BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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

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When it comes to organising your contacts, the BlackBerry is as good as anything. But when it comes to call quality on this particular model, it could be better.

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We found voice calls to be on the quiet side, with a little bit of background noise – a slight hiss, if you like – although we didn't experience any complete drops in the network during calls.

The Pearl 3G is a mid- to high-end handset and for the money you'll be paying, it should be better in terms of making and taking calls.

It's slightly frustrating, because everything else in that area is as good as, if not better, than expected. Ringtones, for example, are loud and there's a number to choose from (with the option of adding your own too) and the ability to assign tones to various contacts is always a nice touch.

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Talking of contacts, the Pearl 3G offers it all and more. Using the same contacts system as your average business-friendly BlackBerry, you might be a little daunted when you add a friend.

After all, does your best mate really have six phone numbers, two fax numbers, a pager, two emails, a company and a job title? Of course not. Just stick in a name, number and email, just those details will show on the completed page. But if your friends ever do take over the world, there's room to expand the entry.

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It's not included as standard, but if you happen to be a Google user, download Google Sync. It will drop all of your friends and contacts into your BlackBerry contacts, keeping it updated as they change. It should save your fingers several weeks of typing duty.

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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