The condensed 7100t measures 119 x 59 x 21 mm and weighs 120 g. Aggressive styling and angular lines give it a more aesthetic appeal; more similar to a phone than a blue box. The front contains a 240 x 260 px screen capable of displaying 65K colors; rather large compared to other devices on the market. Below the display, a QWERTY keypad is flanked by Send and End, and a Convenience Key used to open a list of useful links or open selected lists. With just 20 keys, each key shares two letters; requiring up to two key presses to choose a letter. However, when combined with RIM's SureType predictive technology, users can text message normally, with one press, as the predictive text guesses what word is being typed. A Power On / Off button and LED indicator are located on top; notifying users when new information has arrived. While the left side contains a standard 2.5 mm headset jack and USB port allowing data synchronization and battery charging. Running the BlackBerry OS, advanced security features enable business users to safeguard sensitive corporate data. Featuring password protection and keyboard lock, information located locally, such as messages, address book entries, calendar entries, memos and tasks, can also be encrypted. Additionally, when paired with BlackBerry's Enterprise Server software, installed on existing corporate servers, the 7100t can be centrally managed and administered by IT departments. And when installed behind firewalls, BlackBerry users can securely access Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino ISP email accounts, remote address book look-up, single mailbox integration, attachment viewing, and more. The BlackBerry 7100t features GPRS Class 8 for transfer speeds of up to 40 kbps. Viewing web pages depends on which browser configuration is used. Using the BlackBerry Browser, users can access the corporate intranet using BlackBerry Enterprise Server supporting HTTP and IPPP protocols. While Internet Browser renders standard HTML pages as if the 7100t was a desktop. Users select the configuration that is optimal for the type of content they are viewing. The 7100t's 960 Lithium Ion battery at 4 hours of talk time, and 8 days (192 hours) of standby, actual times will be slightly less. When handset manufacturers and cell phone carriers list talk time and standby time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Appealing to a broader demographic, the restricted Bluetooth connectivity could be a drawback. And the lack of an expansion slot means users may need to flush out old entries and contacts. With fun features like MP3 players and built-in cameras missing, other multimedia phones may be worth considering for the average consumer, But the BlackBerry 7100t was meant for work. For consumers whose office uses BlackBerry Enterprise and requires access to the intranet or secure communications, the 7100t is a simple choice. But for those who don't need such powerful email functionality or want more robust multimedia features, the 7100t may not be for them. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the BlackBerry 7100t can pair with Bluetooth headsets within a 10 meter radius; the limited range prevents interference between its peripheral devices and those belonging to other people nearby. Unfortunately, supporting only "Audio" and "Voice" Gateways means that Bluetooth is limited to pairing headsets and handsfree devices. Dial-up connections, OBEX file transfers, and Bluetooth syncing has been restricted, but through the supplied USB data cable, many of the restrictions can be performed. With Enterprise Server, sensitive corporate email is secured from prying eyes, while push technology ensures email is sent to the 7100t in real-time. For the constant road warrior who needs email synchronized with the company office, the 7100t may be a no brainer. The BlackBerry 7100t's colorful screen, attractive new design, and powerful functionality is expected to be a popular addition to T-Mobile's line-up, both towards business. While the BlackBerry 7100t contains 32 MB of flash memory and 4 MB of SRAM, users will need to save memory accordingly. Because if users need more, they'll be out of luck; the 7100t doesn't come with any expandable memory slot. Similar to the BlackBerry 7100g, released for Cingular, the 7100t provides a formidable combination of wireless phone and email and data device for users who want an all-in-one handset. The 7100t offers BlackBerry functionality, wirelessly connecting users with important communications and information with features such as speakerphone and Bluetooth technology.
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