> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark J. Reed > > The Pearl doesn't have a full keyboard. The keys are > doubled up so Q > > & W share one button. I like the multitap better because I know > > what's coming out without having to correct the mistakes > that come from misinterpretations > > of the predictive system. In fact, I wish all software > makers would turn > > off any type of predictive or corrective features by default. My > > experiences with them have not been good, usually leading > me to shout > > numerous obscenities that could make even a sailor blush. > Hyperbole. Sailors don't blush, and if they did you couldn't > tell through the grime and sunburn. :) That's because they haven't heard me yet. > I didn't realize the Pearl had the abbreviated keyboard. I > much prefer the full qwerty, even though the keys are > necessarily rather small. My thumb easily covers four of > them; nevertheless I have gotten quite good at typing on it. I really didn't choose the phone because it was issued to me by my company. I prefer the full QWERTY keyboard too, but the traditional Blackberrys are too bulky (This is slightly bigger than my Razr) so it's a good tradeoff, especially because I've never been fond of text messaging anyway. It's nice to know when I get an important e-mail that I have something to read it on, even if I don't send many replies. Overall I do like the 8130 design but I got a bit agitated when it ran its memory dump which erased some important messages that I needed. I'd have preferred a simple warning so I could pick what I wanted to clean up. Better yet, I wish they had a way to offload that data onto the 2GB chip I have installed.