I have had both and returned the 7290 after two weeks. It was just too bulky clipped to my waist and even fell off a couple times. When the phone rang, it was also next to impossible to take the phone out of the holster without hanging up on the call. I suppose the holster would loosen over time, but it was irritating. The thing I miss from the 7290 is the screen. Great in daylight and has a matte finish. I have had my 7100g for a month and made the mistake of putting it in my pocket with a pen already there. Bad move and I now have visible scratches. I think I'm going to try a buffing wheel to smooth them out. I get about 100 emails a day and the suretype was easy to pick up. I think if you type a word twice and it remembers. Overall, I'm glad I made the switch, even with the screen.