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RIM BlackBerry 7290 review

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RIM BlackBerry 7290 review
RIM BlackBerry 7290 review
RIM BlackBerry 7290 review
RIM BlackBerry 7290 review
RIM BlackBerry 7290 review

The 7290 comes with the standard BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard and sturdy housing similar to previous models (7230) with an internal antenna. Measuring in at 4.5 X 2.9 X 0.9 inches and 4.9 ounces, the 7290 handheld can fit in your pocket with minor bulk, but is definitely a better choice of dimensions over previous devices. I feel in this model RIM has found a good ration in its dimensions and weight. The provided belt clip case provides easy access to the device and fits the 7290 ergonomically against your belt. Its backlit 34-key keyboard is designed for all fingers and makes email a breeze for those adept at thumb typing on the go. The T-Mobile device tested was the signature standard issue blue casing with the screen and keys outlined in light grey detail. Aside from the 34 keys on the keyboard (the 34th key controls the backlight feature to be discussed later), 3 other buttons are located on the unit. On the top center of the device, is a black button with an etched phone on it. This provides a convenient way to access the phone application and also the muting of in progress calls. A simple yet great feature for the user who wants to access the phone application in a single push of a button right out of their holster or pocket without the need to first adjust your backlight and then scroll to the appropriate icon – trust me when I say you need to adjust the backlighting frequently on the device. On the side is the ever fitting thumb-operated trackwheel, where scrolling north navigates upwards through the application list one by one and scrolling south brings you to the bottom of your application list. Pushing in on the trackwheel acts similar to a mouse click in selecting the highlighted application. Directly below the wheel is a cone shaped button which acts as an escape feature in stepping backwards through applications and selections.
Input jacks are placed on the left side of the unit and include a 2.5mm headset jack which is compatible with the included wired headset and most others. The jack is a standard issue on the BlackBerry which I expect to rarely be used on this device due to its new Bluetooth functionality, one of the main reasons a current BlackBerry subscriber may choose to upgrade to the 7290. Directly below the headset jack is an input for the charger slot which doubles to sync with your PC. Box contents include both the USB charger port and a standard travel wall charger. The USB cable is a perfect accessory as it not only can charge the device, but syncs with your PC at the same time with the desktop manager. This same cable fits in to most new phones and you can easily swap devices with this single cord.

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RIM BlackBerry 7290 review
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For those of you looking for amazing resolution to watch videos or view pictures, look elsewhere. However, the 7290 does provide a large 240 x 160 color screen that gets the job done with 16 bit (65,000 colors). Lets remember the BlackBerry is not designed to be a multimedia lovers dream, but an on the move business solution to display text and emails. The 7100 series provides an upgraded display while trading in other features, but that review is for another day. The large display proves enough landscape for viewing web pages, emails and attachments. A crowd pleasing backlighting feature has been added to this device. The backlight button is located on the bottom right of the device and offers 2 levels of brightness for the screen. For those who have used any previous model of a BlackBerry, know firsthand that viewing the screen outdoors has always been a drawback to the device, but not anymore. A single push of the button provides a low light backlight on both the keyboard and the screen, perfect for outdoors. A second push reveals a bright as day illumination that provides nightlight strength in any dark room. This is definitely an upgrade that has had a positive response from the user community.

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Display240 x 160 pixels TFT
Size4.50 x 2.90 x 0.90 inches
(113 x 75 x 22 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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