The phone looks nice and has a great design. It lacks the bells and whistles you would expect, this late in the phone game (Q4 2008). Please add 3G and a FM radio. That will take the phone to the next level.
v ger - - - - the blackberry batteries have always given as good if not better performance than Sony ericsson phones...they use less power because the operating system is less demanding... stand by time will be very good...i have no doubts
iflavour, 12 Sep 2008no 3g or hspda! are rim crazy?why you need 3G on BlackBerry.?? people who using Blackberry the main purpose is use Blackberry connect for email. Also this is nice to try that blackberry made flip phone but its to thick.! i hope to see slide phone from BlackBerry as well..
I am a reteller and the phone is good for someone who has to have the flip but other wise its ugly and i really dont think it well sell good
Hm. I have serious doubts about 900 mA running for 2 weeks. In stand by mode maybe, but in normal usage. No way.
The best battery I had so far was Ericsson (not SE) T68. 650 mA battery running for one full week with app 2,5 hours of call a day! I even dared going out for a 4 days trip without a charger. :-)
And that had a much smaller display with much less colours. So should you turn the external screen off, and not take a single phone call, than maybe. Othervise it is just "marketing".
I can see this unit as a basic office phone for someone, who does not travel at all (or someove, who wants to look important :-) )
Lack of 3G is definately a disadvantage if you are a heavy traveller. Also, on the Far East your are screwed with this one.
Also, if you have high data traffic than 3G also comes handy. At least if you don't wish to spend 8 minutes on a simple e-mail download.
The keyboard is of course better than "normal", but useless if you write most of your e-mails from your phone (like me), or browse the web from mobile and write comments on forums (like this one). You grow a beard while writing.
No issues with the screen though. Tell me, what do you use the screen for? The pictures are small anyway, so you don't even notice. Play games? This is not designed for that anyway. Watch or edit documents? Perfectly enough. My office computer (which I rarely use) is also turned down on colours.
However, on this screen you gonna only read documents, not edit them.
But I have to admit, it does resembly SE Z series a lot.
All in all. Probably a good entry business phone (or female phone - apologies from the feminists, but experiance talks) for the USA market, where RIM is strong anyway. As for Europe or for the Far-East, this is definately "weak".
floriian, 11 Sep 2008i cannot see clearly so i have to ask. does this keyboard is similar to keyboard of SE P1? one... morefor as far as I can see its 2 letters on 1 key. hats to bad. thats really anoying!
And the specs, why no 3G? Thats the only thing I miss on this handset besides a better keyboard!
great looking phone.. but com'on...no 3g! basic camera! no HSCSD! no gps!!! cheaper battery! wow great way to come out with a boom
It's flippingly making my flippy head flip with its flippiness.
It has WIfi so no 3G is not a really big issue and how many of you are actually use GPS/video call?
Well.... girls, your prayer have been amswered... ;) Though, for me, the features are too plain.
What's up with RIM and 65k colours?? Come on!! At least 256k man! Anyway, the phone looks sweet but that design for a qwerty keyboard won't cut it... its too narrow... don't think I could use both thumbs. Yeah its 2008 RIM... 3G / video calls support? Why not!
No GPS, no 3G?
No thank you.
Still gets the BlackBerry job done though. Plus it's a nice design surprise as I thought they would have done a slimmer candybar style first like the Pearl.