BlackBerry 7100t reviewBlackBerry 7100t / 7105t 7.8
BlackBerry made a phone that actually resembles a phone? Ask yourself that last question again and you'll understand my sentiments exactly. For years, BlackBerry has been synonymous with the general public as a business oriented device that is too bulky for any other use. The 7100 series steps fresh off the treadmill at 4.7 x 2.3 x 0.7 inches, 4.3 ounces, and on the prowl just in time for the summer. Going with a lighter blue hue, RIM has spiced up the 7100 a little with a grey outline and reflective silver earpiece.
Aside from the size and keys, there are a few other notable differences from the 7290, including a speakerphone. Because in all honesty, what is an all around business device without the ability to throw together an impromptu conference call. Flanked with a silver mesh and blue covering, the speakerphone is a great addition to this line up.
The 7100t also brings to the table a vibrant LCD that supports 65,000 colors and then some. Looking at the new LCD display indoors, the icons look crisp and inviting. They almost jump out at you in a responsive nature when you drag the cursor over an icon with an animated effect; well a jump in consideration as to what previous BlackBerry display and icons represented. They respond just as quickly when you select an application from the menu with a speedy processor. However, when you step outside with this device you'll find yourself remembering why you bought the 7290 instead. The display is not adaptive with an easy to use backlight brightness button, an addition I would definitely hope to carry over into future models. You can manually change the brightness in the settings options, but nothing is more convenient that a single click to solve your problem. Walking out the door of your office to your car, you will find by the time you are able to place a call you may already be home due to the LCDs limited view in the outdoors.
1. Jim Trotter (unregistered)
I've had this phone for a while and enjoy it thoroughly. Though I am switching to the Pearl, this was a very well written article.