Welcome to BBForums - I'll take a shot. I'm sure others will chime in... 1. Is there a way to quickly adjust the ringer volume on the handset ala normal phones? I do realize by placing the BB in the hoster it auto sets the handset to vibrate but some time when I just want to quickly turn the volume up or down or even set to vibrate its nice to be able to do so from just a shortcut.
To turn the volume up or down, use the trackwheel. Can't be easier than that
To set the BB to vibrate mode, from the home screen I believe you press and hold the * key (bottom row). Not 100% sure (doing that from memory - I have a 7290). 2. I am trying to figure out what I can do to adjust the screen when in any form of natural daylight as it seems the 7100G completely washes out even in the smallest amount of sun.
You can go into Settings - Screen/Keyboard and fool around with the contrast or brightness. But you've hit on one of my major faults with the 7100. Screen is great inside, but washes out in the sun. 3. Can I get some normal mono ring tones for the BB? The oldschool phone ring is cute and all but I am a more traditional user, I like having the plane jane digital cell phone ring, not some funky hip-hop or techno jingle.
There are loads of sites with 7100 ringtones - check the sticky threads - and I'm sure there are some traditional ones. I kind of liked the oldschool phone ring myself. 4. I am noticing some hardships with volume levels of both the earpiece aswell as the ringer, I was in the mall today and tried my hardest on full volume to hear a voicemail and it was damn near impossible, its like the plastic shell of the 7100 causes some form of muffled echo when there is background noise (no cancelation maybe?), in place of business it works wonderfully and clean, but as soon as your in the car or in public its hard to hear things.
I have no words of wisdom on this one; I keep my BB in a holster and sometimes miss calls because of the low volume. Maybe one day RIM will address that. last question which is more of a general one but, is the 7100G supposed to be a full featured BB or is it more of an entry level BB? I see most people go with the full qwerty and all, are there any real diferenced between the 7100 series and the other model? I belive it is the 7290?
E-Mail and PIM functionality are identical on the 7100 and the 7290. The keyboard and screen are the major differences. I classify the 7100 as a consumer BlackBerry, but not entry level.
Just my 2 cents!