I switched from a Treo 650 to the Pearl and am very happy with the Pearl in almost every way. It is a better phone even than previous Nokia's I have had and the Suretype keyboard, although it does take some getting used to, is quite nice. Once used to it one can type quite about as fast (maybe faster) than with the qwerty layout. The only drawback I observe after three months with the Pearl is occasionally when typing a name for the first time. Try it and see for yourself.