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Community Level 6galaxynicole

galaxynicole

Don't be scared, it's only a Blackberry Pearl

Advantagesinstant emails, easy to use, slim

Disadvantagescamera, quality of the music played back

"...myself more familiar with the Blackberry family. I asked my boss if I would borrow the demo phone The Blackberry Pearl or 8100 for awhile so I could learn and mess around with it to figure out the settings and so on. To be honest, I've never liked Blackberry phones but have I changed my mind? Let's see. First of all, what are Blackberry's? Some people call them mobiles that can send emails, others call them PDAs, other just think they are a fancy ..." Read review
27.04.2008

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BADGE GETS HIMSELF A PEARLER........ Review with images

AdvantagesLightweight, slim-line, packed with features, built in camera, real tones, easy navigation

DisadvantagesNone

"...have been upgraded to the Blackberry Pearl 8100, quite possibly the smallest yet most functional multimedia device I've laid my hands on to date. Anyone remotely familiar with the RIM Blackberry range will be aware that in addition to bring a mobile phone they have the capability to send and receive email, store addresses and contact numbers, browse the internet, a diary and many other useful little functions that all come in handy when away from ..." Read review
16.04.2007

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Community Level 1DODK14

DODK14

Blackberry Pearl: A Blackberry virgin's views

AdvantagesGood Looking, Slim, Simple To Set Up, Single device for all communication!

DisadvantagesCamera not great, Not 3G so relatively slow web browsing

"...these devices has soared since Blackberry introduced this model, which is aimed slap bang at people like me: Want the fancy functions of a Blackberry (i.e. sending and receiving emails on the move) without sacrificing the more 'fun' features such as a camera and good looks. There's a lot to cover in terms of the features, so I'll deal with them individually in a moment. Firstly, to explain how I got this mobile - I was due an upgrade through my ..." Read review
23.11.2006

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Community Level 1olliebradley

olliebradley

Blackberry Pearl 8100 Review - Great Smartphone!

AdvantagesBlackberry functionality, great looking, features for both business and consumer use

DisadvantagesInterface is perhaps a little dated

"...in 2007, the number of Blackberry users reached 8 million and is continually on the rise. Originally aimed at large corporations with the Blackberry's appealing wireless email services and corporate functionality such as calendar, contacts and tasks synchronisation, Blackberry have now created a device which goes even further and offers a few more consumer friendly features. Aimed at both business users and consumers simultaneously, Blackberry ..." Read review
05.01.2008

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Community Level 2Mr_Gamgee

Mr_Gamgee

Pearl 8100 - an everything in one device

Advantagestrackball, interface, predictive text, email, style, ease of use, java, all in one device

Disadvantagesnot a true WAP device, camera

"First the good bits... My first attraction to the Pearl was the style, it looks very nice. Much more stylish than may other phones currently on the market, although thats down to individual taste. I've had the Pearl for about 3 weeks and its definitely the best phone I have ever had just because its put everything I need (phone, PDA and media player) all in one device. I bought a 2GB media card and I now have a phone with 15 albums, 2 films ..." Read review
14.02.2007

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Community Level 2carzy1

carzy1

Business now means pleasure!

AdvantagesGreat looking, slim & light, Trackball, Email communication, Quad Band and All-In-One!!

DisadvantagesSlow Web browsing, Camera & headphone jack

"I purchased the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100 about two months ago and now feel I know enough about the phone to make a reasonable review on it. When I first purchased the 8100 I was amazed at how light and sleek it actually was, I could put it in my pocket and forget about it because it was just so light compared to other phones I have had! I found it hard to use the QWERTY keyboard that it has, but due to its amazing predictive text (possibly the ..." Read review
23.02.2007

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Community Level 6Martinscho...

Martinscholes

Blackberry Pearl 8100. Perhaps not

AdvantagesGood size

DisadvantagesYou need to buy his bigger brothers, I think

"I was sold my Blackberry Pearl 8100 as a solution to all my business requirements. Well, it's OK, but it is not quite as good as the 'phone shop salesman told me it would be. Well, whatever is?! The phone is small, smaller than most email capable phones, which is where a problem can come in. Got big, chunky grown-up fingers? Then the small pad on the Blackberry Pearl 8100 might not be the best option for you to go for! I would never again buy a ..." Read review
29.08.2010

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Community Level 7yackers1

yackers1

The most practical Blackberry?

Advantages small, slim and very stylish

Disadvantages trackball awkward

"...if you look on the Blackberry website you can view the full spec. I can now send and receive emails and web browse anywhere, and the 'normal' mobile phone size and shape of the device means it looks like I am just sending a text without drawing attention to myself! Fantastic and discreet. The media player is adequate and can cope with films and MP3s. As with all mobile devices the head phones are of poor quality but these are easily replaced ..." Read review
10.03.2007

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Community Level 1ufojosh

ufojosh

Blackberry Pearl, mixed opinions

AdvantagesGreat Signal, Email, Blackberry Messenger, Half-QWERTY, Good Camera.

DisadvantagesBad Lock Feature, Repeated "sim card error".

"The blackberry pearl is a compact smartphone with all the capabilities of it's lager counterparts. The only downside I have experienced is a repeated "sim card error" which apparently cannot be solved, it is rather frustrating and the only "temporary" solution I have found is to turn the phone of and back on again. Other than this one minor issue the phone lives up to it's name. It maintains fantastic signal pretty much anywhere is easy to set ..." Read review
20.02.2008

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Community Level 1nmilnerhar...

nmilnerharris

What a pearler

AdvantagesEasy to use, lots of features, very pretty

DisadvantagesSteeper learning curve for owners of previous models

"...Anyone who has had previous blackberry models will be used to the track wheel system for navigating around the device. On the 8100 this has been removed and replaced with a 'pearl' roller ball similar to most modern phones. This takes a bit of getting used to but once you have it is extremely easy to use. Secondly while previous blackberry models have had full qwerty keyboards with a single letter per key the 8100 has a cut down keyboard with two ..." Read review
23.06.2007

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Community Level 1hawkeye2602

Quick review of BlackBerry Pearl 8100

"excellent phone i have a hp pda for the past 12 months. The hp and the blackberry do the same apart from the blackberry is a 1/4 of the size the only thing i miss is the touch screen but apert from that it fantastic to have a mobile of this size and with the capacity of a laptop in your pocket. the rollerball is very simple to use and to place the phone on silent is very easy from the front screen. connection to a pc is quick and easy. a video camera would be usefull but as the wish list is very short with this phone i can only recommend you try it if you would like a smartphone. can we soon see a 5mp phone lets hope then i can carry just a phone.
11.08.2007

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Community Level 2marcberryman

marcberryman

Great features but not so great battery life

AdvantagesSlim, lightweight design, large screen

DisadvantagesShort battery life and fiddly keys

"...you have ever had a Blackberry 8700, and has a stylish slim design. It took me a while to get used to the keyboard layout (despite being a qwertty keyboard the layout is not what one usually expects on a mobile). The screen is bigger than I expected and is crystal clear. The track ball is quite annoying at first, and took me some time to get used to. As with Blackberry's, the ringtones are terrible(!) so do not expect much from them. I always leave ..." Read review
16.06.2008

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Community Level 1freddieard...

freddieardley

this is a one of a kind smart phone

AdvantagesIt has everything you could need on this phone to get you through any day it has a quad band reciever and you can be reached anywhere even in the channel tunne l(ive tried and it works)

Disadvantagesthey put so much on to this phone the only thing they forgot was the video camera

"it look great it is actually thiner than the motorola razor and is whey lighter as well. you see that little ball in the middle oof the phone it works the same as on a computer mouse and is a lot easier to use than those arrow keys and this is the only phone in the world with one on it. the keyboard is amazing, because there are only 2 letters a button it is alot easier to use the internet, text message and email and has the same qwerty key board ..." Read review
05.01.2007

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Community Level 1Estupendom...

Estupendomike

Blackberry Pearl

AdvantagesScreen clarity, MP3 Player, Wireless Synch, Solid and Strong

DisadvantagesKeyboard too small

"I replaced my old "large" Blackberry with the peal a few months ago. I'm a total Blackberry convert and cannot imagine using any other type of device. If you're a serious busines user and email is important to you, you should have one. I also invested in a hosted exchange mailbox and my Pearl synchronises wirelessly in real time with my inbox, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks from Microsoft Outlook on my PC. It's totally seamless in it's operation, ..." Read review
19.11.2007

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Community Level 1charlie.do...

charlie.douglas

The best Blackberry yet

Advantagessuper small and quick to type on

DisadvantagesCan sometime lose it's signal

"I used to own a Blackberry 8700 and thought that it was best to have qwerty keyboard, especially when I had to write so many emails but then I got a Pearl because the size of the device was driving me mad. What a good decision this was. I think by now eveyone know what a blackberry is and why someone would get one, the main reason being the instant email feature. The Pearl also comes with a few basic things seem on most mobile phones such as a ..." Read review
06.07.2007

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