When I needed to send an urgent e-mail today using the Cingular 3125, I experienced some hesitation at first. The thought of typing text on the “keypad” was NOT appealing to me. However, as I started to type, it got easier, and I was able to send my e-mail successfully--even though it took much longer than desired.
I am slowly coming to the conclusion that if one of your main needs is to respond to e-mail while on the go, your needs will be better served by a device that has a full QWERTY keyboard. There seem to be an inevitable trade-off between “form” and “function”. The more elegant devices that are smaller in size, and that you can easily fit into your pocket or purse, are not the ones that “facilitate” typing.
The “T9 Text Input” method of the Cingular 3125 (see picture above) and the SureType method of the BlackBerry Pearl (see picture on the left) are attempting to narrow the gap between “form” and “function”, and they are succeeding in doing so to some degree. However the gap is still there.
This topic will come up again especially towards the end of the 81-day-experiment when it is time for me to select a device. So stay tuned for more! For now, happy typing!