My New Arrival

Tuesday 22nd August, 2006
So, I have a new arrival too...a Blackberry 8707v.

Following some discussion with Vowe, I changed my 8700v order for an 8707v...this model not only has 3G..but will work on Japanese business trips too.

I've not even turned it on yet, but have some first impressions:

1) The mains/usb charger no longer uses a standard USB cable, the mini-usb is hard-wired into the mains outlet. This is less flexible. You used to be able to carry a USB cable and the charger for backup. RIM no longer offers this provision out of the box, although the charger has adaptors for 3 different styles of mains outlet.

2) The SIM card holder is a joke...when will they design a decent cradle to hold the card and allow it to be removed easily.

3) They still don't ship batteries their batteries with any charge. Disappointing as you cannot power a blackberry exclusively from a mains outlet.

4) It's much lighter than my old 7730, a little showter and a little narrower. It's a bit thicker though, but fits in the back pocket of a pair of jeans.

5) The old plastic holster has gone and is now a fake leather/vinyl belt pouch with a magnetic strap to hold it in.

6) The colour screen is much improved, along with the UI. The Blackberry "workspace" has been replaced with...um...bookmarks ;O)

Right, time to get it on the BES and try it out properly.

Update: Enterprise Activation isn't working so well, I'm downloading firmware v4.1.0.394 (Multilanguage) to hope it sorts it out. Blackberry download site is the slowest in the world.

Blackberry 8707v - The Story So Far
Blackberry 8707v - IP Modem
Blackberry 8707v - The First Week

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