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Old 06-15-2007, 06:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I have read all the posts. Whats the verdict, would you upgrade from a VZW 8703 to a 8830? Pros and cons.

I'm happy with my 8703, so I'm debating what do I get by moving up.

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Old 06-15-2007, 07:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not trying to be rude... but if you've read all the posts, then it's time for you to make your own decision.
This topic has been discussed in great detail, and there's plenty of posts comparing the features and pros/cons of the 8703e to the 8830.

Starting a new topic about this doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
You've read the posts, you know the features... you decide.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not to be rude back, but I have read the posts and I'm reading a mixed review to be honest. I'm looking for some quick inputs. This 8830 looks like it does have issues, yet most posters have said they have mixed reviews. I do read these boards frequently, I'm looking at input now that the device has been out there for a few weeks where people have some time to test it.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I went from a 7250 to the 8830, so that was a BIG leap for me. I'm very happy with the 8830. However, if I had a 8703 that was working fine I don't think I would hurry to make the switch. I certainly wouldn't break contract and pay extra for it.

If you can live without the media player and spell check I would stick with the 8703 for a while.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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this is my first blackberry, was on windows mobile before, and am very happy, except for the memory leak issue, but thats not that big a deal....
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This 8830 looks like it does have issues, yet most posters have said they have mixed reviews.
So people have posted their comments and you're asking them to post them yet again? IMO, the info is already out there and you just need to make your own judgement call considering your needs and preferences.
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OK, I have read all the posts. Whats the verdict, would you upgrade from a VZW 8703 to a 8830? Pros and cons.

I'm happy with my 8703, so I'm debating what do I get by moving up.

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1.) are you using a 8703e now?
2.) what is your main usage of a Blackberry?
3.) Do you need media capabilities?
4.) Do you need to make calls internationally?
5.) Is expandable memory needed?

If you answer yes to number 1 and no or maybe to 2 thru 5, stick with the 8703e, the trackball is cool and all, but the way the OS is designed, it gives you very little advantage over the trackwheel except being able to scroll in 4 directions without needing the "alt" key. I had a 8703e and upgraded in haste to a 8830, while the phone is good, it's bugs that it has makes me wish I stayed with the 8703e longer, I am also considering turning the 8830 off until a OS upgrade is available and just use the 8703e again in the meantime. It does boil down to personal preference though, so I would say use both and judge from there.
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The 8830 was my first Blackberry and I ended up bringing it back because of all of the issues it had. If you have an 8703 that works well and that you are happy with I would wait a little while before switching to give them some time to work out all the kinks with the 8830.
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upgraded from a 7130e (which i loved) but have also used the 8703e extensively, and would honestly recommend the upgrade. outside of the media capabilities, trackball functionality, global roaming ability, and expandable memory, the darn thing is just sexy and cool. mine's been rock solid - no squeaks, loose parts, buggy OS, or any of the other problems others have been reporting on these forums.

if i had to report one thing where i'd definitely give the edge to the 8703e (or just about any trackwheel equipped BB), it'd be in the bulletproof construction. meaning, with the 7130e/8703e, i felt like i could toss it around, sit on it, jam it into my back pocket, without worrying about a thing. but the 8830 seems more susceptible to scratches and environmental damage. most the newer BB's seem to all be more design-conscious, and less industrial by form.

but overall, i really couldn't be happier~

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upgraded from a 7130e (which i loved) but have also used the 8703e extensively, and would honestly recommend the upgrade. outside of the media capabilities, trackball functionality, global roaming ability, and expandable memory, the darn thing is just sexy and cool. mine's been rock solid - no squeaks, loose parts, buggy OS, or any of the other problems others have been reporting on these forums.

if i had to report one thing where i'd definitely give the edge to the 8703e (or just about any trackwheel equipped BB), it'd be in the bulletproof construction. meaning, with the 7130e/8703e, i felt like i could toss it around, sit on it, jam it into my back pocket, without worrying about a thing. but the 8830 seems more susceptible to scratches and environmental damage. most the newer BB's seem to all be more design-conscious, and less industrial by form.

but overall, i really couldn't be happier~

do it,
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Good point about construction, I feel on edge putting it down on anything for fear of scratching, and even with all my car and caution it got slightly nicked on the right hand rail. I can't even put it in my pocket care-free like I did with the 8703e...
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In a word - do it.


For those guys who are concerned about the scratching and stuff, as far as breakage - not much help there, but I just got finished putting one of the Best Skins Ever on my 8830, and its SUPER. I feel comfy putting the device in my pocket now, and not worried about scratches and stuff.

I put the fully body skin on and its great. I throw the phone in my pocket now without a holster if I'm just running to dinner or something and I've been very pleased with the results (i.e. 0 scratches) so far.

YMMV, but I'm diggin it.
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Thanks all for your replies. Especially dwp1975. I did not want to rehash old news. I dont need global and dont need the media player. I think that I will hold on to my 8703 and wait for the new round of BB this late fall.
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I have to say the 8830 is one of the best BlackBerrys I've owned! Solid performer in and out. I've owned the 8703e and have to say I like the 8830 just as much, maybe more. Trackball is real easy to get used to, EVDO is lightning quick, and email is superb. I'm very comfortable typing on the keyboard, and the much talked about blue backlighting is something that I've gotten used to, and actually like. Only downside would be the low ringtones, but I just leave it on the loud profile and I'm fine. I give this phone a thumbs up, and would definitely recommend it!
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I went from the 8703e to the 8830... I have read all the posts and just wanted to say I agree with most of them...however I am not liking the spacing on the keyboard on the 8830... they are too close together and yes, the blue lighting on the keys IS hard to read. I wish the 8830 had the the keyboard layout of the curve... however the 8830 is MUCH more feature rich. also, in reference to the remark about the volume being lower,, the default volume for the profiles on the phone ringer is set to medium by default.. if u set it to high u will get it louder... I t hink that the speaker on the 8830 is probably one of the best features of the 8830... the audio from its speaker is a big improvement from its predecessors (can't spell to save my life lol)
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Thanks all for your replies. Especially dwp1975. I did not want to rehash old news. I dont need global and dont need the media player. I think that I will hold on to my 8703 and wait for the new round of BB this late fall.
Glad I could be of help, I am still young in the world of Blackberry's, but if I can help another user with what I do know, I am glad to share. To some it's not a big deal, but to me it's important to make the right decision when it comes to a important business tool such as your blackberry/mobile office
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I have to say the 8830 is one of the best BlackBerrys I've owned! Solid performer in and out. I've owned the 8703e and have to say I like the 8830 just as much, maybe more. Trackball is real easy to get used to, EVDO is lightning quick, and email is superb. I'm very comfortable typing on the keyboard, and the much talked about blue backlighting is something that I've gotten used to, and actually like. Only downside would be the low ringtones, but I just leave it on the loud profile and I'm fine. I give this phone a thumbs up, and would definitely recommend it!
I still can't fully get used to the 883o's keyboard to the point I type on it less than I did on my 8703e, with the 8703e, I could on my PC with my email open and if it came in on my blackberry, I would open it there and answer it instead....lol . With the 8830 I sometimes, read a email and then wait till I get back to my PC to answer.
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I went into the Verizon store intent on upgrading from my 7130 to the 8830. After typing a sample message on it while waiting for a rep, I decided against the upgrade.

Every other word, no exaggeration, was mis-typed because of the keyboard design. Apparently, the slight ridge on the key is what you must aim for when typing since the keys are so flat and close together.

Maybe the keys on the demo unit were stiff, but it was horrible for me with my fingers. I have to think it was something with that particular unit since I don't see how anyone could find that performance acceptable. Despite the other improvements, I couldn't see how I would be happy with the problems I was having with the keyboard.
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