Sun 17 Feb 2008
This newest Pearl adds Wi-Fi, video capture, 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo Bluetooth, plus it upgrades to a 2 megapixel camera. Most other features are much like the original Pearl, including a memory card slot, voice dialing, SureType text keypad, and the infamous push email.
All the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the BlackBerry Pearl. The handset’s speakerphone makes it easy to use the device hands-free, or if you prefer, you can use a wireless headset via the BlackBerry handheld’s built-in Bluetooth capability. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book are also included. Any of the phone’s polyphonic ringtones can be used to create caller-specific ringers, so you can know who’s calling without having to look at the handset. A new feature, speaker independent voice dialing, allows you to call contacts with the sound of your voice. No prior voice training is required; you can just say a contact’s name to call them.
What are users saying?
I love my Blackberry (by Melissa)
I love this phone. I’ve had the Pearl for almost 1 year now and its a great phone. I have to admit my previous phone was basic and no-frills so I went from one extreme to the other. I love getting my email, synchronizing my calendar on my computer with my phone, picking ringtones from my favorite songs and going online. I can’t tell you how having this phone filled my down time while waiting at the doctor’s office. I’m always on CNN.com keeping abreast of what’s happening in the world. I do wish it had a full QWERTY keyboard and could play videos. Those are the 2 big negatives, but overall a great choice!!
Great phone (by O.)
This is an iPhone killer. I have no complaints about the phone, the e-mail is great, the web works for some instant lookps (the screen is too small for regular browsing, but this is not the fault of the phone), I can even run google maps and bind this phone with my bluetooth gps for directions pretty quickly.