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Old 02-17-2007, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought the 8800 this morning in Tx, tested it for 30 mins before i returned it...

Enough is enough with these ridiculous keypads getting smaller and smaller... i complained when i went from a 7200 to a 8700c and there is no way im ever going from an 8700 keypad to an 8800...

and yes the case is not black its a dark blue in some lighting... and its longer which was another downside for me and not that much thinner... also felt like it weight more too...

if you like the 8100 then im sure a tight keypad like the 8800 will work just fine for you but for me where i use this to reply to tons of emails it will just not do...
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looking at at 8800 and an 8707 side-by-side, the overall keyboard dimensions are almost exactly the same. The 8800 is ~2mm narrower along the qwerty line and the exact same width along the ALTzxcv line.

It is, of course, a full cm narrower than the 7200 keyboard, which I agree was ideal.

However, the keys on the 8800 are larger and there's no space between keys, as on the older BB. So far for me, that makes it harder for me to type, as it's harder to feel the keys under my fingers.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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like i said its not for me, others will probably like it and get used to it... so far ive learned to deal with the 8700 keys but i refuse to get any smaller then 8700 spacing
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I can not see the 8800 keyboard being that much smaller than the 8700c to cause me a problem. I do not like the keyboard on the 8700 as much as my 7520 but I got used to it and can deal with it on a daily basis. The 8700c is way more easy that the Pearl for me to operate. To me the Pearl was even hard to holod onto while typing on it's tiny keyboard.

What will you do when your 8700 wears out, get another 8700? Sooner of later . . . . .
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I've been using my 8800 for about a month now. I went straight from an 8700 and had no problems at all. While there is no spacing between the keys like you get on the 8700, I felt that the raised 'bubble' you get on each key has kept my 8800 typing accurate.
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What will you do when your 8700 wears out, get another 8700? Sooner of later . . . . .

yes or im hoping by then BB will have another version out...
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I will be holding onto my 8700c and a new 8700c spare for a while until I see the 8800 will take care of my business. I suspect it will. I do think there will be new Blackberrys but I do not see them getting bigger.
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I've been using my 8800 for about a month now. I went straight from an 8700 and had no problems at all. While there is no spacing between the keys like you get on the 8700, I felt that the raised 'bubble' you get on each key has kept my 8800 typing accurate.
RIM is playing with the key/keyboard size by manipulating the key itself. On the 8700, you have < .050" of 'space' between each key. However, to leverage the ability to reach each key, without mishap, they created a chamfer on each medial edge to allow a bit of forgiveness. A very effective design.

This tells me that RIM is clearly aware that they've got the QWERTY down as small as will be accepted.

Are the keys on the 8800 completely flat on the surface (lacking the chamfer), with the exception of the bit of shoulder they added on the surface?
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've been using my 8800 for about a month now. I went straight from an 8700 and had no problems at all. While there is no spacing between the keys like you get on the 8700, I felt that the raised 'bubble' you get on each key has kept my 8800 typing accurate.
Makes me feel better knowing that cuz they do look kinda close, but the raised button thing has been good, kinda like the treo 600 when they first came out.
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Looking at at 8800 and an 8707 side-by-side, the overall keyboard dimensions are almost exactly the same. The 8800 is ~2mm narrower along the qwerty line and the exact same width along the ALTzxcv line.

It is, of course, a full cm narrower than the 7200 keyboard, which I agree was ideal.

However, the keys on the 8800 are larger and there's no space between keys, as on the older BB. So far for me, that makes it harder for me to type, as it's harder to feel the keys under my fingers.

Keyboard is ridiculously cramped on the 8800, and might be a deal breaker for me keeping mine. TMO's hopefully will have better keys per BG's pictures the keys look like they may be a little better.
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'll see if any of my friends with Cingular wants to purchase me a few 8800s :D
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I had trouble to start with the 8800, moving from the 8700 I found that the added length at the bottom of the 8800 was a little odd for my hand position. after some time, I find it as comfortable as the 8700 keyboard.
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:31 AM   #14 (permalink)
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30 minutes is not a sufficient time to make such a decision.....any regrets now that others seem to think otherwise, either through experience or presumption?
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Not having my 8800 yet, I still say that there can NOT be that much less space on the keyboard when comparing the 8700 and 8800!

I could get by with a tiny bit less space than my 8700c but I found the Pearl so small it was ridiculous!
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:48 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, the 8800 is an 8700 with the pearl and a media player. I like the new Ford Tauras (rip) now comes with power windows and a cd player.
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:50 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Also, QWERTY keypad for those that don't like Suretype
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, the 8800 is an 8700 with the pearl and a media player. I like the new Ford Tauras (rip) now comes with power windows and a cd player.
very true...and the Blackberry Pearl is as good as it will ever get for the Blackberry Lineup for a while
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I have been using mine now for 48 hrs... it is awesome... I have had every bb since and including the 7290... my last being the 8100... it is nice to be back on a full keyboard even though the 8100 did an awesome job of predictive typing. the new keyboard is fine with me... i have somewhat large hands and it is good for me... i like all the dedicated keys...

This unit also has gps which is nice, the os seems a lot faster... the unit is more responsive... the media player works MUCH better than on the 8100
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What's the retail price on the BB 8800 without contract?
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