Originally Posted by jibi
<snjip> I've not heard many good things about the 8830 from anyone (in real life not on here), to be honest.
Then please, allow me to be the first.
I love my 8830. I have two issues with it:
1) the microphone is a bit crappy. :( But I drive a loud vehicle so its exaggerated for me. I use a jawbone BT headset and that totally fixed the problem. I shouldn't have to pay an additional $100 to fix the microphone, but hey,there it is.
2) the keyboard. For me, its not the key size, its that dammed blue lighting. I can't read the keys. Who the hell thought that THAT was a good idea? I am going to order a replacement black keyboard and that should fix that.
Those are two minor issues, overall I love the phone. Its on verizon and I get excellent coverage every where. I tether it to my laptop and get pretty good throughput. The screen is excellent, and I love the GPS. Its an additional $10/month which is a bummer, but calls to 411 are $2 each, so if I use the GPS/vznav 5 times a month to get a local phone numbesr I break even.
Battery life for me is pretty dam good. But I have a car charger, and I use it. My GF has the same phone and her battery depletes much faster. She is in bad coverage areas quite a bit and I think that thats why.