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Old 06-05-2007, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 8700 and in the past a Treo 650. I went into my local Cingy store and they were out of the 8300. All they had was a sample that I couldn't turn it on. It seemed to me that the keys were tiny, more like the Treo. I have fat fingers and hated typing on the Treo but love typing on the 8700. Does anyone who loved the keypad on the 8700 want comment on the keypad on the 8300. Like I said the sample cuold be turned on...So practice typing wasn't possible.

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Old 06-05-2007, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i use the 650 right now and the keys are tiny. i used the 7290 in the past and absolutely loved the keyboard. i hate the 650's keyboard and am eagerly looking forward to upgrading to the curve.. but i also have heard the complaint of its keyboard being tiny.
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Yes, the keys on the Curve feel alot more like the Treo. I came from an 8700 which had nice sized keys. It's takes a little getting use to.
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yeah, it does take some getting use to on the 8300, just like the 8800 did as well but not as bad. The 8300 resembles the treo keyboard visually, but the keys are more spaced apart and they're more responsive to your typing than that of the Treo, which makes a big difference in the positive sense. Fat fingers may make it tough in comparison to the 8700 though.
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I prefer a bit more air between the keys than the Curve has, but you get used to it pretty quickly, and the fact that it's so light makes up.
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I've owned all the Treo's in the past, and the 8703! The keyboard on the Curve has a real good layout, it's way better then the Treo's and similar to the 8703, it's a pretty easy keyboard to get used to! Coming from an 8800, the Curve has a much better feel, I have pretty big hands and I'm very comfortable typing on the Curve! But as always, everyone has different taste. So try it live before you make a decision.
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I came from an 8700 before the 8300 and they are different. The 8700 has a little more room but I learned long ago that with time you will adapt. Given time you will be typing just as fast on the 8300. The 8300 is really a nice device!
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I came from the 7130, so I just have to stop hitting the keys twice. I hated suretype. Yes, they are small. I have no problem with them, however.
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I used quite a few touch screen based phones before, 8300 is my 1st BB, the keyboard is a little bit tricky though. (And I have very slim fingers) Trackball also can be annoy at times...
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I had the same experience as the poster. I went into the ATT store and tried out the display. Wanted so bad to leave my 8700 and purchase the Curve. But the keyboard was horrible in comparison to the 8700. I mean the keys were so small and felt really cramped. I came home dissappointed and pulled the rag out and polished off the old 8700. Didn't realize what I had. Kind of like I was taking my trusted baby for granted. All is well now, me and my trusted 8700 have a better understanding.
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I had the same experience as the poster. I went into the ATT store and tried out the display. Wanted so bad to leave my 8700 and purchase the Curve. But the keyboard was horrible in comparison to the 8700. I mean the keys were so small and felt really cramped. I came home dissappointed and pulled the rag out and polished off the old 8700. Didn't realize what I had. Kind of like I was taking my trusted baby for granted. All is well now, me and my trusted 8700 have a better understanding.
I would think that a majority of the 8300 buyers are upgrading from the 8700 (ATT/Cing being the ones that launched both BB), so It has me curious that more people are not having trouble transitioning from one model to the other. It makes me think that perhaps the feel of the keys is more 8700 then Treo 650. I'm thinking I'll need more then ten minutes in store to figure it out.
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coming from a 8700g, 7130e, 8703e,8830 and now 8300 the 8300 is by far the smallest keys i've used, it only took me half of yesterday after i got it to get used to them and i'm typing just as fast as i was before!
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What really bothered me about the tiny keys was not the typing aspect. But I wanted to leave the 8700 becasue sometimes when I am walking down the street or driving, trying to press the number keys for dialing a phone number is troublesome, that is you really have to pay attention to the numbers you are pressing. I thought the 8300 would be a better improvement over that. I found it more difficult to dial phone numbers due to the smallness of the keys. In fact dialing a phone number was easier on the 8700 than on the 8300, which really dissappointed me because I really wanted the 8300. I will probably go to another manufacturer who has a mobile phone with both a Qwerty keyboard and a dedicated dial pad.
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