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Old 11-19-2005, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off, I've had every BlackBerry since they were introduced.

Overall, the 8700 is superb. Easily an 8 or 9 on a scale of ten. The only thing holding it back is the keyboard. For those of us who used the 950 and loved the space, then go more crammed with the 7290, this is even tighter. Even after five days, I need to retype perhaps one out of every three words. But my gut says that adjustment curve will get better with time.

Absent that, it's impossible to complain.
The screen is sharp and clear.
EVDO makes internet sites appear quickly, clearly and perfectly formatted.
The phone is fine, and the addition of send/end keys is a big plus.
Backlighting is automatic and flawless.
The unit is light and has a great feel.
And there's the perfect BlackBerry push e-mail of course.

Just an amazing device. Knocks the Treo 650 out of the running.
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Old 11-19-2005, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow,

Yours has EVDO, I thought that was only Verizon?????
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Old 11-19-2005, 06:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yours has EVDO, I thought that was only Verizon?????
i think that is a mitstke 8700 is GSM which means is EDGE not EVDO.
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Old 11-19-2005, 06:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nope. Cingular.
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Old 11-19-2005, 06:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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But Mike is right. EDGE..not EVDO. My error.
That said it is SO much faster than the 7290. Not as fast as WiFi, but truly quick.
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oo yahh i have one as well, really amazing device, screen, speed and edge support are my favorite parts.
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Old 11-19-2005, 06:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So how are you doing with the keyboard, Mike?
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So how are you doing with the keyboard, Mike?
yess the keyboard, i've been using it for a few weeks now and got a hang of it pretty damn good, i dont make the mistakes by hitting the wrong key anymore,i can type just as fast on it as on my 7290. it took a little to get used to but i'm good now, and really happy with the device. i have avrage size hands and fingers i dont kno if it be just as easy for someone else to do it with larger fingers but it doesnt seem like it be a problem.

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Old 11-19-2005, 07:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm 300lb with meat hooks and have reached the age where hand dexterity is not what it once was. My 7290 gives me fits so I'm worried about smaller tighter.
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The keys are definitely tighter, but I can still thumb touchtype.

After about 30 minutes combined pratice, I type about 80-90% speed as on a 7280. In time, I'll probably type just as fast as I do on my 7280.
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The keypad is the thing I'm most interested in seeing. I have been using the 7100g with the dual-keys for long enough now that despite the way the smart-type stuff works, going back to a full keyboard will seem so good the cramping won't matter. I used to have a full keyboard 7280, but it was so dim and the fonts so poor that I don't expect I'll miss that either.
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The keypad is the thing I'm most interested in seeing. I have been using the 7100g with the dual-keys for long enough now that despite the way the smart-type stuff works, going back to a full keyboard will seem so good the cramping won't matter. I used to have a full keyboard 7280, but it was so dim and the fonts so poor that I don't expect I'll miss that either.
Yeah, the keyboard question is interesting. I, too, went from 7280 to 7100g. I can now type faster on the 7100g than I ever could on the 7280, because there are less keys and so I don't move my thumbs as often, or as far, on the smaller 7100g keyboard (e.g., often times, as many as 3-4 keystrokes on a full keyboard are accomplished by hitting the same key repeatedly 3-4 times on the 7100g).

It sounds crazy at first, but since you've used a 7100g for a while, you may know what I mean.

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That is my journey too. I was hoping the 7100 would be a better phone and wanted the better screen. I think the 8700 blends the two nicely and I hope the keyboard is quickly learned. I did have lots of misses at the launch party but I assume many of those will go away. I am tired of the are vs see on suretype, not to mention the Jim vs. Kim.
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That is my journey too. I was hoping the 7100 would be a better phone and wanted the better screen. I think the 8700 blends the two nicely and I hope the keyboard is quickly learned. I did have lots of misses at the launch party but I assume many of those will go away. I am tired of the are vs see on suretype, not to mention the Jim vs. Kim.
I went from the 950 to the 5810 to the 7230 to the 7100t.

I'm pretty much disgusted with the 7100t due to SureType. I initially thought I could adjust to it but have not. I do like the form factor though.

I am concerned about the spacing of the keys on the 8700 but it can't nearly be as bad as the 7100t.

Tradeoffs are inevitable in life I reckon.
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Old 11-20-2005, 04:11 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah, the keyboard question is interesting. I, too, went from 7280 to 7100g. I can now type faster on the 7100g than I ever could on the 7280, because there are less keys and so I don't move my thumbs as often, or as far, on the smaller 7100g keyboard (e.g., often times, as many as 3-4 keystrokes on a full keyboard are accomplished by hitting the same key repeatedly 3-4 times on the 7100g).

It sounds crazy at first, but since you've used a 7100g for a while, you may know what I mean.

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I know exactly where you are coming from on this. I went from a 7520 to a 7100i and I find it much easier to type due to less movements across the board. But is sounds like the 8700 series will be the perfect blend I am looking for, since I did love my full qwerty keyboard so much.

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