I received my 8830 as well today. My unit seems to be built very well..noting squeaks or creaks at all.
The keyboard is very readable..I assume this is improved due to the white backlight. I also have a curve and an 8703e here and the keyboard on the 8830 is definitely my least favorite of the 3 but by no means a huge deal for me at least. The keys are really slippery which is my biggest complaint. I am adapting fairly quickly...but the keyboard and form factor of the curve are superior imo. I still like this unit over the 8703 though...I think
To my eye, the screen is the same as my 8703 and slightly better then the curve..which seems to be what others have found. The speaker on my unit is LOUD compared to the curve I have. I agree, a few of the ring tones are a little low but overall I am pretty surprised with the volume. The vibrator is VERY weak however. I am actually carrying the unit in the same Rim full flap case I used for my 8300 and I can barely feel it vibrate...and have missed more then a few emails already. It is so weak, I actually turned audible tones on for emails so as not to miss them. On the 8703 in the exact same case, I never missed a vibrate alert ever.
I have been watching the memory and I haven't noticed any problems..I am right at 11,285,434 and have been for most of the day.
GPS is cool! This is the first BB I have had where I played with it. I now see what all the enthusiasm is about...I don't do a ton of running around in unfamiliar places but I can see where this would be a huge plus for some people.
I am leaving for Saudi Arabia in a few days and will give the international data access a spin along with the curve I have. I will be in Ryadh, Jeddah, Dubai, Morrocco, Paris and a couple other places and will report back with the coverage. Will the GPS work overseas as well..anyone know?