RIM BlackBerry 8830 Review
The 8830 is one of the few BlackBerries that offer a multimedia player. The player is very basic. The only real basic with only a play/pause and stop button. To fast forward or rewind, you simply select the indicator with the trackball and move left or right. Sound quality is decent but this is of course not meant as a multimedia phone. The songs sound almost muffled but are still easy to understand. Using a memory card, there was, at most, about a 1 second pause between songs. There were times where the songs switched over and there was no pause.
You can even go about your other work and have the media player running in the background. If someone calls, the 8830 with pause the song and then continue it once it is finished.
There are plenty of formats that can be played (MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, and MIDI), and when watching a video, you can watch a few formats (MPEG4, WMV, and H.263). When watching a video, you have the choice of either watching it in fullscreen or regular view. There isn’t too much of a difference because the video takes up most of the screen in regular mode anyways.
The 8830 comes with software that lets you view .zip, .htm, .html, .doc, .dot, .ppt, .pdf, .wpd, .txt, .vcf, and .xls, .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tif, and .wmf files.
If there is a shortage of applications or if there is a certain type of application that you want, say a different instant messenger, then there are third party applications which you can downloaded and installed on your 8830. Just doing a quick search on Google brought us many results. We even found an NES emulator that is available for the 8830.
1. Mark Thomas (unregistered)
The 8830 is a HYBRID CDMA & GSm handset! RIM makes one of the, if no the best Smartphone on the market in my personal opinion! My handset ALWAYS works! Never had a battery, reception or functionality issue...in 4+ years averaging 5K minutes/month! THANK YOU RIM!!
2. voiceofid (unregistered)
the phone IS capable of a2dp, but rather the carrier include it in their version is another story