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Old 11-26-2007, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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which do you guys recommend?

right now i have the pearl, but the share key is starting to be annoying. i dont text much, but i often do online searching and bb messaging.

price difference is no issue for me.

does the curve have more important and useful features than the pearl?

what would be some pros/cons?

thanks alot!

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Old 11-26-2007, 09:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's a Curve 2?

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does the curve have more important and useful features than the curve?
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sorry, i meant the latest version of the curve

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I'm still confused.
There are three "Curves"

8300 - camera
8310 - camera + GPS
8320 - camera + WiFi

All other features are identical. Which one is the latest version?
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i probably dont have my facts straight then. i was just referring to the one with the camera
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All of the 8300s have a camera. All of the Pearls do, too.

I would check out BlackBerry where they have pictures and specifications for all available BlackBerrys.
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Well, i had both. The pearl 8100 and the curve 8300. Now these are the differences i've come across.
Now, mind you that my experience will be different from other peoples experience. So check around.

1. The user interface is much faster on the pearl than the curve. They use the same processor, but the screen is much bigger in the curve and for that and probably other reasons, it slows it down. And i have issues with slow phones. The Pearl is also brighter, under the same settings in my opinion.

2. The pearl is a snazy little phone that really fits into the palm of ur hand, Now, i haven't held the pearl 2 but from what i know, its a little wider. that may make a difference to you. in that case u need to go to a store and compare them side by side. The curve, is mighty fat and is more like a real BB. So, it really comes down to, do you wanna be walking around with a heavy fat phone? As opposed to a pearl, which i forget i have on me until it rings. I like that. A phone should not feel like a wallet, which the curve does.

3. I find that the reception and over all voice quality is worse on the curve. This may be software issues, though i don't think so. I have also noticed that friends who have the curve sometimes receive my messages up to an hour after a sent them. My pearl users don't have this issue.

4. You mentioned that you BB message allot. I would recommend the curve in that case. The 8320 as NJBlackBerry mentioned above. If u send the odd txt message then the pearl is fine, but as soon as your chatting and conversing, you need a real keyboard for that. But, if you really want a true keyboard, then grab the 8800 series. Its much better than the curve. But it is a brick...lol

5. Battery life i've noticed is almost the same. Unless you pick up the 2400mAh (curve) and 2600mAh (pearl) batteries from seidio. But these batteries conflict with certain functions of the pearls and curves software so i don't recommend buying them. Ur better off buying another BB official battery. Or two.

ummm, thats really all i can think of right now. The main difference for me was the speed of the user interface, size of the phones and the keyboard (when i used it) Thats it. There are no other significant differences between the two. In fact they're almost the same phone but one has a full keyboard.

But, i do recommend that you really try to get your hands on both of them and feel them out first, regardless of what they can or cannot do. I noticed that the curve camp and the pearl camp don't mingle. At least for the most part. And there are reasons for that...some of which i stated above.

The Curve is much more of a real blackberry. As opposed to the Pearl which was designed with the general public in mind...and women. Now, that may sound like an offensive comment but in fact about 40% of pearl users are women. About 15% use Curve and about 2% use the 8800. Also keep in mind that the 8800 series was designed for the next generation of true BB users. Which places the curve somewhere in between.

so....good luck

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my curve was no different to my pearl, everything was identical, just formfactor differs.

the external speaker on the curve is louder, thats a given as its actually bigger.

the 4.3 o/s brings predictive text to the pearl 2.. might be handy for the suretype.

it all depends do u want a phone sized phone which is easier to live with everyday.
or do u want the ease of a qwerty keyboard, and the extra screen real estate that comes with it.

you arent going to find many differences between the 2 phones.
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wow, thanks a lot max and muck.

i went to the store and compared the 2 phones. they even had them laid out side by side so it made it a bit easier.

i guess both have their pros and cons so its difficult to compare.

again, thanks for the help!
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2. The pearl is a snazy little phone that really fits into the palm of ur hand, Now, i haven't held the pearl 2 but from what i know, its a little wider. that may make a difference to you. in that case u need to go to a store and compare them side by side. The curve, is mighty fat and is more like a real BB. So, it really comes down to, do you wanna be walking around with a heavy fat phone? As opposed to a pearl, which i forget i have on me until it rings. I like that. A phone should not feel like a wallet, which the curve does.
I have the 8130 and when you hold it and compare it to the 8100, you really can't notice a difference in the size (width). When you place one on top of the other, it looks to be the same width. However, the difference is there. I bought some screen protectors that were made for the 8100. When I put it on my friend's 8100, the screen protector covers the entire width of the front screen. When I put it on my 8130, it covers the front screen except for a little strip on each side that is about the width of a U.S. dime.

FWIW, I really love the size of the Pearl. The thing that has kept me from going to a PDA smartphone until now has been the size of the darn things. With a larger PDA, it would have felt silly holding that huge thing up to my ear to make a call. And when I first got my 8130, I really couldn't get myself into Suretype, so I relied on Multi Tap. I started giving Suretype a chance over the holiday weekend and now I really love it. The predictive text is pretty spot on in the majority of the cases (probably about 70-80% of the time). Now I can type as fast (if not a tad faster) than if I was still using a full QWERTY keypad.

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I have the 8130 and when you hold it and compare it to the 8100, you really can't notice a difference in the size (width). When you place one on top of the other, it looks to be the same width. However, the difference is there. I bought some screen protectors that were made for the 8100. When I put it on my friend's 8100, the screen protector covers the entire width of the front screen. When I put it on my 8130, it covers the front screen except for a little strip on each side that is about the width of a U.S. dime.

FWIW, I really love the size of the Pearl. The thing that has kept me from going to a PDA smartphone until now has been the size of the darn things. With a larger PDA, it would have felt silly holding that huge thing up to my ear to make a call. And when I first got my 8130, I really couldn't get myself into Suretype, so I relied on Multi Tap. I started giving Suretype a chance over the holiday weekend and now I really love it. The predictive text is pretty spot on in the majority of the cases (probably about 70-80% of the time). Now I can type as fast (if not a tad faster) than if I was still using a full QWERTY keypad.

That is strange, I have measured the screen on an 8100 and 8120 and they are identical 38mm x 40mm

Also, the difference between the keyboards between the 8100 and 8120 are the top buttons are bigger (there is no divider between them and the rest of the keyboard.)
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On the web site GSMarena.com, they have the pearl and pearl 2 measurements and they go like this, (pearl, 107h x 50w x 14.5d mm), (pearl 2, 107h x 55w x 14d mm). So, as you can see, the pearl 2 is bigger and too me that just doesn't make the product better cause the major reason that i considered the pearl to be a revolutionary product was, its size and easy of use. At the time of its release there was no product that was that small, that easy to use, with big screen like that, that fast, (gui), and that cool looking..lol. The pearl 2 looks more industrial too me and therefore, not that good. But, thats me.

But regarding typing on the pearl as opposed to the curve, i can type faster on the pearl than the curve. Only because the keyboard on the curve has an unnatural feel to it. But then again, its a great keyboard for that size and wight of the a phone.

With blackberries is hard to decide which one you want, but it really does come down to full keyboard vs pearl keyboard. Back to aphanbb' thread question, i think it comes down to this.
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I owned both Pearls and other BB's too. Its definately a personal decision. Truthfully, I can type just as fast on the BB Pearl 2 as the next person with a full qwerty keyboard. I say the only way to know is to go into the store and type a couple of paragraphs on both.

Hope this adds some more (user specific) opinion. This might be worth $0.002, less than 2 cents.
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I actually have both a pearl 8100 and curve 8320 right next to me

Anyone saying that they are similar in size must be on something, the curve especially in the holster is HUGE to be carrying around in your pocket on a daily basis. The pearl even while holstered is much easier to work with IMO. The curve keyboard feels very cramped, and I was often hitting the wrong keys just because they are so small and close together. The pearl's keys are bigger, and I can easily type one handed without even looking at the keyboard. The pearl's screen did look kinda small after I switched over, but after about a week I got used to it. Theres my 2 cent!
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Well, i just switched from a pearl to a curve and i am finding that the curve is better. Granted the keypad is different but after a while it works out to be a lot more convenient INMHO but to each his own. I also enjoy the A2DP profile for MP3's the UMA for calling in low signal areas and the larger screen for watching converted movies on my micro sd card. Also something i think might be worth considering is the curve is newer than the pearl and therefore will get more future software upgrades (i think).

It depends, i keep both phones and when the pearl 2 is out for tmobile I will definately be an early adopter and maybe I will change but for now i like the curve a little more.
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On the web site GSMarena.com, they have the pearl and pearl 2 measurements and they go like this, (pearl, 107h x 50w x 14.5d mm), (pearl 2, 107h x 55w x 14d mm). So, as you can see, the pearl 2 is bigger and too me that just doesn't make the product better cause the major reason that i considered the pearl to be a revolutionary product was, its size and easy of use. At the time of its release there was no product that was that small, that easy to use, with big screen like that, that fast, (gui), and that cool looking..lol. The pearl 2 looks more industrial too me and therefore, not that good. But, thats me.

Right have just measured them. 8100 (Pearl) vs 8120 (Pearl 2)

As far as I can see, they are no different. The Pearl2 is not 5mm wider than the Pearl, it is the same.

When I get hold of another device, I will take a photo of them side by side.
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