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BlackBerry 8700r review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The BlackBerry 8700r currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 76 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
312 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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BlackBerry released the 8700r on November 29, 2005.


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BlackBerry backs up the 8700r with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The BlackBerry 8700r's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
312 MHz

There is a Intel PXA901 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.

BlackBerry 8700r Specs

Overview
Release date November 29, 2005
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Intel PXA901 312 MHz
Internal Storage 64 MB
RAM 16 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.34 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.0 x 6.9 x 1.9 cm (4.3 x 2.7 x 0.7 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics No
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Scroll wheel
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games No
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Yahoo

Blackberry 8700

from Yahoo
Pro: out of date Con: big screen T-mobile is still selling these phones on their website even though it is outdated. Cost in August 2008 was $225. What they do not tell you is that along with the t-mobile cell phone charges, you must also have the blackberry plan which is $39.00 per month! Otherwise...More
Pro: out of date Con: big screen T-mobile is still selling these phones on their website even though it is outdated. Cost in August 2008 was $225. What they do not tell you is that along with the t-mobile cell phone charges, you must also have the blackberry plan which is $39.00 per month! Otherwise your phone will not work properly. Also, if you have tech issues, they have a standard list of troubleshooting. Remove battery, download a fix, etc. Just do it yourself because they will keep you on the phone for an hour. Overall I don't think it's a great deal at all. Way too expensive unless you absolutely have to have email with you at all times. Less
Amazon

1st Bad Telephone Experience-Defective Phone from AT & T Wireless

from Amazon
After reading all the reviews at this website I decided to go with this Blackberry model. I Recieved my phone today, charged it, and it would not work. I was unable to open any of the icons, including set up, profiles, applications, calendar, address book, etc. I spent an hour on the line with techn...More
After reading all the reviews at this website I decided to go with this Blackberry model. I Recieved my phone today, charged it, and it would not work. I was unable to open any of the icons, including set up, profiles, applications, calendar, address book, etc. I spent an hour on the line with technical support and they decided that the phone was defective. Not happy with this at all. Makes me wonder about ordering this BlackBerry. I do hope that it's not a sign that I am going to hate this phone. Waiting on replacement phone, hoping it will work 2nd go around. Less

Great Internet but wouldn't buy another.

I like the BB e-mail - particularly being able to set up multiple POP accounts and being able to download headers only. I am on Rogers in Ontario, Canada and the BB data plan is expensive! Bluetooth is a joke. ALL bluetooth enabled phones I have had previously allowed data transmission. Not the 870...More
I like the BB e-mail - particularly being able to set up multiple POP accounts and being able to download headers only. I am on Rogers in Ontario, Canada and the BB data plan is expensive! Bluetooth is a joke. ALL bluetooth enabled phones I have had previously allowed data transmission. Not the 8700r. In fact it has trouble staying connected to the headset. Part of the problem is Rogers. "Forthcoming" is not in their vocabulary so, if you do not have time to research, as was my case, you can end up with way less than you paid ~$300 CA for. Being able to send business cards by BlueTooth has previously been very useful. Not being able to transfer e-mail attachments from my PC to the BB by BlueTooth coupled with the fact that the 8700r cannot be used as modem is a distinct disappointment. Although I do not have big hands, as guys go, I find the keyboard awkward. The buttons are just too close together. The backlight is very nice in day time but when that sucker lights up on a pitch black stretch of highway in the middle of the night, one can be blinded. I have used it for a flashlight. I cannot find how to turn off the flashing indicator light (not the flashing on a call one, the other one) so, because I have to have my phone on and nearby 24/7, I have to throw a sock over the phone to block the flashing indicator. Overall, I do not like the 8700r and will probably replace it soon with something more adequate - even though it will probably mean tossing the BB. I won't replace with a BB. No more BlackBerrys for me! I want functional! Less
Amazon

Great PIM

from Amazon
This phone is more than 2 years old and still going. This is one of the best phones for business you could ever have. 5 Stars
Amazon

well worth it

from Amazon
i got this phone last week to combine my palm tx and cell functions together. I love it. my brother from nyc swears by his blackberry, and as an average person who is running all day, i have to agree. the internet hook up is good, the connection is way better, and overall i find this device user friend...More
i got this phone last week to combine my palm tx and cell functions together. I love it. my brother from nyc swears by his blackberry, and as an average person who is running all day, i have to agree. the internet hook up is good, the connection is way better, and overall i find this device user friendly. blackberry is especially good for the email. setting up your email to phone is easy and just takes minutes. i love this phone. great for everyday use in the real world. Less
Amazon

One of the best BlackBerry's ever made, but it has some drawbacks.

from Amazon
One of the best BlackBerry's ever made, but it has some drawbacks. ++ PROS ++ + One of the brightest BB screens when it was released, the newer Curve and Pearl are brighter still. This thing can be used as an emergency flashlight. + Speakerphone mic has improved, but still isn't comparable to other we...More
One of the best BlackBerry's ever made, but it has some drawbacks. ++ PROS ++ + One of the brightest BB screens when it was released, the newer Curve and Pearl are brighter still. This thing can be used as an emergency flashlight. + Speakerphone mic has improved, but still isn't comparable to other well known cellular speakerphones. + Additional convenience button features including a new center console and side button which can be manually assigned to often accessed functions. + Battery life is decent, one of the longest lasting BB batteries I've owned. + Spare parts are readily available, too often owners think their phone is broken and end up going back to the cellular store and getting a new one with another / extended commitment with the replacement. Instead, look for the replacement, you can replace everything including the buttons and fascia, you can build an entire BlackBerry out of replacement parts found on the web. -- CONS -- - Can never be jarred, if the phone is dropped just onto a table from your ear while sitting, the SIM card becomes dislodged and the phone enters "SOS" mode, everything but the radio works until you remove the batter and reinsert the SIM card. Blackberry's can take an inordinate amount of time reboot and this can take you off the air and out of your address book for a few minutes. - The screen scratches easily, it can affect the readability of the phone display. It is worth using a screen protector, even clear packing tape is better than nothing. - AT&T EDGE network is just PAINFULLY SLOW, this phone can also be used as a Tethered Modem for your PC, you'll experience ISDN (128 KBs) bandwidth. Sprint and Verizon offer DSL speeds on their networks. - The browser is still a cellphone browser and has problems with sites that contain frames, sites like Amazon have modified special sites when they detect you're using a cell phone web browser, but some sites don't and will take minutes instead of seconds to download. - / + Extreme customization, careful when modifying settings because you can end up losing characteristics or get buried in menus, this can also be considered a positive if you enjoy customizing your phone. - Less

8700r Roger's network

First PDA/smartphone so not much to compare to however, it has been real easy to use and manage contacts. Email was a breeze to set up. When receiving calls the first couple seconds are really crackily, but the network is quite phenomenol as far as coverage goes. I would recommend this phone.
Yahoo

rimblackberry 8700

from Yahoo
Pro: perfection Con: worthy my opion is that anyone can use this
Amazon

Had it for more than a year without trouble

from Amazon
so far, the phonebook is what really win me over this phone, big screen, qwerty keyboard, side scroll buttons, etc. very useful phone especially if you got multiple phone entries for contacts.
Amazon

My First BlackBerry

from Amazon
Since it's my first "smart phone" of any kind I don't have much to compare it to. I'm a simple person and so I needed a simple phone that is good for text messaging. I purchased this phone for the full keyboard. That was the only reason. So far it has worked perfectly for me. Just remember that th...More
Since it's my first "smart phone" of any kind I don't have much to compare it to. I'm a simple person and so I needed a simple phone that is good for text messaging. I purchased this phone for the full keyboard. That was the only reason. So far it has worked perfectly for me. Just remember that this phone is not an MP3 player, it doesn't have a camera and it doesn't have the ability to share data via bluetooth, but it works great for texting, email, and light surfing. Less

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