"Great PDA/phone"4.5 starson by dferguson
Pros: Fast browsing, acceptable phone
Cons: Still BIG, still shaped like a PDA instead of a phone
Summary: I returned my 7100g within Cingular's 30-day buyer remorse period to get the 8700c. I was happy with the 7100g (I'd rate it a 7), but this is far better. Web browsing is now fast enough to be useful. I haven't noticed some of the audio problems I found with the 7100, but I expect I'll still be using a Bluetooth handsfree quite often. I've noticed several welcome incremental improvements over the 7100: larger SEND and END keys, 2 programmable convenience keys, *optional* (as opposed to unavoidable) annoying blinking LED (no need to cover it with electrical tape like on the 7100). All in all, I REALLY like having a full QWERTY keyboard, the screen is great, browsing is quick (especially for WML pages), and I expect I'll be happy with this device for the next several years. Price might be an issue for some people - not the purchase price but the data plan price (I think I'm paying ~$40/month for unlimited data). I have zero serious complaints thus far with the device and just one with the service provider (Cingular). I was left on hold for 1 hr 40 mins before my call was dropped when their customer service call center closed for the evening.