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Old 08-29-2006, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had my 7130e replaced by Sprint yesterday for a warranty issue. The replacement (new) seems to be of a better build quality. The handset does not "creak", the keypad and trackwheel are very tight (not wobbly like my previous one), and the plastic seems to be more of a matte finish rather than shiny black.

Hardware number seems to be the same, but I wonder if RIM is building a better 7130 now?
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just recently got a new 7130e (alltel). The only other model alltel carries is the 7250. I went with the 7130e, even though I was worried because a friend's feels "flimsy" like you are describing. I was surprisingly pleased by how much sturdier my new 7130e feels.
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That's good news. The cheap feeling of the 7130 is probably the main reason I returned mine. Now if they'd put a slightly bigger battery to give it some stamina and the added weight would also make it feel less like a hollow toy phone. Getting rid of the creaks alone is a big step in the right direction.
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I got into the menu and noticed it is "Hardware Version 2." Now if only I knew whether my old one was Ver. 1 or not!

I'd say the more solid construction seems to make the phone feel heavier, or at the very least, less "hollow" as you described.

As for the battery, I always have enough to make it 1-2 days so I am fine with the battery life. I have to charge this phone as often as I have had to charge any other, yet it does so much more.
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Where can I find the "Hardware Version" information for my device?
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#HELP* to find hardware version....
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Good to know. Thanks.
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That's good news. The cheap feeling of the 7130 is probably the main reason I returned mine. Now if they'd put a slightly bigger battery to give it some stamina and the added weight would also make it feel less like a hollow toy phone. Getting rid of the creaks alone is a big step in the right direction.
I bought the extended battery and battery cover, and it does just as you suggested...it feels a little heavier, and hence more 'skookum', and of course the extra battery life is nice.
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I have had mine from Alltel for a couple of months, and I was surprised at the reports of flimsy build. Mine felt solid, and has taken a couple of pretty good shots with no damage.
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I just got my 3rd replacement from VZW (I'm pretty tough on the BB) and I can say that this 3rd one does feel sturdier (no creaking noises) , and the trackwheel is much tighter.
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All I know is that I dropped mine in the dog bowl and still works like a champ. Couldn't be happier with the e.
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