BlackBerry 8830 - black (Sprint)
Manufacturer: BlackBerry Part number: 8830 (Sprint)
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CNET editors' review
price range: $69.95 - $129.99
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 07/20/2007
- Released on: 06/28/2007
The good: The RIM BlackBerry 8830 offers dual-mode functionality so you can use the phone globally. It's EV-DO capable; has a built-in GPS radio; an integrated music and video player; and offers solid performance. The Sprint version also features unlocked SIM capabilities and an AIM client.
The bad: The BlackBerry 8830 is on the larger side. There is no camera option, and the phone doesn't support stereo Bluetooth headsets. Callers reported distorted speakerphone quality.
The bottom line: For the globe-trotting executive, the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a powerful voice and messaging tool that offers world roaming and solid performance.
Looks promising, but ultimately dissappoints.
by cdavidjra on October 24, 2008
Pros: Comes with a holster, looks nice in marketing photos.
Cons: Awful keyboard, no touch screen, poor battery life, complex navigation, no camera, plastic toy-like feel, cheap/loose trackball, shiny plastic always has fingerprints, poor display quality,and legendary Sprint custopmer service.
Summary: I owned one of these for a brief period. Everything about it dissapointed. In addition to those deficiencies cited above, reception was very poor. The Treos I owned before, and ...
Summary: I owned one of these for a brief period. Everything about it dissapointed. In addition to those deficiencies cited above, reception was very poor. The Treos I owned before, and own after returning the Blackberry, recieve calls in places the Blackberry flat-lined. I suggest avoiding the Blackberry 8830.
I give it a generous 4.5 out of 5 stars.
by ddawson7 on October 13, 2008
Pros: Very please with the size, weight, screen size and the built in GPS. Web browser is very manageable, sound quality was unexpectedly satisfying. Love the features of the unit being I was not looking for things like a camera or video recorder.
Cons: Needs more than one media player to choose from. With today's technology phones in general should have interactive setup wizards built in. Would rather like for the Micro SD slot to be outside of the unit, instead of inside with the battery.
Summary: Overall very pleased with the Blackberry 8830. Very sleek and professional. Features are top notch but could and should be state of the art. I'm not particular about the ...
Summary: Overall very pleased with the Blackberry 8830. Very sleek and professional. Features are top notch but could and should be state of the art. I'm not particular about the media meaning camera and video recorder however, there should be a media player that allows for you to view web clips like youtube, NFL.com, and movie teasers. Very happy with my phone and look forward to sticking with Blackberry and maybe in the future I will see some of the things I mentioned.
Good Call Quality, Just like a computer, with the power
by dbono90 on August 28, 2008
Pros: Sound Quality, Screen, Scroll Ball, QuadBand, Fast EvDO-3g! Everything except:
Cons: Little small keys...battery life could be a little better
Great phone overall, a couple features are annoying
by toddhans on May 8, 2008
Pros: Easy to navigate, intuitive
Cons: 2.5 mm headphone jack, voice dial button
Summary: I love my 8830, however, the voice dial button easily gets bumped or pushed unintentionally. Also, it's annoying that you have to adapt from the headphone jack to hook ...
Summary: I love my 8830, however, the voice dial button easily gets bumped or pushed unintentionally. Also, it's annoying that you have to adapt from the headphone jack to hook it up to a standard pair of headphones or the mp3 player input on my car stereo.
Best phone I have EVER had
by la99kings on April 1, 2008
Pros: Battery life, Easy to use
Cons: small buttons
Summary: This has to be by far the best phone I have ever owned. The call quality is excellent and the speakerphone is pretty good. I haven't had any issues ...
Summary: This has to be by far the best phone I have ever owned. The call quality is excellent and the speakerphone is pretty good. I haven't had any issues with this device to this date. The videos are amazing and the audio is out of this world. Sprint really shines with this phone. I would recommend this phone to everyone, except those teenage users that need a camera.
Happy to be an owner
by maxhamlin on March 18, 2008
Pros: Great processing speed, nice screen
Cons: Not a lot of add-ons available, trackwheel
Summary: Honestly, the track wheel just takes some getting use to. It is like anything else, after a while, you dont complain of it anymore. Clean application loading. Menu options are ...
Summary: Honestly, the track wheel just takes some getting use to. It is like anything else, after a while, you dont complain of it anymore. Clean application loading. Menu options are suffice and allow you to do exactly what you want to do. The desktop software works very well. You might have a hard time finding add-ons from third party sites. But that is actually what I like about this phone. I previously owned an HTC Mogul 6800 which I thought was a terrible phone. But, it did offer a lot of add-ons from program designers because of the windows platform. Anyways, this phone is a good buy for more reasons than 1.
Best phone ever
by sonthechest on February 29, 2008
Pros: User functionality
Cons: No Camera, but this phone was built for use by Govt. People like myself
Summary: This is the best phone ever!!!!! I buy a new phone every couple of months, but I will keep this one till they replace it with a new model. The ...
Summary: This is the best phone ever!!!!! I buy a new phone every couple of months, but I will keep this one till they replace it with a new model. The review by CNET is incorrect when they talk about not working with stereo bluetooth. It works great in my Prius. It actually syncs better then any other phone I have ever owned.
DONT MISS OUT BUY THIS PHONE, WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!!!
Greatest PDA phone I have ever used.
by thechaplin on February 21, 2008
Pros: Solid, works everytime all the time. I got this phone after using every Treo from the 300 up to the 755p. This is THE phone.
Cons: For some it maybe no camera. Other than that no cons for me.
Summary: I have used every Treo from the Treo 3oo to the Treo 755p. I am not knocking the Treo. For the longest time you could not talk me out of ...
Summary: I have used every Treo from the Treo 3oo to the Treo 755p. I am not knocking the Treo. For the longest time you could not talk me out of one. When I started having problems with my 755p, and went through 5 phones in 4 weeks, Sprint switched me to the Blackberry 8830. I have not looked back. If you are a road warrior, use email all day while you are out this is the phone for you.
It is stable and easy to use. Long battery life and the Plantronics Voyager 510 pairs with it and works up to 15 feet away from the phone and stays clear. Never had that happen with a Treo.
The 8830 is for me personally the perfect PDA phone. It does exactly what I need. I would give a 10 if it had a camera. No big deal for me, but is for other people and want to respect them.
From 7520 to 8703e to 8830
by dashingemt on January 24, 2008
Pros: Great interface, usual blackberry awesomeness
Cons: keyboard is a bit different to get used to.
Summary: My first Smartphone was the samsung i730 for verizon. Then we switched to nextel. I grabbed the 7520 and loved it but it was limited by the small memory. Also ...
Summary: My first Smartphone was the samsung i730 for verizon. Then we switched to nextel. I grabbed the 7520 and loved it but it was limited by the small memory. Also it was a very basic phone. After we again switched to sprint I picked up the 8703e. HATED IT. I dont know if it was just mine but the thing was cumbersome to use and was really just a jazzed up version of the 7520. No real new features. Now I have had the 8830 for a month. The trackball took a little getting used to but now I love it. I still miss the wheel every now and then but not worth crying over. My fingers were able to adapt to the smaller keyboard quickly so not a lot of worries there. The battery seems to last forever. I like the new media player, but it is pretty basic, no frills. It is all office though. It does everything I need it to. Email set up as usual was easy and there is plenty of apps for it to edit word and other office doc's. It gives a lot of the fun features like picture caller id although no camera. I rarly miss it, but sometimes I wish it had it. Call quality is GREAT. Good loud speakerphone and pairing to bluetooth is a sinch.
Overall I love this phone. Add a camera and its a 10. I hear a lot of complaints about sprint but luckily havent had to deal with any myself. Cant wait for os 4.5 to come out!
love it, love it, love it
by s6m1l88 on January 6, 2008
Pros: e-mail access, easy to set up client appointments. GPS is wonderful!
Cons: vibrates a few times before it rings, even on loud mode.
Summary: It was between the Centro and the 8830, I am very happy I picked the 8830. I've had it for only a couple weeks but wouldn't trade it ...
Summary: It was between the Centro and the 8830, I am very happy I picked the 8830. I've had it for only a couple weeks but wouldn't trade it in for anything else. My boyfriend has the Treo 755 and hates blackberries, I actually heard him say he wanted my phone today when he was playing around with it.
- Manufacturer: BlackBerry
- Part number: 8830 (Sprint)
- Description: The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone is the stylish way to get things done - no matter where in the world you happen to be. It's the first CDMA BlackBerry smartphone capable of roaming globally on GSM/GPRS networks. So you can travel the world with full mobile voice and data coverage, without having to change smartphones, phone numbers or email addresses. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition gives you phone, email, organizer, web browsing and instant messaging. And then it goes a step further, providing GPS for enhanced access to location based applications and services, including the pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps application. A media player for your video clips and music. Expandable memory to ensure you've got the room you need for your media files. And a high-capacity battery to allow you to make the most of it all.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Full keyboard
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components Digital player
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.6 in
- Height 4.5 in
- Weight 4.6 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / GSM 900/1800
- Service Provider Sprint Nextel
- Operating System BlackBerry Handheld Software
- Application Software Calendar,
- Input Device(s) Keyboard
- Phone Navigation Buttons Trackball
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages
- Downloadable Content Music,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice dialing,
- Additional Features microSD memory card slot,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- ROM 64 MB - Flash
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC,
- Type LCD display
- Technology TFT
- Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Connector Type Headset jack,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1400 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 300 min,
Standby - up to 384 hour(s)
- Included Accessories USB cable