The Blackberry Pearl 8100 is a great phone, and of course its not going to feel right its not the usual blackberry. The Pearl is the first blackberry thats ment for the regular consumer. If you know blackberrys you know that they were always business orientated and tended to be a little bulky. The Pearl now sports a 1.3mp camera which is completely unusual for blackberry and its more of a standard phone size, the half qwerty keyboard and the trackball will take some time to get used to but id say its worth it, plus the suretype on the Pearl works wonderfully. However i would also say to look through the forums and get some more information and decide for yourself.