BlackBerry 7130g Review - Review


My usual gripes about BlackBerry email still stand. It can be confusing that all your emails are date stamped with the time you downloaded them to the BlackBerry and not the time they were actually sent. It’s also annoying that you can only “delete prior” from a date bar in your inbox – I just don’t understand why you can’t delete prior to any point in your inbox. Finally, I’d like the ability to turn on the GSM antenna, but NOT turn on email. Sometimes I’d like to be able to browse a web page or send a text message without having to receive 300 emails.

Those moans aside, I maintain that the BlackBerry email client is superb. The ability to forward pretty much any email account to a device in your pocket never ceases to impress me. Of course large corporate entities will no doubt make use of the BlackBerry Enterprise server solution, but for me the real jewel in the crown is that any individual with an email account can use a BlackBerry.

The screen is a huge improvement over the 7100, but obviously it’s not quite as large as the display on the 8700. At 2.4in the screen is a decent size considering the dimensions of the device as a whole, while the 240 x 260 resolution makes image quality impressive. As with the 8700, photos look very good on the 7130g, but also like the 8700 the lack of built-in camera somewhat negates this feature. RIM insists that its corporate clients specifically don’t want an integrated camera, but to me the obvious solution would be two BlackBerry models – one for consumers and one for ultra-paranoid corporate types.

The 7130g supports Bluetooth 2.0, but this can only be used for headsets and hands free kits. RIM has disabled the Bluetooth file transfer capability, once again citing the fact that corporate clients don’t want employees to be able to transfer files between mobile devices.

Obviously the 7130g can synchronise with your PC so your contacts and diary data will be with you at all times. Therefore sending an email is just a matter of pulling the address out of your contacts list, rather than having to manually type an address in.

If you want to create documents with the 7130g you’ll be glad to see eOffice in evidence. This mobile suite includes a word processor and spreadsheet package. Obviously you’re not going to create very long text documents or very complicated spreadsheets on the move, but both packages work well and give the true mobile user a handy set of pocket applications.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.