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MsErica513's review 8350i
Welcome Pinstack professionals. I have been with this forum for a while now, this is my first review so be easy on me. I had been a long time Nextel user, until I got fed up with the 7100i. I jumped ship and left berries all together for a few years, I came back to the light with the 8330 with Sprint, until they released the 8350i. Initially I had to debate, give up Rev-do speeds for Ptt? Iden won the battle (wifi helped) and here is my review after having the 8350i for almost 24 hours.
Verdict: It needs some work, but with the right software updates this phone will be a solid 10.
Pros: 1. Style - this is one sexy berry, I have to say. Its all black (with a few hints of yellow here and there,but not much) it is a little bigger than the other curves, but I found it easier to type with. The 4.6 software gives it a 'boldesque' feeling with the menu and the fonts. 2. Wifi, very nice feature that I wish the CDMA berries had. At first I didnt see a need for it, but now that I have it, it would have made downloads with other berries in the past a heck of a lot faster. 3. MMS! MMS at last! Its not some wierd application either its very straight forward MMS. (for those that dont know Sprint berries lack MMS and always have, this is the first one with it). 4.All of the things that make a berry great, email, applictions etc. All the things you love in a curve plus PTT.
Cons: 1. Speed - if you are new to Nextel please understand the Iden network is not the fastest. Its not 3G. 2. Buggy - I get the little ticking clock(equilivent to an hour glass) often, sometimes when I'm not doing anything at all. 3. The fact that it has an option to report bugs, why is that a con you ask, because it goes to an email called email@example.com - the term beta frightens me with a $500 piece of equipment, call me crazy, but it just doesnt seem right. 4. Non customizible home screen. You can save a picture on the home screen, but when you go to the menu and have the list of icons - the pic does not display there. There are also only 2 themes to choose from. Im sure this will work itself out in the future when more themes become available (thats my hope anyway) 5. Twice today I was not able to make any calls, I had full bars, I would call the number and it would just sit and never connect. One callwas to another Nextel customer, one was to my home number. I had to try to make the call around 4 times each in order for it to go through. 6. Call clarity, I never had an issue with clarity on the Nextel network - however on some calls (i've made probably 20 today) right when I disconnect the call I hear a very loud buzz noise in my ear. Very strange, havent had that before with any phone, I will continue to monitor and see how that goes. Otherwise the actual call was clear with no issues. *EDIT* I have to add another con to this list, this is huge also. It drops the blackberry down a half star. SMS mssgs are not coming through until you turn off your phone and turn it back on. When I first got this berry I did not have this issue however there is a setting under options/mms to auto retrieve the messages, by default that is off. It turned it on and the trouble began. I have sent myself several txt mssgs and have to power down my phone and back on before I get them. I have turned the option back off (the auto retrieve) however it doesnt fix the problem now. I googled this issue and see that I am not the only one with the problem. MAJOR GLITCH RIM, if someone is reading from RIM please implement a patch asap. In the meantime I will report the bug to the firstname.lastname@example.org address. - *EDIT 1/2/2009* So I figured out why I cant rec SMS/MMS with out power cycling my berry. It has something to do with using DM to transfer devices. DM gives you the option to transfer settings/emails/SMS/etc between devices using the Switch Device feature. Heres what I did, I wiped my device and started sending/rec SMS/MMS normally. As soon as I used the switch device with DM - that stopped, so it must be picking up some oddball setting from my8330 thats causing this issue. I havent tested this with any other berry type (we have 2 8330's and 1 7100i * which is somewhere in my garge.) so I dont know if its specific to the 8330 or not. But at any rate I have resolved the SMS issue. Sprint regains the 1/2 star they lost lol.
Price: 149 (after mail in rebate)- 449
Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Once the buggyness is gone.
Last edited by mserica513; 01-02-2009 at 06:55 PM.
Reason: Major Issue I resolved.
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Nice review mserica. Your #4 con and the BOLD have the same thing in common,but, you get used to it.
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Last edited by calm_tiger; 12-31-2008 at 07:48 AM.
Thanks for the review, I have been waiting for a first hand account from someone who has this device.
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Thanks guys I just noticed a major issue and had to update the review.
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