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Old 10-01-2004, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My local T-mobile store called me yesterday to let me know that my 7100t was in, I picked it up today and for your enjoyment I have made a batch of photos with my initial findings, I'll post more in the coming days and will certainly respond to questions.

This is the box, in typical T-mobile house style:





And this is what is in the box:



The contents of the box:

RIM 7100t device
Battery (Same as in the most recent Nokia phones
Battery cover
2 USB cables
Nylon holster
Battery charger (same as for the 72XX series)
Headset (same as for the 72XX series)
Manual
CD and Safety/license brochure

This is the back of the device:





The sides of it:





The keyboard of the device:



PART II in the next post...
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A few photos comparing the 7230 with the new 7100t:







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The Battery, same as in many new Nokia phones, like the 6230 and 6820:



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Very nice! I like the 7230 vs. 7100 pics. :D
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A batch of photos of the menus:



Backlight off, main menu



Backlight on, main menu



IM Client



Calendar application



The "applications" menu, no longer are these apps on the main page


Like the Applications menu, these options are found under the new "tools" icon off the main menu



Settings menu page 1


Limited Bluetooth options menu


Settings menu page 2
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The "new" photoalbum app, like in the beta of OS4.0


It's hard to show just how amazing this screen is, the photos are simply stunning!



An enhanced brickbreaker, pretty cool!



The "themes" menu found under "settings", 2 preinstalled themes



The "default" theme, even though the T-mobile theme is the one you see when you initially turn it on. I like this one better!



Very clear, better than the icons


Any image from the photo album can be set as a background picture!!!


Messages application in the "default' theme



The "profiles" menu


Lots of pre-installed tunes. They sound AMAZING


The SMS messages menu, the "channels" option is new, something found on most GSM phones.


New functions in the security menu



And more new security features



The "standard" service books on a BWC 7100c
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Ok, so now my feelings about the device.

First of all, it feels strange to be holding a Blackberry that feels like a phone, I am so used to the 7230 that this was quite surprising.

The look and feel of the UI is pretty much the same in it's basic elements as most other RIM devices, anyone that has owned one in the past will be able to navigate the 7100 fairly quickly. The main differences are in the cosmetic arena, it's more colorful, it's got nicer icons etc.

It DOES feel slower, every now and then you wodner whether you pushed the right button as it doesn't react (nor will it show an hourglass). An example is when it's changing theme, that takes around 5-10 seconds, and while you wait you don't see any feedback.

The screen is amazing, quite simply the best I have ever seen on a phone. It's large, bright and produces very crisp images, until you are outside. Out in the sun the display really loses it's touch, it's hard to read and is a real dissapointment.

Sound quality on the phone is not as loud as it could be, I am used to really loud conversations on my 7230 but the outside noise downtown today made a conversation nearly impossible.

I bonded the 7100 with my SonyEricsson HBH-60 headset and that worked flawlessly, it has a limited Bluetooth implementation, but at least one that seems to work.

The IM client is a dissapointment, I tried connecting, but after seeing "connecting" for over 5 minutes I gave up and went back to the main menu.

The keyboard takes a lot of getting used to. Initially I treated it like a regular phone keypad and couldn't find the letters, then I slowly started to get the hang of it, RIM most certainly has a winner with SureType and I am sure we will be seeing that on other phones in the future as it makes T9 look silly

I'll write more tomorrow but in short:

GOOD:

Display
Build quality (it looks and feels like a good sturdy device)
Ringtones (loud and musical)
Keyboard (after an hour or so...)

BAD:

Display outside
Earpiece volume
IM Client
Device speed
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Excellent Review Scoobydoo!
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Excellent pictures and write up
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I noticed in your tools menu you have the BlueTooth icon. It's not like that with my 7100. Did you do something to get that in there?

By the way, great job with the review and pics!

Thanks
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If you have Bluetooth active you can turn it off from the menu, that's all.
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I noticed in your tools menu you have the BlueTooth icon. It's not like that with my 7100. Did you do something to get that in there?

By the way, great job with the review and pics!

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It didn't appear there till I turned Bluetooth on and off. Strange, and possibly a bug.
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Very nice Scoob! :D
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Very nice review. Does anybody know where to download the firmware package for the 7100T? I have found the one for the 7100V, but not for the 7100T.
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Hey - send me the Voda theme then please

I find this T-Mobile USA theme revolting and the Default theme isn't exactly good either. It's better than the other option but...
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I wonder if these themes are compatible with 4.0 OS on non-7100 blackberries...
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Very nice review. Does anybody know where to download the firmware package for the 7100T? I have found the one for the 7100V, but not for the 7100T.
http://www.t-mobileapps.com/download..._3_8_0_112.exe
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Hey - send me the Voda theme then please

I find this T-Mobile USA theme revolting and the Default theme isn't exactly good either. It's better than the other option but...
The Vodafone package can be downloaded here.
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Quote:
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Hey - send me the Voda theme then please

I find this T-Mobile USA theme revolting and the Default theme isn't exactly good either. It's better than the other option but...
The Vodafone package can be downloaded here.
If anyone tries installing this on their 7100t please let me know ;)
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I have just installed the theme file from the 7100T package to my 7730 and it looks nice, very nice. But it makes the 7730 very slow. You have to load this two files to your Blackberry to get the 7100T theme:
net_rim_theme_tmobile_240x260.cod
net_rim_theme_blackberry_240x260.cod

The Vodafone theme and the 7100 default theme can also be installed on the Blackberry 7730
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