Originally Posted by Yzerguy
So what I'm getting from this thread is that it may be better to wait for the 8300 instead of buying the 8800??
You may get that from this thread, but you won't necessarily get it from me. I went from the 7290 (which had the big old keyboard, track wheel and built like a tank) and I wouldn't dream of going back.
After just a little time with the 8800 I now prefer its keyboard and the Pearl ball is wonderful.
I'm not saying that waiting for the 8300 to compare is a necessarily a bad idea - just that I think the 8800 is getting a bum rap in this thread.
I wasn't interested in waiting because the 8300 looks ugly to me and reminds me too much of my old (uggg!) Treo 600. The 8800 has everything I want (except 3G - but the 8300 won't have that either).
RIM isn't stupid or careless. I'm sure they did a lot of testing in developing the 8800's keyboard. I don't think people are using it long enough to appreciate what I think is a real improvement in the keyboard design. The sliding the fingers approach discussed elsewhere in this thread helps a lot.
Bottom line for me is I love the 8800 and I believe I'll get good use out of it until the new 9000s come out with G3.