RIM BlackBerry 8820 - RIM BlackBerry 8820 Review


RIM has worked hard at trying to make what was once just a mobile email device into something far more comprehensive, as the above features show. This extends to the inclusion of a music player in recent devices. I found this to be satisfactory in performance, and a full battery charge gave me just a little more than ten hours of music which is quite acceptable for a mobile device.

Stereo Bluetooth output is possible and the desktop software bundle includes Roxio Media Manager for file conversion and transfer.

There is only 64MB of built in memory, but you can expand on it using microSD cards. The slot is annoyingly under the battery cover and while you don’t have to power down to swap cards accessing the slot is a bit easier without the battery in place. Come on, RIM, please make card slots more accessible next time. What I do like is that the 8820 supports SDHC. This means you can beat the 2GB sealing on non SDHC cards. 4GB SDHC cards are currently available and in the future capacities should eventually reach 32GB.

There is a pretty good web browser on board. Calendar, address book and tasks list, memo pad, alarm, voice dialling, calculator, and of course mobile email are among the pre installed applications. Like all BlackBerries the 8820 gives you several mobile email choices. You can use the BlackBerry Internet Service to pick up copies of POP and IMAP email from up to ten accounts if you are a standalone user. Companies can use the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

There is no camera in the 8820, though nor was there one in the 8800. In fact, hardware-wise the 8820 is a clone of the 8800. It is quite large for the pocket, and especially so when compared to the keyboarded BlackBerry Curve. The 8820 is 114mm tall, 66mm wide and 14mm thick. It weighs 134g.