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    8100 Pearl vs 8700g

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    I won an 8100 pearl at a conference I was attending today and was wondering which is the better BB. I currently have the 8700. Will I lose anything in switching? Thanks the advise.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~from what I hear, you'll only lose your qwerty keyboard. I never got a chance to play with a pearl yet but I did a side by side comparison online. It seems like the pearl is still a fully functioning bb just with some 'entertainment' features added in.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    The Pearl is an awsome piece of equipment. I also went on line to do a comparison.
    1) its lighter 2) its smaller 3)it has a camera, video player, music player.
    the only con i can see, (if its a big decision maker or not is up to you), the keys are a little smaller than the 7105t. I was happy with the7105t but this one is much better. I was working on the job is a customers home and used the music player, it was awsome. but that 8700g, waaaaay to big to carry around, (for me anyway). In my opinion. I think you'll be very happy with the Pearl. I am!

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    shoot sell me one

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    But hey. if you decide not to keep it please let me know. My wife would love to get one, she just didn't want to spend alot for a phone. please pin me to let me know if you do or don't want to keep it. thanks

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~Apples and Oranges. It probably comes down to your preference of keyboards, QWERTY vs. SureType. The Pearl is definitely slimmer and narrower, but the 8700 has a bigger(although slightly less sharp) screen. With a OS upgrade to 4.2(which should be out soon for 8700) they'll have the same media player. The Pearl has voice dialing, which is cool, but in my experience people either use it for every call(like if they're in their car or travel a lot and use a BT headset) or never. Personally, I think the Pearl is totally sweet and so cool, but I hate SureType, so I would stick with the 8700 for the keyboard, no matter what. Plus, hey, you've got the 8700 and you're used to it and its a little used, so why not keep it and sell the Pearl. Its still really new to the market and really desirable(unlike the 8700) so you can get top dollar for a brand new Pearl to someone who wants one and isn't eligible for an upgrade discount. Anyway, sorry for rambling and good luck with your decision.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~Thanks for all the input and I will have the pearl in about 2 weeks as t-mobile has to ship it. If I like the pearl I have to turn in my 8700 as it belongs to work. If I keep the 8700 I'm not sure if I will be able to see the pearl I work for a retailer and I'm not sure the policy for selling phones won from our carrier partners. I know my carrier reps are not able to do it so I will have to check and see. Thanks again.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    Just go activate a 2nd a line and keep both.

    I have an 8700 and an 8100 that both have service on them (Shared minutes and each has data).

    Do I use the 8100 as much as the 8700? Not at all. In all honesty, I look at the pearl, well, mine atleast, as an mp3/video player and camera that can be used as a phone or email/internet device, where as the 8700 is completely opposite.

    I do almost everything on the 8700 still, but do have the pearl as a "toy".

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    Hi Folks ... Great Site

    I'm sure that I will NEVER use the Pearl's music/ video player, and I don't leave the house without my little Nikon 7900 ( man, I love that camera ). But I am concerned about the 8700's limited memory. How does that impact on web surfing or using the Google mobile map application? Likewise addresses and appointments. Any opinions about how their reception quality compares?

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    Quote Originally Posted by ikondave
    Hi Folks ... Great Site

    I'm sure that I will NEVER use the Pearl's music/ video player, and I don't leave the house without my little Nikon 7900 ( man, I love that camera ). But I am concerned about the 8700's limited memory. How does that impact on web surfing or using the Google mobile map application? Likewise addresses and appointments. Any opinions about how their reception quality compares?
    8700 memory isn't too bad, just depening on how much stuff you put on there and how often you go thru and clean up unwanted files (like old emails and whatnot). I personally have never had an issue with the 8700 memory.

    Reception quality. IMO the 8700 has a better reception, and I am guessing because of the size of it. I have an 8700 and an 8100, and when I am at home and sit the two right next to each other, the 8700 has much better reception than the 8100.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    Quote Originally Posted by N8DBB
    8700 memory isn't too bad, just depening on how much stuff you put on there and how often you go thru and clean up unwanted files (like old emails and whatnot). I personally have never had an issue with the 8700 memory.

    Reception quality. IMO the 8700 has a better reception, and I am guessing because of the size of it. I have an 8700 and an 8100, and when I am at home and sit the two right next to each other, the 8700 has much better reception than the 8100.
    Thanks for the feedback. The reception issue is of particular importance because we live in a signal challanged area.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    I'm in the middle of nowhere, and struggle for signal all the time I was using a 8700, moved to 8100 last week when my Cingular store got them and returned it and went back the the 8700 4 days later, I loved the 8100, everything about it, i just found it waaay to small to use heavily. Oh but I will say Cingular's Pearl kills the 87 in reception in my area, that was almost enough for me to keep keep it. I was really surprised about that.

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    Reception and faster processor on the 8700c

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    Re: 8100 Pearl vs 8700g

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~i prefer the 8700 since I don't really care about the media stuff.

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