The Bottom Line
- Reasonable, but not superior, battery life
- Good keypad. SureType helps but does not equal a full keyboard
- Somewhat cumbersome software
- A bit bulky, at 4.70 ounces, but still smaller than regular BlackBerry devices
- Speakerphone volume could be higher
- Technology support: CDMA
- BlackBerry Push email
- SureType almost-full keyboard
Guide Review - BlackBerry 7130e Review
The BlackBerry 7100 series is clearly for those who like the BlackBerry approach of push email but prefer a form factor closer to a phone. Some software features were annoying me: one of them forces you to use the trackwheel to select an answer whenever you missed a call, got a voice mail or various other system alerts where you need to select "listen" or "cancel", etc. Why can't I just press the red key and skip to something else? Sound quality was good, as well as earpiece volume, but the speakerphone could have a higher output volume. It's more difficult to get used to the BlackBerry 7100 series as to most other phones but once you get used to it, there are some nice rewards, such as a series of quick in-phone shortcut keys that make things more productive. The BlackBerry 7130e is for workers who see value in handset-based email and don't need or want multimedia features.
I used the BlackBerry 7130e on Sprint's network.