YES IT CAN!!! I'm not sure if it's what you're talking about, I've never had a pearl, but I use the phone in portrait mode a lot with the "reduced keyboard" Play around with the "enable ....keyboard" buttons and you should be able to find the one that says enable reduced keyboard! It's nice, I like it! It works only in portrait mode, obviously. Try bringing up bbm or a text and hitting the blackberry key then enable full keyboard, then see if you can tap enable reduced keyboard. =)
Originally Posted by spencer1076
Also if you go into Options---typing and language---keyboard---then there are a bunch of keyboard options in there! You can change the "Portrait Keyboard Type" to Full or Reduced, which has two letters per key!
I also really like using the different keyboard layouts, QWERTZ particularly. It makes it less likely to accidentally hit the Z key.
And if you're having difficulties accidentally hiding your keyboard, in that options screen you can click the box that says "Enable Virtual Keyboard Hide Bar" so that you can't make the keyboard disappear by accident when you try typing a Y or T. =)
I hope that helps!!
EDIT:: I re read your post and realized what you were really looking for was the ability to turn off predictive text =( I'm sorry.. I guess I got so excited about the reduced keyboard aspect myself that I wanted to share it!
In the Options screen under Typing and Language tap "Typing" and there are options for Predictive, Direct, and Corrective! ....I, myself haven't tried any but predictive yet....Hope this is what you're looking for!!