BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-24-2007, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
doublestack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NY
Model: Bold
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 35
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default 8703e to 8830 worth the upgrade?

Please Login to Remove!

Is the 8830 a "good" upgrade from the 8703e if I will not be using the GSM features?

I really like the track-ball feature and upgraded operating system; but I am unsure if there are any trade-offs.

I like the 8703e's rf, call quality and keyboard. After reviewing some of the comments both here and on other forums, I am still unsure.

Thanks in advance for your comments.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
Crimson Tide Moderator
 
JSanders's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North of the moss line
Model: 9xx0
OS: 7.0sumtin
PIN: t low
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 41,907
Post Thanks: 60
Thanked 244 Times in 182 Posts
Default

I would. I upgraded from 8700g to 8800, love it.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Model: 8830
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 184
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Absolutely! I feel like the 8830 has better call quality. I love the trackball. I wasn't sure about the keyboard at first, but love it now.
__________________
Verizon 8830
Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
BBF Moderator
 
John Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Model: Z30
OS: 10.2.1.x
PIN: s & needles
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 34,686
Post Thanks: 4
Thanked 100 Times in 72 Posts
Default

Yep. Worth the upgrade.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 09:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: North Canton, OH
Model: 8830
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 34
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I am with the others. I love the slimmer form, trackball, and newer operating system. I keep pics and video of the kids on it for when I travel also. My only issue was the keyboard lighting and the tight spaced buttons. I have since gotten past it and realized the keyboard was okay. I still would like to change out the keyboard for a black one (I am on Verizon) as I see elsewhere in the forum. They just have not posted a picture of it yet. Good luck. You will not regret the upgrade.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 09:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
iPhone Convert
 
juwaack68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Tulip City - MI
Model: iP5
OS: 6.0.2
PIN: to beans
Carrier: I'm not
Posts: 13,875
Post Thanks: 3
Thanked 72 Times in 55 Posts
Default

I love the trackball/menu key combination. MUCH easier to work with then the trackwheel.
__________________
No longer a BES Admin, but it was fun while it lasted!
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 09:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Brockton, Massachusetts
Model: 9650
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 14
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Everything about the 8830 is better except the keyboard. The trackball and spell check are worth the upgrade. You will learn to deal with the keyboard. IMHO of course.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 09:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
iPhone Convert
 
juwaack68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Tulip City - MI
Model: iP5
OS: 6.0.2
PIN: to beans
Carrier: I'm not
Posts: 13,875
Post Thanks: 3
Thanked 72 Times in 55 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by deo59 View Post
Everything about the 8830 is better except the keyboard. The trackball and spell check are worth the upgrade. You will learn to deal with the keyboard. IMHO of course.
Yea, it took me a couple of weeks go get used to the keyboard. I went from the 7130 to the 8830 and yow...felt like I forgot how to type at all at first.

But now I'm stylin'
__________________
No longer a BES Admin, but it was fun while it lasted!
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 10:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
BBF Moderator
 
akosnitzky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southern Florida
Model: 9650
OS: 6.0.0.333
Carrier: Verizon BIS
Posts: 14,484
Post Thanks: 6
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Default

It is worth it and you will get used to the keyboard.
Offline  
Old 08-24-2007, 10:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
cwosigns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Model: 9300
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 311
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I did the same upgrade, and paid full retail to do it. It has been worth every penny.
__________________
Chris Owens
NAD V, NIC Advanced
ASL-English Interpreter
Columbus, Ohio
Offline  
Old 08-25-2007, 04:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
MPScan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Model: 8900
PIN: N/A
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 48
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Agreed with all of the above. The only issue that I was the least bit hesitant about was the keyboard and how closely spaced the keys are. I am a big guy (6'3, 250lbs) with pretty big fingers..

...but after only a few weeks of getting the feel of it, I can type just as fast, if not faster, then I could on my 7xxx series.
Offline  
Old 08-25-2007, 05:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Model: 8830
PIN: N/A
Carrier: Sprint
Posts: 38
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MPScan View Post
Agreed with all of the above. The only issue that I was the least bit hesitant about was the keyboard and how closely spaced the keys are. I am a big guy (6'3, 250lbs) with pretty big fingers..

...but after only a few weeks of getting the feel of it, I can type just as fast, if not faster, then I could on my 7xxx series.
Nice Avatar!!! DIE YANKEE SCUM! LOL, jk.


Dustin Pedrioa for President!!
Offline  
Old 08-26-2007, 12:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
celltester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Model: 8703e
Carrier: Alltel
Posts: 236
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Go for it!

I made the switch from the 8703 to the 8830 and am loving it. THe call quality is better, the phone is more sleek imo. It is thinner, less bulky. The keyboard was like going from 7250 to 8703e, took a few days, but worth the effort. I like the media player, I use it for MP3 player in the gym, and the benefit of memory slot for memory card is unbeatable. I enjoy the open BT as well, for file xfering. Last but not least, the wheel is the most difficult thing for me to get used to. I like it, but I love the wheel system, some things just shouldn't be played with, and that is one of them imho. I will get used to it I am sure and begin to love it, but I kinda don't want to get used to it, I love the wheel!
__________________
Mr.Celltester
Crackberry 8703e / 8830 WorldPhone
Free BB Ringtones/wallpapers@ www.tuneusin.com
Offline  
Old 08-26-2007, 02:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Bigmark173's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Fla
Model: 8830
Carrier: Alltel
Posts: 39
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Is it just me, or does Thursday seem SO far away!? Since this handset hasn't been released, the minimum wagers at CARE know NOTHING about this handset. No ETA, no pricing information, no product knowledge at all. Has anyone been able to get any information about the GSM side of this new toy? Even with an Int'l prepaid SIM, that will only take care of the VOICE side. Will the data side still work since RIM does the "pushing" via PIN? I have a friend at the local COS that is pulling a handset for me as soon as UPS delivers them.
__________________
I'm in need of a "12 step Program" to help me with my Crackberry Addiction!
Offline  
Old 08-26-2007, 03:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
BBF Moderator
 
John Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Model: Z30
OS: 10.2.1.x
PIN: s & needles
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 34,686
Post Thanks: 4
Thanked 100 Times in 72 Posts
Default

The sprint version of this phone is unlocked. Don't know about the Alltel. If you get it unlocked you can use other sim cards but the data will work only if the sim card has a BB data plan on it. Most prepaid sim cards don't have data so likely you're not going to be able to get your email, etc. with another sim card. You will likely only get voice/sms with the prepaids.
Offline  
Old 08-26-2007, 03:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Bigmark173's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Fla
Model: 8830
Carrier: Alltel
Posts: 39
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for the BAD news! I was afraid that would be the case, but like I said, the folks at CARE don't know a thing about this handset! Some have never even heard about it!? Thanks again! Looks like it will be an AT&T SIM card as an adder line for my travel time and data.
__________________
I'm in need of a "12 step Program" to help me with my Crackberry Addiction!
Offline  
Old 08-26-2007, 07:50 PM   #17 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
AnthroMatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Mesa, AZ
Model: 9800
OS: 6.0
PIN: 268B3F92
Carrier: at&t
Posts: 887
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Default

I made the switch and am happy as well. I didn't even have a problem transitioning to the new keyboard layout either. No regrets whatsoever, especially since I sold my 8703 for the same amount as I paid for the 8830!
__________________
GO GATORS!
Offline  
Old 08-26-2007, 09:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
doublestack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NY
Model: Bold
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 35
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for all the great comments. I am sold!! Tomorrow I am upgrading.

Best regards,

Pete
Offline  
Old 08-28-2007, 01:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
Tri-Tip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Model: 9650
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 204
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I made the jump from the 8703e to the 8830 on Verizon. I was a bit leary about the trackball, but I quickly got used to it. I loved my 8703e so much, that I said I would NEVER UPGRADE.

Below are my comments about this switch over, both good and bad:

The Bad:
Keys are too close together on the 8830.
Still a little trouble scrolling left to right in text, tends to jump to the next line down.
Miss the extra convenience key. On my 8703, I could have a screen free of icons: A = Address Book, M = Messages, L = Calendar, Call = Phone, Side Convenience = Google Maps, Front Convenience = Ring tone Profile...those were all the features I needed on a day to day basis.

The Good:
Spell Chekc
Slimmer - Fits in my pocket instead of having to use the case on my belt.
Spell Check
Looks Cooler
Spell Check
__________________
Blackberry User since Feb 2004: 7250->8703e->8830->Storm->Curve->Storm (why?!?)->Tour->Bold->Touch
Offline  
Old 08-28-2007, 06:50 PM   #20 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
doublestack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NY
Model: Bold
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 35
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tri-Tip View Post
I made the jump from the 8703e to the 8830 on Verizon. I was a bit leary about the trackball, but I quickly got used to it. I loved my 8703e so much, that I said I would NEVER UPGRADE.

Below are my comments about this switch over, both good and bad:

The Bad:
Keys are too close together on the 8830.
Still a little trouble scrolling left to right in text, tends to jump to the next line down.
Miss the extra convenience key. On my 8703, I could have a screen free of icons: A = Address Book, M = Messages, L = Calendar, Call = Phone, Side Convenience = Google Maps, Front Convenience = Ring tone Profile...those were all the features I needed on a day to day basis.

The Good:
Spell Chekc
Slimmer - Fits in my pocket instead of having to use the case on my belt.
Spell Check
Looks Cooler
Spell Check
I noticed yesterday when I was at the Verizon store that there is only one convenience key. The store had it programmed to voice command. I really like the form factor. I think I will be able to get used to the new keyboard (I hope).
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.