As predicted, the highly anticipated Blackberry 8800 is now available for purchase at Cingular’s website for $299 after signing a 2-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. If you ask me, there isn’t much to be excited about here. The device may contain Bluetooth 2.0 and a full QWERTY keyboard, but it lacks 3G compatibility and although its a biz device, at least some sort of camera for those just-in-case situations. I didn’t realize it until I clicked on the ‘accessories tab’ but you can ‘bedazzle’ the crap out of the Blackberry in Pink or Blue jewels for $9.99 – ya, I’d like to see that. The coolest feature would have to be the “integrated GPS navigation with telenav support”. Other devices generally require some sort of dongle for the GPS to operate. Course this may mean being not only tethered to the office via email, but tracked by your boss and/or girlfriend to see if you are really dropping off that ‘TPS Report’ or picking up milk on the way home.
Hit up Cingular for complete details.