To start, I want to disclose that my personal tests should be considered biased, for obvious reasons, and that they will likely vary from your own results. I have no science behind my opinions, aside from what’s best for me. I’d like to hear some feedback from our readers here at BlackBerry Cool on their personal preferences, as well.
I used a BlackBerry Pearl since last October through mid-March, at which time I upgraded to an 8800 model. Prior to the Pearl, I used an 8700 for approximately six months. Prior to the 8700, I used a 7100t since it’s launch on T-Mobile in September 2004. I have a nice history of going back and forth between the SureType and Full QWERTY devices, so please don’t think I’m being too biased one way or the other when I say that I find my best experience, to date, with typing on a BlackBerry comes with the Pearl not the 8800, or even the 8700.
After I received my Pearl from my good buddy Boy Genius, I was somewhat cautious switching back to the SureType layout from my tried-and-true 8700. Within two days, I was typing at my normal rates, possibly faster. Of course, at first, there are always some errors and mistakes that require your attention – heck, two months down the road, I still found myself typing duck rather than one of my favorite words of choice.
I know a lot of people mention that they move to a SureType device for the convenience of having a phone-size BlackBerry-enabled device, although they soon find themselves moving back to their previous QWERTY device, such as the 8700, or upgrading to an 8800 to provide them with the level of comfort they used to have with the single-letter keypad layout format.
Needless to say, two weeks into my use of the BlackBerry 8800 device, I’m finding myself typing an ever-decreasing number of messages than before. Perhaps it’s just the Cingular model, but I find that there’s little to no feedback from the keys on the right-side of the keypad. The keys are extremely small, compared to previous successful efforts in this particular device format spectrum, even for my tiny hands and fingers.
Anyhow, your thoughts and experiences?