I think it's a matter of use of the device. If I have to type out something lengthy, I'll find a laptop or something with a keyboard. If I needed to be able to type out lengthy replies with a blackberry, I would probably lean toward a larger keypad... but I really use it for reading/notification and short replies, and for me the Pearl works great. I think like one of the members mentioned, whatever works for you. On the other hand... my daughter types on a 7105t like its a full size keyboard. It always amazes me to watch her do that, two handed. She looked at my pearl and went, no thanks. There is a huge difference in size of the two.