Review: RIM 8800 SmartPhone

Hear that rustling noise? That’s the sound of a million insecure junior execs opening their wallets simultaneously. Why? A new BlackBerry has just hit shelves. Reflecting RIM’s new design philosophy, the 8800 sports a trackball, a full (yet crammed) QWERTY keyboard, and a sharp, vivid display that automatically adjusts brightness to ambient light. While it’s ideal for messaging, the 8800’s dimensions are a bit too wide for a phone-it feels like talking into a Pop Tart. And the included entertainment options are so anemic and boring, they make an Excel spreadsheet seem exciting. Technocrats will love this device, but those working for the weekend can take a pass.

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