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BlackBerry 7100i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the sound and usability. The design and value for money are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the size. The apps and responsiveness get negative views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry 7100i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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Blackberry 7100i (Nextel)


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BlackBerry 7100i (Sprint)


Sprint Nextel is helping itself to another slice of BlackBerry pie with the addition of RIM's BlackBerry 7100i. The first of the 7100 series to make its debut on Nextel's iDEN network, the 7100i's design and feature set is similar to that of its...

The RIM BlackBerry 7100i can deliver e-mail in real time from up to 10 corporate/personal accounts, and it supports Nextel's walkie-talkie services. The device also features a sharp screen, a speakerphone, integrated Bluetooth, and solid call quality

The SureType keyboard on the RIM BlackBerry 7100i takes some acclimation, and the device uses a proprietary instant-messaging client

The RIM BlackBerry 7100i is a great all-in-one device for Nextel customers who want instant access to e-mail and voice calls.

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Blackberry 7100i – Video Review


Blackberry technology is well known among mobile professionals. Designed originally to connect remote users with corporate email accounts, this enterprise solution has evolved to provide amazing capability today as the branded by Nextel.

One great feature, however, is the price. With Nextel incentives now, the Blackberry 7100i is available for $199 which is a tremendous value. Blackberry technology has matured well over the years, and this latest generation incorporating new cellular...


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BlackBerry 7100i GPS Smartphone


It may sound like a marriage made in heaven, but the GPS chip is the most power hungry add-on we've seen on a BlackBerry. In fact, when the GPS chip is active, the battery life is a small fraction of the duration you'll get with other non-GPS...

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Review: BlackBerry 7100i GPS Smartphone


It may sound like a marriage made in heaven, but the GPS chip is the most power hungry add-on we've seen on a BlackBerry. In fact, when the GPS chip is active, the battery life is a small fraction of the duration you'll get with other non-GPS...

The smartphone sells for $199.99 with a 2-year service agreement

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RIM BlackBerry 7100i Review


Releasing the BlackBerry 7100i, RIM adds the new device from its popular 7100-series on Sprint Nextel's nationwide iDEN network. Virtually similar to the 7100t from T-Mobile and 7100g from Cingular, the 7100i combines good looks with popular BlackBerry...

Built for productivity rather than entertainment, the 7100i lacks some of the audio and imaging features that have been so popular in the market. But then again the BlackBerry 7100i wasn't exactly targeted for the general audience

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Sprint Nextel BlackBerry 7100i Review


Since the first Palm Pilot came out, I've been drooling over ways to take all my information with me and be able to connect to other people via the same device. No, the first Palms and other PDAs were woefully deficient in their ability to keep me in...

Let’s skim over the original clunky RIM (Research In Motion) brand BlackBerrys that were standalone devices using a sparse communications backbone for email and text messaging. Then let's gun the engine forward to today as I sit holding a brand new,...

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RIM BlackBerry 7100i (Sprint)


This is a respectable attempt to integrate blackberry with Nextel PTT. To accomplish this they stripped down the model to a basic utilitarian unit without video, camera, or any other multi media. The keyboard takes getting used to but it's really not...

Nice screen size and resolution. Good sound quality, all the bells and whistles of a balckberry with PTT

Bulky design, does not support video, no camera, annoying OS freeze ups and slow downs

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RIM BlackBerry 7100i (Sprint)


If you are on the go and need a phone that can do your e-mail plus push to talk this is the phone for you. the one drawback is the coverage, works well in most of MN but its hit or miss in northern MN, for a guy it can take up space in a pants pocket,...

Push to talk

A little bulky

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RIM BlackBerry 7100i (Sprint)


I really appreciate the fact Sprint tried to integrate the PTT feature and BalckBerry in one unit; however, they fell woefully short on this venture.

The fact the phone has email, Internet, phone, & PTT was a great idea...when they were all working

The signal reception for my phone was *horrible*!! The sounds quality was even worse... The unit itself was always slow, switching between applications was slow, and it required a "soft reset" 2-3 per week


Product Specifications

BlackBerry 7100 Series handsets provide the best combined wireless phone, email and data experience for users who prefer a smaller handset design. They offer complete BlackBerry functionality, giving you great phone and messaging features for work and life. The BlackBerry 7100i also puts top-of-the-line features, such as push-to-talk long-range digital walkie-talkie, speakerphone, Bluetooth technology, GPS support for location-based services and polyphonic ringtones, into a sleek and stylish handset.


Standby Time (PB):90hours
Talk Time (PB):170minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

CE Input Device



Band:iDEN 800/900 (Dual Band)
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Type:BlackBerry / BlackBerry smartphone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth

Communicator Features

Operating System:BlackBerry Handheld Software

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)
Type:LCD display


Manufacturer:Research In Motion/Sprint Nextel
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BlackBerry
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