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Old 06-12-2006, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All - I can't make up my mind so would appreciate some advice ...

I have a 8700c from cingular and it's still within the 30-day trial period. Went to the cingular store today and spotted the 7130c. I am tempted to give my 8700c back in exchange for the 7130c... but I can't make up my mind because this is my first BB and I have nothing to benchmark against.

I know so far that 8700c and 7130c have almost identical functionalities, with the following discrepencies:

8700c - no tethered modem capability
7130c - sureType keyboard

...and of course... they look different.

I plan to use the BB for phone calls, personal emails, as well as corporate emails. (one machine facilitating my w.h.o.l.e. life )

So, has anyone used both machines? What are the pros and cons of each machine so far? Which one would you pick?

Please help! It's keeping me up at night!

Thank you.
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The biggest factor for me is the keyboard design, and the only way you're going to know if you like the suretype method is try it out. I work for Nextel and I've heard people say they love it, and others hate it. Personally, I prefer a good ol' QWERTY.
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QWERTY is essential in my opinion if you are going to be sending a lot of emails or do a lot of typing in general. Most people state that the suretype is good and the sames amount of people say that suretype screws up a lot. I am sorry, but I just don't trust a device to anticipate what I am trying to say in an email. The 7130 also is MMS capable and the 8700 is not. I would go with the 8700 and a BT headset if I were you. That would be the perfect combination. Trust the Gecko..
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is 7130c a "better" phone by any chance? With more functionalities for making phone calls?
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I agree with coreyg and TheShark. The QWERTY keyboard would be the deal maker/breaker for me. Can't see sending email with out it.
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Hi All - I can't make up my mind so would appreciate some advice ...

I have a 8700c from cingular and it's still within the 30-day trial period. Went to the cingular store today and spotted the 7130c. I am tempted to give my 8700c back in exchange for the 7130c... but I can't make up my mind because this is my first BB and I have nothing to benchmark against.

I know so far that 8700c and 7130c have almost identical functionalities, with the following discrepencies:

8700c - no tethered modem capability
7130c - sureType keyboard

...and of course... they look different.

I plan to use the BB for phone calls, personal emails, as well as corporate emails. (one machine facilitating my w.h.o.l.e. life )

So, has anyone used both machines? What are the pros and cons of each machine so far? Which one would you pick?

Please help! It's keeping me up at night!

Thank you.
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One think to rest your weary head about is the tethering. You can do it with an 8700. Go to:
https://onlinecare.cingular.com/device-support/setupOTW.do?universe=cingular&make=RIMBlackBerry&m odel=8700c for the How To.

Now the bad news. Search around here, and you'll find some pretty nasty stories about 7100 and 7105 audio problems. I personally just gave up on a 7100 because the mike was breaking up so badly, and it was difficult to hear - and for others to hear me from day one. I'd prefer to give it a few months in the field before taking the leap.

As for the form factor, check out the postings under Company switching from Nextel to Verizon 7250 7130e Or Motorola Q - I'm sure that will make everything as clear as mud!

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Wirelessly posted (Thumpers 8700c: BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

You also might want to search the forum for messages from lgreenburg. He just moved from the 8700c to the 7130c and has been providing some experiences.

Interesting to read the post about the call quality of the 71xx. That's my biggest complaint with the 8700c. I can't tell yet if it is the device or Cingular, but I moved over from a SPCS 7250 and experienced a SIGNIFICANT drop in call quality. Good luck and keep us updated. Since you're still in your 30 day window, you have nothing to lose by exchanging the devices and trying them both out - yes? See, I found at least one thing positive about Cingular.
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