Hi there, I guess SE phone are very popular in Europe. I have used the P800 and then a P910i with BB connect in the past. Although you get your emails through BB connect, it is still not as fast as a real BB device. Also, using BB connect zaps out battery power quickly.
I have switched around Palm Treos and BBs back and forth after the SE P series phones and the BB is clearly the winner (battery life, stability). The Pearl is a great BB phone. If you want a full QWERTY, you may want to wait for the BB Curve. The keyboard of the SE P-series are a bit harder to use compared to the Treo and the BB.
Just my $.02
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