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Old 08-19-2006, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone.

I have been a Palm user for almost 9 years. I have more recently used the Kyocera 7135 and now, the Treo 650.

The 650 meets my needs, but I am getting a little freaked by its very high SAR rating, and I am thinking of making the switch to the BB.

However, I don't really know where to begin, beyond going to eBay and searching there, which isn't the best way to find the best BB.

I need:

Outlook 2003 synchronization
POP e-mail access
Lower SAR rating than the Treo 650 (which should be easy).
Preferably, the full QWERTY keyboard.
The color screen is nice, but not essential.
Sprint compatible
Need to be able to get it in good shape used.

Well, that's basically it. I am one of those smartphone users who became one because I don't like to carry two devices.

Any advice appreciated.

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Old 08-19-2006, 01:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sprint only has the 7250 if you prefer a full QWERTY keyboard.
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if you prefer a pretty speedy device with a qwerty i would go wit the 8700 with either cingular or tmobile because they're the only carriers who have the full qwerty with fast processors
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You can go with EBAY, or Craigslist.org to find your berry, but you are always taking a chance on getting one with problems. Your best bet would be to go to a sprint store or authorized agent and picking one up
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I just switched from a Treo to a blackberry 7250 and I'm starting to get used to it. I must warn you its an expensive habit.
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Originally Posted by 4ster
Hi everyone.

I have been a Palm user for almost 9 years. I have more recently used the Kyocera 7135 and now, the Treo 650.

The 650 meets my needs, but I am getting a little freaked by its very high SAR rating, and I am thinking of making the switch to the BB.

However, I don't really know where to begin, beyond going to eBay and searching there, which isn't the best way to find the best BB.

I need:

Outlook 2003 synchronization
POP e-mail access
Lower SAR rating than the Treo 650 (which should be easy).
Preferably, the full QWERTY keyboard.
The color screen is nice, but not essential.
Sprint compatible
Need to be able to get it in good shape used.

Well, that's basically it. I am one of those smartphone users who became one because I don't like to carry two devices.

Any advice appreciated.

Peace,

4ster
I switched from a Treo 650 to a BB 8700c on Cingular. Great move. Does what I need it to do - email first, phone, contacts and calendar. don't think the 8700 is available on Sprint yet however.

Email is "push" meaning RIM pushed email to the device rather than having to go get it on the Treo. The delay is only 10-20 minutes and I can live with that. If it is that important, I can be found via the phone.

You get email via BES (Blackberry Exchange Service) at the corporate level and/or BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) provided by your carrier.

I would suggest you talk to people who have them, especailly where you work and get their thoughts.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Another switcher here. I've been a Treo 650 fan for a couple of years, before that using the Treo 600. I had Blackberries before my Treo phase and loved them, but the lack of expandable storage forced me to look elsewhere. Keep in mind that this is when the internal memory was a whopping 16 MB. With all the files, pictures, etc., I keep on hand this simply wasn't cutting it. The Treo seemed like the perfect convergence device, covering phone and PDA in one package, so that's the way I went. Now with the Pearl coming out, giving me the memory card I've been railing about, plus the camera I came to love having, I'm back on the 'Berry bandwagon! I bought a 7105t to get used to SureType and to last me a month or two until I can lay my hands on the 8100. SureType is certainly an adjustment, but considering how tiny the QWERTY keys are on a Treo or Blackberry, it's a step up for me.

As a Mac user I found it to be particularly nice that the latest PocketMac version for the Blackberry is free. I'm syncing with Entourage and can report no issues, only success. The next switch I plan to make is to upgrade from my 7105t to the Pearl. Buh-by Treo.
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However, I don't really know where to begin, beyond going to eBay and searching there, which isn't the best way to find the best BB.
Select your carrier first and that will narrow the list down quite a bit. Most (but not all!) carriers offer an 8700 series device, a 7100 series device, and a 7200/7500 series device. The 7200/7500 series devices are older qwerty devices so I recommend getting an 8700 if at all possible.

Granted, there are some important differences that I've glossed over but start with the carrier. Shopping based on the full Blackberry range is really a poor way to approach the situation. If you're stuck on Sprint then you really only have two choices: the 7130e and the 7520 (I'm ignoring the iDen devices). If you want Sprint and qwerty, then it's just the 7520 as Naked Wife mentioned.

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