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    Long time reader, first time caller.

    I have an 8100 and have had it for a while. Time to update as I'm going overseas and want something for a fresh start and some new features.

    I love the Pearl, have since the moment I got it, and was wondering a few things regarding the 8120.

    How much different is it than the 8100?

    Is BB Maps available on it, or not yet...I recall reading something about it not being available.

    Is it worth the upgrade from the 8100 to the 8120?

    Thanks for the advice/comments, as the other phone i'm considering is an iPhone.

    Oh yea, and is the 8120 considered the 'Pearl 2' or what?

    Its really between the 8120 and the Curve....but i'm not sure what to do.
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    8130 is the Pearl 2...if I am not mistaken...only other advice is to not do the iphone thing...doing alot of reading lately and my advice is to go BB. I was an avid Windows Mobile user....went to BB and I will never go back. p.s.-make sure whatever you decide, that you update software even if the device is new out of the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbee View Post
    8130 is the Pearl 2...if I am not mistaken...only other advice is to not do the iphone thing...doing alot of reading lately and my advice is to go BB. I was an avid Windows Mobile user....went to BB and I will never go back. p.s.-make sure whatever you decide, that you update software even if the device is new out of the box.
    Update the software as in update/change the OS or just in terms of running the update when connected to the desktop software?

    I was kidding about the iPhone :P

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    Hello Long Time First Time!

    Who is your carrier? That may make a difference in some of the reply. I think the biggest difference is the WiFi -- if you are with TMO I can tell you I love the UMA feature on my 8320 for voice calls, and reportedly you can use this feature overseas to make calls without roaming costs. Video capability is nice to have but not a big deal for me...I will tell you that I would have upgraded from my 8100 to the 8120 if I had not already gone to the 8320..


    I am assuming that the 8120 is running on either 4.3 or 4.5, which might cause the issue with BB Maps, however have you tried the Google maps app yet? A great feature filled application from our friends at Google.
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    below are the specifications depending on which carier you get the 8120 from i believe it comes with wifi no GPS<if you needed for business wise I recomend the blackberry over the Iphone I had both of them before and also i believe it is able to record video which the 8100 does not, I currently own a curve 8310 and I like it better than the 8100 series due to the full querty keyboard. But for more info here is a link to the specifications on the blackberry site and i also posted them below. BB MAPS IS availiable but if your carrier is ATT and some others try to block it but there are fixes for that. PM if you have any other questions.

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    Specifications
    Features Available Wireless email
    Organizer
    Browser
    Phone
    Camera
    Video Recording
    BlackBerry® Maps
    Media player
    Corporate data access
    SMS
    MMS

    Size and Weight 107mm (Length)
    50mm (Width)
    14mm (Depth)
    Approximately 91g (Weight)

    Data Input/Navigation Trackball
    SureType® QWERTY keyboard with SureType software (Keyboard)
    Keyboard backlighting

    Voice Input/Output 3.5mm stereo headset capable
    Integrated earpiece/ microphone
    Built-in speakerphone
    Bluetooth v2.0; headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported (Bluetooth® technology)

    Display Font size (user selectable)
    Color display
    Backlighting
    Light sensing screen

    Notification Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones
    MP3 ringtones
    Vibrate mode
    LED indicator

    Approximate Battery Life 360 hours or 15 days (Standby time)
    240 minutes or 4 hours (Talk time)

    Memory Expandable memory – support for microSD card
    64 MB (Flash memory)

    Modem RIM® wireless modem

    Email Integrations Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
    Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
    Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
    Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
    Integrates with existing personal email account
    Integrates with optional new device account

    Accessories Included Travel charger
    USB cable

    Device Security Password protection and keyboard lock
    Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
    Optional support for S/MIME

    Wireless Network Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g
    North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks
    North America: 1900MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
    Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
    Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryF View Post
    Hello Long Time First Time!

    Who is your carrier? That may make a difference in some of the reply. I think the biggest difference is the WiFi -- if you are with TMO I can tell you I love the UMA feature on my 8320 for voice calls, and reportedly you can use this feature overseas to make calls without roaming costs. Video capability is nice to have but not a big deal for me...I will tell you that I would have upgraded from my 8100 to the 8120 if I had not already gone to the 8320..


    I am assuming that the 8120 is running on either 4.3 or 4.5, which might cause the issue with BB Maps, however have you tried the Google maps app yet? A great feature filled application from our friends at Google.

    ATT is my provider. I tried GMaps on my current 8100 and didn't like it too much, but maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance. I had the GPS dongle with my current Pearl and just didn't like that there was no "Direction UP" option but rather the icon on the Gmaps screen actually went in the direction you were moving and didn't adjust the screen accordingly.

    Video is not a big deal for me. I'm just looking in terms of new, and wondering if I should stick with the Pearl @ 8120 or go for the Curve since i've already had the Pearl.

    How are the ATT Curve and the ATT Pearl 8120 different in terms of features? Or are they not really.

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    CURVE! I am going there soooon ! 8330!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbee View Post
    CURVE! I am going there soooon ! 8330!!!!!
    But AT&T isn't getting the 8330 :cry:

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    It just dpends on the curve you get i got the 8310 red color from att because of the internal gps going from the 8100 to 8800 the keyboard is a lot easier to use the media software is a lot better for playing movies and mp3 and it also has the otion to explore your files

    The internal gps is great which is what your looking for i like the BB maps that comes w it but i really preffer live search is really easy to use and is due to have an update pretty soon the best part os that it is free but i cant tell you that each cairrier has different features on their phone. I have not had the chance to use the 8320 yet so cant tell u much bout it

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    I just went from the 8100 to the 8120 and I definitely see some differences. Other than the obvious WiFi (which is great) and higher OS, there are several other additions - video recorder (not a biggie for me), better media player with dedicated music player icon with more options (ie shuffle, view by artist, album, etc), better music streaming, stereo bluetooth, better camera, supposedly support for more types of video files (I haven't tested that yet), the ability to make folders (very handy for organization), side loading media card up to 8GB (so I'm told - I have 4GB), better SureType functionality, much faster USB transfer - all in all just a more robust feeling system. I'm sure I'm missing some things - this is off the top of my head.

    As for 8120 over Curve - that's entirely user preference - I think they are very comparable in functionality. I like the idea of a full keyboard but after using the 8100 the buttons on the curve seem so small and close together that I had lots of problems typing when I tested it (I'm sure it's something one gets used to over time), and I'm so comfortable with SureType and being able to use only one thumb for typing everything if I want, that I decided to stick with the Pearl keyboard - and so far I'm very happy with my decision!

    I have not been able to get BBMaps to work on the 8120 (I'm with AT&T). With the 8100 I was able to alter the LBS.alx file to make it work. But that file is different in the 8120 and I don't know what to change in it... I'm waiting for some enlightenment there. I'm sure someone with the necessary knowledge will figure it out before long (I hope)!

    Also, FYI, even though it looks like basically the same phone as the 8100, there are some physical differences as well - the camera area is sideways instead of up and down, the buttons are in slightly different places, the front and back are slightly wider (sides narrower - so the total width is the same) - so skins, etc. for the 8100 don't work for the 8120. But the holster fits perfectly.

    Hope this helps! Good luck with your decision. As long as you have a BB, you'll be happy

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    But AT&T isn't getting the 8330 :cry:

    well you could always switch to Verizon

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    Quote Originally Posted by cicatrizdare View Post
    But AT&T isn't getting the 8330 :cry:
    I have Verizon...but I do not say that too proudly...they definately have issues. (ex. giving one thing, taking another away...just to get UR $.)

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    its all about the benjamins though

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