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I have the black and chrome version of the 8800 and i am not sure if you can get any other colour versions. The phone even thought it isnt the newest blackberry can still get updates to the operating system and you can still get loads of apps from the blackberry app world. The 8800 has many of the features that the new blackberry 8520 has but the 8520 just has updated features and maybey a few extras that the 8800 doesnt have. The phone does have expandable memory, at the moment i have a 2gb sd card in my 8800 but i think that the phone can go up to 16gb of expandable memory. one really cool feature of the blackberry 8800 is the voice dialler which allows you to tell the 8800 who to phone, which is a feature i dont really use but it is still a nifty little feature and it does work i just dont use the voice dialler.
Going back to the operating system i recently updated the os and it allows me a few more apps from the blackberry app world and there is no real changes or any extra features. One of the big downsides of the blackberry 8800 is that it has no camera, it can store photos on the 8800 but you cannot take any pictures you have to download them or transfer the from another phone or computer. This will come at no suprise that the blackberry 8800 has no led flash because it has no camera. Another good feature about all blackberry's is that they have a little led notifier that flashes to tell you if your battery is low, you have a missed call or you have unread messages or emails, you can also set a sound to go off when you recieve an email or message and their are different colour flashes for different things such as yellow for low battery.
This part of my review will focus on the phones features and the build quality of the blackberry 8800, now obviously i will not bore you with the usual features of any phone like messaging or phone calling because all phones can do this and they pretty much are have all the same setup, but i will mention all the features that are useful and unusual. The blackberry 8800 is what i would call a solid phone but this also has its downsides, the phone is very thick and quite heavy especially to standards of phones nowadays. The blackberyy 8800 obivously invludes the legendary full qwerty keyboard right on the front of the phone and even after 2 years of use the keyboard still has amazing feedback and the blackberry's keyboard on any blackberry are probably the best qwerty keyboards because they are so realible. Now as i mentioned earlier on in my review the blackberry 8800 does have expandble memory which like i said before i think the phone can support up to 16gb sd cards.
The blackberry 8800 also has blackberry messenger which is a great instant message service from RIM and personally i think it beats every other instant messenger services. Now this next feature im pretty sure comes standard with all blackberry's is the media folder which allows you to play music, view photos or watch videos the sound quality and speaker quality even though you can get better ones these days are still good and the headphones that come with the actual 8800 are good aswell. The blackberry 8800 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack so if you dont have the original blackberry headphones you can just use any normal ones. The blackberry 8800 uses a micro usb to charge or to connect to a computer but even after 2 years the 8800 constantly gives me 10 days of use on a full charge but the charge does take a few hours.
The phone does not have a very powerful processor but for me it is powerful enough, it isnt a 1gh processor like the apple iphone 4 but for me i never need a phone to be that fast and the 8800 is more than fast and powerful enough for me. The internet is not 3G on the blackberry 8800 so it isnt fast as other phones such as the htc desire hd but i hardly use the internet on the 8800 but when i ever have it has always been pretty fast and the internet has always worked fine for me but if you are a big internet user than you shouldnt get this phone. Another good feature on the blackberry 8800 is the that you have the ability to create extra folders on your 8800 so you can store you documents or pictures, i have used this rather cool feature many times and it is very useful because you know where everything is and what folder you placed your stuff in.
One very important and useful feature in the blackberry 8800 is the password keeper, and you can instantly tell what the feature does by the name of it. You can password the actual password keeper and than you can store all your important passwords on your phone, this is an extremely useful feature because then if you ever forget a password for something you can just go onto the 8800 and see all your passwords. I myself have used this feature many times and it is very useful. Now on blackberry's you never get many preinstalled games but on the 8800 you do get a cool game called brickbreaker, but of course you can get more games from blackberry app world.(my highscore on bricksbreaking is 8960 on level 14, put a comment if you beat my score). Now one of the most important features on any blackberry of course is the blackberry app world which allows you to download any one of over 10000 apps unfortunatley alot off these apps are not free but you do get some good free apps like facebook and you can also get some other cool apps.
Now i have mentioned about the phone itself and alot about the features of the phone i am now going to tell you about the 8800's interface and operating system. The blackberry's operating system is a brilliant os. The operating system is very smooth and the phones interface is extremley easy to use. the layout of the operating system
is brilliant, on the homescreen you can have 6 shortcuts to different features on the phone and you can set these shortcuts to be anything you want on the phone i kept these as the original ones that were already set on the phone but you can change them. When you go into the full menu on the 8800 every single application is there such as brickbreaking or the calendar. The interface is also very batter efficient i usally get 10 days worth of usage on a single charge and ive had the 8800 for 2 years now. One annoying thing about the blackberry 8800's interface is that you have to go into the full menu of the phone to lock the keyboard and it would have been nice if they had put a hard button on the blackberry to instantly lock the keyboard because that just makes it easier.
The interface also shows messages, emails and missed calls in a nice and organized way, so i know who the message/call/email came from and what time i recieved it. Overall i like the interface of the 8800 i think it is very easy and simple to use and even though the blackberry 8800 is 2 years old there is not much change in the interface to the blackberry 8520 the 8520 can just get more apps and has some more features.
Overall the blackberry 8800 is a good phone for its day and i think the interface is brilliant because of the simpleness and i love how much use i get out of a charge, the full qwerty keyboard is probably one of the best i have ever used and even after 2 years the keyboard still has amzing feedback and it is very reliable. There are many good and useful features on the blackberry 8800 and if what you need doesnt come preinstalled than you can just download it from the blackberry app world.
There are some bad points about the 8800, the major one being that there is no camera so there is no flash either and this is disappointing if you use your phone camera alot so i would not reccommend this phone to any phone camera users. It would have been nice to have a dedicated keyboard lock button because it makes it easy and you dont have to go into the full menu to lock your keyboard. I would not reccommend the blackberry 8800 mainly because it is now over 2 years old and for the price of buyings the 8800 you can but the blackberry 8520 which has an improved operating system and a good camera.
This review is also on Ciao under the Same username.
Whilst being fairly ugly, large and even brickish in stature, this phone is amazing. It has almost all the functions a smartphone should; text, call, instant messaging, email, web browsing, organising, but no camera. So if you're into phone photography that is a good reason to rule this out.
However, despite these, granted significant failings, it is amazing for one reason: it's reliablilty. Never before nor ever after have I owned a phone that actually, genuinely has good battery life! This thing is good for a couple of days without a charge after fairly heavy use. It made me spoilt and, since getting a newer more flashy phone, I have become very frustrated at its relative lack of battery life and reliablity.
The music player on the blackberry is good and definitely usable as an mp3 player on the move. Also, brickbreaker with the click-wheel is truly and mesmerisingly awesome.
I would recommend this phone to a modest business person requiring something to get the job done reliably. However, if you are the insecure trying-to-show-off type, find something else that doesn't work as well!
This is by far the most reliable phone I have had. While not the newest, so with weaknesses such as a lack of 3G and a camera, it is a workhorse, and a mile apart from the newer models which seem to break far more often. The keyboard is perfect, and the battery life is amazing, it seems to run in my pocket for about 3 days, being used every day for both email, and text, as well as the occasional BBM. Moreover, this has the original brick breaker, which I can vouch for being amazingly fun. The calendar is easy to use and effective, and the layout, while simple and perhaps not the most stylish is very good to use and effective. Moreover it is a phone which can stand up to daily rigor, with mine having been dropped many a time. All in all, an amazing, although dated, phone.
My only complaint would be the slightly annoying layout of the menu, with some options hard to access, as well as the fact that sometimes the track-ball becomes unresponsive and requires some patience to get working again.
I really was very pleased that I bought this phone after much research because it has so many great features. The first thing that attracted me to this phone was the look and feel of the device. I find that it fits really well in the palm of my hand and it is easy to get a good grip over it. I also thought that it looked very sleek. The size was also a big benefit for me because I found that it was small enough to fit into my pocket easily yet it still has a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard I find is just great for sending messages because it is so much quicker to type them!
Some of the features I thought were just ideal for example, the blackberry messenger feature. This is ideal for me because I can send quick IM messages to my collegues at work very quickly and easily. I also love the interface of the blackberry because I find it so easy to navigate between different applications. The rollerball I find is a great way to scroll through a list of contacts and applications. The phone has bluetooth which I thought was ideal because it means you can send files to other people. The speakerphone is also very useful and of a very high quality which I thought was ideal for its purpose.
The battery life is veyr impressive which I really liked because it means I don't have to spend so long charging it. Despite there being a large amount of features I still find it easy to use. Of course the email feature on this phone is just great and I love how it can forward messages straight from work to my phone. Perhaps my favourite feature of the phone is how the screen is clear and bright because it is really easy to see when your typing longer messages.
I had use of this phone for a while at work. It is thin, stylish, and very sleek. It uses smooth, glossy materials and a bright colour screen to get your attention. The chromed highlights and sides give the device a little flash, which is nice considering how much of a status symbol the BlackBerry has become, and the smooth outside makes sure it slides easily into any pocket. The 8800 is big enough that it can be typed on with both thumbs, but small enough to be used with just one hand when necessary, something not all QWERTY phones have been able to pull off. It is not especially light considering the size, but given the feature set, this is a something I was happy to accept. The 8800 has 64MB of flash memory and expandable memory in the form of a microSD slot. The removable/rechargeable lithium battery has a rated life of 300 minutes talk time and 22 days standby time. I never had power problems even when using the navigation software all day. The 8800 also has a Bluetooth radio for connecting headsets.
My current phone..
I have had all flavours of phones over the years, but never a blackberry. I have read about the hype and seen they are favoured highly across the pond in the US, so when my contract was up rof renewal i thought what the hell...
Well firstly the 8800 is a very nice built phone that captures the essence of the market it is geared at supurbly. The phone is very stylish looking and has a nice solid feel.
I set up the email straight away to see if it would live up to the hype. Well.....Well.......welll
WOW....... That is all i can say, i had never experienced "PUSH EMAIL" and in truth did not know much about it. To explain "PUSH EMAIL" is where an oline server recieves your email and forwards it onto your phone real time. Most phones on the market rely on your device to poll them and check for new mail, this can be set to every 5 mins ,1 hour or 1 time a day etc etc.........So you get the mail when your device looks for it...
On the 8800 you get it when it arrives, the 8800 also comes with free data minutes as part of the contract to fully enable you to use the phone as it was designed for. Internet browsing is also great as the device is set to go to the mobile version of the web site as standard, making borwsing very quick indeed.
I have added Yahoo meseenger, MSN messenger and face book to my black berry with specific desgined apps built for this purpose alone, all appz work flawlessly and i can say i am very happy with this device. In fact i fear i may be a blackberry convert and rather than go for the iphone when i change my contract i will upgrade to the blackberry storm :).
The 880 has a lovely Qwerty keyboard and they keys are real easy to use as they are layed out well and have raised ridges to enable fast precise typing.
The phone can accomodate up to 4GB on a mini sd card and as such can house loads of photos, music or films. Also the earphones on this machine are possibley the best i have ever had supplied with a phone
No this device does not come with a camerra, but if i am honest i find they get clogged with dirt and i do not use them anyway, if you are after a communication device that can communicate over any media, SMS, MMS, Internet, email or Voice call, i strongly suggest you get this phone