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Old 02-01-2007, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey gang! Im new to this whole blackberry thing, but I am in the market for one.

I'm on the Rogers network and have the choice between the 8700r or the Pearl.

I know the 8800 is coming out, but unsure when, and dont know I can hold off until then to get one.. Im thinking I may get the 8700 or Pearl now and get the 8800 in the summer.


Now I dont care much for the camera or mp3 on the pearl because I have a really good digicam and an ipod.

My only concern is what people think about the full keyboard or the suretype. How does the suretype work?


I appreciate any help you guys can give me!

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Old 02-01-2007, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would recommend going to the store and trying out both for a little bit and see which one you like better as far as the keyboard goes.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your advice, I'm gonna head into Rogers tomorrow and check them out


Also talked to a friend who works for RIM, all he could tell me was Spring for the 8800 lol.



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Old 02-02-2007, 01:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i've had both and love the pearl. i think it comes down to how many emails you respond to vs. just reading them. also, how long the responses you write are. if you only write a few lines in response the pearl is better since it is so much smaller......

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Old 02-02-2007, 04:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had to the same problem as you when I was planning to buy my BlackBerry. I was so worried about the keyboards.

Anyways, the full QWERTY keyboard is great of course. But I was so worried about the SureType. It's been almost 2 months of having my Pearl and I'm a super-speedy typer. I find that having a SureType keyboard is even faster than a full keyboard because there's 2 letters in each button and you dont have to lift your fingers off and reach for the next letter if it's on the same button (a little change makes a big difference). The only bad thing about the SureType is the predictive text.

For example: I'm trying to write "Hey, how are you doing today?"
It'll spell out "Get, how see you doing today?"

Other than that, I dont regret not getting the 8700.

Also consider the fact if you're going to be typing a lot. I find the Pearl's buttons to be a little... flimsy? It seems that the 8700 buttons are more durable. But hey, that hasn't stopped me from writing 591 text messages last month.

Hope that helped.

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You'll have to try both and see. This is purely a matter of personal preference. The common phrase parroted on various BB forum sites is that SureType is better for casual emailers but there are plenty of heavy email users that prefer SureType. You're going to get mixed responses on this matter. I personally can't stand SureType.

However, our opinions won't really matter much since it really comes down to whether or not you prefer it. If Rogers offers a trial period on new devices, I'd suggest giving SureType a try.
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I used to have both also(pearl and 8700g) but i like the pearl now better than the 8700g. The suretype takes time getting used to, the trick is, you look at the keyboard while typing instead of the screen. Once you get the hang of it, its so much fun. Unless you prefer the bigger screen on 8700g.
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Quote:
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The only bad thing about the SureType is the predictive text.

For example: I'm trying to write "Hey, how are you doing today?"
It'll spell out "Get, how see you doing today?"
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I'm still not a fan of suretype. It really does look promising, but I've pretty much stayed with multitap for now. Maybe that's just a holdover from my 12 key razr and I'm just used to taping more than once to get to the letter I want.

In any case, I'm not slow at it. Definitely faster than typing on a 12 key pad.

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Really appreciate your help guys!

I keep asking around and I get mixed answers on SureType or Ful Keyboard, but seems more people prefer suretype.

I have a Razr and am very good at sending long txt messages in a short period of time, but its becoming a pain and think thats why I might go over to the Full Keyboard 8700. As I feel restricted typing messages using it lol, hate looking like a kid when typing "hey where r u rite now" haha.


Thanks again!
now have to find a place to get a NEW cheap 8700 lol..

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dude, imho, suretype isn't bad but the keyboard is. I miss my 8700 soooooo much...you have no idea. What used to take me 10 seconds now takes 3 mintues. i HATE typing on my 8100. waiting for the 8800!!
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For example: I'm trying to write "Hey, how are you doing today?"
It'll spell out "Get, how see you doing today?"
This works perfectly fine for me in my SureType, running the official .64 T-Mobile firmware on mine. I do not get the screwup you posted above. In fact I get the predictive text "knowing" a lot of words before I was expecting it, some real strange stuff. For example it picked up "whatcha" (as in "whatcha doin man?") the first time I used it, and it's not in my custom wordlist.

Compared to other predictive inputs (T9, iTap) SureType blows the doors off them and I really like it a lot. I type a lot faster on this Pearl than I ever did with T9 on S60 handsets by a longshot. Even if you used the phone for nothing more than SMSes, SureType would rock your world over a "normal" handset.

@silentbrown: I type normal-ish sentences with slang, not the 'r u rite' style the kids like. To me that's a form of illiteracy, have you seen kids try and spell these days?
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Haha, Ill only type that when im in Class and want to know where one of my buddies is quick haha.

something like "wer r u?" hahah


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Wow, really? I never ever type in that slang anymore. Maybe on MSN when I'm on my computer, but because SureType doesn't really recognize slang at first, I really don't care to type it out for it to enter it into my custom wordlist. Besides, I think we're all a little too old to talk slang. Come on!
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