Design: Shiny, small, and smart
The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 is one of the smallest smartphones in the world, with a thin and sleek design that has a different appearance than other smartphones. This BlackBerry phone has a black and chrome glossy finish, giving it a very polished look.
Just below the 2.25-inch TFT screen is a pearl-like trackball, which is the reason that RIM decided to name this device after a gemstone. Weighing just 3.1 ounces and measuring 4.2” x 2.0” x 0.5”, the Pearl has a “candy bar” shaped design that looks like a cell phone instead of a traditional smartphone. This BlackBerry is a very classy and stylish smartphone.
Features: Great features and several perks
The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 comes with everything you have come to expect from a BlackBerry smartphone, with a few added features as well. The Pearl is the first BlackBerry to offer an integrated 1.3 megapixel digital camera, an audio player, and a video player together.
The Pearl has other great features, such as a web browser, email, instant messaging, and text messaging. It also offers organizer applications, like a calendar, address book (even for your corporate data), and a mapping feature. The MP3 feature could be the most attractive; it allows you to place your music directly on your phone through Bluetooth technology, eliminating the need for other devices.
Performance: Great talk time with new features
Research In Motion’s quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) BlackBerry Pearl users have noticed that sound is more muffled, but improves slightly when turning it to the speakerphone.
The BlackBerry Pearl supports several types of audio files: MP3, AAC, MIDI, and WAV files. Users can create their own playlists, shuffle, and repeat, all from within the folders they made. Display information includes title, artist, and album, along with track information too.
The new trackball is similar to the one on the T-Mobile Sidekick 3; it acts as a select button when pressed down and has four directional scrolling. However, without the normal jog dial on the right side, it will take time for BlackBerry users to adjust to the changes.
The BlackBerry Pearl has been tested and rated for 3.5 hours of talk time and up to 15 days of standby time, with the battery lasting up to 21 hours with music and six hours for video playback.