Skip to comments.Is "Suretype" synonymous with "abbreviated keyboard" (for Blackberry)?
Posted on 06/28/2006 6:47:28 AM PDT by rudy45
I am looking for a Blackberry device, but want to be sure what I'm getting in terms of keyboard. I see that some Blackberry devices have a "regular" QWERTY keyboard. On the other hand, others have an abbreviated keyboard, that is they have two (or more?) letters per key (like a telephone keypad). It seems that these latter devices are associated with "suretype" technology.
Can I assume, therefore, that "suretype" and "abbreviated kayboard" are synonymous? That is, when I see the term "suretype" it means the device has the abbreviated keyboard? Thanks.
There are only two types of BlackBerry keyboards, SureType (some reviewers call them 'abbreviated', not sure why) and full Qwerty.
SureType keypads have two letters per key and use predictive software to 'guess' what you're typing. It takes a little getting used to, but BB SureType technology 'learns' you fairly well over the initial week or two when you start using it. It uses your address book and received emails to complete it's already considerable on-board word list, further customizing itself to you. As you use new words or abbreviations they are added to your word list as well. Works fairly well as a spell checker too. SureType keyboards come in BlackBerrys that have the newer 'candy bar' form factor; more like a telephone than the classic 'square' BlackBerry form factor.
Qwerty keyboards are the classic BlackBerry standard, and have all 33 keys like a typewriter. These are slightly better for hard core thumb typing....
I have a BB device with the abbreviated keyboard and the suretype predictive typing is pretty amazing. There are a few shortcuts and abbreviations to learn, but I can type a regular sized email with very little trouble and very little backspacing (it's usually because I fat finger the keyboard, not because it couldn't guess what I was typing)
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