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Starting April 23 the BlackBerry 8800 will make it’s debut. Anyone familiar with RIM BlackBerry phones realizes that there’s a lot of features packed into these quality devices. I’ve been lucky enough to previously test out a model – the BlackBerry(R) PearlTM – and it was such a smooth and easy experience.

The BlackBerry 8800 will have many of the features we have come to expect: trackball navigation system, PUSH email accounts, Bluetooth(r) support, memory card support and more. Since the 8800 is on the T-Mobile network users get to enjoy the myFaves feature in which they can add special numbers for quick and easy calling/emailing/messaging.

But what does it have that’s DIFFERENT????? For one, the full QWERTY keyboard – type out your emails like a crazy mo’fo! It’s quad-band so you can call astronauts while they play golf on the moon (ok, I’m kidding about calling the moon, but it IS quad-band). And my favorite: built-in GPS (Global Positioning System). I really missed that when I used the BlackBerry(r) PearlTM which required getting a separate device. On the 8800 using the GPS and the included BlackBerry Maps the customer can get on-screen driving directions and tracking the route in real time. AND generate a map directly from the BlackBerry Address Book. GPS: ‘It’s a Good Thing’. If I had this phone I’d be doing The Happy Dance.

The BlackBerry 8800 not only includes support for up to 10 work and personal e-mail accounts (including the most popular ISP e-mail accounts), there’s a built-in multimedia player for music and video, and full HTML web browsing. There’s noise cancellation for enhanced audio performance, and a microSD expandable memory slot for storage.

Here’s a list of the features:

  • A large screen with ultra-bright 320 x 240 color display
  • Dimensions: 4.49 x 2.60 x 0.55 inches and 4.73 oz
  • Expandable memory via microSD expansion slot
  • Instant messaging clients: AOL(R), Yahoo!(R) MSN(R) and ICQ(R)
  • Multimedia player with music and audio capabilities
  • High performance HTML browser for visiting your favorite web sites
  • Highly tactile, full QWERTY keyboard
  • Intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball
  • Intuitive call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, and call forwarding
  • Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), dedicated ‘send’, ‘end’, and ‘mute’ keys, speakerphone, and Bluetooth(R) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS (800/900/1800/1900) and EDGE network support for international roaming
  • Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones
  • BlackBerry(R) Internet Service – allows access to up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
  • BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support – integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(R) and Novell GroupWise(R) environments and features a new set of IT policy controls for managing the handset’s features and usage.
  • Check out blackberry8800 for more info and way cool pictures and videos.

    Written by Cecilia