BlackBerry 7280

5/10 AVG.
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5/10
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The BlackBerry 7280 currently has an Informr score of 5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

An upgrade to the Blackberry 6280 phone-PDA hybrid that adds a high-resolution color display, but is otherwise almost identical to the earlier model. The folks at Research In Motion, the Waterloo, Canada-based creators of the BlackBerry line, have done a careful job of minimizing battery drain from the color screen by ensuring that backlighting is only necessary in poor lighting conditions. The new display is clear and crisp, and the combination of bright hues, size and BlackBerry's intuitive menu-driven interface makes for a pleasant user experience.

Just like its predecessors, with the 7280 voice transmission does not require a headset: users can put the 7280 up to their head just like they would a mobile phone, although the unit may feel a little strange at first thanks to its size and shape. A hands-free headset is also included for those who prefer or need it. Most standard phone features are included, except for a speakerphone function and Bluetooth compatibility.

The 7280's data-handling and messaging capabilities are impressive, although potential users should note the differences between operating with BlackBerry Enterprise Server software installed on their company's servers, and operating with the BlackBerry Web Client Web-based interface. While either arrangement will give you the ability to check your MS Outlook or IBM Lotus Domino e-mail account, and open popular file attachment types such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF and ASCII, only Enterprise Server users can browse Web pages in HTML (Web Client users are limited to WML browsing at present, although RIM has promised a downloadable update later this year).

Users should also be aware that for automatic wireless e-mail updating, you need to remain in a GPRS coverage area: this will vary by location and service provider, so you are well advised to do some checking before you commit. The 7280 also supports two-way SMS text messaging, and comes with a suite of the usual business software applications. Java (J2ME) is supported, so users will have a wide choice of downloaded mobile software. One limiting factor in using the 7280 as a mini-laptop is the lack of an SDIO slot for portable Flash memory: users will have to be contented with the unit's built-in 16MB of storage until they can synchronize with their laptop or desktop, using the mini-USB cable.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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BlackBerry released the 7280 on February 25, 2004.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry 7280 user manual here.


BlackBerry backs up the 7280 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 7280 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The BlackBerry 7280's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry operating system (OS).

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

BlackBerry 7280 Specs

Overview
Release date February 25, 2004
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry

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Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 2 MB
ROM 16 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Hand Strap, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Midnight Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm (4.5 x 2.9 x 0.8 in)
Weight 136 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 160 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics -
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Scroll wheel
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
-
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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User Reviews


poor phone

my wife can't stand this unit's cell phone capability...scratchy, like I am in a cave.

Bluetooth Adapter

I have really enjoyed having the BB 7280. I have thought about switching to a newer model that included bluetooth and a camera phone. But there is now a company by the name of Cardo that offers a bluetooth adapter. The camera quality of the other models are very poor(faded).

Has limitations but overall a good combination of phone, web and PDA.

This (I am typing this review on it) 7280 Blackberry is my first RIM product and while I agree it is not perfect, it isn't that bad. I find surfing the web can be difficult, I get a lot of "due to security settings, this page can't be loaded" messages and am still trying to figure out how to change tho...More
This (I am typing this review on it) 7280 Blackberry is my first RIM product and while I agree it is not perfect, it isn't that bad. I find surfing the web can be difficult, I get a lot of "due to security settings, this page can't be loaded" messages and am still trying to figure out how to change those settings. I have little experience with Rogers call centre as I haven't called tech support once yet (I have had the phone for 4 months). I will admit that the manual is terrible but that's because I can't find it - I never seen the manual or been able to load it. I just recently obtained the email address of Rogers BB support and will be sending them a couple of questions soon. Given all that, it works well for email and I don't have any problems with the phone but I do prefer to use the headset. My girlfirend refuses to use my BB anymore as she says it is an awkward design. I like that the keyboard is easy to use, backlight is bright, handles my email and allows me to surf what I NEED (such as ebay!). I don't have my other email forwarded because those important enough have the BB address although if I needed to, I COULD access hotmail. The ringtones are bad but for a cost of $50 what do you expect? Anyone considering one of these should think about the monthly costs - I pay a voice & data plan of $90 but that is for unlimited data and 350 daytime minutes/ free evenings & weekends. Add on voice mail, call display, system access and the 911 fee, you reach over a $110 a month quick. One final note, the coolness factor can't be ignored. Less

Blackberry 7280

I was woefully disappointed with this product. It is a bad PDA and a worse phone. Its shape make it difficult to speak into. The e-mail loses all formatting. It is worthless to try and search on the internet for the most fundamental items. It is unfathomable that this product sells at all. If you...More
I was woefully disappointed with this product. It is a bad PDA and a worse phone. Its shape make it difficult to speak into. The e-mail loses all formatting. It is worthless to try and search on the internet for the most fundamental items. It is unfathomable that this product sells at all. If you need immediate access to e-mail then the keyboard is well designed for typing, but if you need that kind of communication you should just call the person. There is no one-touch dialing, no caller specific ring tones. Less

Voice Recording - why none?

I'm a recent convert to the Blackberry 7280. Why are there no features to speak a message that you can recall later and listen to? Would save so much time --any way this feature will be added SOON? Verbal reminders to self or describing what you just observed and recalling later would be valuable.
I'm a recent convert to the Blackberry 7280. Why are there no features to speak a message that you can recall later and listen to? Would save so much time --any way this feature will be added SOON? Verbal reminders to self or describing what you just observed and recalling later would be valuable. Less

stay away if you're not a heavy email user

A couple of months ago I got me a new v300 Motorola cell phone. It was a nice little gadget, which provided sufficient, though limited, web browsing functionality, as well as excellent voice quality. I signed up for the $10, minimal data package and life seemed to be perfect. But as usual, mysterious...More
A couple of months ago I got me a new v300 Motorola cell phone. It was a nice little gadget, which provided sufficient, though limited, web browsing functionality, as well as excellent voice quality. I signed up for the $10, minimal data package and life seemed to be perfect. But as usual, mysterious are the ways of destiny. Last week a colleague of mine was heading to Africa. Wishing to make sure he would be able to keep in touch with the office, we sent our admin to the nearest Rogers store. She returned with a BlackBerry 7290 which the guy seemed to dislike from the very first moment. That was when it all started. I dont know what was it that had gotten into me, but noticing his long face, I did the dumbest thing Ive ever done, and offered him to swap phones. I guess I couldnt resist the e-mail, phone, SMS, organizer, web and corporate data applications in a single handheld appeal. All excited, I called the Rogers call center and joyfully broke the news to them of the new avenue in life I was pursuing. The transaction was smooth and swift, and even the new price plan (40$ a month for 1 megabyte) was not something that could stand between my and the promised data-land. All energized I started my life as a proud blackberry owner by launching the web browser, and keyed in the Outlook web Access address for our exchange server. The status bar was climbing cheerfully, and after a couple of seconds, I got the call your ISP message. I was thinking, OK, the Rogers folks are nice people. Lets give them a call. Hmm, is it an HTTPS address youre trying to access? Try the WAP browser, was the support womans advice. OK, I know the WAP browser usually works with WAP application, but the Rogers woman sounded so confident. I launched the WAP browser, and true, this time the friendly call your ISP advice did not appear. Instead I got the unencouraging end of page message. Very interesting, I think to myself, while re-dialing the Rogers call center. You are right, said the male voice on the other end of the line. The WAP browser works only with the WAP application. Your problem is that the standard browser does not yet support the HTTPS protocol. OK, the lean and mean booklet mentions something about mail integration. No problem says the tech-support guy. You either install blackberrys enterprise server or desktop integration. Realizing that the BB server might be somewhat of a challenge (a $5000 one user license bargain) I decide to give the desktop alternative a chance. Ring, ring, I call the call center again, and the operator tells me, If you register with the Rogers BlackBerry Network, all emails will be automatically forwarded to your BlackBerry device. I ask the operator, Are the kb it takes up part of the one mb I received with my original plan? And the operator said, Yes. And what happens if I consume the one mb? You either pay for the additional kb or sign up for a $60 unlimited plan (remember, I started of with that $10 plan on my midget Motorola And what if I dont want all my emails automatically forwarded to my BlackBerry? What if I want to exercise my own intelligence and select by myself which emails I open up? No problem, was the operators reply, and we ended our conversation. I thought to myself, Great, Ill integrate my gmail account onto my BlackBerry as well! I launch the browser application and attempt unsuccessfully to log into my gmail account. The mysterious Call Your ISP advice pops up again. So I call the call center&again. This time a lady tells me write www.gmail.com, instead of just gmail.com I dont think you need to be explained that this was a fruitless attempt. By this point Im really started to feel that frustration. This time I call the call center and tell them furiously, Cancel the BlackBerry data price plan! And so my BlackBerry data package was cancelled, and so I was stuck with a bulky, useless, good-for-nothing, lousy sound quality piece of plastic. At least, I was thinking, Ill be able to do some basic browsing using the standard GPRS service (5¢ per kb). But you can guess what message popped up. Final verdict, hideous,big & bulky,hard to set up,terrible support, I keep accidentally hitting the 'disconnect' button while trying to answer incoming calls. Both the Blackberry and Rogers site were awful - no help. This device also has worse reception than my Motorola. There is no support at all, once you buy it you are on your own. Manual is terrible, online help terrible too. The Rogers tech support team didn't seem to know what they were doing. Nice try Blackberry, but so far, a huge disappointment. If you arent a heavy e-mail user stay away. Avoid the frustration and extremely expensive service. Most users Ive noted are: heavy email users dont use it as a phone, dont have to pay the outrages monthly fees (i.e. corporate users). Im just a humble cost-conscious casual user, I hate to be robed and I demand quality tech support. This apparently was not the case. For alternatives, read the recent Businessweek article: When a BlackBerry Is Overkill At http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2005/tc20050120_9431_tc081.htm Less
I haven't figured out how to keep the light on long enough, but overall it is faster than the internet at home and I love being able to take care of things when I am out and about. The keyboard eliminates the need to buy even more accessories I need to keep up with. I love it and I bought it for $24.99 refurbished at a local retailer!
I haven't figured out how to keep the light on long enough, but overall it is faster than the internet at home and I love being able to take care of things when I am out and about. The keyboard eliminates the need to buy even more accessories I need to keep up with. I love it and I bought it for $24.99 refurbished at a local retailer! Less

Now with HTML Browsing

The review on this site is no longer current as of 12/04 -- the 7280 now offers HTML browsing regardless of whether you are using the Enterprise server or not. I switched to this device from a Palm-based smartphone. No regrets.

Too many steps

The back light is too dim, wheel to navigate is not convenient. Requires too many steps in searching for phone numbers, and don't even think you will find SIM stored #'s in a hurry. And forget searching for phone #'s while driving, it's a wreck waiting to happen. Too wide and low memory. Sorry I made this purchase.
The back light is too dim, wheel to navigate is not convenient. Requires too many steps in searching for phone numbers, and don't even think you will find SIM stored #'s in a hurry. And forget searching for phone #'s while driving, it's a wreck waiting to happen. Too wide and low memory. Sorry I made this purchase. Less
Amazon

Cingular is deceptive!

from Amazon
My review is on Cingular. I bought a phone w/service and was told I could return for full refund and only charged for any air time used. THEY LIE. THE PHONE DID NOT WORK IN MY AREA AND I CANCELLED THE NEXT DAY. THEY ARE CHARGING ME FOR ACTIVATION even though it never worked in my area. If you are...More
My review is on Cingular. I bought a phone w/service and was told I could return for full refund and only charged for any air time used. THEY LIE. THE PHONE DID NOT WORK IN MY AREA AND I CANCELLED THE NEXT DAY. THEY ARE CHARGING ME FOR ACTIVATION even though it never worked in my area. If you are uncertain you will keep the phone and service, DON'T BUY from Cingular. Amazon will also do nothing to reimburse. I see others have experienced deception from Cingular too. Less

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