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4. RIM BlackBerry 7290 Phone (Cingular)
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1. RIM 957 Blackberry Internet Edition Wireless Handheld
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00004WGTA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Research in Motion
Sales Rank: 15827
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Research in Motion's BlackBerry wireless handheld has been one of themost talked-about handhelds on the market recently--and the press coverage itreceived due to it being the communication gadgets of choice for Al Gore'spresidential campaign certainly didn't hurt. But thanks to its full-functionorganizer, synchronization with many popular desktop PIMs (personal informationmanagers), thumb-operated QWERTY keyboard, and, of course, wireless e-mail, theRIM 957 BlackBerry is more than just hype.

You won't receive instant wireless gratification right out of the box--you'llneed to juice up the internal rechargeable battery via the docking cradle (ACadapter included). Also, the activation process requires you to first registeronline and wait three to five business days for a confirmation e-mail.

The biggest challenges we faced, thanks to years of Palm usage, were thekeyboard and the trackwheel controller. There's no need for a stylus with theRIM 957--all text input is performed using the minikeyboard. At first we wereall thumbs, but we got the hang of it after a day's usage and could type away--evenhitting the ALT keys (which cover numbers and symbols)--like a pro. And forlonger e-mail messages, the RIM 957 is certainly easier and quicker than writingGraffiti characters with the Palm stylus.

And instead of tapping screen icons to access functions or scroll through ascreen (the RIM 957's screen is not touch sensitive), you use the trackwheel onthe right side of the device. Just roll to a desired item and press it in toselect it; this is also how you access menu items when in a list, such as theaddress book. To return to the previous screen (or get out of the menu), simplypress the Escape key below the trackwheel.

We easily synchronized the device with our Outlook contacts, to-do lists, andcalendar. The RIM 957's desktop software includes Intellisync, which cansynchronize the device with Microsoft Outlook and Schedule+, GroupWise, LotusOrganizer and Notes, Symantec ACT!, Goldmine, and Netscape.

Once out on the road, e-mailing was a breeze--we maximized our time by sendingmessages back to our office from New York taxis and while waiting for a delayedflight. With the device on, e-mail was received automatically, and we werenotified with a simple tone. You can also set the device to vibrate, which ishelpful when the RIM 957 is stored in the included belt-clip case.

The RIM 957 does have some shortcomings. There's no Web browsing, and you won'tbe able to use applications developed for the Palm OS, the predominant handheldplatform. Also, you will have to work with your company's system administratoror your ISP to receive messages from your company or other e-mail account.Finally, if you are in a rural area, you might not get any connection, as themonthly wireless service (provided through Aether Systems) is primarily focusedon larger metropolitan areas.

That said, if you're a modern-day road warrior who needs to be connected to e-mailat all times, the RIM 957 offers all the tools of a personal organizerwithout the hassle of having to jack into a modem or cell phone to get online.--Agen Schmitz

Pros:

  • Wireless e-mail as easy as paging
  • Typing long messages with built-in keyboard is easier than writing usingPalm Graffiti
  • Full-function organizer and easy synchronization with desktop PIMs
Cons:
  • Not compatible with Palm OS applications
  • Most rural areas won't receive service--be sure to check Aether Systems foravailability in your area
  • Won't automatically connect to your company e-mail account
... Read more

Reviews (48)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully enabling piece of technology!
I like to refer to devices that help people to communicate with each other as 'enabling' devices. The Blackberry is one such device and it does a great job at it. It's worth it's weight in gold and then some!

The RIM 957 just works well, period. It does what it's supposed to and does it well. And it doesn't try to do everything. For instance, it's not really a good subsitute for a PDA. It's address book is more useful to store emails and the calendar does not compare to Palm's. I had previously tried the Palm i705 and had a terrible time with it, despite the fact that it includes other non wireless PDA functionality. The Palm service coverage kept dropping out and it was not reliable. The Blackberry on the other hand is wonderfully reliable and proven. It has a better screen than the i705, and has a built-in small QWERTY keyboard that is a joy to use. It's quick to type on and all functions are very user intuitive-a great design.

It's difficult to put a monetary value on something that enables me to be in email contact all the time wherever I am. The unit is like a pager and stays on all the time and I can read and write emails with ease. I also opted for the web browsing option through my service provider and although it can really only browse WML (WAP) websites, the screen holds a lot of text and it is quite useful for both emailing and browsing.

The way the Blackberry service works, is that you forward your home email to your Blackberry email address. Most ISPs support this, and you can even opt to also have the emails left on your ISPs server so that they are also downloaded to your home computer. When you use the Blackberry to send or respond to an email, it is setup so that emails come from your home email address. In this way, people do not even know that I am using a wireless device to send them email!

Now I don't have to be tied to my home or office computer to be in contact. In fact, I find myself not turning on my home computer as much. It's really cool to be able to do email without a computer.

I got mine through Earthlink, ... Granted, the device is a bit expensive but more so is the service. To me it's totally worth it and is still less then my monthly cable TV bill, yet is so much more useful!

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Advance in PDAs
I have owned a dozen pagers, PDAs, Palms, WinCEs, etc. The Blackberry is the revolutionary breakthru. It holds 5000 of my contacts, 1000s of calendar items, 100 memos & notes, and 1000 emails. It is revolutionary because: -it has real-time, synchronized email capabilities -it has a screen big enough to read multiple paragraphs of information -it has a keyboard that allows users to type one page emails -it can be operated with a single hand -it has an effective micro-web browser (Go America) -it has self-recharging batteries that never run down

I carry this device everywhere. It has untethered me from my office, allowing me to work at home, at restaurants, on the beach, etc. It also replaces note pads. I just ask people to email me the notes I need.

A subtle point: now, instead of making notes to myself about things that I need to do "when I get back to the office", I just do them (i.e. email a direction to someone when I first consider the issue). This has placed much more velocity into my life & decision making.

This product is addictive. You will love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good fit for me
My main complaint about the 950 seems trivial, but is actually pretty important. I absolutely refuse to wear this thing on my belt, so I keep it in my handbag. Well, the holster is not rigid enough, so the device turns itself on when I'm not paying attention and eats up batteries like you wouldn't believe. Now it seems like every time I pick it up the battery is dead. The device is almost worthless to me at this point. I wish I'd purchased the 957 instead. At least it is rechargable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, great device
This thing saved my life. I am chronically disorganized (always writing things down on slips of paper and losing them, forgetting appointments, and such). Well, now I have it all in one place and it nags me enough so I can't forget anything! I love these things.

The only reason I held back and gave it 4 stars instead of five is because it eats so many batteries I might have to get a second job soon just to keep it supplied. I have to replace the battery every 2 days or so, that seems to be an awful lot.

But the other functions more than make up for the battery-eating capacity! Don't let that deter you (plus you can always use the docking cradle and use A/C power when you're not on the go (not really often enough in my life for the docking cradle to be very useful though!)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product until you read this!
I have the Blackberry RIM 957 model. I use it to check email. Simple enough. It's been invaluable to me.

But there's another side to this product that you need to know before making a purchase. A product is only as good as its technical support. And this product fails miserably in that category. You have to pay for common technical support either on a pay-per-incident basis or by purchasing a support plan. I had one simple problem with my Blackberry that turned out to be a problem with the existing software (not an end-user issue) and it cost me a small fortune to have the problem fixed.

They not only charge you for support, they also charge you for upgrades. Sounds like Microsoft has a hand in their support functions, doesn't it?

That being said, I don't know what I'd do without this product. I take it everywhere with me and it's alot better than a laptop. Just keep the technical support issue in mind when making a purchase because once you leave the store, you're on your own. ... Read more


2. RIM 950 Blackberry Internet Edition Wireless Handheld
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004WGT9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Research in Motion
Sales Rank: 21635
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The RIM 950 Blackberry Internet Edition Wireless Handheld offers a complete wireless e-mail solution for the mobile professional. Compose e-mail messages using the built-in keyboard, then send and receive e-mail via the embedded wireless modem. Integrate e-mail sent from the RIM handheld device with your primary desktop e-mail account. The RIM 950 also comes with a full-featured organizer, allowing you to keep track of your contacts, schedule, and to-do lists. You can then synchronize this data using the included docking cradle with such desktop PIMs as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Organizer and Notes, Symantec ACT!, and GroupWise. To check coverage in your area, check the Aether Systems Web site: www.myaetherbb.com/start.asp.

About the size of a pager, the RIM 950's screen has a sharp LCD screen with six to eight lines of viewable text. The main menu features intuitive icons and menus that are accessed with a thumb-operated trackwheel. The device has 4 MB of flash memory (plus 512 KB SRAM) and operates on a 32-bit Intel386 processor. It runs on a single AA battery.

The RIM 950 Blackberry comes with a docking cradle, a belt-clip case, Blackberry Desktop Manager software, and a Blackberry installation and user's guide.

Important note to customers: The RIM 950 Blackberry Wireless Handheld requires a $39.95 monthly wireless service through Aether Systems. An activation guide with details is included in the box. Should you have questions or need assistance regarding service details, contact Aether System by email at moreinfo@myaetherbb.com or by phone at 866-815-2701. ... Read more

Features

  • Send and receive wireless e-mail
  • Built-in keyboard with thumb-operated trackwheel
  • Synchronize with your desktop e-mail and organizer applications
  • 4 MB flash memory plus 512 KB SRAM
  • Integrates with most Internet Mail accounts--AOL Mail, CompuServe Mail, and Hotmail are not compatible (contact your Internet Service Provider for compatibility details); requires $39.99 monthly wireless service through Aether Systems

Reviews (48)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully enabling piece of technology!
I like to refer to devices that help people to communicate with each other as 'enabling' devices. The Blackberry is one such device and it does a great job at it. It's worth it's weight in gold and then some!

The RIM 957 just works well, period. It does what it's supposed to and does it well. And it doesn't try to do everything. For instance, it's not really a good subsitute for a PDA. It's address book is more useful to store emails and the calendar does not compare to Palm's. I had previously tried the Palm i705 and had a terrible time with it, despite the fact that it includes other non wireless PDA functionality. The Palm service coverage kept dropping out and it was not reliable. The Blackberry on the other hand is wonderfully reliable and proven. It has a better screen than the i705, and has a built-in small QWERTY keyboard that is a joy to use. It's quick to type on and all functions are very user intuitive-a great design.

It's difficult to put a monetary value on something that enables me to be in email contact all the time wherever I am. The unit is like a pager and stays on all the time and I can read and write emails with ease. I also opted for the web browsing option through my service provider and although it can really only browse WML (WAP) websites, the screen holds a lot of text and it is quite useful for both emailing and browsing.

The way the Blackberry service works, is that you forward your home email to your Blackberry email address. Most ISPs support this, and you can even opt to also have the emails left on your ISPs server so that they are also downloaded to your home computer. When you use the Blackberry to send or respond to an email, it is setup so that emails come from your home email address. In this way, people do not even know that I am using a wireless device to send them email!

Now I don't have to be tied to my home or office computer to be in contact. In fact, I find myself not turning on my home computer as much. It's really cool to be able to do email without a computer.

I got mine through Earthlink, ... Granted, the device is a bit expensive but more so is the service. To me it's totally worth it and is still less then my monthly cable TV bill, yet is so much more useful!

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Advance in PDAs
I have owned a dozen pagers, PDAs, Palms, WinCEs, etc. The Blackberry is the revolutionary breakthru. It holds 5000 of my contacts, 1000s of calendar items, 100 memos & notes, and 1000 emails. It is revolutionary because: -it has real-time, synchronized email capabilities -it has a screen big enough to read multiple paragraphs of information -it has a keyboard that allows users to type one page emails -it can be operated with a single hand -it has an effective micro-web browser (Go America) -it has self-recharging batteries that never run down

I carry this device everywhere. It has untethered me from my office, allowing me to work at home, at restaurants, on the beach, etc. It also replaces note pads. I just ask people to email me the notes I need.

A subtle point: now, instead of making notes to myself about things that I need to do "when I get back to the office", I just do them (i.e. email a direction to someone when I first consider the issue). This has placed much more velocity into my life & decision making.

This product is addictive. You will love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good fit for me
My main complaint about the 950 seems trivial, but is actually pretty important. I absolutely refuse to wear this thing on my belt, so I keep it in my handbag. Well, the holster is not rigid enough, so the device turns itself on when I'm not paying attention and eats up batteries like you wouldn't believe. Now it seems like every time I pick it up the battery is dead. The device is almost worthless to me at this point. I wish I'd purchased the 957 instead. At least it is rechargable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, great device
This thing saved my life. I am chronically disorganized (always writing things down on slips of paper and losing them, forgetting appointments, and such). Well, now I have it all in one place and it nags me enough so I can't forget anything! I love these things.

The only reason I held back and gave it 4 stars instead of five is because it eats so many batteries I might have to get a second job soon just to keep it supplied. I have to replace the battery every 2 days or so, that seems to be an awful lot.

But the other functions more than make up for the battery-eating capacity! Don't let that deter you (plus you can always use the docking cradle and use A/C power when you're not on the go (not really often enough in my life for the docking cradle to be very useful though!)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product until you read this!
I have the Blackberry RIM 957 model. I use it to check email. Simple enough. It's been invaluable to me.

But there's another side to this product that you need to know before making a purchase. A product is only as good as its technical support. And this product fails miserably in that category. You have to pay for common technical support either on a pay-per-incident basis or by purchasing a support plan. I had one simple problem with my Blackberry that turned out to be a problem with the existing software (not an end-user issue) and it cost me a small fortune to have the problem fixed.

They not only charge you for support, they also charge you for upgrades. Sounds like Microsoft has a hand in their support functions, doesn't it?

That being said, I don't know what I'd do without this product. I take it everywhere with me and it's alot better than a laptop. Just keep the technical support issue in mind when making a purchase because once you leave the store, you're on your own. ... Read more


3. RIM - Battery charger - car ( external )
list price: $34.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002HM6GW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
Sales Rank: 40484
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Product Description

Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including e-mail, messaging, Internet- and intranet-based applications. ... Read more

Features

  • Original Blackberry Accessory, Not Aftermarket
  • Compact, lightweight cigarette lighter outlet charger
  • Works for Blackberry 6210 6230 6280 6510 7210 7230 7510 7280

4. RIM BlackBerry 7290 Phone (Cingular)
list price: $399.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006852GS
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
Sales Rank: 187
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Amazon.com Product Description

This update to the tried and true BlackBerry 7200 series adds support for Bluetooth, a brighter display, quad-band GSM and 32 MB of internal memory. This integrated phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser is the ultimate weapon for mobile professionals.

Design
The 7290 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor-- a large 240 x 160 color screen placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 7290. The unit's Bluetooth capability means you can use a wireless headset with the phone for handsfree calling. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 32 MB of internal memory, are also included.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 7290 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With Cingular's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 7290. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

Use the 7290's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 7290.

The 7290 ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter and a to-do list. The unit's software is based on the Java platform, meaning Java-compatible games and applications can be added to the device.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 7290 weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 4.5 x 2.9 x 0.9 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 9 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 7290 handset, travel charger, two USB cables, battery, holster, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • Email, phone, browser, SMS, browser and organizer applications in a single, integrated handheld
  • Quad-Band handheld, operates on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS wireless networks, allowing for international roaming between North America, Europe and Asia Pacific
  • Bluetooth® support for hands-free voice communications
  • Bright, backlit 240x160 display supporting over 65,000 colors
  • Easy-to-use navigation trackwheel and intuitive menu interface

5. Blackberry 5810 Wireless Handheld - RAM: 1 MB - ROM: 8 MB - cellular mdm - BlackBerry Handheld Software - GSM 1900

Asin: B000299BYU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
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Product Description

BlackBerry is the one-stop, no-compromise, wireless solution that allows you to stay connected with wireless access to email, phone, web and organizer features. Every BlackBerry handheld features a QWERTY keyboard, thumb-operated trackwheel, easy-to-read backlit screen, intuitive menu-driven interface and integrated software applications. ... Read more


6. Blackberry 7230 - RAM: 2 MB - ROM: 16 MB - cellular mdm - GSM 900/1800/1900 - AT&T

Asin: B0006TVYRS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
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Product Description

BlackBerry 7230 provides a secure, encrypted solution for sending and receiving corporate e-mail. This tri-band handheld uses the world's largest all-GSM/GPRS network covering more than 9,000 cities in North America and over 100 countries around the globe. This vast network gets you the information relevant to you and your business at speeds up to 56kbps.Designed for corporate environments using Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino, the BlackBerry from T-Mobile is what you need for a complete, end-to-end wireless e-mail solution. BlackBerry offers two different e-mail solutions, BlackBerry Web Client and BlackBerry Enterprise Server. ... Read more


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