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Old 12-06-2008, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. I am a business user that needs to type out long emails fast. That's my top priority for my blackberry and I can't live without it.

For those of you in the same boat, how did you make the transition from a full conventional BB keyboard to the Storm?

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My personal opinion is it is impossible to type a message quickly on the Storm. My brother in law returned his for that reason. I tried it, and RAN back to the Bold. The keyboard simply isn't designed for fast typing.

I'm sure others will disagree, so there we go!
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Thanks. That is my fear. I was playing with one in the storm in the store today and was on the fence about this.
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I had the 8830 and got the Storm on Friday. I like the Storm but typing is a royal PITA. On the iPhone it just works, on the Storm it doesn't work as well.
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The iPhone is far from perfect and I make many mistakes and still do a year later. I have also been using a Bold the past month which has one of the best keypads yet. I can type out a fairly long email pretty quick on a standard BB.

Moving to the Storm this past week I at first was really leary as I am just not as productive on a touchscreen interface. No matter how good you adjust you will never get as fast as the keypad.

After tweaking the Storm keyboard settings as noted on here, flashing to the official Verizon OS update I have each day gotten quicker on the device with less mistakes. I also found I like to hold it horizontal with the blackberry logo to the right and access to the buttons on my left thumb to quickly pull up the menu's (right handed).

You really need to spend some time adjusting to how the virtual keyboard functions as it's different. I will say I also miss the keypad shortcuts though but the Storm has some of it's own that I'm learning.

All that being said - I provide executive support to our senior staff and unless they are technical / gadget types I don't think many of them would bother to learn this. It does have some advatages but for the typical business user - I'd recommend the 8830/Bolds until this is a little more mature.
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The iPhone is far from perfect and I make many mistakes and still do a year later. I have also been using a Bold the past month which has one of the best keypads yet. I can type out a fairly long email pretty quick on a standard BB.

Moving to the Storm this past week I at first was really leary as I am just not as productive on a touchscreen interface. No matter how good you adjust you will never get as fast as the keypad.

After tweaking the Storm keyboard settings as noted on here, flashing to the official Verizon OS update I have each day gotten quicker on the device with less mistakes. I also found I like to hold it horizontal with the blackberry logo to the right and access to the buttons on my left thumb to quickly pull up the menu's (right handed).

You really need to spend some time adjusting to how the virtual keyboard functions as it's different. I will say I also miss the keypad shortcuts though but the Storm has some of it's own that I'm learning.

All that being said - I provide executive support to our senior staff and unless they are technical / gadget types I don't think many of them would bother to learn this. It does have some advatages but for the typical business user - I'd recommend the 8830/Bolds until this is a little more mature.
I agree 100%

I had an 8830, moved to the Storm. At the end of the first day, I wanted to throw it out the window. Reading the tips here and on other forums and getting used to it, I think that in a week I will be just as fast with it as I was with the 8830.

I can't see my boss having the patience to deal with it though.
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I changed from an 8703e to the Storm about a week ago. The first couple of days were a disaster. By day five I was up to about 50% of my prior typing speed. I am now at about 75% speed an about 85% accuracy. It just takes practice and patience.

The single most important thig is that you must use your thumbs. The landscape keyboard is only calibrated for this and any other method of entry does not work. I used to type with one hand and was pretty good. I had to give that up. However, in spite of my age, I can still learn.

I run my business out of my Blackberry and would not think about keeping the Storm if it was not capable of the job. But, that is me. You may be different.

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