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BlackBerry 8703e

Announced
Sep 12, 2006
Market status
Released

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Alltel

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • No rear camera
  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (16 MB RAM)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.80 inches inches)
  • Lacks a standard (3.5mm) headphones jack
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera

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Description

8703e is the CDMA phone from the 8700-series of BlackBerry, and so exchanges EDGE for EV-DO. It has the same design with QWERTY keyboard and landscape QVGA display with light sensor and features Bluetooth v2.0 and internet browser

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.30 x 2.70 x 0.80 inches (110 x 69.5 x 19.5 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.70 oz (135 g)
      the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)

Display

  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 240 pixels
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 65 536

Hardware

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 312 MHz, Intel PXA901
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 16 MB RAM / 64 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.064 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 3.30 hours
      the average is 12 h (697 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 8.0 days (192 hours)
      the average is 20 days (483 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1100 mAh

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • HTML Browser

Technology

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EV-DO
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • miniUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M4, T4
    • TTY/TDD
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Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 12 Sep 2006

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