Pros Push Email, great internet browser, excellent organizer/address book, bright as heck, compact, very customizable
Cons Weakened signal strength, no speakerphone, not very good at organizing emails, no expanded memory slot
Summary I've had this unit for one month and I'm ready to review it. Keep in mind my old phone was the Blackberry 7230 so I will be making comparisons throughout. This unit is incredible, I'm an email/internet junkie so this was custom made for me. Setting up the emails was a breeze, the phone is great, it's small and compact. The keypad is nice, easy to type...awkward at first but after a few dozen emails you will get the hang of it. Great choice of ringers, i'm not into those melody ringers and this comes with only 4 of those, the other 20some are nice ringers, although they could be louder. Even at the loudest settings some ringers are inaudible, but most are. And the vibrate is pretty good. Now to the good points I listed: The Push emails, it works like a charm, I have 2 Gmail accounts, 2 Yahoos and 2 Comcast accounts and they all work perfectly. I don's use the corporate account feature so I cannot speak of that. The internet browser is excellent, every option you would find in a "real" browser is available and 95% of the webpages I looked up come up great, the other 5% cannot be accessed due to security reasons, not sure what that means. Or some pages will not load because they are huge in content. The organizer and address book are sweet, too many options available, which is not a bad thing at all. Compared to the 7230, this thing is so bright! It has 2 levels of brightness, dim and bright. I use the dim setting because even that is brighter that the 7230. This also comes with backgrounds/wallpapers to put on your main screen, you can even save an image from any website and use it as a wallpaper. Now the bad: The 7290 is 2mm thicker and 1mm wider than the 7230. I held them side by side and you can tell the difference, and it's also a little heavier...minimal. Next I thought there would be some kind of option like in Outlook where you could create folders to put your emails into, there isn't. You can save them and they go to a 'Saved Folder', that was kinda dissapointing. Which brings me to the next con, you only have 15-17mb of space so you have to delete lots of e-mails you don't need. A SD card slot would have been great. And now the biggest con in this phone, the signal strength, it's weaked more than any other T-Mobile phone I've owned. This is a GSM/GPRS phone, the GPRS (Global Packet Radio Signal) takes up some of the signal that the GSM sends. In a nutshell your GSM phone signal is now shared by the GPRS signal therefore weakening the overall signal strength. The GPRS is what makes the browser, chat and Push email work so you're kinda screwed. I'm lucky that I live and work near towers, but if your signal is spotty where you live, it will get spottier with this phone. Like I said, for me this is not a problem. Overall I would never go back to a regular cel, Blackberries are the best units out there for what they do. Hope this helped.
Pros Push technology; quad-band; ease of use; solid
Cons phone function is so-so; display needs upgrading
Summary Given that the displays on the new Blackberry 7100 series phones is much brighter and clearer, one would think that RIM could come out with a 72XX device with a better display.
Even so, the 7290 (which has been available thru Cingular for more than a year, something the reviewer neglected to mention) is an improvement on an already good device, the 7280.
Improved and additional features:
- Quad band phone (850/900/1800/1900)
as opposed to the 7280's tri-band
- Bluetooth headset
- number keys are better marked
The display is not comparable to a Palm or Windows OS device; people who are looking at the Blackberry as a PDA first will be disappointed in that regard.
What the Blackberry is, first and foremost, is probably the best email device available. It may be large, compared to a pure phone, but it is solid. I have dropped it countless times and it just keeps working, like the legendary Timex watch commercial.
The keyboard is actually usable, as opposed to the Treo series devices, whose keys are miniscule, and as the keyboard is built into the body of the device, you don't have to worry about it being flimsy and breaking off (as opposed to many of the Windows OS PPC devices).
The phone features work easily, though I have noticed that (working on the same network) the Blackberry doesn't handle a phone call as well as some cell phones.
Would I use a Blackberry instead of a cell phone? No. But if I had the opportunity to use a Blackberry instead of a cell phone and an email device, you bet I would. I don't think anything comes close.
Pros Bluetooth, Quad Band, HTML Browser, Great Orginizational Tool
Cons No Speaker Phone, Looks like a Calculator on your hip.
Summary I work for another service provider in Canada Roger's Wireless, we also have the 7290, and I have one. An excellent device for anyone frequently mobile and needing access to information while they are out of the office. These devices and other applications custom designed for the Blackberry allow for many different industries to become more efficient, and increase profits. Solutions such as Sales Force Automation and Field Services Automation, Broker-to-go services, Real Estate, and RX services for Doctors and Pharmacists. The possibilities are endless.
Pros strong and sturdy
perfect fit in your hand
amazing call quality
easy to use
Cons after a while, it can be a bit sluggish, but its tolerable.
Summary I have had a blackberry pearl, motorola razr and a blackberry curve and the blackberry 7290 is the best phone ever. this phone is simple and nothing ever goes wrong with it. i would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great texting phone.
Pros QWERTY keyboard, ease in synching/setup calendar, memos, contacts, e-mail & tasks, IM, themes, browser and more
Cons missing micro sd slot, no speaker
Summary i like everything about this phone except for the fact that i cant put my memory card in it and listen to my music, or view my pictures in the PDA because it doesn't support it but i still like it