Summary: Compact and stylish, the Pearl puts full Blackberry functionality in your shirt pocket. And yet the compromises forced upon it may not be to your liking. That said, it works well enough, and it's sure to be high on the wants list of those who absolutely need to be able to read their emails while sunning themselves on a beach (that's all of us on this site then).
Pros: Size, easy to use and set up, trackball navigation, excellent Blackberry interface
Cons: Lacks 3G, Screen not ideal for larger web page/email viewing/reading, SureType keypad function takes some getting used to
Summary: My overall take on the Pearl is mixed. A tremendous amount of functionality has been packed into a small, light handheld without sacrificing BlackBerry's trademark robust Email capabilities. The camera is decent, and the music and video players work very well despite some interface weaknesses. On paper this could be the ultimate smartphone for the sleek, sophisticated set.
Summary: The reception on the Pearl is excellent. Since the phone is Quad-Band GSM there is always a signal. The voice quality is also great and there is speakerphone functionality built in. The battery is also very good overall. Compared to other Blackberries the Pearl’s battery lasts longer. The standby time is 360 hours and the talktime is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Excerpt: The introduction of the Blackberry Pearl redefines the meaning of smartphones. They don’t need to be that bulky after all. Here's a review about its design, features, user interface and performance.
Designed With Beauty and Functionality: Blackberry 8100 Series Pearl
Personal Electronics buzz
26 March 2007
Excerpt: The Blackberry Pearl unites aesthetic design with superior technology in portable data and communication functionality. The South Seas colors include, White Pearl, Sapphire Pearl, Red Pearl in addition to Black Pearl. The colors and textures of the Pearl are both modern and captivating. I particularly like the White Pearl for its crisp and sleek appearance.
Excerpt: There are times when smaller is not necessarily better, such as when cell phone makers try to shoehorn every conceivable technology into their cell phone despite all of the restrictive geographic logic. Not only are ergonomics compromised but trying to locate, program, and control all of the varying features becomes a nightmare, to say nothing of the pinhead-sized buttons.
Pros: Blackberry push/pull e-mail functionality; GSM EDGE/GPRS quad-band world compatibility
Cons: MicroSD slot behind battery; no Blackberry jog wheel; no standalone MP3 application; confusing menus
Excerpt: By: Sal Cangeloso BlackBerry At this point in time, a BlackBerry is just about standard issue equipment for anyone who needs to be easy to reach. There are a number of other options, most notably Windows Mobile smartphones, but the BlackBerry remains the tool of choice for business users. The company did this by catering their products to business users- their phones are great with email, are easy to use, and are packed with productivity features.