BlackBerry RIM 7100v

The BlackBerry RIM 7100v is an aging BlackBerry smartphone from Research in Motion that was released in 2005. It is essentially the same as the 7100x with a more modern shape, standard silver color, and a slightly longer battery life. While it is missing a lot of the features of modern smartphones, the BlackBerry RIM 7100v provides enough benefits to make it worth your while as a backup device should you lose your current BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry RIM 7100v is a quad-band GSM device, so it can be used anywhere in the world where there is a cell phone tower nearby. While the worldwide coverage is great, the BlackBerry RIM 7100v lacks the data transfer speed of other phones. This is due to its use of the old and outdated GPRS data network.

Measuring in at approximately four and a half inches by two inches by one inch, the BlackBerry RIM 7100v is a large phone but not so big that you can’t carry it all day. The BlackBerry RIM 7100v is a bit lighter than some of the other BlackBerry models, weighing in at 120 grams.

The BlackBerry RIM 7100v also features a longer battery life than other BlackBerry phones – even those in the 7100 series. Expect to get five hours of talk time or 200 hours of standby time on a single charge. This actually brings the battery life on par with other phones of the 2005 era.

The BlackBerry RIM 7100v also includes a large 240 by 260 pixel resolution screen that is capable of displaying 65k colors.

While it does not support mp3 files for music, the BlackBerry RIM 7100v does support MIDI files for basic ringtones. However, don’t expect to use the BlackBerry RIM 7100v as a full media center on the go.

Other features found on the BlackBerry RIM 7100v include a full QWERTY keyboard, WAP internet, USB connectivity, a large phone book, alarm, calendar, speakerphone, calculator, email support, to-do list, and memo pad.

Pros

-Lots of features for an older phone
-Great backup device

Cons

-Lack of modern multimedia features
-Missing Bluetooth features of other 7100 series phones

Overall

The BlackBerry RIM 7100v is perhaps the perfect backup BlackBerry for diehard Research in Motion fans. While it lacks some of the modern conveniences, that’s what your current phone is for. Keep this one around in case your new device decides to die on you.

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