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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review Although it’s definitely a refreshing look for the Pearl series, the design of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 is nothing    out of the ordinary since it borrows heavily from previous handsets. It builds upon RIM’s older Pearl family  with an upgraded HVGA display, optical trackpad to replace the now-defunct trackball, a new 3.2 megapixel  camera with flash, and is the first BlackBerry to host Wi-Fi 802.11n.As its name implies, this handset is the  latest modernized version of the Pearl line and gladly boasts some much needed current, but somewhat typical 3G speeds However from the pictures alone, the 9100 looked like a solid.

Box contains:RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

  • BlackBerry Pearl 3G
  • 512MB microSD card
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Charger
  • microUSB cable
  • International plug-in tips

Design:

Cool, sleek and stylish – these words can define the look of this new BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100. Though the signature style of BlackBerry is evident in the new device, but still it has an appealing impact. The mobile phone will be available in various shades such as opal pink, piano black, royal purple, red gradient, and flash white.the Pearl 3G packs on a 2.3” TFT display which delightfully packs a resolution of 360 x 400 pixels. Combining its screen size and resolution, it manages to produce some crisp looking details that make it very distinguishable to read out fine text.

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On top of the disp0lay screen the logo of BlackBerry is featured. In between the display screen and the QWERTY keypad, the major functional keys are placed. These keys include the call key, end key, menu button, back button, and navigation key. The overall measurement of the phone is 108 x 50 x 13.3 mm and it weighs just 93.6 grams. This implies that the handset is easy – to – pocket and convenient to handle.Viewing angles are particularly decent and we didn’t have too many issues seeing it outdoors in direct sunlight as well.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

Hardware:

The 9100 has a nice style with :

  • Dimensions: 108 x 50 x 13.3 mm, 93 g
  • Display: 2.6″, 360 x 400 LCD display
  • Processor: 624 Mhz processor
  • Memory: 256 MB
  • Battery: 1150 mAh (5 hours talk, 18 days standby)
  • Bands: 800 (850)/1900/2100 MHz UMTS (also in 900/1700/2100 MHz variety), 850/900/1800/1900 MHz EDGE
  • Bluetooth: 2.1, includes Stereo Audio profile

Camera:

Turning it around onto its back, the 3.15-megapixel auto-focus camera and LED flash are placed towards the top portion of the handset with the Pearl logo directly in the middle.The resolution of the images is 2048 x 1536 pixels.

Music player:

The multimedia features of the mobile phone include integrated music player and video playback. The music player is capable of playing different music formats such as MP3/ WMA/ WAV/ eAAC+ ; while the video play back can play MP4/ H.264/ H.263/ WMV.The handset also offers some music controls on the top edge – much like other recent BlackBerry units.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

Memory:

3G Pearl 9100 by BlackBerry features a decent memory support. It is inclusive of 256 MB of internal memory and with that storage support, the device can store practically unlimited fields and entries of the phone book, along with the call records. However, it is obvious that only internal memory is not enough to support the features of a smart phone. BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 comes loaded with an expandable memory option up to 32 GB with its microSD™ card slot. However, 2GB memory card will be provided for free to the buyers of the mobile phone.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 specification
3.1 Mega-pixel Camera with LED Flash, Autofocus & Camera setting
Video Recorder & Video Player
Wallpapers
TFT Display Screen with 256k colours & 360 x 400 pixels
Media Player MP3, WAV, WMA & eAAC+ Formats
Dedicated Music Keys
3.5mm Audio Jack
MP3 Ringtones
Vibration Alert
SMS, MMS & Instant Messaging
Email & Push Email
Downloadable Games & Built-in Games
Personal organiser with Phonebook, Photocall, calendar, Calculator, Clock, Alarm Clock & Task Lists
Call Records
Voice Memo & Voice Dial
Half QWERTY Keyboard
GPS with A GPS Navigation & BlackBerry® Maps
Document Viewer with Excel, Work, PDF & Power Point
Built-in Handsfree Speakerphone
BlackBerry® 5 Operating System
Touch Sensitive Trackball Navigation
256 Megabytes of internal memory with 2 Gigabyte of memory & MicroSD™™ memory card support for up to 32 GB
Bluetooth with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, HSUPA, WLAN Wi-Fi® & Micro USB Connectivity
EDGE & GPRS Technology
Quad band 1900, 1800 GSM, 900 GSM, 850 GSM & HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100 Networks
HTML Web Browser
Talk Time 5.5 hrs
Standby Time 432 hrs
Music Playback Time 30 hrs
Size 13.3 x 50 x 108mm
Weight 93.6 grams

Conclusion:

The updated looking handset is definitely a sight for sore eyes, especially when it’s more than over due at this point, but there isn’t anything too eye catching with it to catapult it over the competition.However, the biggest question mark is its $99.99 contract price which is rather on the high side compared to similar offerings from the competition. For $50 more, you jump up to the respectable BlackBerry Curve 3G.It’s definitely a good handset and operates well, but it would’ve been nice to see it priced lower to gain some competitive edge.

Good

  • Pocketable
  • Tight design and construction
  • Smooth, stable operating system

Bad

  • Reduced screen size
  • Little gain from Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Optical trackpad susceptible to sunlight interference

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