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!