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Old 03-27-2008, 05:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I have the Pearl 8130 and love it. Yes, I wish it had a bigger screen. But for me, the smaller form factor for the phone is why I choose the 8130 over any larger BlackBerry. The Pearl keyboard gets slammed, but I think unfairly. I have been a blazingly fast typist (on a regular keyboard) since the 1960s. I adapted to the Pearl keyboard and SureType very quickly and love it. There is no argument about the quality or functionality of the keyboard, it's just a matter of whether you are willing to take a modest amount of time to learn it. For me having the smaller phone is worth that effort 100 times over.

So, don't agonize over it. Take the advice above and play around with both at a store. Then go where your heart leads you. I'm guessing that since you don't seem to care about phone size, I'd recommend one with a larger screen. That's not what suits me, but sounds like it might suit you.

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Old 03-27-2008, 11:04 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I have 4.3 DM and .97 for handheld....is there a newer version....for 8130
no .97 is the newest.
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Huntersplc,

I have owned the 8830 from Verizon for about one month. I absolutely love it for a number of reasons. These are all personal preferences.
1 - larger screen - easier to read the fonts and the messages
2 - larger phone - easier to grip and hold. I have carpal tunnel and larger items are much easier for me to grasp.
3 - Full keyboard. - I came from a razor and hated having to hit a key 3 times to get to the letter I wanted. When you type, the full QWERTY is just great. I find I am not searching for a letter. I know where it is.
4 - I never used my camera. I have a digital that I take with me. If there are any pictures I must have on my 8830 I just transfer them there from my digital card.

I considered switching to the pearl but I am so glad I did not. The pricing was the same, so that wasn't even a consideration for me.

It's all about comfort and ease of use for me. Now that I own a BB, I don't know how I'll ever switch to a different phone.

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i work in an IT dept where a lot the guys here have business and personal blackberries and its funny because most of the guys got the world phone when it came out for verizon and now more than half of them turned it back in and got the pearl. i dont know but the pearl seems more practical to me because of its size. the same features just in a smaller package
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the bigger screen on the 8830 is a plus but honestly when i tried it out in the store i absoluetly hated trying to type on that thing. as much as i love the qwerty keyboard the pearl is so much more comfortable to type on and more suited for what i would use it for
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Well i had an interesting experience.. i have been on the 8130 for 3 days now, ran into a collegue that has the 8830 and I really disliked typing on it after getting used to the pearl. I did like the bigger screen. I would love a curve with a pearl key board.

I agree with Kelly Carter, the pearl keyboard is fast if you are willing to learn it and it comes really quickly. There is an economy of movement on the pearl. Less movement means that ultimately you can go faster. On a regular keyboard you use all your fingers so obviously you can fly on that, but the with two fingers I am finding that less is more I never thought that I would like this more than the full keyboard but I think I do.

The screen size is a different matter. Its nice to have more screen IMO.
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i have owned it now a week and a half i have a few to decide but if i swap to the 8830 im done no going back says my carrier verizon..

I am a newer pearl owner and at all of the Verizon stores I have been in, you have 30 days to "test out" a phone and you can switch to a new phone in that time for any reason without any problems... I have until the 3rd for my 30 days to be up. So I don't understand why whoever you spoke to at Verizon would say there is no going back! I would question that, right now it appears that the issues I have been having with my account are b.c of my handset and I may have to replace it with a new handset... But nobody I've talked to has seen these issues within a wide number of 8130's.

For me the 8130 is the better option, I would like the larger screen, but I have smaller hands and the full keyboard is too hard for me to type on actually... I also like having a camera phone, you never know when you will want it lol. I'm really happy with the Pearl, I only wish Verizon offered it in the red body.
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Both myself and my wife have pearls. I bought it for the size,camera, etc. Never sent that many texts before, so it wasn't a big deal typing on the pearl.
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I am a newer pearl owner and at all of the Verizon stores I have been in, you have 30 days to "test out" a phone and you can switch to a new phone in that time for any reason without any problems... I have until the 3rd for my 30 days to be up. So I don't understand why whoever you spoke to at Verizon would say there is no going back!
you can move to a new phone, but you only get one test. If you return that phone and get a different one, you can't come back again in 30 days and try a third. That's what is meant by you can't go back.

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With all the debate on the 8130 and 8300, has anyone considered the new 8320 which includes a camera and WiFi.

My debate is going with a Curve with WiFi or a Pearl. The big difference is size VS WiFi.
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Thanks in advance for the help!
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