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Old 12-03-2007, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm using Sprint, and I've never gotten a blackberry before (or any pda for that matter). I'm in college and need a phone that does email and web on the go. I wasn't sure whether to get the 8830 or the 8130. I don't need the international capabilities of the 8830, but the gps would be nice because i travel. I also wasn't sure whether the added screen size was really that big of a deal or not. I like that the pearl is smaller, wasn't sure if people notice the 8830 being much more of a hassle. I'm indifferent to the keypads, because I'm used to texting with a normal phone, so I figure either one will be fine. On ebay the prices were roughly the same, so price difference isn't a factor.

What do you guys recommend? I'll be keeping the phone throughout college (I'm a sophomore right now), so I want to make the right decision. I'm sick of buying flip phones that i have to replace every 12-18 months while never really being satisfied with them.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The added screen size of the 8830 is a plus, as well as the full QWERTY keyboard. You need to handle both devices at the carrier and decide which you like best. Both are great devices, you will like either.
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Part of my problem is I've been to one of the 2 sprint stores in town, and the one said they weren't getting the pearl for a couple of weeks. So i haven't gotten to use it yet. (I didn't know it was on sprint already until i went home and looked online. the guys working made it sound like it wasn't released yet.)

I also was wondering. Is the $30 data plan unlimited? Online, the sprint store still said it was $50, and didn't have the updated pricing; or atleast thats what i saw.
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If it is unlimited, it will say such. You should get the unlimited plan.

For a side-by-side comparison of the two devices, go by an ATT store and compare their 8800 and the 8100. Same size, same keyboard, same physical characteristics, for a "feel" comparison.
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Thanks for your help, I'm gonna go to an At&t store right now.
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I found out another sprint store in town had both phones. I came out still having no idea. At times I felt like the full qwerty pad was better than the pearl's suretype, which seemed clumsy at times, but the qwerty pad also felt like it took me a while. I could type probably 2-3x faster with a standard phone's t9 programming than with either phone.

My other question was the difference between the sprint navigation and the gps navigation. The sprint navigation has directions that are supposed to be real time that works on both phones, but sprint also has a seperate gps nav. I was wondering if the latter is better and more accurate?

The 8830 seemed a little clunkier to use as a phone up to the ear than the pearl, but I'm sure i could get used to it.

I'm bad at decisions, especially at $300 ones.
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I have both. The 8830 for work and the 8130 for personal (just got the 8130 last week). To answer some of the questions you have:

- The $30 BIS plan comes with unlimited data, unlimited text messaging, Sprint Navigation (TeleNav) and Sprint TV. This is an EXCELLENT deal since in order for my other device to use the corporate Blackberry server, I have to have a $35 BES plan that ONLY includes unlimted data (plan is discounted for our company).

- Sprint Navigation (aka TeleNav) is the application that has audio and visual directions that are GPS based. Not sure what you mean by 'gps navigation'.... Both devices are GPS enabled, meaning you don't need a GPS puck to use any GPS applications. GPS enabled means you can use an application like Google Maps with the GPS (you'll see a blue flashing dot at your present location).

- I don't find the 8830 to be clunkier.... I like both. The 8830 does have the wider screen, which makes viewing the web a little easier, but I use a smaller font on the 8130 to make up for it.

- The 8830 can only hold a 4G microSD card, while the 8130 can have up to 8G (for media - pics, videos, ringtones, music, etc).

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I just got the pearl, VZW same though, about two weeks ago and after a few days of typing on it I don't even have to look at the keyboard anymore because it learns your words. When your done just hit spell check and your good to go. To me it's on of the best BB I have ever owned.

I also had the 8830 and definitly like the Pearl better, just for the size.
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One other thing...I have used previous models of BB's that have the smaller keyboard that the 8130 has (7100i and 7130e)... I could type quite fast with those using the SureType method (NOT multi-tap - what a pain)

The 8130 has 'predictive' text that I have enabled. I did find that a little annoying, but you may not if you've never used another device.
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I'm leaning towards the pearl, but still am undecided.

I hate being indecisive.

Is it possible to put a new chip in the pearl to use it overseas? Or is it completely non-gsm functional.

I also was wondering, I looked at the telenav on a pearl in the store, and it seemed to take FOREVER to load new parts of the map. Is this how it always works?

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Part of my problem is I've been to one of the 2 sprint stores in town, and the one said they weren't getting the pearl for a couple of weeks. So i haven't gotten to use it yet. (I didn't know it was on sprint already until i went home and looked online. the guys working made it sound like it wasn't released yet.)

I also was wondering. Is the $30 data plan unlimited? Online, the sprint store still said it was $50, and didn't have the updated pricing; or atleast thats what i saw.
I stopped by today and they think they will have the pearl by the weekend. 30 is unlimited I am just nervous if you wait till after the first of the year will they change the price higher?
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It's all about how comfortable you are with the different sizes and keyboard types. SureType on the Pearl is greatly improved from the earlier version on the 7105t I still sometimes use. My preference is for the full QWERTY keyboard on the 8300 and 8800 series. I send a ton of emails and texts each day so QWERTY makes a big difference for me. My buddy on the other hand is using my old Pearl and loves it for the size. He's mostly a phone guy and uses the address book feature more than email and texts. He'll fire off a few short text messages each day but nothing like what I do. For his limited needs the small size of the Pearl is preferable to a larger device with QWERTY. He just doesn't need it. Here's one more thing to consider with the Pearl. The Sprint/Verizon model will have the ability to capture video as well as still pics. That's a first for Blackberry. You have to be honest with yourself as to what you'll do most with it.
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I have had a 8830 from verizon and now a 8100 from tmobile. I preferred the compact size of the pearl over the 8830. I don't like to clip phone on me so it fits in a nice small compartment in my handbag. Besides that I found the camera very handy. I didn't think I was going to have much use for it until I actually had it and I use it alot more than anticipated.
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It's all about how comfortable you are with the different sizes and keyboard types. SureType on the Pearl is greatly improved from the earlier version on the 7105t I still sometimes use. My preference is for the full QWERTY keyboard on the 8300 and 8800 series. I send a ton of emails and texts each day so QWERTY makes a big difference for me. My buddy on the other hand is using my old Pearl and loves it for the size. He's mostly a phone guy and uses the address book feature more than email and texts. He'll fire off a few short text messages each day but nothing like what I do. For his limited needs the small size of the Pearl is preferable to a larger device with QWERTY. He just doesn't need it. Here's one more thing to consider with the Pearl. The Sprint/Verizon model will have the ability to capture video as well as still pics. That's a first for Blackberry. You have to be honest with yourself as to what you'll do most with it.

when i had the 7100 I used suretype for awhile and it was fine. I switched to the Treo and found using the full keyboard was great with threaded sms. I used it alot and had to add a sms text messaging plan. Now after seeing both working models I am debating if I should go with the pearl and camera or full keyboard of the 8830 or wait for a curve with both in January. My gut says Rim is going to announce a curve at the CES show the first of January. I would kick myself if that happens.
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Wow, I still can't decide what to get. I've saved up the money to get one, I just really don't know...
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If you have gotten a feel for both devices, You could purchase one of the 2 you are looking at. Try it for a few days. I believe there is a 30 return on the devices for sprint. JSanders is right from his first response. Both are GREAT devices. Personally I prefer a full QWERTY keypad. therefore I like the 8830. If you like a camera, then you will have to go with the 8130.
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Well, I was planning on getting one on ebay. I can get either one new for about $300. I only have a $75 rebate through sprint at the moment.
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i had a 8830 with full keyboard and liked it. i now have the 8130 with suretype and LOVE it. it is easy and faster. i was worried at first but gave it 2 days and now it is sweet.
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