The RIM BlackBerry 8800 takes some style points from its slimmer sibling, the BlackBerry Pearl, and sports a sleek black casing and a trackball navigator.
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In addition to the sexier design, the BlackBerry 8800 is thinner (4.5x2.6x0.5 inches; 4.7 ounces) than previous full QWERTY BlackBerrys, such as the BlackBerry 8700g.
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On top of the unit, you'll find the power on/off and mute buttons.
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A 2.5mm headset jack, a mini USB port, and a convenenience key, which is programmed to launch Cingular's Push to Talk services, line the left spine of the BlackBerry 8800.
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We found the BlackBerry 8800 fairly wide, so clutching it in your hand and holding it up to your ear is a bit awkward and cumbersome.
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With the thinner profile, the 8800 will have no problem slipping into a pants pocket or purse. There also is a belt holster included in the box.
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The BlackBerry 8800 and the BlackBerry 8700c shown side by side. Which would you choose?
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For the most part, the BlackBerry 8800 was easy to use one-handed, but we did miss the scroll wheel and escape key found on BlackBerrys in the past.
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Like the BlackBerry Pearl, the 8800 has a trackball for easy four-way scrolling. We do wish, however, that it was larger and raised above the phone's surface.
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Overall, we found the BlackBerry 8800's QWERTY keyboard fairly easy to use, but the buttons are a bit slippery even with the raised ridges.
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There's a microSD card slot for carrying large files such as music and video, but we had a heck of time trying to get the battery cover off. Hopefully, RIM reconsiders the location of the expansion slot next time.
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