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Old 11-26-2007, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everybody!

I have never owned a Berry before but plan to buy one withen the next couple of weeks...

I have narrowed it down to the Pearl and Curve.

I was just wondering if anybody had any input for me as to which one to get...


Some factors:

I have no intention currently of getting a data plan so the phone will be purley for text messaging and phone calls. I will use the internet but not regularly.

I am a student so size and media are somewhat important

*I'm also sorry becasue i realize that there have been many threads similar to this but none quite with my circumstances.

All and all I am looking for a phone that will give me the best media, camera, size, and fuctionallity with the efficiancy of the blackberry keyboard and messaging system.

Thanks so much for all of your help
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMO, you're not getting the most out of the BlackBerry without a data plan. You're better off with another phone, if the data plan is absolutely unnecessary.

But, if you still insist on getting one, how are you with typing? Do you prerfer a full QWERTY keyboard or are you fine with SureType messaging?

As far as media wise, I'm guessing the Curve and Pearl are quite similar. It's just the keyboard/typing that separates the two.

I've never hard a Pearl, but I do have a Curve. I'm a happy camper right heres

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Old 11-26-2007, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I plan on getting a bb becasue i will be using the internet and e mail but with out the plan and yes, i know how much my plans gonna be but i am actually unable to get a data plan with the company i am with :S

I have never used either types of keyboard so i am not preferanced, but i do send out anywhere from 3000-5000 txt messages per month! so the functionalty will come in use...
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I plan on getting a bb becasue i will be using the internet and e mail but with out the plan and yes, i know how much my plans gonna be but i am actually unable to get a data plan with the company i am with :S

I have never used either types of keyboard so i am not preferanced, but i do send out anywhere from 3000-5000 txt messages per month! so the functionalty will come in use...
3000-5000? wtf? thats nuts.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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no BB data plan, no internet. I agree withy Dereck better to look at other handsets if you have no intentions of getting a BB data plan. It's like peanut butter without the jelly.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i really appreciate the advice and will definatly take it into consideration...

how do these phones stack up to one another in term of a phone...(call qaulity, interface, ect)?
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No kidding that's nuts . . . I thought I went through a lot :0

If you're not accustomed to either the SureType or the keyboard, does that mean your going through the letter sequencing? Oye, man . . . that would drive me INSANE.

I hate SureType. I don't have the freedom to have my own words. I've used to phones with it and at times just wanted to throw the phone because it couldn't get a single word correct in the whole text. I chose the curve because of my texting addiction. I knew I needed a full keyboard, and the size, style, and a few other features sold me on the curve.

I played with a Pearl and didn't feel it was any better than any other SureType phone. Hated it. Loved the style and size . . . but like I said, I love the freedom to type words how I want them.

Edit - I can't say I totally agree with the other guys about not having a data plan . . . I'd get it just for the full keyboard. All the phones with a full Qwerty board are data phones at heart, and true, you won't get the full functionality of the phone without data . . . but a full Qwerty sets it in motion for me.

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Old 11-26-2007, 09:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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haha not sure if this is a factor but im on a nokia now (biggest mistake!:@) and it doesnt even have predictive...you have to type out the full word!

its such a pain in the butt its unbelievable!
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I don't think I could stand even 100 messages a month that way . . .

I've never tried predictive, I guess . . . maybe it is better. I will still say in my case the freedom to type what I want when I want regardless of how it's really supposed to be spelled or written, is a plus for me. I type diff to my friends than I do my boss. :P
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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you cant have internet on a BB unless you get the data plan. well thats for AT&T at least. I just recently bought a pearl and I had to fork up 30 dollars a month for the internet and no texting.

im actually debating on these 2 phones as well. i like the size and look of the pearl, but like everyone has been saying, the suretype is starting to bug.

what additional features does the curve provide?
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Please *please* stick to one thread.

Many, many people have posted that they can get Internet (web) access without a BB data plan. You need to use the mini Opera browser instead of the BlackBerry Browser. No e-mail, but Opera will work.

There are FAQs in Main Page - BlackBerryFAQ detailing how to use your BB without a data plan. Personally I think it makes no sense to have a BB without a BB data plan.
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You mentioned the camera in your post. My curve 8300 has the most awesome camera. The pictures are super clear and look great with the photo id for incoming calls. With the expandable sd card you fit tons of media stuff on your phone. And I agree with everyone about the querty keyboard. It is so worth it!
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thanks everyone for the great advice...

Please do not take offence to this as i do not mean it in that way but, i am not lookng for advice as to which plan i am getting i have noted that i cannot get a data plan therefore i will not be getting one. up here in the great white north, we are able to access the internet, but with a hefty fee, without a data plan.

As i also have already stated the keyboard will be a use and is one of the main reasons for looking at a blackberry, which is also because we do not have any other options to phones with keyboards...

just wondering if anyone has advice to which phone has better call qaulity, reception, speakers ect.????
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As previously stated you can use the phone for Voice, SMS and Internet (You will need to get Opera Mini as your browser, the one that will come loaded on the device will not work). Keep in mind the much touted email capability of the BB is dependant on a BB Plan.

Differences in the devices for your consideration:

Form Factor - the Pearl is much more compact. The Curve is larger

Typing - Pearl is SureType (I like it, but you can use Tap method which you may be using now). The Curve has a full qwerty (an since it's full keyboard no predictive text)

Music - I don't know that there is a difference.

Video - The curve has a somewhat larger screen for viewing but both can do it.

Internet - The devices are the same except screen size.

Camera - Curve has higher resolution than the 8100 Pearl (Pics are still good though)

You will also want to invest in a SD Card to store your music and video, neither device has enough built in memory to store them.
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I have had both, I prefer the curve. I hated teh suretype, form wise I do not that much differnt. But I am used to carrying briks, i.e E90, mda vario III, etc.
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haha alright does anyone mind explaining to me kind of in detail what suretype is and how it is any differant from every other cell phone...
im kind of a noob:p
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I will first start out by saying that I agree with everyone who has said that a BB without a data plan is kind of silly. Nonetheless, I do understand the position you are in not being able to get a data plan and if you are sending that many texts a BB may be a good option even without data.

I used to be a big texter myself - that is until I converted everyone to a BB and now I use BB Messenger a ton. Anyway, I have had many flavors of the BB over the years, both QWERTY and SureType. Most recently I had the Pearl for about 2 1/2 weeks and today I switched to the Curve. I just keep going back to the QWERTY keyboard. I just like it better.

In terms of SureType. It is amazing. When typing full words, it recognizes most of them. But because you have 2 letters per key, some combinations of key presses can have more than one common word. For example, if you want to type "hey," you press (GH) (ER) (TY). But, notice that that combo will also spell "get." So you recognize a few common words that get confused. The great thing is that it learns which you favor more and then will adjust over time.

As I say, for full words in e-mail or messenger, SureType is awesome and is worth the smaller form factor. Texting can be another issue. For example, when I used to text a lot, I would use a lot of abbreviations. If I wanted to say: "How are you? Can't wait to get home and see you later." I would probably write something like

"Hey. How R U? Can't W8 2 get hm n C U l8r"

This was just done because of the character limit on text messages. The full word version is something like 55 characters and the abbrevitions are only 41ish or so. Anyway, I got used to texting like that. Abbreviations become a real problem with SureType. The software is designed to recognize whole words, not abbreviations. That is the one big flaw I found when texting.

As I say, with e-mail or messenger, SureType is great. If you are doing a lot texting, and 3,000/month is a lot, then I would go with the curve. It's still small compared to the older QWERTY devices, has a camera, card slot, media player. I think the fulll keyboard will make your life easier when texting.

Also, Suretype can be a pain in the butt when trying to enter a url, and since you said you would be using internet, that may be a factor for you too.

Hope this helps.
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wow that definatly clears a few things up for me

i went to rogers to get a feel for both phone, each were employees phones so they were activated!
i found that they have the same interface, with the excaption of the curve haveing a larger screen, thereofre being clearer...
After playing with both for a little while i think i've decided to go for the curve. I found the keyboard on the pearl was to small for my radther large hands, which made it much easier to type on the curve...thanks to everyone for the help !

If anyone has any other suggestions or input i would greatly appreciate it
Thanks a lot
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Great choice. I love my Curve
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