The Bottom Line:
The BlackBerry 8830 is a good choice for world travelers who need to be on a CDMA network at home but want to keep the same number while abroad and can't live without a BlackBerry device. Other worldwide travelers might prefer a smaller, more feature-rich regular GSM cell phone or another of the few cell phones that support both GSM and CDMA.
Hardware & Design Quality
- Irreproachable, sturdy design. The BlackBerry 8830 looks like it will withstand bad treatment.
- A great ultra-large display.
- I have mixed feelings about the keypad. It is a bit too slippery and I would have preferred some grip: either a gel-like or soft-touch texture. However, it is large enough to let you type quite fast and I managed to type text in almost half the time it takes on a regular cell phone with predictive text input.
- The BlackBerry 8830 features a trackball (first time I tried one) and it works quite well. I'd like to see more of this on BlackBerry devices and other cell phones too.
- MicroSD card access requires back cover removal.
- It's a detail but a pesky one. Menus don't loop so, when you get at the bottom of a list, pressing down again doesn't bring you back to the top.
- The battery life seemed to live up to BlackBerry's claims.
- Menus and applications react swiftly.
- The speakerphone's output volume was strong enough but distorted.
- Sound quality was quite impressive.
- To accommodate a majority of corporate users whose companies prefer employees not carry cameras around, the BlackBerry doesn't have a built-in camera.