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Old 10-29-2006, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just purchased my first BB back in Sept. Well today I drop it and before I knew it a car had drove over it. Needless to say I'm back in the market. I had the 7280 and it fit my needs very well. I liked the keyboard versus the SureType . My daughter has a 7100. I have never been the one for the latest and greatest, but I don't want something that I will need to upgrade right away.
Right now I am using jmIRC and email mainly. I receive 35 to 60 emails a day and of the I have to get. I noticed after I had purchased the 7280 that the 7290 had 32Mb vs the 7280s 16 Mb. I have never used all the memory. Is this extra memory that relevant? I use "message rules' in OutLook to forward my emails to my BlackBerry and delete all the emails at the end of the day.
Can anyone point out where the 7290 may be a better choice or is there just not that much difference?
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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May I ask why you are going after older devices? I'd say the 7290 is a obvious better choice - and can be picked up pretty cheap on eBay (unlocked - usage on all networks).

How much are you willing to spend, and by buying the unit outright or by a plan?

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And who is your carrier? That should determine which BB to get. Personally, I'd go with the 87xx series.

BTW, an unlocked phone can't be used on all networks. An unlocked GSM phone can be used on GSM networks (Cingular and T-Mobile inthe US). However the US CDMA carriers are a bit more picky. From what I have heard, Sprint will only allow Sprint branded phones on their network. Verizon also tries to go that way as well, but not the extent that Sprint pushes the ploicy.
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Oh sorry about that - I forgot about that. In Australia we primarily use GSM networks, CDMA is existing but is basically very limited use.

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As a past 7290 user, I can recommend it. If you don't want to upgrade to an 8700, then the 7290, with more RAM, will agree with you.
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If your going that route the 7290 hands down. At this stage of the game the 7280 is limited.
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Originally Posted by acklan
I just purchased my first BB back in Sept. Well today I drop it and before I knew it a car had drove over it. Needless to say I'm back in the market. I had the 7280 and it fit my needs very well. I liked the keyboard versus the SureType . My daughter has a 7100. I have never been the one for the latest and greatest, but I don't want something that I will need to upgrade right away.
Right now I am using jmIRC and email mainly. I receive 35 to 60 emails a day and of the I have to get. I noticed after I had purchased the 7280 that the 7290 had 32Mb vs the 7280s 16 Mb. I have never used all the memory. Is this extra memory that relevant? I use "message rules' in OutLook to forward my emails to my BlackBerry and delete all the emails at the end of the day.
Can anyone point out where the 7290 may be a better choice or is there just not that much difference?
All comments are welcome.
A 7280 and 7290 are nearly identical -- but the 7290 will eventually give you BBMAPS (hopefully) and of course, the ability to mate it to a bluetooth GPS puck..

having said that, your much better off with a newer device.. get a 8700 or even better, an unlocked pearl..
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May I ask why you are going after older devices? I'd say the 7290 is a obvious better choice - and can be picked up pretty cheap on eBay (unlocked - usage on all networks).

How much are you willing to spend, and by buying the unit outright or by a plan?

Cheers
I would like to stay in the $150 range, and I am on Cingular. I have the BIS tagged on to a added friends and family plan. I bought the 7280 out right, and I am not under contract. My service is month to month.
I cannot justify the expense of the higher end phones right now.

Thank you one and all for your feedback. This has helped very much. I believe I will go with the 7290. It appears to fit my needs after reading the responses here. If anyone has more comments please feel free to keep them coming.
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Right now I am using jmIRC and email mainly. I receive 35 to 60 emails a day and of the I have to get.
I purchased an 8700c from Cingular and I'm not happy with the cramped keyboard. I too handle a lot of email and the keys on the 8700 are small and oddly shaped. It's as though they were more concerned with style than functionality.

I simply did not look closely enough at the keys on the 8700 or I would not have purchased it.

The 7290 is far superior when it comes to the keyboard and the useful shape of the keys and key spacing.
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only diffrence between the 2 is that the 90 has bluetooth
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only diffrence between the 2 is that the 90 has bluetooth
I believe it also has 32Mb of memory versus 16Mb? I don't plan on needing the BlueTooth, but I thought the extra 16 Mbs of memory may be beneficial. Since I have only had a BB for a little over a month I still has not reached the limitations.
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The 7290 is superior in many ways to the 7280, but if possible you should be able to obtain the 8700 without much issue, and it is certainly superior to the 7290.

The Cingular 8700 doesnt use the Suretype crap either.
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The 8700 appears to be sweet. I just cannot go the extra $150 to $200, compared to the 7290 right now. Thank you for the advise.
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