A Mixed MessageUnfortunately, the 7130 is sort of an in-between model for RIM. While its lean form will appeal to BlackBerry users looking for an updated style, the fashion party is already being upstaged by the introduction of an even sleeker BlackBerry Pearl model this month with T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom ( DT). RIM's newfound fashion consciousness is a welcome development and likely to catch the eye of an even broader group of cell-phone shoppers. The one-trick pony aspect of BlackBerry's email superiority saddled with a portly design didn't make it as much of a compelling device for consumers. While the trimmer RIM is more like a conventional candy-bar phone than most BlackBerrys, it doesn't have some of the features that have become common on cell phones, like a camera or music player. In fact, the 7130 would be pretty much all business if it wasn't for its great Internet agility.
Form and FunctionWith its bright 2 1/2-inch LCD screen, handy thumb dial and Sprint's 3G mobile network, this BlackBerry is a powerful Web-surfing machine. In most cases, the BlackBerry browser presented Web pages better than the beloved Palm ( PALM)
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