That's the whole point of suretype. You can tell it to be multitap instead just like a regular cell phone, or you can switch to landscape and use a full qwerty keyboard. Really though, having never used suretype I hated it at first until I realized how to use it. Once I figured out its nothing like multitap, I was thrilled. I can type way faster using it than using the landscape keyboard. I think this has as much to do with the size of the buttons than anything else. The best part is that it learns. The words you use come up more often than the ones you don't. I could see how this could be even faster on the pearl where you can scroll down through the options presented to you and select very quickly. I can type whole sentences without it "guessing" the wrong word. It's very nice.