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Old 06-06-2006, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im thinking of upgrading my phone to a 7290, but is it worth it...does it have a faster processor..is the screen full color or monochrome....the 7290 is on ebay for about 100.00...so im considering the buy.

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The 7280 and 7290 are really different BBs. You can see a comparison of the two on BlackBerry.Com - here are some differences:

7290: Quad band GPRS; 7280: Tri band
7290: Bluetooth; 7280: no BT
7290: 32MB RAM; 7280: 16MB
7290 has two stage backlighting; 7280 does not

Both have color screens - not acive matrix.

Personally, there is no comparison. The 7290 is far superior to the 7280.

Screen is basically the same.
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One thing I dont like is when Im on my headset (wired) and im also trying to do other things on my phone...I can really notice some lagging..like it maxing out the "processor" I was wondering if the 7290 was faster in that respect. Whats the difference between tri band and quad band? Also I heard with the 7290 I can use the 4.1 OS...is it that much better than the 4.0?
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The 8700 uses a newer Intel processor (and has 64MB) and is the only BB I've used that has no lag. I don't think te 7290 is significantl faster than the 7280.

You can put 4.1 on any 32MB device. It runs fine on the 7290. There are several threads on the differences.
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Awsome...I appreciate you attention to my question. One more thing...Is it worth (in your opinion) 100.00 to go from a 7280 to a 7290...take into consideration I can get a 8700c for 299.00 off ebay. I will end up trying to sell my 7280 for around 50.00 (do you think that is a fair price?)


Also, since you seem to be pretty knowledgable, How come when I sync my 7280 to my PC it say I have like 2.5M free (on a fresh install no addresses). Isnt this a 16mb device? Am I reading this wrong? And I see specs like 16mb memory and 4mb rom, Or something to that nature. I was under the impression that rom would be like where the OS gets saved to being that it read only memory, and you cant have read write access. I dont know im rambling. I again appreciate your dilligence in my ignorance
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