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Old 07-09-2006, 05:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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

Any comments?
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to get the device that you like the best from the carrier that give you the best coverage in the area you plan on using your phone in. Mo coverage and it does not matter. Don't let the backlight thing make your chaoice as there are free programs that do the same. You got to decide if you want a full keyboard or put up with the suretype thing.
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If there's any way you can give your users a choice between the 8700 and the 7130, do it. As you can see from looking at this board, some people like the full keyboard of the 8700 and hate suretype, others like the form factor of the 7130, and can deal with (or, in my case, even like) suretype. If you have two users or more, my bet is you'll have people in each category.

The 8707, as least for now, only has the non-US 3g frequency. I would like a BB that works in Japan + rest-of-world myself, but I may have to wait for the 7150 to get it.

Is the Nokia a 5--6 (quad GSM + US/international EDGE/3G data)?
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You need to get the device that you like the best from the carrier that give you the best coverage in the area you plan on using your phone in. Mo coverage and it does not matter. Don't let the backlight thing make your chaoice as there are free programs that do the same. You got to decide if you want a full keyboard or put up with the suretype thing.
oh, there is free program for doing that? where can I get it? bb newbie here
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If there's any way you can give your users a choice between the 8700 and the 7130, do it. As you can see from looking at this board, some people like the full keyboard of the 8700 and hate suretype, others like the form factor of the 7130, and can deal with (or, in my case, even like) suretype. If you have two users or more, my bet is you'll have people in each category.

The 8707, as least for now, only has the non-US 3g frequency. I would like a BB that works in Japan + rest-of-world myself, but I may have to wait for the 7150 to get it.

Is the Nokia a 5--6 (quad GSM + US/international EDGE/3G data)?
ya, will definitely end up with a mixture of devices... but just wanna give recommendations to them with the differences...

you mean 8707 cannot be used in US? but US is using GSM right? only Japan/Korea needs to use 3G so can 8707 make it? 7150 is coming?
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The 8707 should work as a GSM/GPRS phone in the US. It's the 3G data that only works outside the US.
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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

Any comments?
I love my 7130e, including the SureType keyboard. If I were travelling alot outside of NA for work, then I would think that I would want to have a device that would work world-wide, and may even be willing to give up push technology for that. Is there no way you can give your users some options? My employer has 2 BB options, a Treo, 2 Pocket-PC based phones as well as a full line of flip and candy-bar style camera phones.
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I love my 7130e, including the SureType keyboard. If I were travelling alot outside of NA for work, then I would think that I would want to have a device that would work world-wide, and may even be willing to give up push technology for that. Is there no way you can give your users some options? My employer has 2 BB options, a Treo, 2 Pocket-PC based phones as well as a full line of flip and candy-bar style camera phones.
Yes, I will be giving them choices between 8700, 7130, E61 and 8707 (which is not launched here yet)
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...7130g ...will it be too small to read mails?
I read emails just fine on my 7130c...
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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

Any comments?
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.
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given my users 2 choices between 7130 and 8707, most of them chose 7130 except for the biz dev guys who need to travel more...

i can't make up my mind on which one to go for, though I like 8707 more... nokia is good for me to store documents... hmmm...
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