Originally Posted by ehonda
This is my first post so hopefully there is support.
I am in the process of purchasing BB devices for my users and am considering the below models.
1. 7130g (due to the fact that it comes in mobile phone size) - will it be too small to read mails?
2. 8700g (due to the fact that it is the latest model and the backlight lights up automatically without pressing any key)
3. Nokia E61 (due to the fact that it is 3G and my users visit Japan/Korea for work) - seems like the phone is not as robust as BB devices as in getting scratches if you dropped it but I like the memory card option and personal file storage option
4. 8707 (the new 3G model which is launching in 2 months' time in Singapore) - no idea how it looks like
First things first - scratch the Nokia! It uses BB Connect. Users that have NEVER had anything except maybe simple text messaging might not mind it, but if you've used any BB - or even Good, you will probably be disappointed.
Although there are reports here that the 7130 a slower device than the 8700, they're very close, although the 8700 may edge out the 7130 due to its use of SDRAM instead of SRAM.
The 7130 screen is very readable. I had no problem with the 7100 which didn't have as good a screen as the 7130, but given that it is a smaller display, if vision problems come into play, you may want to go with the 8700.
I loved the 7100 form factor (same as 7130) which is more phone like than the 8700, and liked SureType as well. That said, I love my 8700 now.
Verizon will be coming out with an 87xx that uses EVDO soon. I thought by now, but not yet! Should be before the end of the summer though.