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defi
11-11-2005, 11:16 AM
What are the real benefits of the 8700 as compared to the 7290? I'm looking to get a BB and cingular has the 7290 on sale for 69$, is the 8700 worth the cost especially for my first BB? Also, I did notice it has double the flash rom and was curious if this was something I would need? I mean how big are the third-party apps, and how much space do the basic functions of the BB consume?

saldous
11-11-2005, 12:36 PM
Why switch, better as a phone, faster (new CPU). I've got the 6280 at the moment and don't use it as a phone, just email. I will move to the 8700 and get rid of the phone and have one device.

defi
11-11-2005, 12:43 PM
Why switch, better as a phone, faster (new CPU). I've got the 6280 at the moment and don't use it as a phone, just email. I will move to the 8700 and get rid of the phone and have one device.
I will only use it for data, I have my nextel phone for voice(free incoming=best plan) I mean for a first time BB user who dosent need all the eye candy, and is pretty patient; whyh would I wait for the 8700 and not just get a refurbed 7290 from cingular for 69$ Will I be upset that I didnt wait, and will the extra 200+$ make a big difference?

hnwosu
11-11-2005, 01:03 PM
I will only use it for data...

If you are only going to be using it for data, one thing remains very key in your decision, the 8700c is using EDGE and the 7290 is not. Its like switching from dialup to broadband.

defi
11-11-2005, 01:24 PM
If you are only going to be using it for data, one thing remains very key in your decision, the 8700c is using EDGE and the 7290 is not. Its like switching from dialup to broadband.
hmm... Good comparison. I did not even think about that. Well actually I did but didn't realize it was that slow. Maybe I will wait...

nb_mitch
11-11-2005, 01:26 PM
If you were only going with it for email only, I think the 7290 would be a good buy. But I am trying to use it for more, web browsing, IM and a phone. My 7290 just it's fast enough for real web browsing, but is ok as a phone. I have gone from having a laptop permanently attached to my hip and a cell phone to 7290. I am happy with it, but think the 8700 will be closer to my needs. I am typing this message on a client PC not my BB, but hopefully one day that will change and I too will have splints on my thumbs :)

Mitch

Dawg
11-11-2005, 01:30 PM
if you are on nextel for phone why not go with the 7520 or 7100 and use it for phone and data

Boy Genius
11-11-2005, 01:58 PM
Yes 7290 definatly is enough for some peoples needs day to day, but if you a FAST processor, and fast response time on a device with an incredible screen, and very speedy browser, 8700 is the way to go...I wouldn't go back to a 7290 if someone paid me

defi
11-11-2005, 02:45 PM
Yes 7290 definatly is enough for some peoples needs day to day, but if you a FAST processor, and fast response time on a device with an incredible screen, and very speedy browser, 8700 is the way to go...I wouldn't go back to a 7290 if someone paid me
I guess it comes down to money. I dont even know if the BB will be something I use or just a waste of money. With that in mind I guess I dont know whether to shell out 69$ or 300$ for something I may or may not use. I've searched for the advantages and differences over a palm and you cant really make a decision until you use one first hand.

Boy Genius
11-11-2005, 03:02 PM
Yeah I agree with that, Nov 21st goto the store and power one up and compare the 2 they will most likely have both there and you can compare them

bbmike
11-11-2005, 09:35 PM
how do we know the 8700 has superior voice (phone) quality? do we have a significant amount of users that can validate this?

nb_mitch
11-11-2005, 09:40 PM
With that in mind I guess I dont know whether to shell out 69$ or 300$ for something I may or may not use. I've searched for the advantages and differences over a palm and you cant really make a decision until you use one first hand.

Cingular does have the 30 day money back guarantee, don't know if that applies to reconditioned models. But if so, you could get the $69 refurb now, and in 2-3 weeks if you think it isn't fast enough, you can upgrade for free.

Mitch

ps. Actually I am doing something similar, I broke my 7290 2 weeks ago, so I have a new one that I can return up to Dec 3rd, which I definitely plan to do on the 22nd :)

Brad00111
11-12-2005, 01:29 AM
how do we know the 8700 has superior voice (phone) quality? do we have a significant amount of users that can validate this?

http://www.blackberryforums.com/showthread.php?t=18494&highlight=8700+voicemail

Post #12, I know its only 1 example from 1 person, but hey 1 is better than none, and it sounded good enough to me.

barjohn
11-12-2005, 02:30 AM
While I only used it briefly, I can say it was better than either the 7100 or the 7290. It will take more usage and time to be certain it is an excellent phone as I was told. It shore is louder and that is a big plus.

Soapm
11-12-2005, 03:21 AM
If you are only going to be using it for data, one thing remains very key in your decision, the 8700c is using EDGE and the 7290 is not. Its like switching from dialup to broadband.

I would think more like dialup to ISDN. Noticably faster but still not broadband.

rcbjr
11-12-2005, 09:47 AM
Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry7290/4.0.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Link/6.3.0.0.0)

Why switch? Let's see:

1. Faster Data access (Web browsing, RSS feeds download quicker)
2. Better Voice quality
3. Speaker phone
4. Higher resolution screen.
5. Upgraded Bluetooth.

I don't know if it's going to be worth the additional expense, but I'm going to try to find out a week from Monday (hope my local store will have one in/left in stock by lunch time when I can get there.).
I'll still have my 7290 to fall back on if I don't like th 8700c (FAT chance).

I recently got an unexpected performance award and set aside a portion for just this purpose, buying the first qwerty based EDGE capable avalable from Cingular. I even expected to wait longer.

Rcbjr

tntitan
11-14-2005, 10:45 PM
My situation is almost the same as Defi.. i have a TMO 7290 which i use for everything except voice (Nextel i870).... I keep seeing faster with EDGE, but what about TMO service since TMO doesnt have EDGE?

Mark Rejhon
11-15-2005, 11:56 AM
what about TMO service since TMO doesnt have EDGE?TMO now has EDGE. I heard it launched two months ago.