Summary: Despite the lack of Wi-Fi capability, we highly recommend the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 for Sprint. This slim smart phone juggles multimedia and push e-mail well, and unlike the Verizon Wireless version of this handset, you can watch TV and download tunes on the go. If you want the same features but a full keyboard—and you don’t mind a little extra bulk—spend the extra $20 for Sprint’s BlackBerry Curve 8330.
Pros: Speedy data, Good call quality, Supports Sprint TV and Music store, Integrated GPS,
Cons: SureType takes getting used to, Video quality is pixelated and blurry, Cant listen to Sprint Music tunes while multitasking,
Conclusion: RIM upgrades its successful Pearl for Sprint and Verizon customers. The 8130 gets some of the latest technology, including a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, and 3G data speeds, while keeping all of the original Pearl's virtues intact.
Pros: 3G data speeds. Enhanced media features and Web browser. Optional GPS. Capable camera.
Cons: SureType keyboard is largely a personal preference. No document editing. Verizon version lacks V Cast music and video support.
Excerpt: The latest BlackBerry offering from Verizon, in the form of a re-tooled Pearl, may be the first time Verizon Wireless got a data device right. Read more for the first impressions from the first shipment of Pearls. While RIM is touting this as the “Pearl”, same as the device released for T-Mobile over a year ago, most in the BlackBerry community call it the “Pearl 2″. And, that’s for good reason… the new BlackBerry significantly builds on the original Pearl.
Pros: 3G, Fast, GPS-enabled… BlackBerry on CDMA done right.
Excerpt: The Blackberry 8130 Pearl is a departure for RIM , trading bulky for thin and stylish, clearly signaling a directional change for a company long associated with business and utilitarian functionality. But don’t let the sleek and sexy form factor fool you! The 8130 is a true Blackberry, with its highly acclaimed “push” email and assortment of preloaded applications.