Opinions Please ....
here's the deal : leaving Cingular since they cannot get my bill straight and after countless calls nothing changes . all reps seem to give me different answers to the same question ... uh , huh ? lol . anyway , i like T-mobile but i also have an issue with the 8700 size and key placement ... while i love the phone and web speed of the 8700 i have fat fingers and chubby palms , lol , so using the smaller BB is kinda hard for me ... now i would like opinions from all and any 7290 users since i LOVE the feeling of this phone ... plz let me know the main differerences and what i might miss with the 7290 t-mobile versus my 8700c ... i thought about getting the 8700G for t-mobile but its the exact same size as the Cingular 8700c .... like i said , love the look and feel of the 7290 but don't know anything about the speed , reliability , or overall performance of the web and instant messengers features of this particular BB . thankx to all in advance .
If money isn't the issue, I don't think anyone on the forum would trade an 8700 for a 7290. The 8700 screen is far superior, and the processor is several times faster. There's just no comparison. If you don't like the form factor, look at the 7130 - but be forewarned, the 7100 and 7105 have both had audio problems - personal experience and many postings here. That said, the 7130 is an 8700 in 7100 form factor, so you get the screen and speed in a more compact size. There are a lot of discussions here regarding SureType which allows you to use the double entry keys on the 71xx series fairly easily - I liked the 7100 I had to dump for audio reasons a LOT!
speed. the processor running the java o/s on the 7290 is a lot slower than the 8700. I believe we're taking about 50Mhz vs 312Mhz. so the 7290 is noticably less snappy after using a 8700. Oh, and the screen. After using the gorgeous 8700 the 7290, is well, ick. The keyboards are different. some say the 7290 is better. Well the keys feel a little bigger and farther apart on the 7290. But after using both, I think I like the 8700 better by a little bit. But I have thinner fingers. I can comfortably type on either. I use the 7290 everyday.
I don't like webbrowsing on the 7290. You're limited to GPRS speeds (similar to 56k dialup) compared with the EDGE speeds (Similar to ISDN, or slower broadband). Pages seem to take between 3-7 sec to load. I don't like it.
The 7290 is dead reliable. The keyboard is nice. It's just a slower unit all around (but still peppy enough to be very usable).
I have the exact opposite experience in NYC with Cingular and T-Mobile. Having had T-Mobile for four years, I rarely had a dropped call or network busy signal. With Cingular it happens virtually daily. Same problem here with Cingular billing too.
If I had a choice I'd go with a Motorola Q from Verizon, if I had to have a Blackberry I'd still go with Verizon. Verizon will allow you to tether at EVDO speed for $15/mo extra. Cingular is $30 for EDGE (about 5-10x slower). Not sure about T-Mobile, but the fastest they offer is EDGE. You need to check in your area about the service providers coverage and quality, try www.howardforums.com and use the trial periods.
As for the 7290, I'd pass. I had it for a year and didn't like it. You lose the speaker phone but it is built better and has a better battery. On the downside, I found the earpiece to be too low to be useful on a street. Car and home/office were passable, barely. The screen and EDGE also are big pluses for the 8700.
thankx everyone for the kinds words of wisdom ... i'll continue my search and hopefully switch to someone soon .... (y)
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