Summary: The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 may not be the most modern or exciting smartphone on the market, but it is still an appealing option. Given the variety of functions, compact size, and decent battery life, it is worth considering by anyone who wants to upgrade their mobile phone without getting locked in to a new deal or spending a lot of money.
Pros: » Compact and lightweight, » Decent battery life, » Plenty of features you would expect in a modern phone, » Functionality and external aesthetics could pass for new, » Decent option for upgrading without having to commit to a new wireless contract
Cons: » May be too small for larger hands, » Two letters sharing one key can slow down typing, » Housing and on-screen elements provide constant reminder that it was from T-Mobile, » Micro SD card slot inconveniently located under battery, » Too quiet... Ringer, ear piece, and speaker phone should all be louder
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
Excerpt: BlackBerry handhelds have always been targeted at business professionals who rely heavily on email. Features that made the BlackBerrys different from conventional phones were the focus on sending and receiving email, being called 'email phones', and the full QWERTY keyboard with the thumb wheel that has recently lead to a recognized condition at work, called the 'BlackBerry Thumb' for which a 'BlackBerry Balm' has also been developed.
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.
Conclusion: We can certify that Blackberry Pearl 8100 is indeed revolutionary for its make – it has acquired a camera, a memory slot and a multimedia player. But what is equally revolutionary about it is the design – it is very small and thin for a smartphone, especially for one with a non-standard keyboard. Its dimensions make it convenient to both carry and use and there is the terrific appearance of the black mirror surface to it.
Pros: Small dimensions, slim profile, and stylish glossy black surface, microSD slot for memory, SureType keyboard, 2.5mm stereo jack, and miniUSB port
Cons: Ugly interface, Mediocre multimedia player and camera, The slot for memory is under the battery cover, Small service keys, Poor support for Bluetooth profiles
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.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Pearl is RIM’s ideal device to bring fresh recruits to the “CrackBerry” camp with its sleek style and new-user friendly features. In this fashion conscious mobile market, looks alone will sell quite a few Pearls. While traditional BlackBerry users will need some time to get used to the new keyboard and form factor, the updated software bundle including the media player, voice dialing software and Maps will surely move some of them forward.
Pros: Great looking device that’s not just flashy by BlackBerry standards but good looking compared to any other phone on the market. The bright display is impressive. The email setup wizard enhances the tried and true BlackBerry push email experience, especially for new users and those whose devices aren’t configured by an IT department. The security updates in the server to work with the Pearl will put IT managers at ease. We’re glad that RIM included an IM client for pop...
Cons: MicroSD slot is under the battery. Camera can’t shoot video. Bluetooth profiles are limited. The video player supports a small set of formats.