Brighthand reviews the Blackberry 8700

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Blackberry_8700Although it’s been available for a bit, Brighthand has a comprehensive review of the Blackberry 8700 conducted on the T-Mobile network. I was actually surprised by some of the negatives in the review; after all, as the grand-daddy of smart phones with keyboards, the Blackberry is touted as one of the most simple to use devices. Not so, says Brighthand: "After a few minutes of playing with the Blackberry, I was thoroughly bumfuzzled. I’ve always heard that these things are supposed to be simpler and easier to use than a full-scale handheld. But what I got didn’t seem all that simple. "

On paper, the device has solid specs and a decent keyboard, but if it’s difficult or not intuitive to use, folks just aren’t gonna use it. A lack of Bluetooth DUN capability is another downer as well as the oddly chosen font for messages. Sounds like a case of "funky font syndrome" to me. Having said that, it’s not all bad, but I’ll let you peruse the review for the nuggets o’ goodness.


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Dave Zatz

I wonder how much time they spent with it? When I moved from MS PDA to Blackberry temporarily, it took a bit of time getting used to different conventions. But after a few days, I was flying around the thing.

By the way, all fonts can be changed in both style and size. While I appreciate all the features of my 6700, I miss some of the Blackberry conventions – especially navigating it while driving.

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