BlackBerry Pearl 3G: Out With The Old and In With The New

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    We Liked

  • 3G Connectivity
  • Sleek Form Factor
  • BlackBerry Messenger
  • We Disliked

  • Fiddly Keypad
  • Average Camera
  • Plasticy Build
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It’s going to be one of the biggest BlackBerry releases of the year, and this time the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is set to make big changes, whilst being the smallest RIM device to date. Picture a BlackBerry in your head and you’re probably thinking of a QWERTY keyboard swiftly followed by your business suit. The Pearl 3G is still smart, still sophisticated but essentially a lot more consumer friendly and there’s one “key” thing missing – yes, RIM have broken the mould and rid their latest Pearl device of the classic QWERTY keyboard. Calm yourselves BlackBerry fans of the world! While it certainly doesn’t look like a typical BlackBerry anymore, the Pearl 3G’s specs indicate that change really can be a good thing.

One of the most noticeable differences about the device as a whole is its overall look. Even if you like your BlackBerry’s big and bold, we reckon this can change your mind. The handset is very compact compared to its fellow rivals, the curved edges make it a treat to hold and the keypad, though BlackBerry still refer to it as QWERTY, is condensed into twenty keys over three rows rather than the traditional four. Considering the size of the device, it’s a pleasure to use and comes with SureType technology that remembers the words you type most frequently.

The screen, despite not being the biggest on offer at 2.25 inches, still produces fantastic picture quality thanks to its high resolution 360 x 400 colour display. As with the Bold 9700, the Pearl 3G features BlackBerry’s optical trackpad with shortcut buttons that are almost unnoticeably tucked into the sides of the handset.

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G comes with a 624MHZ CPU processor, which may not be the fastest that smartphones are offering these days, but nevertheless is still speedy and works well with OS5. The Pearl 3G has an impressive memory with 256MB onboard as well as the option to upgrade via a microSD card, which can hold up to 32GB. As we’ve already mentioned, the Pearl 3G operates on the latest version of BlackBerry’s OS 5. Though it’s generated mixed reviews being very similar in style to the previous 4.6 software, we’re glad BlackBerry didn’t shake things up too much with the Pearl 3G’s new look.

If you didn’t already guess, the new Pearl comes with 3G, which is a huge step forward for BlackBerry. Even if size does matter to you, there’s little room for disagreement when it comes to the phone’s connectivity specs, with the Bold 9700 being the only other device featuring 3G connections at the moment (oops! looks like we need some more training on our BlackBerry knowledge!) with only several handsets featuring 3G at the moment. Considering the Pearl 3G is the smallest of these devices, we think that  its offering of 3G connectivity is just that little bit more impressive than you’re average, slightly larger smartphone. On top of that, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G has a whole array of offerings to feature hungry users.

Connectivity: As we’ve already mentioned, the Pearl 3G is a 3G phone with HSDPA and HSUPA. The Wi-Fi supports 802.11 b, g and n standards.

It also comes with a microUSB, Bluetooth and GPS plus BlackBerry maps.

Battery: Removable with up to 5 hours talk-time (3G), 30 hours music playback and 432 hours standby (2G)

Camera: The camera features 3.2MP plus autofocus, 25x digital zoom and LED flash. Again, not the most advance camera we’ve seen on the market, but produces colourful, detailed photos that are one of the best we’ve encountered in a BlackBerry. There’s also a video recording option.

Other Features

  • BlackBerry Messenger
  • Social networking
  • Media Player
  • Organiser
  • Five colour options

We love how BlackBerry have incorporated so many of their high-end features into such a small device and while the BlackBerry Pearl 3G has an overall spec that’s not worth shouting about all that much, you can’t go wrong with the built-in 3G connections which many of its predecessors lacked. If spec is what you’re after, we understand if you want to give this one a miss, but if functionality and a phone that can do a little bit of everything ticks your boxes, the Pearl 3G will be right up your street

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