TFT, auto backlighting
Tri-band GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth, USB 2.0
64MB plus 16MB RAM
Standby 432 hours
Talk time 4 hours
Look and feel:
Feels large and heavy but well-balanced in the hand. Aesthetics obviously took a back seat in the design meetings; it looks distinctly American, especially the keytop graphics.
Mix of shiny and matt plastic with a little aluminium. Large display attracts smudges. Classic BlackBerry jog wheel on the side replaces up/down
Cramped, narrow keys in uncomfortable layout provides full QWERTY layout (two letters and one number per key). Efficient autocomplete certainly helps, though it takes time to get used to it.
Not at all bad: 240×260 pixels, 64K colours (who needs more for email?), excellent automatic backlight adjustment.
64MB in the phone (mostly for user functions and added software) plus another 16MB for the OS. Processor: Intel PXA901 at 312 MHz.
No. This is a business phone, remember? No MP3 either, of course.
EMAIL and messaging:
BlackBerry email, including view/save/print attachments (no editing though); integrate existing POP3 and other email accounts; BlackBerry Messenger and Yahoo Messenger for chatting with others.
Synchronises with PC for email and calendar. DynoPlex eOffice (simple word processor, spreadsheet) Google Maps.
Touch-sensitive ‘keys’ are ok, but the sideways/up-and-down selector bezel is a bit too sensitive. You do get used to it eventually …
3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0 with headphone profile.
• BlackBerry goodies – jog wheel, easy email, etc.
• Clean uncluttered interface
• Dedicated-button access to profiles
WE DON’T LIKE:
• No memory expansion
• Video calling would have been nice
• Cramped keyboard
A real phone-shaped phone from BlackBerry, not as usable for email and messaging as the 8700 but a lot easier for phoning …
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