RIM has set its eyes on the everyday user in its bid to increase the population of its ‘BlackBerry Boys’. The BlackBerry 8830 arrives at a very competitive price with a few competent features that make it worth every rupee spent on it. The smartphone has an innovative design and is capable of worldwide roaming on its GSM/GPRS networks. A neat looking handset, stylish design, useful features and a popular brand name are what you buy when you opt for the BlackBerry 8830.
The ARM 9 processor running at 225 MHz may be slower that the 312 MHz processor of the BlackBerry 8800. But it ensures that the device performs most tasks at good speeds. The phone switches on reasonably fast and quickly loads webpages. It also opens email attachments with consummate ease. When it comes to playing videos and audio, the handset delights with its high quality performance. Though the specs say that the microSD can be expanded up to 1 GB, the device worked well even when inserted with a 2 GB card. That is definitely a case of under-promising and over-delivery! There are absolutely no problems with calling and receiving calls. However, when on speakerphone, there is a slight distorted audio.
The Berry comes packed with an amazing multimedia player for a delightful audio and video experience. It has a 32 MB RAM with a 64 MB internal storage. However, this can be expanded up to 1 GB through the microSD card slot. The color display is 2.5 inches in size and its 160 pixels per inch density offers a decently rich viewing experience. The hallmark QWERTY keypad for which the BlackBerrys have become popular has been retained. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm MSM6550 processor sitting in the BlackBerry OS and also features BlackBerry Maps and an Organizer. The HTML browser ensures connection and access to social networking via Facebook and Twitter.
The handset retains the class looks of the BlackBerry family. It has a sleek and thin frame with a classy chrome plating for the sides. It retains the style of the BlackBerry Pearl and the size of the BlackBerry 8800. This means that the style is not at the cost of the space needed to house a QWERTY keyboard. At 132 grams, the handset is quite light. The keys have more pronounced edges to ease the typing experience. The menu and directional controls have been made more easy and accessible. The phone looks, feels and also is sturdy and hardy. The left side is home to the USB port and the 3.5 mm audio jack. The slot for the SD card is right next to the battery. The SD card is hot-swappable and thus it can be changed or accessed without powering down the phone.
This BlackBerry 8830 at Rs.4600 is easily the cheapest Berry out there and it is robust and sturdy in whatever features it offers. With its GSM and CDMA capabilities, it is bound to be a boon for globetrotters. There are very few phones that offer this combination of GSM and CDMA. Thus, the BlackBerry 8830 is the best bet for hardcore BlackBerry fans who wish to retain the same number even when abroad.