View Poll Results: Old or new style keyboard?

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  • old

    6 24.00%
  • new

    19 76.00%
  1. VICODAN's Avatar
    So the new BBs like the Tour and Bold have been coming out with the keyboard that has all the keys stuck together.

    The old BBs like the Curve 8330 have a keyboard that is more spaced out. I find that it is much more comfortable to type on the the old keyboards than the new ones. Like my 8830WE constantly gives me "Blackberry Thumb" and it's really annoying.



    This is kind of turning me off on buying a 9000 series BB and opting for an 8530. Thoughts?
    11-20-09 10:06 PM
  2. SofaKingKev's Avatar
    i prefer the new. it took a little bit to get used to it, but i like it a lot better.
    11-20-09 10:09 PM
  3. highdesertrose's Avatar
    I just went to a Tour from the 8330, and I definitely prefer the new keyboard, much smoother.
    11-20-09 10:59 PM
  4. hondateg91's Avatar
    I like the new keyboards.
    11-21-09 12:08 AM
  5. dmnall's Avatar
    I personally love the new keyboard especially for the past year on the Bold, I cannot fathom going back to the curve style keyboard.

    11-21-09 12:22 AM
  6. Xpimp's Avatar
    Either one doesn't bother me but just going with the sake of picking, I'll say newer.
    11-21-09 12:35 AM
  7. thejgeffect's Avatar
    I'm surprised this is even a question; new.
    11-21-09 12:39 AM
  8. gniss39's Avatar
    I like the feel of the new one a lot more. Everytime I use my friends Bold I get jealous and don't want to go to my loud plastic Curve keyboard. At least I got a QWERTY!

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    11-21-09 02:39 AM
  9. bblover123's Avatar
    I want the new keyboard with a screen as big as the iphone.

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    11-21-09 03:21 AM
  10. cdf3's Avatar
    I tried the new one in the store, but couldn't type as fast on it as my current BlackBerry. I kept making quite a few typos. If I do decide to upgrade, I'm hoping I can adapt and become a fan of the new style. One thing I do hate about the keys on my current BlackBerry,.....they are so loud when trying to type in a quiet environment.

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    11-21-09 05:09 AM
  11. JayKayBee's Avatar
    I prefer the new, as well. When upgrading from a Curve or other older device it definitely is different at first, but I'd never consider going back to the old style after adapting to the new.

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    11-21-09 09:14 AM
  12. branden3112's Avatar
    Just upgraded to the 9700 from the 8900 and I much prefer the 9700's newer style.
    11-21-09 09:19 AM
  13. rhoads00's Avatar
    I've played with some dummy phones with the new keyboard and I definately like the new better.
    11-21-09 09:29 AM
  14. Najo's Avatar
    NEW! Keep in mind that they did not just stick them together, they built up the edges and angled them out to make it more thumb friendly.
    11-21-09 09:36 AM
  15. Pilot Prop's Avatar
    i gotta say that i like the new version a lil bit better, but i still like the old style as well.....
    11-21-09 10:07 AM
  16. Duvi's Avatar
    I wouldn't really consider the curve's old, it's just a different style.

    The curve series (now with the 8900) has the keyboard being more spaced out.

    The Bold/Tour series are just improved from the 88xx series kb.

    I prefer the Bold 9000 kb over all (for size), but prefer the curve kbs over the Tour/9700 as the kb is a lot more cramped due to the size of the device being smaller than the Bold 9000.
    11-21-09 10:33 AM
  17. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    If by "old" you mean the keyboard used by the Curves, that is my preference.
    I like the clear and tactile demarcation between keys.
    11-21-09 10:57 AM
  18. SevereDeceit's Avatar
    I like the keyboards of the Bold and Tour, let your fingers 'slide' over the keys...
    11-21-09 11:00 AM
  19. VICODAN's Avatar
    Thanks for the informative replies everyone. Welp it looks like a landslide for the newer style... but I'm glad that there are a few people that do agree with me.

    It's just that I'm a tall guy with big hands which means big thumbs and the extra space seems to be easier on my thumbs. It would be awesome if you could have interchangable keyboards too.

    With that being said.. I tried to order the 8530 on Sprint and they didn't have it. But I did get a heck of a deal on the Tour even though I kinda want the Tour2.

    I got $50 off my first and second months of service, no activation fee and free shipping.

    One funny thing was they couldn't charge my card because I couldn't read the CVV number off my card so the sales guy is sending me the phone anyway lol. Sprint must be desperate to get new customers.

    I really did NOT want to spend $300 today on a phone, but what the frig, I really want a tour and I am sick of rebooting my 8830WE for memory problems. I'm gunna play with it for 30 days and see if Essex comes out. If not probably pick up the 8530 if I can't stand the keyboard on the Tour either.
    11-22-09 03:07 AM
  20. paimon.soror's Avatar
    I used to have the 9000 and my gf has the 8900. I honestly loved the 9000 keyboard better than the 8900, albiet the feedback from the keys on the 8900 is nice, its just a tad too "clicky" for me
    11-22-09 10:02 PM
  21. Duvi's Avatar
    The Essex is definitely not coming out before you 30 days is up, so you're good on that end.

    It's always good to use your 30 days.
    11-22-09 11:35 PM
  22. gpsskimaps's Avatar
    The new one is better of course.
    11-23-09 03:14 AM
  23. bluz's Avatar
    I'm more comfortable with the new keyboard of the TOUR
    11-23-09 11:33 AM