Originally Posted by wclyffe
I, too can view all the documents on my 8700g with T-Mobile and it is really fast. When I open the email, the first word in the email is "1 attachment", and I just click on it and select "Full Content". The attachment opens right away and looks exactly as it was in that application. I've sent myself .doc, .pdf, and .xls attachments as test examples, and they appear just like the originals. You can zoom in, and move around the whole document. Is this attachment viewing something added in recently by T-Mobile? Either way, its great!
To me, the phrase "appear just like the original" means that a document will be displayed just like you would see it on your desktop computer. The page layout would be preserved, complete with fonts, graphics, tables and charts.
The built-in attachment viewer can only show attachments in their original form if they are image-based .pdf files (e.g., fax) or .ppt files on later models. For these types of files, you can see a thumbnail of each page and you need to zoom in to see more detail. After you zoom in, you often need to select the "Enhance" command to make the document readable. Once enchanced, you cannot scroll around on the page.
Word processing documents such as .doc will be displayed in a flowed manner, with text and graphics intermixed. You cannot see the document in its original page layout.
Spreadsheet documents such as .xls will be displayed in a grid view as you would expect, but you will not be able to see charts and graphs.
So it all depends on your need to see attachments. If you just need a quick peek at them while you're mobile and full page layout is not that important, then the built-in attachment viewer may be enough.
If you want something more akin to a desktop experience, then consider a 3rd party application that can offer complete PDF, Office and fax file viewing and management.