Recently I read an article from BusinessWeek that (in the magazine) had a photo of the new Blackberry 8700c. I was impressed enough by the looks to give the article a read and found a few kudos for RIM on this one. I also skimmed a Wired blog article on it as well.
The photo brings the keyboard to my attention first. In my comparison of the Blackberry 7100t with the Treo I had a land line up my butt about the poor keyboard on the 7100t. This one looks much better and much more usable. Kudo #1 to RIM.
The next thing I looked for was the camera, to no avail. At this point, the comparisons stop for me because I gotta have my MoPho. But, for those of you who aren’t interested in the camera, I’ll continue.
The short and sweet of it is, beyond all the little modifications I’ve read about, it seems the interface is pretty much the same (1 boo from me because of it’s complexity). The screen is smaller (320×280 compared to the Treo’s 320×320) but apparently pretty bright, so that one is a wash. The one big kudo I can give to RIM is the web browsing appears to be super quick and much easier to navigate. Since I haven’t seen one physically yet, I won’t confirm that, but I’ll be generous and throw them another bone for stepping up to the plate and fixing that.
The last almost good thing I can say about this Blackberry is it’s finally got some processor punch. The unfortunate downside (at least so far) is that there’s no programs out there to support the power quite yet. So, right now, from a business owner’s and gadget lover’s perspective, I’d have to still go for the Treo because of it’s support of other documents and programs. It reminds me of the Sega vs. Nintendo days where Sega just couldn’t make it work out because they didn’t have the game choice/volume.
I’d say if RIM throws a camera and some good document/program/3rd party support apps into the fray, there might be a good brawl going. Especially since the 8700 only costs $299 as opposed to Treo’s consistently high ($650-ish) ticket price.
What do you think about the Treo or the Blackberry lines?
Update: In case anyone would like to comment on the 8800 vs Treo 750, I’ve written a basic review here.