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...
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 ...
Summary: BlackBerry's first foray into the mainstream consumer market has certainly made a splash in the few months that its been available. The T-Mobile exclusive Pearl (8100) is the smallest, lightest BlackBerry yet, and also the first BB phone to include a camera and media player.
Summary: The Blackberry Pearl is very small and light-weight. The phone is all plastic and when looking at the side panels, it looks to be metal chrome. In fact the sides are also plastic but most people will not even notice or care.
Designed With Beauty and Functionality: Blackberry 8100 Series Pearl
Personal Electronics buzz
21 January 2008
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.
Conclusion: While it looks sleek and fancy, there is no reason for a shrunken BlackBerry if it means shrunken text-input functionality. Still, if you don’t plan to compose long responses, but rather seek a little entertainment and have a desire to snap a candid picture to accompany your e-mail without looking...
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...
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: But the Pearl 8100 remains one of BlackBerry's most popular phones. (Note: Similar phones in the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 series are available from other carriers: The 8110, the 8120, and the 8130 are available from from Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T respectively.
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.
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.