Great Phone, some issues.
I have owned many phones and PDA'a in the past 3 years. I started with the Toshiba Windows PDA in 1999, the went to Palm, then to Handspring with the all to cool spring board attachments. Went to the Audiovox Maestro PocketPC. Then I went to Hybrid phones. I owned the Audiovox PDA/Phone through... More
I have owned many phones and PDA'a in the past 3 years. I started with the Toshiba Windows PDA in 1999, the went to Palm, then to Handspring with the all to cool spring board attachments. Went to the Audiovox Maestro PocketPC. Then I went to Hybrid phones. I owned the Audiovox PDA/Phone through Sprint. Went to the Treo 300. I have ALWAYS had my eye on the BlackBerry, but I enjoyed all the apps that MS and Palm had to offer. I dumoed the Treo after nearly all the paint wore off :( and went to Nextel. I love the Walkie Talkie Feature. Through them I had the I90, I95, and I730. Then I took the dive into the Blackberry once I saw that it was coming out in color. I paint the picture of all the phones that I had so you, the reader, understands that I'm not green when it comes to phones and Pda's. No one in Vegas in the Nextel stores have a clue about the BlackBerry. I bought one from the in ternet, but I received it with the speakerphone not working. I took it to 4 Nextel stores until someone knew how to handle the swap out of the Blackberry. Needless to say at the store level, they didnt have a clue if it was broken or not. They had to take my word on it. I received my Replacement in 2 days flat, not bad!!! I took the phone home. Placing phone calls, no big deal. Putting in addresses, no problem. NOTE: the numbers dont save to the cars, they save to the phone memory. If U take your card out and put it in another phone, none of your numbers will transfer. I was able to set the Email up easily enough. I had to go to Nextels website to find out how to sign up. Their isnt a direct link in the phone or in the paperwork on where to go to. I as even able to set it up easily to send all my Email from my COX.NET account to come to my Blackberry. I am supposed to be able to view Email attachments. It sees the attachment in the Email, but you cant open them. This requires you to do 1 of 2 things. Either fork out another $600 some enterprise server software or buy a 3rd party app from Eoffice. That runs about $200. No one tells you that when you buy the 7510. Then it also states that you can receive SMS or Text messages. Now I have SMS on my service contract. I can send out an SMS from the website, it shows in the website that I received an SMS. I go to the phone, it doesnt show up. The manual says it should pop up under the message center icon. I found SMS folder 4 menus deep, but no SMS. No one at the stores have a clue as to what I am talking about. Like wise on the phone they just have be keep reseting the unit. I need the SMS feature to finish setting up my mobile MSN account. Speaking of internet.... I thought the Web was horrible on a Pocket PC phone, its nothing compared to the Blackberry. Its clean, and utilitarian, but no graphics. None. You have to buy a 3rd party HTML browser. I tried a Demo browser, it just kept crashing my Blackberry. The construction of the unit is light. Its big, but doesnt weigh the pocket down to much. The clip on it is huge. Dont plan on wearing it without looking like a geek. I leave mine in my pocket with the Keyguard on. The Speakerphpne works great, the Walkie Talkie feature is awsome. Big Caller Id screen. You can even put the person on hold straight from the in cluded the head piece. The last down side to the unit is the ringtones. They sound like they are from the 90's the BB cant play the newer, cooler polyphonic ringtones. Just the older ones. Even if you find small old midi files on the web, they cant be too big or the BB cant download them. The ones you do find sound like something you would have done on your Casio Keyboard from when you were a kid :) Nextel doesnt even have ringtones for you to downliad. At least none that the BB can play. BOTTOM LINE: As a phone its awesome. AS a PDA, its average. As a web enabled unit. I'd say it would fall in lines of better the web on a regular phone, but not as good as a Pocket PC phone. I know a went on for a bit, but I hope this helps someone. Less