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BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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

BlackBerry pearl 3g

As we mentioned previously, the Pearl 3G is the lean, mean email machine of the BlackBerry family. Very light (93g) and only 13.3mm thick, this is the BlackBerry that slips into any pocket or bag with ease.

It's not short of style and clever design touches either. Comfortable in the hand thanks to a slightly curved profile, the Pearl 3G has an almost flush keyboard on the front below the on/off buttons, menu controls and optical trackpad, as well as shortcut buttons on the side as raised 'lumps' for quick access to voice controls and camera functions.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

Also housed on the side is the mini USB slot and headphone connector, while the top hosts direct controls for the media player, blending into the design so much that you just might miss them if you weren't forewarned.

On the downside, there isn't any quick access to the microSD card slot – that involves flipping the back off and squeezing it in above the battery. With the flimsy construction of that back, it's something you don't want to be doing too often, or in a hurry.

Finally, this particular BlackBerry has a camera at the side of the Pearl logo on the rear, while the screen is a 360 x 400 pixel colour display, coming in at 2.2-inches.

Not the greatest in terms of space, especially in an age of large touchscreens, but it's not necessarily a hindrance, depending on how you are using your smartphone. More on that point as we go.

BlackBerry pearl 3g

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