Pros A Blackberry Curve with Nextel Direct Connect
Cons Sluggish at times, menu system needs to be reworked to be more convenient, battery capacity
Summary I work at an indirect retail store. I must say that every review I have read about this device is wrong for a couple of basic reasons. In order to rate a phone you must ignore two things: 1) the incompetence of the person who sold it to you who probably did not add the appropriate packages for it to work or 2) you own personal incompetence when it comes to using such a phone. If the internet/e-mail/text messaging doesn't work it is because your account or plan is not properly configured. I can say my text and internet are working perfectly. the one bug i have encountered is on e-mail. For some reason it will not reconcile with your e-mail address sometimes. I still do not know if this is caused by my e-mail account or my phone. Aside from that, GPS, Internet, Text, SMS, messenger and all other features are working perfectly. So if the internet, text, GPS, or some other feature doesn't work it is because your account or line is not properly configured.
Pros I liked the phone style, qwerty keyboard, and the direct connect.
Cons The texting is terrible and sprint/nextel customer service most of the time could not or would not help the situation. Theyy tell you misleading information.
Summary I disliked the phone because I do quite a bit of texting. I had to turn my phone off everytime before a reply could be received. This was very annoying. Also, the phone does not ring long enough even after the customer service put a extension that may add one or two more rings. So it was more problem to me than it was worth. Before my thirty days were complete I went and traded my phone in for the 8330 smartphone, and I have been quite pleased.
Pros iDen network best for PTT, Nextel service is rock solid in my area, great idea for a new smartphone for diehard Nextel fans. Full-featured phone simply takes the cake as the most versatile phone Sprint has come out with in a long time...
Cons A few program bugs which should be fixed in the next software update
Summary Wi-Fi on this phone is the safety net of the iDen network, allowing a backup connection when service is not available, and also a faster connection when 64k is not enough for the job. OS 4.6 (yes, 4.6) is nice for this phone, adds a touch of class to this nice BlackBerry, retaining all of the functionality of the prior OS, while adding MMS capability, a real deal-maker-or-breaker for potential customers. The phone does have a small bug when using text messaging. One owner that I know of could not see the sender information from the MMS messages, nor could he reply to them. Although the MMS function itself worked, this required every MMS replied to be created as a new message.
Pros Very user friendly
Great call quality
Text messages and internet, along with slow performance of product FIXED with software update
Cons Software version 83 contains too many bugs.
Use Blackberry Device Manager to upgrade to v22.214.171.124 to fix most if not all the bugs reported in the previous reviews.
Summary The upgrade improves the quality of this cell phone ten-fold. I got this phone even reading about the problems and bugs associated with this phone. I experienced the problems everyone else did. In fact I just updated my Blackberry software on my phone tonight, and it has completely turned around the phone for me. I would disregard the last reviews, prior to the new software update being made available.
Pros see the full review at the bottom
Cons see the full review at the bottom
Summary I had been a long time Nextel user, until I got fed up with the 7100i. I jumped ship and left berries all together for a few years, I came back to the light with the 8330 with Sprint, until they released the 8350i. Initially I had to debate, give up Rev-do speeds for Ptt? Iden won the battle (wifi helped) and here is my review after having the 8350i for almost 24 hours.
Verdict: It needs some work, but with the right software updates this phone will be a solid 10.
Pros: 1. Style - this is one sexy berry, I have to say. Its all black (with a few hints of yellow here and there,but not much) it is a little bigger than the other curves, but I found it easier to type with. The 4.6 software gives it a 'boldesque' feeling with the menu and the fonts. 2. Wifi, very nice feature that I wish the CDMA berries had. At first I didnt see a need for it, but now that I have it, it would have made downloads with other berries in the past a heck of a lot faster. 3. MMS! MMS at last! Its not some wierd application either its very straight forward MMS. (for those that dont know Sprint berries lack MMS and always have, this is the first one with it). 4.All of the things that make a berry great, email, applictions etc. A2DP Bluetooth 2.0 is great, media player, all the bells and whistles with the solidness of RIM. Interfaces well with work email, all the things that Blackberry is known to do, this is no exception. Its a curve with PTT.
Cons: 1. Speed - if you are new to Nextel please understand the Iden network is not the fastest. Its not 3G. 2. Buggy - I get the little ticking clock(equilivent to an hour glass) often, sometimes when I'm not doing anything at all. 3. The fact that it has an option to report bugs, why is that a con you ask, because it goes to an email called firstname.lastname@example.org - the term beta frightens me with a $500 piece of equipment, call me crazy, but it just doesnt seem right. 4. Non customizible home screen. You can save a picture on the home screen, but when you go to the menu and have the list of icons - the pic does not display there. There are also only 2 themes to choose from. Im sure this will work itself out in the future when more themes become available (thats my hope anyway) 5. Twice today I was not able to make any calls, I had full bars, I would call the number and it would just sit and never connect. One call was to another Nextel customer, one was to my home number. I had to try to make the call around 4 times each in order for it to go through. 6. Call clarity, I never had an issue with clarity on the Nextel network - however on some calls (i've made probably 20 today) right when I disconnect the call I hear a very loud buzz noise in my ear. Very strange, havent had that before with any phone, I will continue to monitor and see how that goes. Otherwise the actual call was clear with no issues.
Price: 149 (after mail in rebate)- 449
Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Once the buggyness is gone, then it should be good to go.