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curtchambers 11-21-2005 01:34 PM

8700c or 7130e
I am sure this will be debated endlessly but I was hoping a knowledgable forum member could help me at least frame this comparison.

I have to get a BB for work and have never owned one before. I was pretty much all set to go 8700c and now I see Verizon has rolled out the 7130e on their EV-DO network. Now I am confused.

Do the 8700c and the 7130e run the same release of the OS?

Will the 8700c be able to act as a modem for my laptop on the Cingular network as the 7130e does with Verizon?

Are the screen resolution and quality essentially the same on the two units?

Thanks for any comments on how best to compare the two - I would really appreciate it.


fcorey 11-23-2005 03:13 PM

Like curt I am also wondering which unit to go with. I travel primarily in New England and northern California. Verizon's coverage seems to be better in most places where I will be and for that reason I have a Verizon cell now. I want to consolidate all devices to a blackberry and I thought the 8700c would be perfect. Then alsong comes the 7130e with most of the features I need. Anyone else have any 8700c vs. 7130e feedback?

SUFan 11-23-2005 03:52 PM

I would say the biggest advantage of the 7130e is the speed of EVDO vs Edge and that it can be tethered to your laptop as a wireless modem. We just ordered one of each so I will have to do a comparison. BTW, I am currently using a 7100g but liked the convergence of features in the 8700. What I am really hoping for most is better voice quality and volume and better bluetooth quality.

fcorey 11-23-2005 04:06 PM


thanks for the info. Are you happy with the voice quality on your 7100? I was hoping to get either one in the next week or soo. Will be going out to corporate HQ in San Jose next week and was going to try to arrange getting one then.

any other advantages of 8700 over 7130? My main concern is sync to outlook for email and calendar, receive SMS (to replace my pager) and phone.


seedee12 11-23-2005 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by SUFan
...and better bluetooth quality.

Don't follow. 7100g has better reception range than most bluetooth phones. The audio quality connection to a bluetooth headset is equivalent to all. My only complaint is the lack of bluetooth features, such as modem and voice dialing. I really miss pushing the connect button on my headset and saying "A$$HOLE" only to hear my tax accountant says "Hello." :-)

fcorey 11-23-2005 04:36 PM

sounds like we have methods for contact filing
seedee, if you have a 7100 are you happy with the phone part of the device? and speakerphone?


SUFan 11-23-2005 10:59 PM

Maybe I am just hard of hearing but I dont't think the voice volume or quality with the 7100g via the phone or BT headset is very good. People often complain to me and I often have a hard time hearing people in a noisy environment.

bperkins 11-24-2005 08:01 AM

Curt, if you have never used a BlackBerry I think you would be fine with the 7130e. Since I have always used the 72xx series I had hard time trying to adjust to the 71xx. I am sure that I could learn but I really prefer the 8700 over the 7130. I used the 7130 for short time and it is a gorgeous device (size, screen, build quality, etc.).

Stinsonddog 11-24-2005 08:28 AM

My 2 cents
7100g phone is mediocre at best. I think the 8700 will be much better. You should confirm the 7130e is improved over the 7100. Also, the e can be tethered right now but you have to buy the data plan. 8700 can't be but my Cingular rep says it's in the works. Then there is the keyboard issue. I like many others want a full keyboard back. Sufan has it right. The convergence of the 7100 with the older models looks like a winner. I used an 8700 at a launch party and am waiting to get mine.

OhioX9 11-24-2005 10:16 AM

I personally would choose based on the carrier who gives you the coverage you require. Bottom line is you need to stay connected. If they both offer dependable coverage in the areas you travel then the choice becomes more difficult.

I can't comment on the 8700 since I've not used one but it appears to be a well thought out device. I did receive a 7130e this week and am VERY pleased. This is my first BB and I have been told I am very clear and easy to understand when I make calls and what I hear on my end is just as good. It's much better than the Samsung i730 I tried. On the email side I'm also very impressed and am getting used to SureType very quickly.

Good luck with your decision.

sfo 11-24-2005 10:18 AM

If you're not used to BlackBerry, I think the 7100 keyboard would be a major distraction.
Add to that the other strong features of the 8700 and given a choice, I'd go with the latter.

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