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BlackBerry Pearl 3G review

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

Our Verdict

A consumer-friendly smartphone that matches any BlackBerry in terms of features,with a keypad you'll love or hate but suffers from below-average network coverage and call quality.

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.50 Hour

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For

  • BlackBerry email experience in a smaller handset
  • Stylish design
  • 'Out of the box' ease of use
  • Improved web browser
  • Good quality images, with numerous options for sending photos.

Against

  • Disappointing call quality
  • Below-average 3G connectivity
  • Small screen
  • Troublesome text inputting
  • Media player hidden away

If we were playing a game of word association, we're guessing the word BlackBerry would be quickly followed by QWERTY and business.

It's been like that since the RIM entered the market, rarely erring from the 'QWERTY keyboard, functional design' mode - apart from the Storm range, which hasn't really changed the game.

It's a stereotype RIM hopes to finally break with its latest consumer-friendly smartphone, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

BlackBerry pearl 3g

The Pearl 3G is certainly small and slim; a BlackBerry Bold 9000 could swallow it up whole and still have room for an old-fashioned stodgy dessert. Or if you want specifics, that's around 108 x 50 x 13.3mm.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

Small package means fewer features? Not a bit of it. The Pearl almost creaks with features, including Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and video recording, a well-featured media player and an optical trackpad.

It also sports multitasking, social networking for the likes of Facebook and Twitter as standard and, of course, the power of BlackBerry email and messaging. Just without the QWERTY, which is replaced by RIM's SureType technology for inputting your text.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The BlackBerry App World has been growing steadily over the past year and, while it's not up there with Apple's App Store, it does offer a good range of apps and utilities, which in turn will make your Pearl 3G that little bit more flexible.

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
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height108 mm
Width50 mm
Depth13.3 mm
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