Pros Blackberry Functionality, Bluetooth, Suretype
Cons Too Many for One Line...
Summary I've been a Blackberry user for three years and I was genuinely excited for the 7100g. It didn't live up to expectations. First, the call quality was terrible compared to my "standard" models (7230, 7290, etc.). It wasn't even usable, and all callers told me they couldn't understand. I tried a second unit and had the same issue. That alone made the phone unusable. Other issues include a cheap casing that scratched easily and felt weak, a color screen the doesn't allow you to constantly monitor your messages (something I learned I've becomed accustomed to), and a screen that is too narrow to actually load a good amount of content (not to mention that font won't go below 7). Finally, although you can change it, they preload a terrible them that doesn't allow good navigation. The only thing I liked was Suretype, which worked perfectly and would be a great convenience if they can make a better model on their next attempt. If you're used to a regular Blackberry and depend on it's features this phone is NOT for you. It's should be called Blackberry Starter or Blackberry Junior...
Pros Form factor, bright hi-res screen, sure-type, speaker-phone
Cons Lack of customizable views, some orphaned messages
Summary 1) Managed a corporate rollout of 30 GSM/GPRS 7100 units with a back-end Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) linked to MS Exchange Server.
2) Excellent response from the users up to now with a miniumum of support calls.
3) BES 4.0 synchronizes all 5 Outlook functions and doesn't require any desktop installation.
4) Wireless sync of Outlook Mail, Calendar, Memo, Tasks, Contacts works perfectly with BES pushing out the information.
5) Users reports seamsless roaming (Email/voice) in USA and Europe.
6) Have tested BB 75xx, 71xx, 72xx in the past. Personally prefer the 7100.
Pros Bright Screen, Customizable Ringtones and Wallpapers, Immediate Email, Outlook Integration, TXT Messaging Ease
Cons SureType hard to get used to, Expensive pricing on top of your existing Cingular plan
Summary This phone is a great phone. I wasn't to happy to have to pay an extra $49.99 per month on top of my $69.99 plan with Cingular but this is the only BlackBerry I would carry around with me.
Other BlackBerry's are big and bulky and goofy looking, this one is clean, it works well, i typically receive emails on my BlackBerry before my LAN while sitting at my desk.
I use this BB with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server and its just wonderful.
I really dont have any complaints other than its hard to find one of these units. I went to 4 Cingular stores in the metro Orlando, FL area before I found a store withh them in stock.
I bought a optional leather case off eBay made just for the 7100g and its perfect.
I would HIGHLY recommend this phone to anyone who likes to get their email on their phone and actually be able to READ it and REPLY to it. Also sending txt messages is a breeze.
The battery life lasts long as well.
Im the biggest critic when it comes to phones, ill usually go through 3-4 before I find one that I like and the BlackBerry has given me no problems other than the status light does not blink like it is supposed to.
The Bluetooth is great too, works perfect.
Good going RIM!
Pros Bright screen, BlueTooth, Speaker phone
Cons Lack of Applications for the Blackberry
Summary This is a great phone, I would choose it over the 7100t because the keys are spaced out making it easier to type. I do love where RIM is going with their handhelds, they needed a phone that wasn't as big as their typical device.
As far as typing, the SureType technology does make it easier but there's a learning curve. BlueTooth is nice, finally RIM gets it and adds it. Screen is beautiful, kind of drowns out in the sun but still is clear.
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"Best BlackBerry yet"on by luvi267
Pros Compared to previous BlackBerrys, sports a much better phone, brighter and sharper display, slimmer body, reliable Bluetooth.
Cons For a high end (expensive) device, it lacks some key features: no camera, no expandable memory, no music playback.
Summary This is a great device. After experiencing major difficulties with the 7290, I upgraded to this 7100g and I couldn't be more pleased. While the 7290 fell short on its phone functionality, I'm pleased to report no such problems with this phone. Calls come in loud and clear and the built-in speakerphone comes in real handy in the car. The screen is quite impressive, the brightest and sharpest I've seen on any phone, and now that it's longer than it is wide, it's much easier to read my messages and my calendar. I thought the keyboard would be a hassle to get used to (letters are still in the QWERTY layout but housed together on some keys) but the "suretype" technology actually does a good job of predicting your text. And the "Send" and "End" buttons make it easier to dial numbers and end calls quickly. The slimmer body of this phone allows me to stick it in my shirt pocket. This product was relatively expensive ($349) so I felt like it should've included features found in other high-end smartphones, mainly a digital camera. I will learn to live without this feature because this device performs so well in every other aspect. Phone, Email, Web browsing, Organizer, I take advantage of all its features and they all work great.