Well, one of the accounts on my plan was eligible for promotional pricing, plus with the Enhanced Data discount for activating a new data plan, and the $100 rebate, I figured it was a good time to pick up the new BB.
I have just come from the 8703 and I didn't think there would be that big of a difference, especially since my international travel is very limited and I don't plan to use the GSM side of the phone too much (If at all)
Boy was I wrong. The 8830 has some really nice features. The trackball is interesting. Still getting used to it and the jury is out as to whether it is better than the trackwheel, but it is functional and easy enough to use. That BB Menu key is kind of wierd though. It is still one handed operation, but not as easy as when the trackwheel was on the side.
I haven't noticed too much of the ringer issue that a lot of people have mentioned. We'll see how that goes.
I definately like the voice dial and spell check. Even the Media function seems to be pretty decent.
One thing I noticed in setting up the profiles is that it lists my two e-mail accounts separately, i.e. "meesages from
" Both accounts use the BIS, but I was all excited, figuring that I would be able to have two different alerts for the two different e-mail accounts. I was wrong
It seems that if I change the alert tone in one of the accounts, it changes in the other one too. I know there is the Level 1 message workaround, but I like my PINs to come in as Level 1 so that I know when I have been PINned.
Keyboard is taking some getting used to. I don't know if any keyboard is better than what was on the 7250. It took me awhile to get used to the 8703 keys being a little more cramped. The 8830 is even tighter. But it is useable and I am getting used to it and I guess that is the "price" paid for a smaller sleeker phone.
I have the insurance but I am terrified to drop the phone. The 7250 and even the 8703 felt really solid and I dropped them both many times. I'm worried about how the 8830 will survuve a drop. Let's hope it won't happen.
Anyway, my thoughts on a Wednesday morning. So far, I Like it very much.