Blackberry Pearl 8100 Officially Shot Out Of A Cannon

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The Blackberry Pearl 8100, BB's slim as a RAZR, consumer cellphone was just launched, and will hit on the 12th of September through T Mobile. It makes all the other B-Berries look like piggies. Pinstack.com covers the stats, and official releases, while Laptop Magazine gives it the thumbs up. The review is short, by one of our favorites, Russ Fischer; we'll make it shorter:

The very sexy Pearl repudiates every dour smart phone aesthetic. The glossy black finish, bright 240 x 260-pixel color screen, and silver side bezels radiate style. At...half an inch thick, the Pearl is like two stacked iPod nanos. The old BlackBerry scroll wheel has been replaced by a trackball seemingly borrowed from the SideKick 3; as a navigation tool the ball is intuitive...

The Pearl features an even smaller version of the SureType keyboard introduced on the 7100t...tiny keys. ..only a passable alternative to a full QWERTY keyboard...

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The rest of the condensed review, and more photos after the jump.

Another minus: the microSD card slot is located behind the battery.

Riding on T-Mobile's EDGE network, the Pearl delivers a reliable if not speedy data connection; it also supports quad-band GSM/GPRS networks. Bluetooth 2.0 is onboard, but only to support handsfree and serial port profiles.

The Pearl finally sees BlackBerry catching up with the competition in the multimedia department, with features like a 1.3-megapixel camera (which washes out colors but retains sharp detail), a music and video player.

ORGANIZER Can sync contacts, calendars, memos, and tasks with Outlook, [and others]



WEB RIM hasn't made great strides forward with the Web browser



E-MAIL As with all recent BlackBerrys, setting up an e-mail account is a simple process...images, documents, and PDFs are viewable but can't be edited.



CALL QUALITY The calls we made with the Pearl on T-Mobile's network were fine, but there was a rather airy quality to them...

VERDICT The Pearl is the sexiest smart phone yet, and a strong performer to boot.

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
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Blackberry Pearl 8100 [Pinstack.com]

Review of the Blackberry Pearl 8100 [laptopmag.com]

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DISCUSSION

hughwische-old
HughWische

Does anybody really get excited about these things, or are they really just blog fodder? I honestly don't understand the excitement about a device that is simply jam-packed with a ton of features that are actually second-rate versions of features found in much better stand-alone devices.

I've never seen a decent photo come out of one of these things, listening to music on them is pointless, browsing the web on a 240x260 screen is pointless (not to mention that their web browsers only work on the most basic of basic web pages and barely interpret Javascript and CSS correctly), even e-mail on that small of a screen is pointless.

Basically, my point is this...Yes, for a phone, they're "smart", but a bunch of half-assed "features" packed into one box really doesn't make sense to brag about...Heck, even a retarded kid is smart by comparison to a lab rat, but it doesn't instantly make him smart...