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    First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

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    Just upgaded today from my old 8703e...

    So far I've very happy. The media player is awesome, the expandable memory is a major bouns. The device itself feel better, and looks better. The speed seems to teter. The only problem I had really was when I did a restore to get all my data back on my last BB and it then wiped my service books, so I had to resend them via the blackberry account settins on my PC. The SD card i great becuase it will read any file even if you drag and drop it onto it via your card reader on your PC, or you can use the media transfer function on the app manager.

    So far I'm very pleased.

    -Sean

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    Congrats! I look forward to getting mine tomorrow. REALLY excited about the media player enhancements.

    Size is imporntant... so how big is your SD card? do you find it has enough capacity?

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    4 gig here. Works great. No problems with it.

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

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    Iv got an 8703e on verizon as well but my 2 years aren't up for a while, is there a way you guys know of to upgrade without having to pay full price? And if so is it worth it?

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    I just got mine yesterday, I had to switch carriers (long story) and ended up with verizon. I'm not really sold on it yet but figure I'll give it a week. I got used to the keypad on the pearl and trying to type on this one is not as easy for me.

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    Quote Originally Posted by rokinDa8703e
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    Iv got an 8703e on verizon as well but my 2 years aren't up for a while, is there a way you guys know of to upgrade without having to pay full price? And if so is it worth it?

    You can do an early upgrade after one year which is what I did orginally. I had a Razr, but upgraded to the 8703e... it took about 100 bucks off and 100 dollar mail in rebate, so it came out to about 300 after everthing. Its def worth it IMO..


    My memory cardi is 2 gb right now. I have plenty of room. I dont even really need my ipod anymore cuz the media player is very nice. The Ipod of course I will still keep, but it will not get as much use.

    -Sean

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    I didn't know it was out on VZW for consumer purchase!!! Got to go out on the web to check it out! My upgrade time is in August!

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    I have had one for 3 days. Some of us are experiencing memory issues with the 8830 - can you post if you start seeing a memory drain on your device. I installed 5 applications and consumed all the available memory. Removing one of the applications (Pocket Express) freed up 16MB of memory. I have no idea how that program could consume that much space. Run it on my Treo, and it is much smaller. Also on the Treo it defaults to using the memory card. Also removed Journal Bar which freed up another 1 MB of space. That seemed almost reasonable.

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    I posted my review on the verizon section but thought I would post it here also for what its worth.
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    I am a commercial customer for Verizon and I was offered an 8830 to take out for a 14 day test drive. I picked it up this past Thursday and wanted to pass along my personel findings, this is only my opinion and others may disagree.
    The unit feels very well made, it is a nice size and weight. The screen is very clear and nice to look at. The themes are excellent and very usefull. I have a 7130e presently and there has been no voice dialing available for the Verizon 7130e to this point so I was thirlled to find the 8830 has a very usable voice dialing program. The built in spell check with the email is excellent and again very usefull. The sound quality on the phone was good and the volume seemed to be fine. The pearl was easy to get used to and I even liked the fact you can push the pearl and people dont hear it in use unlike the track whell where people hear me using it in a quiet place.The keypad had a soft feel to the keys that was different but not a problem.
    So why did I return it?
    I found the keys were too close together, I am able to type faster with the 7130e key sizes and have fewer double hits. I also found that I could not see the numbers on the keypad, the blue backlit number keys also have an agle to them that made it impossible for my 46 year old eyes to see, and at night it was even worse. Maybe i need bifocals but I just found the keyboard so frustraiting compared to the size of the 7130e keyboard. I have smaller fingers than most men, my wife and I have the same size hands and she is a very petit women.The 7130e has white backlit numbers and letters and the numbers/letters are larger also and for me at least easier to see both day and night.
    I give the 8830 a 5 out of 10 because if I cannot use the keyboard because the keys are so close together, and if I cannot see the numbers and letters because of the size of the font on the keys and the bad contrast on the backlighting, then the whole unit is only half usefull to me.
    I hope Verizon comes out with a pearl version that is more like the 7130 keysizes but with the wondeful functions I found on the 8830.
    Just my opinion"

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    I got you by a few years, and I agree with your comments on the keyboard - to a point. I have no issues when in normal lighting, only in darkened rooms. The keys are close together, but are easier to use than the ones on my Treo. 5 out of 10 stars seems harsh, but that is my opinion. Biggest issue that I have is a possible memory leak, although it is possible this could be an application problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coachmeeks
    I posted my review on the verizon section but thought I would post it here also for what its worth.
    "
    I am a commercial customer for Verizon and I was offered an 8830 to take out for a 14 day test drive. I picked it up this past Thursday and wanted to pass along my personel findings, this is only my opinion and others may disagree.
    The unit feels very well made, it is a nice size and weight. The screen is very clear and nice to look at. The themes are excellent and very usefull. I have a 7130e presently and there has been no voice dialing available for the Verizon 7130e to this point so I was thirlled to find the 8830 has a very usable voice dialing program. The built in spell check with the email is excellent and again very usefull. The sound quality on the phone was good and the volume seemed to be fine. The pearl was easy to get used to and I even liked the fact you can push the pearl and people dont hear it in use unlike the track whell where people hear me using it in a quiet place.The keypad had a soft feel to the keys that was different but not a problem.
    So why did I return it?
    I found the keys were too close together, I am able to type faster with the 7130e key sizes and have fewer double hits. I also found that I could not see the numbers on the keypad, the blue backlit number keys also have an agle to them that made it impossible for my 46 year old eyes to see, and at night it was even worse. Maybe i need bifocals but I just found the keyboard so frustraiting compared to the size of the 7130e keyboard. I have smaller fingers than most men, my wife and I have the same size hands and she is a very petit women.The 7130e has white backlit numbers and letters and the numbers/letters are larger also and for me at least easier to see both day and night.
    I give the 8830 a 5 out of 10 because if I cannot use the keyboard because the keys are so close together, and if I cannot see the numbers and letters because of the size of the font on the keys and the bad contrast on the backlighting, then the whole unit is only half usefull to me.
    I hope Verizon comes out with a pearl version that is more like the 7130 keysizes but with the wondeful functions I found on the 8830.
    Just my opinion"

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    I have had mine for 5 days now and I am happy with it. The media player is great Still working on Wav attachments being recongized by the device.
    Keys are a bit close then other modles but it gets easier each day.

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    I have been loving using the GPS on my 8800 from at&t. Since my primary mobile number is with Verizon, I have been anxiously waiting for the 8830 since the corporate rep told me it was going to have GPS capability with satellites as well as triangulation using cell towers so your location could also be calculated when in a building.
    The form factor is great and the keys aren't too bad.
    Unfortunately, the GPS is disabled and the SIM is also locked down. So it is costing me $90 to get it unlocked so I can use a local SIM card when I travel internationally.
    I think Sprint got it right on this one and I may be switching to Sprint if Verizon doesn't stop focusing on proprietary configurations that they can use just to make money.
    Last edited by markllewis; 05-29-2007 at 04:12 PM.

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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    Had it for a couple of weeks; so far so good; just waiting on Verizon to release the VZ Navigator for it




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    Re: First impresions of my 8830 from Verizon

    FYI...I posted this on another thread, but thought it would fit here too.

    The Verizon 8830 supports UP TO 4 gig....it won't support micro cards bigger than that.

    If I'm not mistaken, other 88xx will support more.

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