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oldfart 07-05-2009 08:49 AM

best bb keypad ever made (7290)
 
I'm stuck in the stone age. I still use the bb 7290, not because it has useful features (it certainly does not), but because it still has the best keypad of any device I've seen, and its rugged like a tank! The keys are bigger and better-spaced than anything I've seen. I've been waiting for years in hope that RIM would eventually bring a new model to market with the same keypad as the 7290. I'd really love to get into the 21st century with features and applications. Why, why, why won't they do that?? In the meantime, I've bought a couple extra 7290's on ebay to have them as backup when my current one dies (every year, or two). Does anyone know if there are any plans, rumors about releasing a new device with the good ol' keypad? Thanks!!

NJBlackBerry 07-05-2009 08:51 AM

I think those days are over. The tank like 7290 won't be seen again. Try a Bold and see what you think.

oldfart 07-05-2009 08:56 AM

I like sleek, and I don't need a tank, but those keys! I tried the bold yesterday. The keys are still too close together. I had to put on my reading glasses

NJBlackBerry 07-05-2009 09:09 AM

That's a function of your eyes :) :) :) - I do the same thing. Did you try the 8900?

oldfart 07-05-2009 09:24 AM

LOL!! Sad but true. The 8900 is awesome, but keypad is the same as the bold. I'm sure I'll switch eventually (it's really not practical to use my 7290 for business - and my kids are embarrassed to be seen with me using it in public :-))). I keep hanging on, hoping they'll eventually release a new product with something like the old keypad

MidnightDraven 07-05-2009 09:51 AM

keyboard isnt the same as the bold!
although the space for the keyboard is slightly smaller on the 8900 than the bold, the keys on the 8900 are actually apart from one another, whereas the bold they are next to each.
also bold is plastic keys and the 8900 is more like rubber keys.

akosnitzky 07-05-2009 10:44 AM

Wirelessly posted (Its All About the U!)

7290 has a great keyboard. Although, I am happier with a track ball

Cavi Mike 07-05-2009 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Midnightdraven (Post 1421340)
keyboard isnt the same as the bold!
although the space for the keyboard is slightly smaller on the 8900 than the bold, the keys on the 8900 are actually apart from one another, whereas the bold they are next to each.
also bold is plastic keys and the 8900 is more like rubber keys.

Right, right, wrong. Keys are plastic on the 8900. The spacing doesn't help with mistyping either, I have small hands and I'm constantly hitting 2 keys, I never had that problem on my wider, unspaced 8800 keyboard.

MidnightDraven 07-05-2009 12:05 PM

oh they look more like rubber.
but fair enough.

jbairdjr 07-05-2009 04:28 PM

I must say that I could always type fastest on my 7250. And the battery life was the best.
But they are really ugly compared to my Storm :)
And the new features in the subsequent OS upgrades are reason enough to upgrade

mwyarm 07-06-2009 09:10 AM

For me I am still holding onto my 7103 because of the keyboard and the keys being spaced out. I cannot use any of the new ones because the keys are too small and too close together. It has all of the features and functions I need given it is usable from a keyboard perspective. I too wished RIM would recognize the keyboards are too small.

Soxfan04 07-07-2009 05:53 AM

Wirelessly posted

My favorite keyboard was the 8700 series. Might want to check those out. Still quite a few of them in use at my company. Have not seen anyone using a 7200 series in quite a while.


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