Bold uses leather on the back. The Tour uses tough neoprene rubber that gives you a good grip so you won't be dropping the phone.Originally Posted by jaydickens
I tried the keyboard on the E71 and its okay, but its a bit narrow for two handed thumb typing which is generally faster. When it comes to one handed thumb typing its appears to be perfect.
When it comes to type speed I favor Blackberry because of the way, certain things are entered. If you want to capitalize you just press on the key longer. You don't have to enter a mode key to get capital.
In addition on the E71 there are six smaller buttons tightly packed on the center console of the phone. On the Blackberry there are only four, which is easier and very less confusing - call, menu, back and disconnect.
Blackberry's weakness is the trackball which they are addressing on new generations, like the 8520 and Bold2, with a new optical trackpad. The Nokia has a neat trackpad that while slower to navigate than the BB trackball, is less prone to wear and more accurate, meaning less overshoot and presses more positively.