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Phone quandry

I'm eligible to get a new cell phone, and am trying to decide between a few models.

Non-negotiable constraint: must be on the Verizon network.  Any comments that suggest switching will be duly deleted.

The two main phones I'm deciding between are the XV6800 and the Blackberry 8830

Verizon XV6800


Blackberry 8830
ProsConsProsCons
WM6 - FlexibleNo VZNavigatorVZNavigatorNo DUN
Easy connection to work emailHas cameraNo CameraMore difficult connection to work email
 No DUN  

Any thoughts on either of these two phones, or other PDA/Smartphones with full qwerty keyboard and able to connect to exchange for email?

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toob
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm just curious -- why is a camera a con? Couldn't you just not use it if you don't like it?
wolffit
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I work in some secure facilities, where I can bring in a cell phone but only if it does not have a camera.
wolffit
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Interesting note - Verizon recognizes that "no camera" is a positive feature for a meaningful number of people. You can explicitly search for phones that have "no camera". You cannot search for a phone that has "No VZNavigator", or "No email", or "No QWERTY Keyboard".

captpackrat
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
If it runs Windows Mobile and has a GPS chip, you can install Google Maps for free, and you won't have to pay for the VZ Navigator.

I think the XV6800 is the same phone as the Sprint Mogul (PPC-6800). If it is, it does indeed have a GPS chip.

Verizon has a bad habit of disabling all the features on their phones, so it may require a hacked ROM to reenable the GPS and DUN.

Edited at 2008-08-15 04:50 pm (UTC)
wolffit
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Correct - the GPS chip on the XV6800 is not visible to Google Maps.
ren_flora
Aug. 15th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I happen to currently have a brand-new, government-issue BlackBerry 8830. It works well so far, and I like its usability. I don't use the GZNavigator (my agency doesn't have that enabled) but Google Maps can detect "my location" and that works for me. I also like the long battery life.

Windows Mobile 6 is a push technology. Several co-workers are testing devices and they sometimes have trouble synching, and they've complained about battery life. I don't know how that might vary depending on the device though.
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