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Old 09-15-2007, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are the smooth keys on a 8310 a problem? (compared to ridged keys of a 8810)

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I am thinking of buying a BB 8310.

But I notice that they key son the 8310 are *smooth*, whereas the keys on the 8810 have *ridges* - is the smoothness a problem?

Without ever having owned a Blackberry I can't decide on the ergonomics...
- Are these ridges important or not?

I mean, I presume typing is done by using both your thumbs, but is it done more by touch or by position? If by touch, then I would imagine that the ridges are pretty important!

- any thoughts?

With thanks

Shiperton Henteh

P.S. The only reason that I havent bought my 8310 yet is because I'm not on the Electoral Role' voters register yet - (even though I filled in all the paperwork weeks and weeks ago) - and Vodaphone UK wont take me on as a result, because I fail the credit checking! :^[
Old 09-15-2007, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The 88xx series needs that ridge since the keys are packed closer together. On the 83xx models there is more room and no ridge is needed. I have both and the 8300 is slightly better to type on in my opinion.
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I concur with the previous poster. I like the 83xx keyboard slightly better than the 88xx keyboard. I think it is going to end up a personal preference...
Old 09-15-2007, 10:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The general consensus among most users seems to be that the 83xx series keyboard is superior and more in keeping with the traditional BB keyboards.

I suggest going to the store and trying them both out in person yourself. I found the 83xx keyboard to be considerably easier to use than the 88xx. I could tell after about five minutes on each one....

The ridges are a compromise, in my opinion, to make up for how close the keys are to each other on the 88xx. The 83xx feels much more natural to me.

I'm sure others feel differently- so try it out first!
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