The 7130g can use MP3 ring tones, but this highlights the lack of Bluetooth file exchange once more. Why? Well I was sitting around the dinner table with some fellow technology journalist at a press event a week ago and the conversation turned to ring tones. A couple of guys round the table said that they’d really like to have the CTU ring tone from 24, and since that’s what I use on my phone I offered to give it to them. The result was that I ended up sending this ring tone to about six people via Bluetooth – if I’d been using a BlackBerry as my phone, they would have all gone away disappointed.
The 7130g launched exclusively on the O2 network, but it will no doubt appear from the other carriers in time. The 7130g can be had from free, depending on the tariff you choose and the length of contract. Using the Internet Mail option will set you back £15 per month for the BlackBerry email service, on top of what ever voice contract you choose.
Despite my ongoing gripes about the email client usability and RIM’s pandering to corporate paranoia, the 7130g is far and away the best BlackBerry handset to date. If you really need to have all your email, no matter where you are but only want a single device in your pocket, the 7130g could be the answer to your prayers.
I firmly believe that it’s about time that RIM bit the bullet and started making two models of each BlackBerry – one for corporate use and one for consumers. By offering a model with an integrated camera and Bluetooth file exchange, RIM could attract a whole host of new users. The fact that the 7130g has a whole host of consumer friendly features highlights this issue.
That aside, the 7130g is a great handset and easily the best that RIM has produced so far. I’ve been using it for the past few weeks and found it to be a great mobile companion, and not just for email. The dimensions and design make it a perfectly usable mobile phone, while features like the integrated Google Maps and fast web browsing make it extremely versatile.
If you’re worried about the reduced number of keys don’t be, SureType really is good and you’ll soon find yourself tapping out emails as fast as you would with a full QWERTY BlackBerry. Although I still firmly believe that there aren’t that many people that absolutely MUST have their email anytime and anywhere, if you feel that you are one of those people, this is the device you want.