Review: BlackBerry 7130c offers high speed on Cingular Wireless

John Shepler reviews RIMs new BlackBerry 7130c.

The stylish BlackBerry 7130c is a high performance wireless device that gives you email, Web browsing, text messaging, and organization along with a quad-band GSM world phone. This model of the famous BlackBerry accesses data on Cingular's GPRS and EDGE networks, giving near broadband speeds to your data transfers.

If the model 7130 sounds familiar, it's because there are 7130e models for Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS that run on the CDMA networks using EV-DO and 1xRTT protocols for data transfers. The new 7130c has a more rectangular appearance with a silver trimmed black styling. The 7130 design family is truly a ubiquitous BlackBerry.

One of the design features that gives the 7130c it's sleek and easy to hold form factor is the use of SureType technology to reduce the number of keys needed for QWERTY data entry. The 12 keys used for telephone dialing double as letter keys, with most keys hosting two letters. Combined with other dual letter keys, you have the complete QWERTY keyset in maybe half the space needed for a full typewriter style keyboard. The alternative would be to have many more very tiny keys that would be much harder to press without hitting adjacent keys. SureType facilitates easy message composition by including a 30,000 word list with intuitive software that can guess what you want to say and make sure your spelling is correct. The larger keys combined with the predictive text technology lets you type accurately with either two handed thumb entry or single handed operation.

For corporate workers, the 7130c works with BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for advanced security, single mailbox integration, remote address book lookup and other enterprise level features. These are especially important in sales force and field service automation.

Included software gives you the ability to send and view email with Microsoft Office attachments. The full HTML Internet Web browser gives you Web access beyond the usual WAP enable browsing. SMS and MMS messaging is supported. The software package also includes integrated address book, calendar, memo pad and task list.

The display screen on the BlackBerry 7130c has an ultra bright backlight mode for those sunny days and light sensing to optimize screen lighting for any outdoor or indoor setting. The LCD screen itself is 240 x 260 and supports over 65,000 colors. Navigation is quick using the side mounted thumbwheel, along with front and side user definable convenience keys. A separate LED indicator notifies you when new data has arrived.

In addition to high speed data transfers, the BlackBerry 7130c is designed to be a full-function cell phone with such niceties as vibrate mode, polyphonic and MP3 ring tones, speakerphone, and Bluetooth v2.0 for wireless headsets and car kits.

The basic processing platform in an Intel PXA901 processor running at 312 MHz, supported by 16 MB of SRAM and 64 MB of flash memory. The whole package is just 4.2 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches and weighs in at a mere 4.2 ounces. Battery life is excellent, rated at up to 4 hours talk time and up to 18 days on standby.

The 7130c gives you legendary BlackBerry capabilities in a GSM world phone. Learn more about how to order your BlackBerry 7130C with Cingular Wireless service. If you prefer a different model cell phone or wireless device or perhaps a different wireless carrier, visit Cell Phone Plans Finder.

T1 Rex's Business Telecom Explainer offers easy to understand information about complex telecommunications and networking technology. T1 Rex explains how T1 lines work, VoIP telephone, PBX, virtual private networks, digital audio transport, Wi-Fi & WiMax, fiber optic carriers and other business telecom services.

John Shepler has been a published writer for over 30 years. With a background in electronics engineering technology, he has worked in a variety of industries including radio broadcast, aerospace and manufacturing. Involved in telecommunications since 1998, he combines his interests in writing and technology with T1Rex.com and T1 Rex's Business Telecom Explainer.
Copyright 2003 - 2006 by John E. Shepler
Contact John at John@T1Rex.com

This was first published in July 2006

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