Originally Posted by sfo
These posts actually make me want to give the 8800 a third try. I so want to like typing on it...everything else is excellent.
One other question though: for a guy with average hands, doesn't the 8700 feel more solid?
Here's my take for what it's worth.
I was a big qwerty fan until I bought my 8700c.
I made a _huge_ mistake, as I purchased it from Cingular over the phone, assuming it would have a great keyboard since that was the consensus on the forum. I didn't even give the keyboard a second thought until I got it.
Upon unpacking my new 8700c, I tried using it and I was grossly disappointed. The shape of the keys are rather odd and tapered on the inside edges thereby reducing the amount of contact area that your finger touches when pressing the keys. I found it cramped as the keys are smaller and closer together than my past qwerty devices. The keys are part of the styling element on the 8700 as opposed to being designed for speed and accuracy as the keys were on the earlier BBs such as the 7200 series. My 7290 had the best keyboard of all. Terrific keys, really solid, easy to use and very fast.
The moment I heard about the 8800 I could not wait to get one. I got mine on the very first day they had them in stock and I could not be happier. The keyboard on the 8800 is very well laid out and the keys are optimized for fast typing. There is less resistance than the 8700 presents, therefore the keys respond faster and my typing speed is much faster. Accuracy is also greater as they are just so smooth with great tactile feedback.
So what does all this mean? Just that we are all different and until you give it a good try for yourself there is no telling what is the best for you.
Going forward I certainly will not make that mistake again, I will always take a wait and see approach until I've had a chance to evaluate it by using it myself.