Originally Posted by BartG
I am looking to purchase a new Blackberry. The 8100 (Pearl) is at the top of the list. I currently have a 7100t. I like the the fact that it has expandable memory for music and pictures. I have seen some complaints about sound quality of the phone on both ends. Anyone had this problem? Basically I want to know if I will be disapointed coming from the 7100t that I love to the 8100?
I went from the 7100t to the 8100. Best move I ever made.
Quality is not an issue. Don't abuse the phone and it will hold up well. There are some in here whom have reported mechanical problems, but remember those are covered under warranty and they represent only a few out of the 10 million or more Pearls that have been sold.
I have no problem with sound quality. In fact the speaker phone has worked well in conference rooms when I have had to put it on speaker phone for everyone to hear. And the stereo port works very well with headphones [using the Seidio 2.5 to 3.5 mm adapter].
I guarantee that once you use the Pearl, if you have to fire up the 7100t you will think what a dog it is [the 7100t, not the Pearl]. You will especially wonder how you ever got along without the Pearl's trackball.
Bonus Comment: When I got the 7100t I thought IT was the coolest phone ever. I guess it was at the time, but the Pearl makes it look and feel like hammered dog poop.
Query: You are getting the Pearl for free, aren't you? If so, what's the risk? Try it out. If you don't like it, send it back. But I know you will love it.