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Old 05-03-2005, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 5820 and only use it for sms, contacts and notes. Since buying it last year I have bought an Xphone which does a lot more and provides me with a more useable phone. I do like the Blackberry design and am considering getting the 7230. Could I get some feedback on how this model performs the phone functions like:

1. is it easy to call forward?,
2. when forwarded is there any indication on the screen even after powering off and back on?,
3. how is the mic. and speaker quality?
4. how is the battery when used primarily for voice?
5. is there a handsfree function?
And finally, would I be better advised to get the 7290 which has Bluetooth support?
Thanks for any feedback at all.
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't speak to the 7230 specifically but I do know that I would grow tired of using my 7520 as a phone if it wasn't for my Bluetooth headset. I highly recommend getting BT.
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If you are looking for a phone with Blackberry than go with the 7100(t,x,g...) depending on your carrier. If you want a Blackberry with a phone than yes the 7230 may be a good choice. I am pining for the 7290 which from most reviews is for me. My buddy has the 7100t and loves it. I really like the 7730. Determine what you primary use will be and go with that.

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And finally, would I be better advised to get the 7290 which has Bluetooth support?
Definitely, definitely, definitely. It makes the phone feature more pleasant, with Bluetooth headset use. Handsfree much easier too. The screen quality of the 7290 is much better.
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The 7100 series is not an option for me. Its build quality is poor, its keyboard layout not practical and form factor a loss leader.
I hear your praises for the 7290 and will look out for a cheap one on eBay. Thanks all.
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Our company has 10 7230's in production.

Our GM dislikes using it as a phone. He'll remove the SIM card and put it back into his Nokia for phone use, and revert to the BB to grab his e-mails when abroad. When he's local, he doesn't use his BlackBerry.

Other users seem to cope fine, but our major problem is the lack of car kits for the 7230. I recently had a resurgence and started using mine again, and i quite like it. I prefer having the headset in, although it's not a paricularly good one - holding a 7230 to your ear is like holding a laptop to your head ;)
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I wonder if the 7290 works well with BT always on (I assume that you can switch it off when not required). If it does then it is definately worth considering.
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I have a 7100g. The build quality is fine. The form factor is perfect, and I can type on the keyboard as fast as on my 7280 and 7780.
You really should try out the different models, to see which is right for you. But, I wouldn't buy a Blackberry now without Bluetooth. I leave mine on all day, and have no problems.
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I wonder if the 7290 works well with BT always on (I assume that you can switch it off when not required). If it does then it is definately worth considering.
Blue tooth works just fine always on. Doesnt seem to drain my battery all that much. However, if you are using your bb alot, you might as well grab an extended batter to give you more juice. 7290 is a great device.
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Im a proud 7230 user. I think its no different than using any other cell phone. I would however go for the 7290 because of the bluetooth, and the capacity is twice that of the 7230.
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