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Old 12-15-2007, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone tell me the differences between the 8100 and 8130. I understand the 8130's are on the CDMA networks from verizon and sprint and supposedly have much faster data speeds than the tmobile and cingular versions. But I hear Verizon and sprint do or did lock their phones so you can't download the phone numbers and such into bluetooth car devices and stuff. Am I missing anything?
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the data speeds are not even comparable....at&t i would go online to look something up, and end up setting a reminder to look when i got to a computer cause it was takin to damn long.
sprint is fire...i couldnt believe how fast it was. ive actually been using phone as a modem as opposed to my aircard.

hope this will help ya out a bit. so far ive had the pearl on sprint for about 2 weeks, and i love it. i had the at&t since january and there are def some differences in the two, subtle, nothing drastically disappointing. the only major differences are imo what makes the sprint better hence why i got it.

lets start with mms...i mean what were they thinking disabling this? this actually bothers me just for the simple fact that i cant do it. email through pics is no problem, and i can receive peoples pictures from there phones, but i cannot send a picture to a phone number without knowing that email code...it think each carrier is dif, verizon is like the [email address] or somthign like that. kinda frustrating but im confident there will be some upgrade or 3rd party program that will allow it

something i always use is the voice recorder, and with the 8100 i had to install a 3rd party app because the only option was to send voice note. i just want to record them. 8130 has simple voice recorder.


another thing i noticed, is the 8100 when you get a text or phone call the screen comes on. my 8130's screen does not come on for text messages, and delayed for phone calls. basically what this translates too is with the 8100 if i get text or email all i had to do was just look at the phone and im reading my message. the 8130 i have to press a button to wake the screen then im looking at the message. not to say im that lazy that it bothers me, but the reason i noticed this was my desktop charger is across my room so when im laying in bed, i used to see who was texting me before getting out of bed to grab the phone. now i find im getting out of bed to answer somone i didnt want to talk to anyway .

the video camera and the camera are insane....i love both of them but again, thats more of a reason that we should have mms on the 8130...i used to have the aftermarket battery cover with the grill cut out to make the speaker louder, due to its location. i dont think this is possible with the 8130 because it looks like the speaker is under some plastic piece which appears to be part of the housing. speaker on the phone is not as loud as the 8130.

now i have the blackberry pro pack, and goin from at&t to sprint, never have i had so much in a data package for so damn cheap. to have all these features with at&t would be like 90 something and even still i dont think that would include the gps.
the gps is great, btu again the speaker problem...not very loud. i was hoping in the car my supertooth is very loud so when connected the gps would go through that but no luck. phone calls go through bluetooth, gps through handset speaker.

battery life isnt as well,...take it off the charger at 7 am, im in the redzone by midnight. again its brand new and i find after normal usage after 3 weeks the battery starts to last longer then when its brand new. mayeb cause it breaks in or something i dont know. but the same with the speaker, after the cone gets used a bit it starts to act more efficient.

i think thats it for now, maybe more to come as i play with it more

and maybe its just me, but it seems like the suretype is takin a while to learn my style of typing, or i just dont remember it taking this long last time

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Old 12-15-2007, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can someone tell me the differences between the 8100 and 8130. I understand the 8130's are on the CDMA networks from verizon and sprint and supposedly have much faster data speeds than the tmobile and cingular versions. But I hear Verizon and sprint do or did lock their phones so you can't download the phone numbers and such into bluetooth car devices and stuff. Am I missing anything?
bluetooth wouldn't pair with my LR2 properly at first until i installed this app on my 8130:

http://www.blackberry.com/go/bluetoothpairing

this application made it very easy to pair my 8130 with my LR2 and syncs all lists (address book, recently dialed, missed calls, etc.) perfectly.

i've toyed with a couple of my friends' 8100s and can tell you my 8130 seems MUCH more responsive from screen to screen... data applications are much faster as well.

Rob
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so bluetooth isn't locked on the sprint phones then? Has anyone used verizon, they seem to have much better coverage.
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