Starting April 23 the BlackBerry 8800 will make it’s debut. Anyone familiar with RIM BlackBerry phones realizes that there’s a lot of features packed into these quality devices. I’ve been lucky enough to previously test out a model – the BlackBerry(R) PearlTM – and it was such a smooth and easy experience.
The BlackBerry 8800 will have many of the features we have come to expect: trackball navigation system, PUSH email accounts, Bluetooth(r) support, memory card support and more. Since the 8800 is on the T-Mobile network users get to enjoy the myFaves feature in which they can add special numbers for quick and easy calling/emailing/messaging.
But what does it have that’s DIFFERENT????? For one, the full QWERTY keyboard – type out your emails like a crazy mo’fo! It’s quad-band so you can call astronauts while they play golf on the moon (ok, I’m kidding about calling the moon, but it IS quad-band). And my favorite: built-in GPS (Global Positioning System). I really missed that when I used the BlackBerry(r) PearlTM which required getting a separate device. On the 8800 using the GPS and the included BlackBerry Maps the customer can get on-screen driving directions and tracking the route in real time. AND generate a map directly from the BlackBerry Address Book. GPS: ‘It’s a Good Thing’. If I had this phone I’d be doing The Happy Dance.
The BlackBerry 8800 not only includes support for up to 10 work and personal e-mail accounts (including the most popular ISP e-mail accounts), there’s a built-in multimedia player for music and video, and full HTML web browsing. There’s noise cancellation for enhanced audio performance, and a microSD expandable memory slot for storage.
Here’s a list of the features:
A large screen with ultra-bright 320 x 240 color display
Dimensions: 4.49 x 2.60 x 0.55 inches and 4.73 oz
Expandable memory via microSD expansion slot
Instant messaging clients: AOL(R), Yahoo!(R) MSN(R) and ICQ(R)
Multimedia player with music and audio capabilities
High performance HTML browser for visiting your favorite web sites
Highly tactile, full QWERTY keyboard
Intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball
Intuitive call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, and call forwarding
Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), dedicated ‘send’, ‘end’, and ‘mute’ keys, speakerphone, and Bluetooth(R) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals
Quad-band GSM/GPRS (800/900/1800/1900) and EDGE network support for international roaming
Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones
BlackBerry(R) Internet Service – allows access to up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support – integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(R) and Novell GroupWise(R) environments and features a new set of IT policy controls for managing the handset’s features and usage.
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