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The QWERTY keyboard is user friendly, easy to glide around the buttons as long as you don't have extra big hands.
I think Blackberry have been lazy regarding the Trackball, I don't tend to like the round ball, judging by my previous Blackberries with the round ball they have all stopped working, I am sure Blackberry are aware off the problems with the round trackball, but have decided to bring it back, the flat square trackballs are very reliable.
The 8830 World Edition comes with internal storage space of 64 MB, saves you from purchasing a SD card, on my last Blackberry curve I always ran out of space. With 64 MB you will be able to store thousands of music, image, and document files.
This phone packs a punch when it comes to RAM 16 MB, the phones speed is very fast, I can't fault Blackberry with the tremendous work they have done improving the speed of their new phones, you have to give them 100%.
Lacks a camera, this phone is not recommended for someone who regularly uses their phone as a camera.
It comes with the new mini-Sim.
If you want to listen to music through headphones, this is not the phone for you, as it has no jack.
I have worked really hard to add a lot more info to this review so it would be great if folk could re-read it and perhaps re-rate, thanks.
I think this mobile looks very good. I bought mine in black and it looks pretty shiny and impressive, and like it is an all singing and all dancing type of mobile phone. Yet it isn't quite as impressive as it looks. Read on to see why.
This was the first CDMA BlackBerry smartphone capable of roaming globally on GSM/GPRS networks, enabling people to travel the world with full mobile voice and data coverage without having to change smartphones, phone numbers or email addresses. It also has GPRS which is very useful for getting out and about in places you haven't been before without getting too lost!
It comes with a trackwheel for menu navigation. While for some this can take a bit of getting used to, once you do so I think it is quite fun scrolling and clicking with it. Myself, I happen to like the feel of that click!
I haven't had any problems making calls on it. The sound is very clear, plus there is an easy adjustment of volume control available during the call by rolling the trackwheel up and down. I have never had the dropping out of calls, although really that is to do with the network.
The keyboard is like the Blackberry's Curve model, but a wee bit more squishy which is fine for someone with fingers as small as mine yet probably not so good for those with fat fingers. But it texts really well, and has predictive text facility...which I won't use because I hate it. It has SMS, MMS, email, and also Blackberry Instant Messaging. It also has Bluetooth which is helpful for sending files and other information to other users with Bluetooth capability.
I got myself a Jabra handsfree unit with earpiece which worked using Bluetooth and enabled me to take calls easily when travelling. I will do a review on this separately.
While this phone has a multimedia player with support for MP3 music files, video, and digital photos it does lack a camera which I thought was a bit of a shame, considering what a good phone it is and how many other features it has. So, you can view photographs yet you cannot take them which is I think a bit diisappointing.
The battery is very impressing with 5 hours of talk time or an extremely impressive 22 days of standby. Mine came with a unit for recharging the battery yet the plug on it was American so I had to get an adaptor for it.
With world coverage, and full access to email (you can use Blackberry Push to push your web based emails through to your mobile), address book, organizer and calendar, as well as GPS map tools, a built-in media player, and other features such as a document viewer for viewing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDFdocuments, voice dial, a radio, a calculator, and a translation program, I think all in all it is almost the perfect phone for a world traveller. The one thing keeping me from judging it as perfect is the lack of a camera.
Oh, and it came with a very useful holster too which clips on the belt or pocket, and has a magnet on the lid to keep it closed and make it more secure. Because losing your phone while travelling is no fun at all.