BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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

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As we alluded to earlier, the media player on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G isn't bad at all. But accessing it is slow and inconvenient.

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Okay, it's not that slow, just not as instantly accessible as it should be. Click to go to Homescreen, another to the media player, another to select breakdown of content (all tunes, albums, artists etc), then another to play the music. It's tiresome.

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Once in, though, it's not a bad little player. Music can be transferred in via drag and drop or by RIM's own software via a PC or Mac and, if tagged, should drop nicely into the searchable interface and anyalbum art provided will show too.

Don't forget those top controls we mentioned earlier too – very useful when you're out and about.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

For its size, the Pearl 3G has a decent pair of lungs. At full volume, sound is beyond what you expect, as well as having a good amount of clarity – no break-up or distortion at that high volume.

Same goes when using headphones, which are more substantial than your average mobile earphones and, for us, offering up a fuller sound than much of the competition too.

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Video playback tends to suffer from the small screen. If you like the idea of squinting at a 2.2-inch screen for entertainment, it might be for you. It's also good for checking those mini movies you've just shot, but we prefer our video on a larger screen.

Videos have a decent amount of clarity, but this is one area where the small and compact nature of the phone really falls down.

Let's be honest, you'll be on a one-way trip to eye strain if you spend your day watching Hollywood blockbusters on the Pearl's screen. Good for a short funny a mate has sent you or, indeed, checking out your own clips. For anything more, it really struggles.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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
Product NamePearl 3G 9105 Smartphone
Processor Speed624 MHz
Product LinePearl
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-30903-011
Manufacturer Website Address
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