To my mind the biggest reason to pick one form factor over the other is primary use. Do you plan to use your blackberry primarily as a phone and to access e-mail and to send e-mail occasionally? Then pick the 7100/7130 form factor. If you plan on doing heavy messaging e-mail/sms/IM then stick with the QWERTY. With bluetooth, I'd say you're generally better off using the QWERTY style blackberry.
Also just personal user experience the 8700 seems faster than any of the 7130's currently availble in the US
Originally Posted by quattro4life
Ok this is the question.. im sold on the black berry however Im not sure wich form factor to use. my options are the 7130e or the 8700 series. what are your preferences? Do you notice a difference when using email or web browsing ( do to the orientation of the screen / vert vs. horiz layout) ?