The Good Easy-to-use, comfortable single-handed operation. QWERTY keyboard. 3G data speeds. Excellent battery life.
The Bad No Wi-Fi. No GPS. Non-expandable memory. Not as sharp looking as newer models.
The Bottom Line For a two-year-old phone, the 8707g stands up well, but it's without many of the features we now expect in smartphones like Wi-Fi, GPS and microSD support.
If you were to look at the BlackBerry 8707g at your local 3 Mobile store you would wonder why it looks like an old handset, the answer is simple. It is an old handset; previous iterations of the 8707 have been available since the end of 2006. This answer would no doubt lead you to your next question, "Why in the world would 3 be selling such an old phone?" Again the answer is short and sweet, because it's 3G, unlike every other BlackBerry handset on the market at this time.
Peeling open the lid to the box holding the 8707g is how we imagine it would be to open a crypt in an ancient pyramid — dust filling our noses, a family of bats screeching out and flying past us. OK, a slight exaggeration, and we promise not to bang on too much more about how old the 8707g handset looks, it was just a surprise to see how quickly this kind of technology can date.
The 8707g handset we reviewed has a matte-finish black plastic which is fittingly subdued for a business accessory, but lacks the sharp class of the handsets we see these days. The rounded edges of the 8707g make it appear bulbous and slightly toy-like, but it makes the 8707g extremely comfortable to hold.
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