Originally Posted by jimispier
Is the pearl's suretype a drag to use?
The 8700 looks cool enough, but being capped at 64 megs is kind of a bummer..
I really want to keep with blackberry although I could probably get more stuff on non-rim devices that would suit my needs..
I have both the Pearl and the 8700. Since you are coming from the 7290, you will notice a huge improvement with the 8700. I don't see the 64mb being a problem.
SureType takes a bit of learning & getting used to, however after that it's great. It's my favorite because I can go faster than on a qwerty keyboard.
So it really depends upon what you are interested in using it for. If you do lots of email the 8700 is the choice, if you want music and a camera, get the Pearl.