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Talking Left vs. Right

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Finally broke down and ordered an 8700c for work because of all the international relations I have to deal with day in and day out. I've been perfectly fine with my personal 8700g and a pager. No corporate e-mail there, just the contact calendar info sync'd so that I'd know who to call when I was not going to be able to make a meeting.

That brings me to the left vs right discussion, as in 8700c on the left and 8700g on the right. I know...a bit silly, eh?

I really enjoy the full keyboard functionality of the 8700g, and the key size and layout took me a while to get used to (I bounced around from 7230, 7290, Treo 650, and finally came back to BB with the 8700g) so I've dealt with the smile vs. frown keyboard curves and the Palm vs. BB key sizes, as well as 72x0 vs. 8700 key size thing.

So, off I went to size up the competition for the 8700g replacement. I looked at the MS Smartphones, but remember the troubles I had with the iPaq I had a few years back, along with some of the limitations of a WinMo 2003 phone. I didn't want a brick like the HTC slider phones, and was almost lured in by the T-Mobile Dash. But then, I remembered all the problems I had with the MS stuff. I did see the Treo 380 mock unit at Cingular, but then I remember how expensive their data plans run, especially for BB. They didn't have a 750 unit there, but I did want to check out one of their units that didn't have the antenna sticking out.

Back to the T-Mobile store I went, and took a closer look at the Pearl. After much research, I finally elected to go with (read: broke down) the 8100. The interface is familiar, with a few twists and the addition of capabilities not available from a BB before are nice. SureType was a good learning experience, and for general conversation will beat out my attempts of MultiTap. The trackball is nice, too. But my favorite addition so far has to be the Voice Dial feature. Really nice.

Thanks to all who have posted good and bad about their 8100 experiences, and especially for the people who have mentioned Seido for their case/skin of choice.

I was never a fan of a skin for a BB until the Pearl. All of the other BBs I've owned have taken their fair share of abuse, with parking lot-generated road rash scars to prove it. My concern about Pearl is that the shiny/slick finish is closer to one of my iPods than it is to any of the 72x0/8700 units I've worked with.

Sorry for the extended post, just wanted to share my experiences with those who may be mulling something else over an 8100.

-BB
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