BlackBerry just got a make-over (by Cingular)

Did Cingular read my rant about the ugly designs of Blackberry? The new 7130c from Cingular (not to be mistaken with the still ugly 7130 from other carriers) comes closer to what modern design for a PDA-with-phone should like.

Having tested a ton of phones, PDA’s etc over the years, the 7130c is a very attractive competitor to the bulky Palm Treo 650 and … certainly more usable. The small dimensions of the 7130c cuts the size of the older Blackberry almost in half, a little thicker than the Motorola RAZR (which I love) and a bit taller, the 7130c still fits in the pocket of my pants easily. I like it so much, that I decided to get rid of my old Blackberry (on eBay) and my RAZR (although I’ll keep it around, just in case) and combine two capabilities into one.

The 7130c with EDGE internet connectivity is actually fast enough to make it a delight to browse the internet (and visit the WAP site of CNN) and read e-mail, while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. The industrial design is good enough (not great) and appealing, the screen that is clearly visible in bright sunlight and adjusts automatically to your surroundings. This is absolutely the best screen I’ve ever seen on a mobile device.

Phone services are integrated into the PDA capabilities, but this part could be more intuitive. The heritage of the scroll menus from the Blackberry PDA platform complicates things beyond what is necessary. More ‘special purpose’ buttons would solve the problem. For now however, the Blackberry 7130c has become my new one-eyed king in the land of the blind.


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