BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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

TODO alt text

The standard BlackBerry browser has never been much to shout about, all too often having trouble rendering pages and in many cases, taking too much time to download content. Maybe, just maybe, RIM has started to deal with the problem, prior to actually bringing out a WebKit-based browser.

BlackBerry pearl 3g

We have used and tested a number of BlackBerry devices and always had some pages that the BlackBerry just doesn't like. This time, all of our favourite temperamental pages (and other more reliable content) passed with flying colours.

Of course, there's a 'but' coming here. In fact, there are two. Firstly, the small screen of the Pearl 3G makes the zoom function on the browser your best friend when it comes to web content. It will zoom in on the detail, but when you've got a busy or text-heavy page, constantly having to zoom is a real pain.

BlackBerry pearl 3g

Secondly, that speedy loading is only when you've got a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. When you lose that, the page load times increase significantly. What took seconds suddenly takes minutes. We'll look more at the connectivity of the Pearl 3G later on.

Social networking

The BlackBerry range has long had decent apps for all the main social networks, two of which are included here as standard. No MySpace, but in 2010, are you really surprised?

BlackBerry pearl 3g

The Twitter app has recently gone official for the BlackBerry and we have to say, it works like a dream, integrating well with the wider BlackBerry messaging system.

If you are a regular Twitter user, you'll know what to expect – a box for your message, a screen to view all the messages of those you follow (complete with avatars) and a row of icons for everything from replies to people search.

If someone sends you a direct message, that drops into your main message inbox like a new email, which is a nice touch. A well thought-out app and one that's a dream to use on the Pearl 3G.

BlackBerry pearl 3g

Facebook is also represented here and it's a decent way to keep updated. Log on and you'll be greeted by your latest news feed, with options to comment or 'like' an update, upload a photo, send a message, write on a wall – pretty much everything you would expect.

Admittedly, it does look a little basic and a little cramped on the small screen, but if you can deal with that, the Facebook app here is more than adequate.

Tags

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