Additional picture of the BlackBerry Pearl 9105 gets snapped with its T9 keyboard

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Additional picture of the BlackBerry Pearl 9105 gets snapped with its T9 keyboard
RIM will undoubtedly be venturing into a new territory as they embark on getting the BlackBerry Pearl 9105 fitted with a never been seen before T9 keyboard for their upcoming smartphone. RIM's devices have always been regarded as being a premium offering, but the line of Pearl smartphones drastically changed that mentality. Opting to go with a traditional T9 keyboard, this may appeal to some people who are turned away by the some times complex nature of RIM's products. The latest photos snapped also offers some insights as to what new input options are coming with the arrival of the T9-styled BlackBerry Pearl 9105. The new keyboard looks to support compound words, context learning, auto word learning, using contacts as a data source, and predictive typing. All in all, it's looking to offer the best experience in moving up from a basic cell phone to a smartphone – and the Pearl 9105 with the T9 keyboard looks to bridge the gap.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Preliminary Specifications

via Berry Review



1. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

aweful! looks like a regular keypad...tap tap tap til yer fingers falloff n you get carpel tunnel syndrome in yer wrists!!

2. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Instead of making further improvements to suretype (which btw, is a blessing for those of us with big fingers), RIM wants to go back to 2005. People will buy this with suretype, but with T9? Wasted development RIM.

3. Nick040489

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

It's not necessarily a wasted effort. I used to work for Sprint and I know a lot of people refused to buy the Pearl because of the Suretype keyboard. They also weren't willing to learn it when offered. So by making a Pearl with a T9 style keyboard they are going to get a little bit more business. People view the Curve and the Bold as too big. The Pearl is small and it would help them better understand how to use the phone because it won't be a drastic change from a feature phone or lower.

4. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Nick, i'll agree with you about the suretype; it's not for everyone. I just don't see how many people would spend a substantial amount of money on something with a t9 keypad. I wouldn't imagine that any carrier that might pick this up would offer it for a price where it would sell. If people aren't willing to learn suretype, why would they be willing to learn t9?

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

WHY WHY WHY would any1 want the blackberry pearl???? the keyboard is terrible and theres no reason to "upgrade the phone" when the keyboard is terrible

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