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    8700 vs 7100

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    I currently have a 7100i for my first blackberry and was looking into upgrading to a 8700 series. I played around with one and felt that the keys were uncomfortable to use. I like the SureType with the exception of a few words. I wanted to know what someone who has had experience with both the 7100 and 8700 thouht regarding both. My other thought is wait for the 8100 to come out. Any thoughts?

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I never had an 8700 series BB but before I had the 7100 series, I had 2 7730's and I did not like using them as phones (too uncomfortable) and they were too big to lug around. I am on my 4th 7100 series BB (3 7100t's and 1 7105t) and LOVE the compact size much better. Although SureType still gets words wrong while PIN messaging and text messaging, I really don't care. If I have to send an email, I can use my PC for that.

    I cannot wait for the 8100 series to be released, as it is supposed to have all of the features of the 8700 series, and all the new multimedia features, in a 7100 series form factor with SureType.


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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    Im waiting for the also.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I've had the 7100r since the day it came out. I wanted a BlackBerry without having the giant plate stuck to my head. Best 500 bucks I spent! I'll more than likely get the 8100 when it comes out! I'll need a new phone by then

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I had a 7105. Now have 8700 (and 7290).

    Significant differences. The size doesn't bother me. Its not too big. A 7290 is easier to type on (IMO) than an 8700.

    If you want to stick with SureType and a more "phoneish" Blackberry, then I would wait to see how the 8100 is.

    My preference is a full qwerty keyboard and I will not go back to SureType or a "smaller" Blackberry.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I have used both the full qwerty and suretype. I currently have the 7100 and will stick to that. I find the smaller size is a good tradoff for the occasional typing error. I will probably be looking onto an upgrade to either the 7130 or waiting for the 8100.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I've used pretty much all the models they've released. I currently use an 8700c, and find it vastly superior to the 7100 line. I can't stand suretime, even with the enhancements 4.1 brought to it, and the double-tap alternative is almost as annoying. I type a lot on the BB, and the 71xx keypad just doesn't cut it.

    As for the size, I prefer the shorter 8700, and the half inch extra width over the 7100 is more comfortable to me. I have to hold the 71xx with my finger tips to keep from covering the buttons when using it as a phone, while the 8700 fits in my palm quite well.

    But almost as bad as the non QWERTY keyboard is to me, the smaller screen is a deal killer. The amount of scrolling one has to do is unacceptable to me, even with the font size cranked down to 7 point. One of my coworkers switched back to a 7290 because the 7100g was giving him blackberry thumb.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I'm waiting for the 8100. I like the size of the 7100 series, and do not mind the Suretype...

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    i started to upgrade from the 7100t to the 7105t but got the 8700g instead just a couple of days ago. while i found the suretype simply a brilliant innovation and i was able to type w/o looking at the screen or the predictions with nearly 100% accuracy, more keys is always better!

    off the top of my head, here's some of the reasons i'm glad i jumped to the 8700 instead of the 7105. take any one reason at random and in my mind the upgrade was worth it for that reason alone:

    speed: network: the 8700g is on the EDGE network and although i don't really know the details the end-user experience is easy to compare. i absolutely would not use the browser on the 7100 after just a few trials it was so slow. the browser on the 8700g, while still not for the impatient, is usable for even some casual browsing.

    speed: device: the benchmarks indicate about 5-8 times as fast. i don't perceive it that much faster, but there is hardly any lag time when launching or switching or closing apps.

    display: i barely used the 7100t as a phone (and i plan to barely use the 8700g for a phone) but i used it heavily for email. i had to forfeit the time display column in order to see enough characters of the from and subject lines. on the 8700 i can have the time and even more characters displayed to help me determine the source and priority of each email.

    when i got the 7100t i thought the display was excellent for brightness and color although i could not read it outside if the sun was anywhere in the sky. it was next to useless outside even inside the shade of a car. the 8700 has passed the texas summer test with flying colors! 105 degrees today and most times i was able to read the display without even pumping up the brightness to 100%

    keyboard: as i indicated, i had no problems with suretype. but i sure didn't like typing long emails using it and IM was nearly out of the question. i still question bb's sanity on their keyboard layout (just for one example, the alt key is right up against the number keys, nearly forcing you to do an altlock to hit the left row of number keys) and key functions, but still, having more keys is better than less.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    Funny, I got a 7100t when it first came out -- coming from a 6230. I couldn't stand SureType and switched to the 7290 when it was released. I'm currently using an 8700c and wouldn't use anything else except for maybe the 8707.

    I read, reply, and compose a pretty good volume of email and can't imagine doing so on a SureType device.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    a little bit off topic but is there anyone here who bought 8700 or 7100 in Hong Kong unlocked and use it outside HK without any issue? i guess the telco in HK selling BB at retail is CSL.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    The users in our Hong Kong Office get their devices from Hutchson Telecom, and AFAIK, they have not had any issues traveling abroad. None tried to get them unlocked to my knowledge.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    i sell cingular and here is what i tell customers: for one hand operation the 7130c is better (depending on hand size of course) for a phone style and size - go with the 7130c but if you want the full keyboard with full screen just go with the 8700c

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    one of the best days for me, was replacing the 7130 with the 8700, even though I had to switch carriers and incur a 200.00 termination fee. You can somewhat talk yourself into thinking suretype is a good thing, but its not, and you know it.

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    Re: 8700 vs 7100

    I tried a 7100r once and quickly switched to the 8700r as soon as it came out. I like a full qwerty keyboard and bigger screen. I also send large volume of emails daily so the 8700 keyboard suits me just fine. The 8100 is very tempting...I hope there is going to be a camera/multimedia BB version with a full keyboard like the 8700.

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