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    Is the Flip worth it?

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    I just came into a little cash (big ol' bonus at work) and I'm thinking of getting the 8220 from TMobile. I'll probably spend a little time going through the posts here in the 8220 forum, but meanwhile let me hear from some of you 8220 user what your impressions are! Is it worth taking the plunge into Flipland? Will I be disappointed and go back to my venerable 7290? Or will I be thrust headlong into BlackBerry heaven?

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    The flip is very similar to the pearl compact design looks sleek and a great move from other flip phones or pearls maybe a slightly clunkkier move from a 7290 but the new features of 4.6 will definetely please you... If your patient I would get the 8900 from T-Mobile just a little later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Stone View Post
    I'm thinking of getting the 8220 from TMobile. Will I be disappointed and go back to my venerable 7290?
    I have an 8220 and a 7290, obviously they are completely different form factors and keyboard types. I really enjoy the 8220 because it IS different and fun. It's very reliable as one expects a BB to be and the battery life, display, and SureType keyboard are all excellent. With a very reasonable price it's hard to go wrong with the flip. If however, you are more drawn to the full qwerty keyboard, especially after the 7290 which in my opinion had the very best keyboard of all BB's then the flip will not keep you happy. I would suggest a Bold, especially since you are coming from a 7290. There is so much new and improved that there is no comparison between them. The Bold has an incredible hi-res display that is fantastic to view. The keyboard is the best of the new style BB's and there are so many other features that it's best to look up some reviews. At the end of the day they are both very good, just different. While the Bold is much more expensive the value is there as it does so much. I've been using a Bold for a few months now and I'm very happy with it.

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    It looks like the OP has TMO as a carrier and they do not have the Bold. They however are getting the 8900 on 2/11.

    OP, If you are not thinking of switching carriers then the Bold would not be an option

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    yes tmobile doesn't have bold but in my opibiob movin from a 7290 to a 8900 will be a lot smoother...

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    The Bold is VERY nice as Archer has explained. To bad TMO doesn't have it.

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    ~via smartphone~the bold and 8900 are both great devices. Personally I think the 8900 is a step up from the flip. Not a digg on the flip but the 8900 beats it in every department IMHO

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    I have the flip right now, but I'm a guy with big fingers and the keys just don't work right with my huge digits. LOL

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    i was going to order the 8900 but i can get the flip cheaper so i might play with that for a little. i have the curve now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSCStacker View Post
    I have the flip right now, but I'm a guy with big fingers and the keys just don't work right with my huge digits. LOL
    I have big hands too - that's why I use my 7290 more than the 8700 because of the size of the keyboard. In the pictures it looks like the 8220 SureType keys are alot larger than the 8100 or the 71xx series SureTypes, but you're saying the keys are still too small for big thumbs?

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    Double post sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Stone View Post
    I have big hands too - that's why I use my 7290 more than the 8700 because of the size of the keyboard. In the pictures it looks like the 8220 SureType keys are alot larger than the 8100 or the 71xx series SureTypes, but you're saying the keys are still too small for big thumbs?
    Yeah one of my favorite things about the Flip is the keyboard. I'm not sure what the previous poster means, but I have XL thumbs too and the Flip is great because it has the LARGEST keys of ANY BB ever! I think I have been remarking about this in too many threads, but it seems to me a great feature and selling point. With my Curve I had to peck with the tips of my thumbs, not so on the Flip.

    A slogan is called for, "Smallest BB, Biggest Keys, How did they DO it?" Something like that.

    If you like flip phones, as I do, and like BB's, as I do, you should give it a try. I don't know how many flip smartphones there have been, but this one is surely king. I remember considering a Nokia flip smartphone at one point, I forget the model...

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    It all depends on HOW you will be using the 8220. If you use it for a lot e-mail and data then the large keypad should work.


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    It will be a wonderful phone for many people!

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    I didn't know that the 8220 had the largest keys out of any device. That's a pretty good selling point as long as you're comfortable with SureType. I loved my 8100 and 8130 as I could type blazing fast on them once I got used to sure type. I was more of a slide-typer with those devices.
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