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Old 04-12-2007, 04:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I came into some school money and I am wanting to get a newer BB. I am on the T-mobile net and currently have a 7290..

I like the layout of the 7290 for the full keyboard, but I am not married to it. Is the pearl's suretype a drag to use? My old cell phone had the typical three letters on each key thing.. I wanted the full keyboard for that reason, but if the suretype thing is really easy to use and I won't have to spend hours type what should take moments I could be sold on the pearl (Besides I like the idea of expandable memory).

I was initially gunning for the 8700 or the 8800 but the 8800 is out of my price range.. The 8700 looks cool enough, but being capped at 64 megs is kind of a bummer.. If the pearl doesn't pan out I may go with the 8700. I really want to keep with blackberry although I could probably get more stuff on non-rim devices that would suit my needs..

So, any well thought out opinions?

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Old 04-12-2007, 05:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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hmm Id say 8700 that what i use now but there is a sexy allure about the Pearl and my understanding is that it doesn't take long to adjust to the suretype about a week give each a ry and see how you like it
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I see both of you have the 8700.. I wish there was a place here locally I could go and play with both of them in order to come up with an opinion.. GRR...

I realized this morning that I indeed write a lot with my BB and is that enough of a motivator to go with the qwerty? I wish that the 8800 was within my price range, that has the best of both worlds..
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Jim... I have the 8700 also, I recently got my wife the 8100, but we both have had the 7100. I really do like my 8700, but I enjoy playing with her 8100. I have big fingers, etc., and have not had a problem typing on either unit with and without Suretype. However, I do enjoy using mine more for typing anything more lengthy. I don't think you can go wrong with either, or the 8800.
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Thanks for all the replies everyone.. I think I may go with the 8700 and then when my contract renews I will go for the 8800 (or whatever is the latest greatest BB).
Since I write (emails and instant messages) so much I think I would be setting myself up for a lot of frustration if I were to go to anything but a qwerty style keyboard.
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If you can wait, rumor have it that the 8300 is just like the 8800 but smaller and it will be more similar to the 8100 (Pearl). Rumor have it that it will be out sometime in May for T-mobile.
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