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BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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

The definitive BlackBerry Pearl 3G review
The definitive BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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