Blackberry 8800 Smartphone

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The BlackBerry 8800 borrows a few design cues from the Pearl model and it comes with smoothed edges along with some chrome accents and a deep midnight blue casing. The handset measures 4.4 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches and it tips the scales at 4.7 ounces. This means that we are dealing with a pretty wide phone but this is understandable since it has a full QWERTY keyboard.

It has been fitted with a 2.5-inch display that has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and can reveal up to 65k colors. Both text and images will look quite vibrant and clear on the screen which has an ambient light sensor that can adjust the backlighting of the screen as well as the trackball and keyboard, depending on whether the user is either indoors or outdoors.

BlackBerry 8800 (Source: geek.com)

BlackBerry 8800 (Source: geek.com)

The aforementioned trackball has been borrowed from the Pearl model but they should have made it a little bit larger and preferably raised more above the surface of the phone. Surrounding it are the Talk and End keys along with the Menu and Escape buttons. The 35-button QWERTY keyboard is located below this navigation array and unfortunately it does not offer a lot of room between the keys. The good news is that the keys are large enough for a comfortable typing experience.

On the right side of the BlackBerry 8800 you will have access to the volume up and down buttons, while on the left spine RIM has installed the mini USB port, a 2.5mm headset jack and a convenience key. The microSD card slot is hiding behind the battery and we should warn you that taking off the cover is a little bit tricky.

BlackBerry 8800 (Source: clearprotector.com)

BlackBerry 8800 (Source: clearprotector.com)

The handset offers multimedia capabilities which means that you have the possibility to use the built-in media player for listening to various audio formats, including MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA and MIDI, along with support for video files like MPEG4, H.263 and WMV. Also on board is a GPS which works great with TeleNav GPS Navigator. In addition, the smartphone comes with Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities but there is no A2DP support.

The handset comes with the famed push technology and it is able to synchronize with a BlackBerry Enterprise server, offering support for IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange or Novell GroupWise. It can support up to 10 different accounts, including IMAP4 and POP3 e-mail accounts. There’s also a useful attachment viewer for opening usual file formats like the ones from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), along with PDFs, GIFs, JPEGs, and others ones.

The battery of the BlackBerry 8800 is rated to last for up to 22 days in standby or up to 5 hours of talk time.