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Old 10-14-2006, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For anyone interested: just a few initial comments after playing with this device for two days:

- The thing I'm most impressed with so far is the voice dialing. I use it with my Plantronics 640 earbud, and it's hard to believe just how accurate and easily it works. I don't need to be anywhere near the phone while in the car to receive or initiate calls.

- Suretype: hmmmm, not sold yet. I'm really having a tough time. Not so much with every day typing, but with names and addresses and url's, etc. The qwerty devices were far easier to use. At least they had the foresight to lay the keyboard out in a qwerty fashion. I miss the symbol characters that my 8700 had that the 8100 doiesn't have: hyphen, underscore and especially backslash. Let's hope it gets better.

- Camera is nice. I really like the idea of having this for work and not having to carry a separate camera (I don't need high res shots).

- The device can be a little sluggish at times (rare), as in the hourglass. Nowhere near as bad as my 7780 was (horrible), but I can;t recall ever seeing the hourglass on my 8700.

- Surprisingly, the web browser is MUCH faster than even my 8700specifically the request processing speeed. That is, the 8700 was quick when downloading a page or file, but there were unusual delays with "requesting script", "running script", "downloading style sheet", etc. I don't see that at all with the 8100. Maybe they improved the software, who knows, but web browsing is a real treat on this device.

That's about all that stands out. I made my own case, BTW: I bought a cheap a razer soft case and inserted a magnet from an old blackberry aftermarket base I had. I was even able to line the magnet with the pre-glued fabric from the inside of the old blackberry case. This will do until the stores around me have 8100 aftermarket cases.
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Alt key + sym/ZX brings up a character page
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Alt key + sym/ZX brings up a character page

Not sure what you wrote there. I just use the SYM key

And yeah, that's fine, but it was a little easier before. No biggie.
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Not sure what you wrote there. I just use the SYM key

And yeah, that's fine, but it was a little easier before. No biggie.
if it is the same as the 7130 you must press the alt key to get to the sym key
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if it is the same as the 7130 you must press the alt key to get to the sym key
Nope, you just press "SYM" key and that's it.

I could tell you don't have the 8100. Time to get rid of your 7130 and update it to 8100!
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Correct, just use the */SYM key. Its pretty easy once you get use to where the characters are.
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When you type an url, you can press Shift(#) then space(0) to get a backslash. Space alone will give you a dot.

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For anyone interested: just a few initial comments after playing with this device for two days:
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- Suretype: hmmmm, not sold yet. I'm really having a tough time. Not so much with every day typing, but with names and addresses and url's, etc. The qwerty devices were far easier to use. At least they had the foresight to lay the keyboard out in a qwerty fashion. I miss the symbol characters that my 8700 had that the 8100 doiesn't have: hyphen, underscore and especially backslash. Let's hope it gets better.
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