1. salscott's Avatar
    I am looking to replace my dead 8100....and there are 8700C's for very cheap on EBay. I am OK living w/out a camera and I use my Ipod for all of my music needs. I just need to be able to open and listen to .wav files due to my work voicemail being forwarded, allowing me to listen via my BB.
    I have heard that the 8700C doesn't have a media player, but is this true (or are you able to download one now).
    Any other thoughts on the 8700 vs the 8100, any reasons why I would hate or love the 8700 after only using my Pearl?
    Thanks for any feedback....
    05-26-08 01:09 PM
  2. insilentmovies's Avatar
    I have had both, and I strongly prefer the 8700 over the Pearl. You will also have to live without the Track Ball (which most people have a problem with getting rid of).

    The best part of the 8700 is that it's a LOT more durable than the Pearl. One drop of my Pearl and it was toast. Two, three drops (I'm clumsy) of my 8700 and it's still working fine. I also like the full-sized keyboard on the 8700.

    The media player on my 8700 has the same appearance as the one I had on my last Pearl. I'm not sure if it's the same series or not. It appeared when I updated the OS.

    I hope that helps.
    05-29-08 03:49 PM
  3. DJIndustrialAverage's Avatar
    there is a media player, but there seems to be some pretty stiff size restrictions on what it can handle.. or maybe it's format restrictions - i haven't really been able to tell... overall not a particularly media-friendly device, but really good at all the other stuff
    06-19-08 02:29 AM
  4. DJIndustrialAverage's Avatar
    ok, just emailed myself a 488k 16bit stereo WAV (3sec) and that downloaded & played fine right out of the mail program... let's try something a bit longer
    06-19-08 02:32 AM
  5. DJIndustrialAverage's Avatar
    493k stereo mp3, 192kbps (20sec) also downloads & plays fine
    06-19-08 02:37 AM
  6. DJIndustrialAverage's Avatar
    and finally:

    2.2MB 16Bit 44.1 stereo WAV (26sec) is now playing on the 8700
    06-19-08 02:44 AM