Ok, so its arrived, the 8300 sits on my deskxxx8230;..The box seems the same size, RIM, have not changed anything therexxx8230;.
As I open it, there sits this tiny little BB. Itxxx8217;s only then that you realise how small it actually is xxx8211; not too small. I have sausages for fingers but its nice, and a quick blank test of they keyboard lay out makes me think xxx8211; yeah itxxx8217;s nicexxx8230;.
The battery carefully inserted, seems very small having placed 8800 battery next to itxxx8230;And hey presto, on comes the red ledxxx8230;.Life has begunxxx8230;.
The Silver casing is a mix between the grey 7290 and an 8800 in touchxxx8230;not too rough yet not too slippery. The rubber on the sides reminds me of the casing for the Motorola Pebel xxx8211; if have ever felt thatxxx8230;A nice touchxxx8230;but I think I can see that wearing a little in respect of feel.
On finally powering up, the horrible O2 Theme appears with the usual Wizardxxx8230;promptly exited though.
Change that Theme: Choices are xxx8211; Dimension Today / Zen / Icons, O2 Today, O2 Zen.
Going through the Options Settings, I immediately notice the Spell Check therexxx8230;great. No more typos and I set the options to spell check before emails sent.
Now my usual ALT + CAPS + H = Help Me!
What am I running on this?
Apps Version 126.96.36.199 (150)
So going through the box xxx8211; A nice slim like case (like the Pearl) only this really suits the BB. The 8800 should have had one of these definitely xxx8211; would have been a good move from RIM.
The Stereo headset is nicely made as usual with some nice controls for the music player. It has a round hub for the controls, but only does minor functions such as answer / hang up and play/pause.
Also a 128 mb card comes in the box xxx8211; and whilst this isnxxx8217;t a great size, itxxx8217;s a nice touch as people will be able to take some pictures at least.
Aside of that, the normal charger with adaptors and USB cable are also present.
So to give my overall verdict from having just opened the box xxx8211; I do like the 8300, and itxxx8217;s a great looking device with neat functions, but will it take me away from my 8800? I donxxx8217;t think so. Aside of the camera which the 8800 challenges with the GPS, its just really smaller, although the sizes on paper are hugely different, this will be the selling point and I think RIM have created yet another market breaker. This will bring a whole another group of new BB user. An O2 for the UK couldnxxx8217;t have done this better.
So where is this BB8300 goingxxx8230;to my wife of course!
Pics will be followed up once edited and sized.
I meant to add, my unit came SIM Free and therefore was Unlocked.
Also the Camera looks good and works well. However i still think a little clear plastic cover should have made the casing to cover the Lens and Flash. All that bareness, looks like a recipe for disaster.