The funny thing about parties is that you never know whatâ€™s going to happen. Case in point: one of our loyal BlackBerry Cool readers just so happened to be at one of those Rogers launch events for the BlackBerry 7130g we told you about awhile back. Turns out Loyal Reader X (he requested anonymity and mysteriousness) also just happened to win a 7130g and set about doing what any normal tech-head would do: taking a bunch of pictures and writing some impressions. Behold, the BlackBerry 7130g.
The first thing you notice when you place the 7130g in your lucky, lucky hands is how junky it makes the 7100 feel. They seem to have shaved about half a centimeter off the length of the device and a few solid millimeters off the width. In every way the 7130g looks smoother, slimmer and generally more aesthetically pleasing than the 7100; theyâ€™ve basically taken the best design elements of the 8700 and the 7100 and thrown them together.
Itâ€™s pretty easy to see how the 8700 has influenced the 7130g. Thereâ€™s now a convenience key on the left hand side of the device and a â€œmuteâ€ button on the top. Theyâ€™ve also made some fairly major adjustments to the keypad. The angled keys of the 7100 are gone and have been replaced with smaller, squarer keys. Iâ€™ve been using the 7100 for about a year now and the switch didnâ€™t feel any better or worse, just different. However, I think itâ€™s insane how small theyâ€™ve made the â€œspaceâ€ button in relation to how it was on the 7100, but I can live with it. The jumbo-sized dedicated phone buttons and front convenience key are nice, though.
Whatâ€™s really nice about the device is how quickly I was able to transfer over everything from my old 7100 onto my new 7130g. Just create a backup of your files using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, load them on the new BlackBerry, pop in your old SIM and youâ€™re all set. Oh, make sure to change your PIN on your BIS account, however, otherwise you wonâ€™t get any emails.
I had chosen the BlackBerry 7100 because I hated talking on the phone using the bulkier BlackBerrys. Iâ€™m happy to say that phone use on the 7130g is as nice as on the 7100. The call clarity is indistinguishable between the two, and functionality is a lot better with the new â€œmuteâ€ button and bigger phone buttons. I also tested out the web browser and itâ€™s now supper fast with the 7130â€™s better processor, RAM and EDGE network support.
All in all, Iâ€™m so excited I was one of the lucky few to get a 7130g. Itâ€™s easily superior to the 7100 and might even convert some 8700 users who want the same functionality in more of a phone.