I am waiting on the Pearl. I currently have 7130 and definitely want to downsize. I think it is personal preference as to keyboard type and size. I agree with christine, go to a tmobile and vzw store and test them out. I am looking forward to carrying a pearl without a huge bulge in my pocket, I am not a big fan of the holsters and only use it when necessary. I also like suretype. The 8830 is just too wide for me. Good luck in your decision, the 8830 is great device and hopefully the Pearl will be to when it arrives.