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Old 06-12-2008, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who transitioned from a Pearl to a curve or for those of you who started on a pearl and have both, do you ever get as fast on the Curve as you were on the Pearl?
I now have both, I got the Curve because I thought it would be easier for longer emails and was very surprised that I am WAY faster on the Pearl. I could almost type as fast on that as I can on my lap top and I really did not have to even look at the keys. I am painfully slow on the Curve at this point.

I was really surprised by this and may end up trading back to the Pearl and just have two of them.

Just wondering how others feel.

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I just got a Curve two days ago after having a Pearl for six months. I too am going through a bit of a "re-learning" curve (no pun intended). Right now, yes, I can type faster on my Pearl. But, the thing that is keeping me motivated on the Curve is the fact that I can type anything I want and Suretype won't guess for me. That's pretty cool. Also, if I make a mistake, it's easier to correct stuff on the Curve. I'm not committed either way yet, and want to give the Curve a few weeks to get the hang of it. I think I'll be able to make a decision by then. For me, it's just going to be a lot of trial and error and experimenting with the best ways to hold the Curve, etc.
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I've gone from a 8130 to now having a 8330. I prefer the qwerty because I can type obscure things that the suretype could never follow. I can also caps lock on the fly way better and what not.

I find it easier and more enjoyable to type on the Curve. I looked like a fool typing on such a small little device like the Pearl.

It took me a good three weeks to get real efficient with the Curve but I'm glad I have it vs the suretype. Typing passwords and logins and URLs is a breeze now, I couldn't ever figure out suretype for URLs..ugh.

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OK then we are exactly in the same boat. I am motivated for the same reasons and of course the screen is fantastic. I am also not committed either way either. Its really large and does not fit in the pocket comfortably so that is one of the other trade offs
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I find it easier and more enjoyable to type on the Curve. I looked like a fool typing on such a small little device like the Pearl.

Good luck!
I thought this too when reviewing the two. My big hands just did not look right on the pearl.
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While the device is small the buttons are big, the teeny tiny buttons on the Curve is a little rough and i have teeny teeny hands
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Its really large and does not fit in the pocket comfortably so that is one of the other trade offs
Are you wearing hot pants?

I have no problems fitting my 8310 in my pockets. I guess YMMV.
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Are you wearing hot pants?

I have no problems fitting my 8310 in my pockets. I guess YMMV.
Kind of ... i wear surf shorts and cut offs.. you tell me how you are going to get a curve into a pair of surf shorts! I did try but it made moving tough.
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i have pairs of pants that i have trouble even holding the pearl in (the front pockets at least- i try not to put it in the back because i always forget about it and end up sitting on it)

i would think that the pearl would be easier to type on for those who have larger fingers. the curve keys are like half the size of the pearl's.
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No, it's the size of the phone to me.
The Curve is wider, thus looked better in my hands.
I came from a Blackjack which was a true pain to type emails. I needed to have a bit of a finger nail to be able to tap the keys.

To me, the pearl just looks a bit more sleek and feminine...the Curve looked more rounded and masculine. Crazy, i know.
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it makes sense though. that's probably what they were going for with the pearl, since people always see a typical blackberry as a masculine phone- probably because it used to be mainly associated with the corporate world and people still see that as being exclusively a man's world!
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Interesting to see gender in the phone. Im not seeing it for some reason. Although i always saw the Razor as a dumb guy phone.. not sure why. In a PERFECT world Verizon would have a way that one can switch back and forth and own both phones, that way the pearl would be accessable for pocket use when i need it.
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I had a Pearl for about a year, then went to an 8800, then a Curve. I actually found the 8800 to be the toughest transition, because of it's width. I "one hand" type quite a bit and the 8800 really made me stretch my thumb to get it across the keyboard.
I am one of those rare individuals who is OK with either Qwerty or SureType. Neither of them slows me down much. If a BB had other features that were really compelling to me, I wouldn't allow the keypad to be a deciding factor as to whether I got it or not.
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Interesting to see gender in the phone. Im not seeing it for some reason.
i don't see it this way, but i've heard a lot of people reference this when talking about their idea of a blackberry before they actually owned one.
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I think technology equates with masculinity, that is where the gender thing comes from.
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Interesting to see gender in the phone. Im not seeing it for some reason. Although i always saw the Razor as a dumb guy phone.. not sure why. In a PERFECT world Verizon would have a way that one can switch back and forth and own both phones, that way the pearl would be accessable for pocket use when i need it.
Hey, I resent that! I had a Razr before my Blackjack! I loved that phone. Now THAT phone was sleek.
As to the other post, I never tried to one hand my text/email messages. That must take some training. lol

Is the fact that I got the red Curve over Titanium somehow defeat the whole Machismo of having a Curve over a Pearl?
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I just went from a razr to a Curve yesterday and thought it would be so much easier. Pffftt. I'm getting the hang of it and would be really fast if the keys weren't so small and I didn't keep hitting two letters at once. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it and it's so much easier using the fingernails

And I got the red curve as well.
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I better retract my dumb guy razor comment. I just thought the phone was over rated and returned mine after a day. I an practicing on the curve and it is getting a little better.it would be easier if the buttons were not black. This might be great after a few weeks.
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Anyone here come from a Blackjack?
It is MUCH better than that keypad!
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In getting used to the Curve, I’ve noticed that how I hold it really affects how well I can type. I’m making an effort to hold it “higher,” if that makes any sense, so my thumbs are not bent as much. It requires me to put each of my pointer fingers on the top corners to steady it, which does feel somewhat awkward. But, it is getting easier to hold, and my typing is faster. And, my thumbs feel better because they are not bent as much. I have a friend with a Curve and this is how she holds her phone. I always thought it was weird, but after trying it myself, I can see that it will probably result in faster, more comfortable typing. But, a lot probably depends on how big your hands are. Mine are pretty big. Here's a picture of my holding my iPod kinda how I'm trying to hold my Curve:



Comparing the two phones, I have to say that I like how the Pearl feels in my hand better. It’s also a more “solid” feeling phone. But, I love the screen on the Curve and I *think* that if I can get the keyboard nailed, I won’t look back. Still, not selling my Pearl just yet though!
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