Blackberry 8800 vs Treo 750
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done a gadget review. Last time was a review comparison of the Blackberry 8700 vs the Treo 700, which seemed to capture a TON of attention and started a community of it’s own. It’s the #1 post I have for comments, and the #2 post in visitors on this entire blog. There seems to be an amazing amount of questions and community surrounding these phones.
But, since I haven’t actually been able to get my hands on either of these phones, I’ll be summarizing the specs. However, feel free to use this post as a base to continue the conversation before and after the phones come to market.
The Blackberry 8800 (Indigo)
The BB 8800 (the one pictured is codenamed “Indigo”) is one sexy looking phone, I must admit. I currently have the 7100t, and I hate it. This phone looks like it needs Paris Hilton standing over it sexing up a burger or something.
But, beyond it’s sexiness, it’s probably good to find out if it’s functional, or worth functioning, if you will.
- Quad-Band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS, EDGE + Wi-Fi. Did you say WiFi? Yes, WiFi.
- 320×240 screen
- 106mm x 60mm x 15.5mm. Whew, that’s certainly thinner than Paris.
- Bluetooth 2.0
- Full QWERTY keypad. No more of that “SureType” crap.
- Email and SMS
- Blackberry Maps
- Possible on some versions of the 8800 (Camera – 1.3 mp, 5x digital zoom, flash and maybe even video recording)
- Media Player
- 64 MB Flash, expandable memory (Micro SD)
- Advanced noise and echo cancellation
- Voice activated dialing, speaker phone, Bluetooth 2.0
Now, there’s been some speculation that not every one of these features will be available right away. Some say the camera will be available as late as the end of 2007. For BB folks, I hope not.
The Treo 750
Most of you know there’s a less expensive Treo 680 out there which seems nice as well, but we’re here for the specs on the Treo 750, aren’t we?
- Windows Mobile® 5.2 OS (Ah crap. Why do they have to screw up a perfectly good phone by putting Windows on it. Poo.)
- 240×240 screen
- Supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS radio, GSM bands: 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS bands: 850/1900/2100
- Speaker phone
- 6-way calling
- 128MB / 60MB nonvolatile flash memory available to user
- 300MHz Samsung processor
- miniSD card slot
- Talk time: up to 4.5 hours GSM / 2.5 hours UMTS
- Standby time: 10 days
- Bluetooth® 1.2 wireless technology, Infrared (IR)
- 1.3 megapixel with 2x digital zoom
- Automatic light balance
- Full QWERTY key layout with backlighting
- 113mm x 59mm x 21mm
- Internet Explorer Mobile
- Microsoft® Office Outlook® Mobile
- Microsoft® Office Mobile
- Word Mobile
- Excel® Mobile
- PowerPoint® Mobile
- SMS / MMS
- Windows Media Player® 10 Mobile
- Wired Car Kit Support
Ok, that’s a pretty good amount of features. A few things I could do without, like Internet Explorer Mobile and Windows Mobile. It’s also a bit thicker than the BB, which is pretty traditional, and sucky. But, for the typical Windows-office-guy/gal, with all of those programs at your fingertips, that’s got to be convenient.
One other thing where the BB shines and the Treo, well, goes into a dark closet and shuts the door, is the screen size. The 8800′s 320×240 screen is a whole 80px wider, making for a better overall experience, not to mention I would assume a better web browsing experience.
The last time I compared the BB vs Treo, I had to side with the Treo. This time, however, if the camera is attached and with the full QWERTY keyboard, I’ll have to side with the Blackberry. I’m not sure I’d switch over to one now, but since I’m a converted Mac guy now I’m going to have to look harder at this 8800 as a new phone. The one thing it’s lacking still is the 3rd party apps. There’s quite a few things I loved about my Treo 750 that had to do with 3rd party applications, which the BB doesn’t get yet – probably making their OS more stable in the end.
What’s your opinion?
Ok, Ken and company, here’s where you get to shine! I know Ken’s going to the Las Vegas CES Conference, so hopefully he’ll come back with some juicy stuff to share.
And last, but not least, if you’re interested in having some kind of forum started up about these phones, let me know here in the comments too as I’ve thought about doing that before but wasn’t sure it would be useful.
Thanks peeps. Ready? Go!
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