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Looking for some advice on which Blackberry I should get...

My company offers a choice of the 8830 or "8130e" (not sure what the "e" means).

I like the 8830's bigger display and QWERTY-type keyboard but the smaller 8130 might be more convenient to carry.

Suggestions?


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I'll offer the following - subject of course to the basic question, what do you intend to use it for most and "does size matter"

In the Telco industry, most employees have a Blackberry and they're upgraded at various times. THe folks with new er ones that have multifunction keys seem to miss their older ones for typing because you have to press differntly to select various letters. The QWERTY keyboard of the 8830 might be better. If on other hand, you tend to just read email and call as opposed to acutally doing a lot of replying, that may be less important to you. I have an older, simpler keyboard and won't trade it in unless I can get good typing facility as I often have to reply to emails on the fly.

My $.02

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If you plan to do any typing, get the 8830. I have one that is 90% email device, and 10% phone. It is quite slim, and will easily fit in your pocket, or you can wear it in the belt case.

I had a multi-key version before and it was pure torture trying to type anything more than yes or no in a reply. Even with the 8830 I find that I get fat-fingers a lot. My employees always know if I send email via the blackberry because my responses are so much less wordy ;)

Anyway, that's my experience. If you are going to use it primarily as a phone, I'd say get the narrower one, but if it really is for email and responding...8830 is the way to go.
 

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I have had both, the 7105 (the forrunner of the Pearl) with the SureType keyboard and currently have the 8800. The SureType is the best predictive text I have used and was able to type as quickly as with a QWERTY.
Next, the 8130 has a camera, the 8830 does not. It is important to me, because many of my customers do not allow cameras on site. Not sure if that is a consideration for you.
Also, if you have big figures you may have some trouble with the 8830 keys. Go to your local mobile store and fiddle with them and see which one fits you better.
BTW, BBs make passable phones, the audio hasn't been the greatest for me on any of mine. Their strength is the email.

Try this;
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/compare/
Just drag the BBs you want to compare and see what the differences are.

Hope this helps.
 

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I have a 8310 and have no trouble typing quickly. What makes the 8830 easier to type on?
 

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Both the 8100's (Curve) and the business targeted 8800's use the full QWERTY keyboard. So they should be about the same. The 8100's (Pearl) have the SureType keyboard with two letters per key. That said, the SureType predictive text software is the best I have ever see or used. I could type on my 7105 as quickly as on my current 8800. But, if you have big fingers, then you may have problems with any of them.
 

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I have an 8310 I like a lot. The only downside is the ubiquitous "pocket dial". Terrific camera, too, and it fits in the pocket easily, not bulky/sharp-edged like some others.
 

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On the 8310 you can set the right side button (or any other programmable button) to immediately lock the phone. This prevent pocket dials, and doing anything other than making a emergency phone call, and answering the phone.
 
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