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    8300 vs 8800?

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    hey guys 1st time posting. took me almost an hour to figure out where the "post new thread" button.. maybe my com screen resolution is too small.. ANYWAYS. I'm 23 dont work at any corporate whatever job that needs blackberry.. BUT i want to get a blackberry.. Problem is IDK which one.. i dont want none of ya'll saying "Get both, Get both" I JUST NEED 1. ok which one? 8300 or 8800? pros? cons? I want a gps enabled device though. but 8300 is smaller and has wifi. right? unless i've been misinformed.. is there any way that the curve will be able to get gps installed? which one should i get?? i'm so confused and excited i could just piddle!! oh any info on the 8820?????

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    I love this site, It has all the specs and reviews one could want on phones.

    8300 specs
    http://www.gsmarena.com/blackberry_curve_8300-1979.php

    8800 specs
    http://www.gsmarena.com/blackberry_8800-1911.php

    So if you don't want to look through those here are the differences

    Size
    8300 = 107 x 60 x 15.5 mm
    8800 = 114 x 66 x 14 mm
    Weight
    8300 =111 g
    8800 =134 g
    Memory
    8300 = no SRAM
    8800 = 16 MB SRAM (not sure what this is)
    Bluetooth
    8300 = Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
    8800 = Yes (not sure if this has A2DP or not)
    FEATURES
    Camera
    8300 = 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video, flash
    8800 = No
    GPS
    8300 = No
    8800 = Built-in GPS navigation
    Document Viewer
    8300 = No
    8800 = (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect and Adobe PDF)

    So that's just the differences. Everything else as far as I could tell is the same.

    8300 you could always get a GPS Puck for it. I think this version is more for the personal comsumer. The 8300 with the bluetooth A2DP is great, not sure if they will put it in future OS for the 8800. It's a big plus if you use bluetooth headphones.


    8800 suit and tie! Straight to the point no frills. Business consumer. It has the GPS that you want built in so I dunno if that's enough to get you to swing it's way. It a bit pricey too. Not sure how much the 8300 will be going for either though.

    Hope this helps you. I myself will stick with my itty bitty pearl. These guys are way to fat for me.

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ I am just waiting for the next SureType BB before I get the 8800.

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    Quote Originally Posted by reddog187
    I love this site, It has all the specs and reviews one could want on phones.


    Document Viewer
    8300 = No
    8800 = (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect and Adobe PDF)
    A Blackberry without a document viewer? I wouldn't think that was likely, and CNET's review says:
    "An attachment viewer is also onboard to open popular file formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect, PDFs, JPEG, GIF, and more, and we were able to receive and open all files."

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    I was on www.gsmarena.com and could not find where is said "No Document Viewer", they do have a disclaimer at the bottom of the page, and show the color of this unit "Black".
    www.cnet.com did mention that some of the applications on the 8800 were not on the 8300, this could be it. Also, the 8800 was more business and the 8300 would be toward the consumer/business.
    If no document viewer, more money on third party software.

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~bb has and always will have a document viewer!!!!

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    Quote Originally Posted by demyxxx
    BUT i want to get a blackberry.. Problem is IDK which one..
    Pick your carrier based on coverage first and go from there.

    Quote Originally Posted by demyxxx
    ok which one? 8300 or 8800? pros? cons? I want a gps enabled device though. but 8300 is smaller and has wifi. right? unless i've been misinformed.. is there any way that the curve will be able to get gps installed?
    The 8300 doesn't have GPS. The 8800 does.

    You can't "install" features. The 8300 will never have GPS (though you can use a BT GPS receiver). A future 83XX model might, however.

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    I am very happy with my Pearl. I admit I might have a change of heart once I have the 8300 in my hands, but will probably wait for the next suretype, upgraded Pearl.

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    thx guys that helps.. might wait for the 8300 the later version.. what is tbe bluetooth gps receiver? like a car bluetooth thing?

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    Quote Originally Posted by demyxxx
    thx guys that helps.. might wait for the 8300 the later version.. what is tbe bluetooth gps receiver? like a car bluetooth thing?
    Something like that - it allows you to use the BB Nav app, Telenav, to see where you as you drive or standing. ;-)

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    Yea I dunno I figured it was wrong about the doc viewer. Usually they are pretty good at getting the specs right. I myself would rather have the 8300 if I had to choose.

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    Bluetooth
    8300 = Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
    8800 = Yes (not sure if this has A2DP or not)
    The 8800 does no support A2DP as far as I know. You cannot play media player files to a bluetooth headset as of right now.
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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

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    Both 8800 and 8300 sound like great phones. I believe that 8300 is going to be consumer market driven. The 8800 like the 8700 is Business User driven. I am very happy with the 8700.What business user really needs some of these upgrades. Before I spend the money, I will wait for RIM to develope a 8800/8300 combined software and Media Features in 1. 9xxx!!!

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    Re: 8300 vs 8800?

    Quote Originally Posted by reddog187
    Camera
    8300 = 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video, flash
    8800 = No
    This is a nice list for comparison, just one other nit: The camera cannot do video recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikasen
    I am very happy with my Pearl. I admit I might have a change of heart once I have the 8300 in my hands, but will probably wait for the next suretype, upgraded Pearl.
    That's what I'm doing. I'm bypassing the 8300. If I get anything before that, it'll be an 8800.

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