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BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

Will a QWERTY-free, slimline BlackBerry make merry in the mass market?

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

The obvious comparison is to another BlackBerry model. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 for example, which offers much of the same, but with a much bigger profile and a full QWERTY keyboard. Horses for course you might say.

Of course, if you want to check out other smartphones and aren't set on a BlackBerry, the Palm Pre Plus has just hit the market, or if Android and touchscreens appeal, check out the highly-rated HTC Desire or HTC Legend.

Of course, there's that thing called the iPhone 3GS too, but if you fancy one of those, you might want to sit tight until the iPhone 4 is released in the very near future.

We're slightly torn when it comes to the BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

We liked

We like the fact that RIM has packed just about every high-end BlackBerry feature (QWERTY excepted) into a small and stylish device and we like its ease of use. But it's not without its flaws.

Despite these, we find ourselves quite liking the Pearl 3G. It offers just about every mobile essential and more, with almost everything functions as it should.

And if SureType works for you, this is a very small and convenient way of keeping up with your email correspondence.

We disliked

Call quality is below what we would expect, network coverage was very disappointing for long periods and to be honest, the familiar look of the BlackBerry interface is perhaps an indication that the interface is just a little too long in the tooth.

Whether SureType works is up for debate too. In an age of touchscreen keyboards, looking to predictive text for inspiration doesn't fill us with confidence.

Verdict

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a good quality smartphone that should serve you well, but with just a couple two many issues to make it a highly-recommended one and the lack of a genuine wow factor, it's not going to top our charts.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.67 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyPearl
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourPiano Black
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product Model9105
Weight (Approximate)93 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108 mm
Width50 mm
Depth13.3 mm
Battery Standby Time312 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NamePearl 3G 9105 Smartphone
Processor Speed624 MHz
Product LinePearl
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-30903-011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a BlackBerry smartphone reduced in size, but not in power. It's packed with incredible features that allow you to do everything you need to do at once. And it fits in your pocket with room to spare.

Standard Memory256 MB