoother. Keyboard is nice once you get used to typing on it.

The battery has been running fine since yesterday, and I've been using it full throttle. Its currently at 45%, which is AMAZING.

The only downside on the phone is that its kind of big. If you've used an 8700 and a Pearl in the past, you won't like this about the 8800 either. Its kind of bulky.

Hope this helps?
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Originally Posted by happiicamper
I got mine this morning... Two words... Love it!!! I have had every blackberry since and including the 7290... This one is awesome, finally a GPS... It has the same themes at the 8100... Telenav works great...the GPS has a very fast start time... I have berry411 on it ...video...

If anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask....
happiicamper, you said you loaded Telenav and it works great...
tell me about that, did you ota that? Is it not sluggish at all?
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happiicamper, you said you loaded Telenav and it works great...
tell me about that, did you ota that? Is it not sluggish at all?
I supsect this version of Telenav is awesome.

See my review Stinsonddog's Blackberry GPS Tips

I think 5.0 which is supposed to be on the 8800 adds tracking your route and finding POIs along the way. It' always been great on my 8700. In 5.1 I think they will add traffic reports.
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nyc_dude, you have to understand that most people here are NUTS for BlackBerry's I, just like happiicamper, have had every blackberry out since the 7100 series.

Its like drugs. Except, a lot more expensive. And I have every intension to buy the TMO 8800 when it comes out with WiFi and maybe / maybe not camera.

I actually spoke to one of my very good friends, a developer at xda-developers.com and he pointed out that if there's a WiFi chip in this unit, he may be open it up and enable it. I just don't know if I want him to open up my 8800 and mess around with it just yet He's VERY GOOD at what he does though... so we'll see.
its like drugs? oh man. i dont think i can get hooked on BB's. a phone is a phone is a phone. im guessing the term "everything in moderation" doesnt apply here since you're gonna keep buying different versions of the same phone.

but on the up and up, very nice review for the 8800.
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the speaker is a lot louder... especially using the alarm this morning... it's a lot more full sounding... Boy Genius also noticed that, i think, on some of his earlier findings at his site....

Telenav works very good... I have used it from the 8700 to the 8100 and now to the 8800... i used it on the 8100 on Saturday, before i got the 8800,to go to a farm up in north east Texas. I worked great, it knew were the small county roads were, I was impressed! it's really the next best thing to having a standalone GPS... I will have to say i can't wait to google maps with gps support works with the 8800... google maps it the best program, easy to use...but right now no gps support on the blackberry.

I used the ota download... it's version 4.7.0.18. (I'll have to see about finding the 5.0 version) Telenav uses navtec which i personally like the best.

the 8800 seems to be more responsive than the 8700 and for sure the 8100...
The gps starts up fast...
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