I used to have the BB Curve 8530 and when the new OS 7's came out I had to have one and when I first seen the Bold 9930 I didn't think I would like how wide it is either but I got it anyway and its actually awesome! You don't even think about how wide it is after awhile until you put it next to the older models and the width is truly a benefit since its touch screen you need the additional space. I am blown away at how fast my 9930 is compared the old curve. I highly recommend it. But if you want a longer screen plus the qwerty keyboard I would suggest the new Torch. That's what I really wanted when I upgraded but they didn't have any in stock. They only had the all touch Torch but I have to have my keyboard. That's why I didn't choose the iPhone because I get irritated texting on them.