I am in between cell phones right now. I like to text message alot. I've never had a cell phone with a full keyboard, so I was wondering...does it make it significantly easier having a full keyboard to text message?
I started out with the standard layout for a cell phone and hated it. I then moved to a blackberry pearl which uses the suretype layout and found it too confusing. Once I updated to the curve with the full qwerty, I found myself very happy. It all depends on the user.
It does make it easier to have a full keyboard - however, there are tons of users on BBF that swear by SureType. I'd suggest going into a store and messing with both types of keys to decide what's best for you.
I am with everyone else - only you can make that call. However, personally, I prefer the full keyboard. When you want to type a word, you type it. you don't need to press down, or over, switching between words. I always dreaded typing "of" on t9. Half of the time itd write as "me", and vice-versa.
I may be a bit slower on qwerty, but its the tool of the trade for my 20,000 texts a month. :p
Since QWERTY technically refers to the keyboard layout (vs. QWERTZ or even other KB variations), it is QWERTY.
SureType is smnply RIM's technology to functions its condensed version of the full QWERTY layout.
Qwerty, to most people, means dedicated keys. There is nothing for the device to figure out. Suretype has 1.44 characters per key. Most people (OK, everyone except perhaps Soup) feel that a Suretype is not QWERTY keyboard.
When you press Q on a Qwerty keyboard, you get a Q. With a Suretype keyboard, you get a Q or a W or whatever is guesses. Not the same.
Last edited by NJBlackBerry : 11-28-2008 at 11:45 AM.