It reduced its keyboard size, doubled up some letters and now there are only
20 keys (4 rows of 5), so that they reduced the width of the phone to be
less than that of a treo 600 by .1". The only place I see blackberry's are
at work. I know there are solutions to do what a blackberry does through
other channels. Verizon and Sprint can mimic the blackbery functionality
using a treo or other smartphone.
Anyway, we were talking about going against familiarity and being
imaginative. I know a 20 key keyboard is nothing new, but I think the reason
for possible viability has changed. Unlike earlier versions of a 20 key
keyboard that I've seen previous that required a lot of double-clicks or
combination keys, this one uses software against a 35k dictionary to
complete words for you and then give the ability to do lookups afterwards.
I've used these systems on a 10-key keyboard before (as samsung has on their
sprint phones) with too much failure. But I think that is b/c the dictionary
was smaller and the permutations were too great due to the tripling of
letters on a single key instead of the doubling of some letters that is
happening on the new blackberry.
Obviously, most of us haven't used this puppy yet and few in our industry
would probably deviate from the palm, symbian or pocketPC platforms but I
found this intriguing and worthy of possible discussion.