Originally Posted by wuberry
I have a 7290 and I'm in about the same position as you -- passing on the 8700 and the Pearl. My only hesitation about the 8800 is some negative comments I've seen here and elsewhere about the "crowded" keyboard as compared to the 7290. I plan to visit a Cingular store soon and see for myself. (The PTT feature is basically irrelevant for me.)
I'm on day 5 with my new 8800, after using an 8700, and 7290. I have large hands and loved the 7290, then I found the 8700 keyboard nearly unusable.
I think most of the negative comments you read here are from those who do not like change and resist adapting. Not everyone, but some. Also many of these people are giving a report after trying it for 10 minutes in the store.
I was fine with mine after just 20 minutes and now that I have had it 5 days I cannot imagine anything else. Oh, and by the way I process about 80-100 emails per day.
My 8800 has a really great keyboard. I'm faster on it that I was on the 7290 because key travel is a bit more shallow and easy to get used to.
The 8800 is the best BB I've had. I am 100% happy with it.