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BlackBerry 8100 review

 Review: September 2008  
 

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: If email on the go is your top priority, and you don't like the size and weight of the big BlackBerries, then the 8100 could be a good choice. However, the 8100 lags behind other smartphones when it comes to most features, and it isn't the easiest phone to use either.

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Review

You might think that BlackBerry's mission statement for the 8100 Pearl series sets up expectations that are impossible to meet: "BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Series smartphones are designed to help you do everything you want with your life." As the baby in the BlackBerry range, the 8100 Pearl is a much more compact device than the 8300 or 8800 series phones. In fact, with a weight of just 89g, the 8100 is very light compared with other smartphones. But it still offers nearly all of the functionality of the big Blackberries. BlackBerry have achieved this by the Pearl's distinctive SureType® keypad, which is a compromise between a full QWERTY keypad and a conventional numeric keypad. The SureType keypad can be used to enter text more rapidly than a conventional phone keypad, and the trackball is used to navigate around the screen and select options.

Now, the BlackBerry may look like a normal mobile phone, and BlackBerry's marketing guys are clearly trying to present it as such, but really it's a much more sophisticated type of device. At its heart it's more like a mini laptop, equipped for emailing, messaging, browsing and organising. It's a corporate kind of device that has more in common with the enterprise IT function than with consumer mobile phones.

The key feature that sets the BlackBerry apart is its ability to manage email on the move. That's why most people choose to buy a BlackBerry, and that's why it needs a special keypad. And the BlackBerry 8100 has all the wireless email features of the bigger 8300 and 8800 series devices. It supports up to 10 different email accounts. It's a push-email device, which means that each mailbox is automatically updated whenever you send, delete, file or read messages. Messages are delivered automatically to the phone and you can be notified as soon as they arrive. The BlackBerry email management system is outstandingly good, and lets you work your email just as easily as if you were behind a laptop. You can view attachments too. The BlackBerry supports all kinds of email, including web-based mail such as AOL Mail, Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. You can set up your business email account to work with your BlackBerry using the BlackBerry Internet Service, or enterprise customers can set it up using a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Of course, the SureType keypad also makes the BlackBerry an excellent choice if you prefer to send text messages rather than email.

Email and MMS is what you buy a Blackberry for, but it can do other things to, even if "helping you do everything you want with your life" is hyping it rather too much. As a SmartPhone, the 8100 has a wealth of applications available, that let you do all kinds of things on the go, such as managing your calendar and address book, browsing the web, social networking, and even running a range of enterprise applications. And because the BlackBerry synchs well with other devices, you can use it as the glue to bind your desktop with your laptop and your business with your personal life.

The 8100 makes phone calls too (we nearly forgot to mention that!) and is equipped with a digital camera and music player. The camera is only 1.3 megapixels and doesn't record video, but it's fine for quick snaps. The phone also has a full range of features that mobile users expect, including voice-activated dialling, a speakerphone, Bluetooth connectivity and an expandable memory. Bonus features include BlackBerry® Maps and user-selectable fonts. The phone also incorporates password protection and a keypad lock.

The BlackBerry 8100 provides quadband support, allowing for international roaming between North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The battery life of the 8100 isn't quite as high as the larger 8300, but is perfectly respectable.

The 8100 is the most compact BlackBerry, and inevitably some compromises have been made in fitting the technology into such a small package. The keypad isn't a full QWERTY layout, and the screen is a lower resolution than the bigger BlackBerries, which makes web browsing less satisfying. Menus can be counter intuitive and generally speaking this isn't an easy phone to use. The camera is also of poor quality, although this probably isn't such a big factor for most users. If email on the go is your top priority and you don't want the bulk of the bigger 8300, then the 8100 is probably the next best thing. The 8100 can't compare with smartphones from Nokia when it comes to multimedia, so choose it for its push email and keypad, and be aware of its limitations.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 has the benefit of GPS satellite positioning, to be used in conjunction with BlackBerry Maps. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 has WiFi. The BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Fip is a flip version of the Pearl.


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Average rating from 108 reviews:

Reviewed by Dave from India on 22nd Nov 2014
Don't buy this fully lag mobile.
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Reviewed by Hans from Jerman on 16th Sep 2012
Very usefull phone
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Reviewed by Ivy from UK on 22nd Jul 2012
Simple phone that does what it says on the tin. Great for work, easy navigating and I have had mine for 6 months second hand and it is yet to have broken. Email is very impressive for such a phone and I presume that most of the reviews that have complained about how it isn't up to date obviously have the option to fork out on another phone that has a lot of pointless features that usually end up going unused anyway. Battery is brilliant and I have had no problems, the camera isn't exactly top notch quality but it does the job. The only problem is how overrated many other modern phones are.
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Reviewed by samuel from nigeria on 6th Mar 2012
i like the phone but i cant really browse with it because its very slow
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Reviewed by hun from england on 23rd Feb 2012
get the new curve
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Reviewed by ferra from indonesia on 12th Jan 2012
I cant enter to blackberry app !
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Reviewed by sam p.k from Ghana on 1st Jan 2012
It can't enter blackberry app world.it has a very low blackberry software and a very poor browser.
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Reviewed by lotfi euro from algeria on 29th Nov 2011
very nice,smart phone
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Reviewed by nazeer from india on 4th Nov 2011
red was awesome
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Reviewed by KyuKyu from Myanmar on 14th Aug 2011
I love it very much. The only thing I want is a new body because I had dropped it many times and I made some scratches on it. Where can I buy a new body?
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Reviewed by Zoe from Wales on 16th May 2011
This phone has all the things like a smartphone but cut down to a smaller scale !! My uncle just bought one for me and I find it brilliant for a teenager looking for a simple phone, the keypad is easy to use when you get used to it, quite a good camera with a flash. Its good for taking snaps when you need too! The only thing i find annoying is getting apps and music onto it !
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Reviewed by mohamedali from india on 10th May 2011
black berry 8100 i use this phone in uae from a out costomer this is a very good handset where i can buy one new
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Reviewed by Annie from Ireland on 8th Apr 2011
It is the worst BB phone I have ever seen. Very difficult to use, esp the keypad. It doesn't have Internet Browser. Poor camera and very old-fashioned
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Reviewed by Tc from Zimbabwe on 5th Feb 2011
I have had other versions of the blackberry.This is too ordinary.its jus the name.at first it was ok but now the quality of the photos is very poor.at first it was saying it cld not open the camera.......too ordinary.no attention to detail
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Reviewed by tony mwanakambwa from zambia on 15th Jan 2011
please advise my blackberry 8100's photo images sometimes come out blared or like infra red photo what is the cause of this? otherwise the rest about it is so great . tmwanakamba@zesco.co.zm
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Reviewed by tolea constantin from romania on 9th Jan 2011
best four that pryce
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Reviewed by Ali Ammar from pakistan on 20th Nov 2010
its a very very slow phone and its volume level is also very very dim so dnt thinks that its a good hand set
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Reviewed by Zareen from pakistan on 22nd Jun 2010
this set s chawal.
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Reviewed by Lozza from UK on 1st Mar 2010
I think this phone is great. A few bad points though... I own a 8120, and my sister owns the 8100, and the key pad on the 8100 is a lot more flimsey than the 8120. Also, it doesn't have a full headphone socket like the 8120, which is a bit of a downer. On top of that, once you know how to use the keypad, people look at you baffled at how you can use it! Its really quite easy! Apart from that, the 2 are very similar (almost identical in fact), and you can get this one now for much cheaper! Never had any problems with it at all (1 and a bit years now)
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Reviewed by Chaz from UK on 28th Dec 2009
If I have to re-start this phone one more time, im throwing it out the window!
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Reviewed by rueljohn from phillipines on 29th Aug 2009
i love this phone
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Reviewed by nare from st kitts on 11th Jun 2009
my dad bought me a blackberry 8100 from t mobile for me 2 weeks ago it work so great until yesterday it went white screen and i try power it on ff and it wont come on i am so fedup
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Reviewed by jayrod from phils. on 7th Jun 2009
this phone are not good enaf! it lack alot of things that buyers looking for. this phone is not great like other say.. its not.. come yo think of it.. only who work on office will satisfie to this kind of phone. it suck!
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Reviewed by me? from england on 16th Apr 2009
cool fone, love it, its so handy and easy to use! buy it now... or you will neva get the chance.lol. great fone .. best eva.
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Reviewed by Mr C from England on 29th Mar 2009
I love my Blackberry 8100 took me a few hours to master but now i can navigate round it no problem. Yes it does lack Mp3 function and yes it does lack Video recording and yes it lack Wifi lan function too. But lets look at it this way A) How many mobile phones are there that take good video recordings anyway. B) if you have wifi in the area you may as well use your Laptop or pc C) the only handset i know of that has a good Mp3 player is the nokia 5130 express which is not good at anything else and falls apart. As a work phone it does the job just fine. Its the Vw golf of the mobile world. Would recommend to any one looking and will definately be buying another blackberry when this one finally dies.( 2 years old no problems yet)
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Reviewed by Jamus from UK on 24th Mar 2009
The 8100 is a fantastic phone. Fat fingers may find the keypad a bit tricky though, be warned. It's very simple to set up (despite previous ill-spelled reviews to the contrary), in fact, it's hard to get it wrong if you've got the motor neurone control of an average adult human. Email organisation is typically brilliant and the browser is good (yes, the screen is smaller than the 8300 but it's big enough). Battery time is also quite impressive.
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Reviewed by Jim from England on 19th Mar 2009
Magic little bit of kit. Does all I need and does it well. Email is so easy even a bloke with one thumb could use it!
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Reviewed by Joshua from Malta / UK on 9th Mar 2009
I have just bought this phone for £26 - it was deffinately worth the price but i would not pay the full asking price at stores. The idea of having to buy a blackberry plan to surf the net, is a bit annoying, but then you can always upgrade to the new BlackbERRY 8120 WHICH HAS WI-FI. For making phones and looking all executive, it was definately worth £26.00 (2nd hand - but bought a new case and looks and works like new)
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Reviewed by viki from uk on 8th Mar 2009
this a rubbish fone from blackberry cuz it does not has a video recorder like the other fone has it.email thing dont work eiter cus u have to have buy the connection from u r phone service provider.it is rediculious for it.this is a wrost phone i ever seen.those people whos says its outstanding i would says its krazzy and such a lame.
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Reviewed by Megan from LONDON on 5th Mar 2009
Most confusing this ever.
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Reviewed by charles from USA on 1st Mar 2009
you can receive things through bluetooth on the pearl. all you have to do is pair with the person and then go to the menu on the pictures or ringtones folder, then go to receive through bluetooth and viola!!!
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Reviewed by MsBB from UK on 23rd Feb 2009
This is my 1st blackberry, even though I have had the phone since June '08, personally I found it very difficult to get used to at 1st with the qwerty keyboard, sometimes I find that the roller ball would automatically freeze, use to be on the phone constantly to my network provider. Camera is not for professional use at all. If you like your music, not the phone to have as do not allow many downloads. Battery life I think can be improved as I find that I have to walk with the usb to charge to laptop for backup (but depends on how often you use the phone.) Overall size is great. Would defintely go for another BB when my contract is due, as I would feel lost without it now.
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Reviewed by Paul Humphreys from UK on 12th Feb 2009
I have had my BB Pearl 8100 for 18 months. No problems, apart from occasional sticking of the trackball, easily solved with a few minutes cleaning. Now, I am upgrading on my price-plan, and will go for the Pearl 8220, instead of the Bold or Storm (I have looked at all 3, but the Pearl size wins the day!).
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Reviewed by Micheal Jackson from UK on 11th Feb 2009
I love this phone. Simply the best.
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Reviewed by Warren from UK on 6th Feb 2009
On my second Pearl 8100 on Vodafone, both have been returned to me water ingress contamination warranty void - which is surprising as it was track ball and software issues. The close up PCB board picture sentby vo-dah-fone does not relate to my phone. Both phones looked untouched as I opened up to clean the track ball it worked again, I suspect vo-dah-fone have got alot of problems as all the 8100 users I know have issues and send out a standard 'get out jail letter'. IBM employees are issued with leather pouches to protect their 8100? I would not recomend this phone it has caused endless problems especially with texts over 1000 sent automatically to the entire contact book, thank fully the battery gave out. AVOID BY ALL MEANS
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Reviewed by Steve S from UK on 5th Feb 2009
Company bought BB 8100's en mass from Vodafone. They're useless, difficult to use, poor reception, distorted calls, gone back to my old Nokia - we call them Gooseberry's they're so awful. Think again BB, your products don't come anywhere near Nokia. They are poor at everything and good at nothing.
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Reviewed by Tiffany from USA on 31st Jan 2009
I had Sidekick, but i always go back to Blackberry pearl 8100, i love it!!!
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Reviewed by Lulu Robinson from England on 31st Jan 2009
It's not the best mobile on features, I would get it if I was a buisness woman, but not a teenage girl. It's a huge shame it doesn't have video, u can only send things with the bluetooth and not receive. Internet would be good with WAP.The top of it's metal thing comes off VERY easily! Can't download mp3 music (no bluetooth, WAP, no WMA) Texting keys are pretty small! The only thing good is the camera. Shame there's no picture editing.
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Reviewed by beb from UK on 26th Jan 2009
the networks are just selling blackberry's by the bucket load without proper technical support for these gadgets. they are delicate, nore so than your average phone and need TLC. have had mine for about 18 months works like a gem. but had to open it up clean the trackball to avoid it sticking and the circuit board to avoid the contacts malfunctioning. with a bit of "service" its a Gem.
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Reviewed by deepa from belgium on 21st Jan 2009
i see blackberry better than other mobile.
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Reviewed by Clive from UK on 9th Jan 2009
A great little phone. Rubbish camera but who cares. In the car you shout at it and it dials the number from the phone book. Anybody keyboard savvy can whip off a message no problem. Compared with the O2 XDA which was a nightmare combination of Windows software and touch screen the Blackberry just works. Warning: This is tool not a toy. If business email and phoning on the move is your thing then this is the right phone.
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Reviewed by fraser from England on 29th Dec 2008
This is a good quality phone with excellent features.The email facility is really good and once you get used to how it works it is easy to use.If it goes wrong there is everything that you need on the internet for anyone with an ounce of tech-knowledge to sort out as well as loads of downloadable add-ons to keep you happy. This is more than a phone so learn how to use it and be nice to it and you will be very happy.
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Reviewed by Cara from UK on 20th Dec 2008
This is my 1st Blackberry phone. Perfect for what i use (mainly emails and calls). Camera - not great but okay. Battery - not bad. Features - little confusing but u get used to it. Overall it is a good phone but if ur looking for something with an excellent camera u better keep looking.
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Reviewed by Jan from Belgium on 16th Dec 2008
You just got to love this phone, as said before it's pretty useless if your calling plan doesn't support mail & internet. To leddy: yes, if you don't lock the phone in your pocket it WILL call people (like all other phones to be correct). Great thing about this phone is the exchange sync, which is (due to being pushed) imidiate. Want to call someone? Enter their business card in your outlook and it's instantly available on your BB. Furthermore it's much more compact than most of it's competition, and if you had a keypad you never want to go back to typing mails with a stylus (or worse, on a touchscreen without a stylus -> iPhone).
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Reviewed by Joe from UK on 23rd Nov 2008
Just the worst phone I have ever had in my life I have had nearly 17 phones and this was the worst Please - No one buy it!!
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Reviewed by Leddy from UK on 19th Nov 2008
This is the worst phone EVER BUILT. I cannot believe how bad this phone is - where do I start. The keypad sometimes unresponsive or difficult to push keys resulting in some crazy text messages. The camera is terrible and image quality very poor. The software is extremely slow no matter if you are looking for a contact in the address book or trying to read a txt its very very slow to respond. Sometimes my phone randomly texts people and makes calls itself, which I believe is down to the terrible rollerball which gets stuck and just starts selecting options and sending texts. Sometimes I get missed calls that are never reported and when the phone memory is full the only way to resolve this is to pull out the battery and cold restart the phone. This phone is a dud and should be avoided at all costs.
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Reviewed by John O from UK on 17th Nov 2008
8100 Contract with O2. the operating system seems to need to be reloaded if the battery is allowed to run low. The problem is that without a reload, the phone keyboard has a mind of its own. Have to say I have no enthusiasm for this phone at all and will move to an iphone as soon as my contract allows!
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Reviewed by fredrick from uk on 8th Nov 2008
dont buy this phone whatever u do dont waste your money on it
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Reviewed by Pete from UK on 26th Oct 2008
I bought a BlackBerry 8100 for the wife in September from Vodafone on an 18 month contract. Things were going well and she actually liked it as it had email and internet. We didn't find any problems until we wanted to Bluetooth a ring tone from another phone to hers. It kept saying on the other phone 'Sending failed'. Just contacted Vodafone and they have told me that the Bluetooth will NOT receive incoming messaging. It is only one way Bluetooth so in other words you can send but not receive data. You can only get ring tones through the data lead and a PC so what’s the point in having Bluetooth. Now seems we are stuck with a phone that doesn't do what the phone shops tell you so buyers beware if you Bluetooth then avoid a BlackBerry
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Reviewed by Tameka from usa on 24th Oct 2008
I've had my blackberry pearl for at least 6months, and it's a joy to have. but when something goes wrong with it its a hassle! I have to get the ball cleaned out from to time, and now I'm in the process of trying to figure out what's wrong with the keypad! Only thing that is responsive is the trackball. They're decent phones, just too fragile!
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Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 3rd Oct 2008
Unless you have a calling plan that includes the internet and email don't bother. More complicated than it needs to be! It's a hand held PDA that's very clever but a very poor phone!!! Very slow! No video on the pearl, no torch, and no key lock. There are better phones on the market that actually work fully without the hassle. Instruction book very poor!
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Reviewed by Leigh M from UK on 12th Sep 2008
I recieved this as a work phone but have wanted one for ages. (I have the LG Venus as my personal phone) I love the Blackberry Pearl, it has everything you would need for work and I can organise meetings and reply to emails while away from the office. I also have my personnal email set up on it too so I can look at them while at work! Easy to load pics and ringtones & MP3s love it!
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Reviewed by Mariam from US on 5th Sep 2008
The first week i had this phone it was fine but after that it started freezing up. If you talk on your phone a lot and you have a media card then say bye bye to it because then it will burn it out and your media card won't work anymore. Overall this phone SUCKS i wouldn't ever reccomend this phone to anyone !!! Oh yeahh the phone likes to delete your txt messages.
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Reviewed by carolyn manchester from uk on 3rd Sep 2008
This phone is absolutely great iv had it for almost 18 months now with no problems whatsoever. I am only changing it because my contract is up and im due for an upgrade.Fancy a change. It is good for someone who needs the push email facility and ticks all boxes. I only hope my new phone lives up to the same expectations.
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Reviewed by paul from UK on 28th Aug 2008
Had the phone for over a year, has been sent back for repair 3 times and is about to be sent back again... don't bother, email is good though
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Reviewed by Mo45in from UK on 27th Aug 2008
This phone looks great. The advanced email is the main draw.... however, after having mine for a year I think i'm going to change it for an Omnia. The extras arent great so think i can live with webmail in exchange for all the extras you get with. 5 mp camera is certainly an improvement to the 2 on the 8110. Also browsing is fiddly as the screen just isnt big enough..... In summary a nice looking phone but not one i will miss too sorely
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Reviewed by AMac from UK on 26th Aug 2008
Excellent phone, highly functional and looks neat. Probably pointless if you're not on a push email service though, as that's its main strength. The fake-QWERTY keyboard and excellent predictive text setup I found very accessible and once mastered, quicker and more reliable than any other phones I've used - but nonstandard, so I guess some won't like this. The menus are also easy to use once you're familiar. Easy to tie up to a laptop - including a Mac- though I sync mine automatically over the network, so it's not a necessity. Negatives - (i) the central trackball can get sticky over time, -mine needed replacing after about 8 months; (ii) in any colour you like, so long as it's black.
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Reviewed by george from england on 23rd Aug 2008
terrible phone looks revolting got taken the micky 4 havin this phone a no buy for a reason
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Reviewed by balwant singh from he_alnoe@yahoo.co.in on 20th Aug 2008
nice phone,.. i like it.. balwant singh
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Reviewed by princess.... from u.k on 9th Aug 2008
HMMMMMM what can you say about Blackberrys....???? Well theyre amazing phones... for work that is i just didnt like it as much as the 8300 it just doesnt look as..... stylish and proffesional as some of the other ones.... maybe its just me??!! not a phone for leisure and showing off.... it doesnt scream status or glamour..... overall pretty good...!
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Reviewed by kejuan from USA on 2nd Aug 2008
I don't really like my blackberry anymore because when I first got it it started to freeze and now its been like half an year and I put up with up now it freezes even more they just rip people out their money because I complain to t mobile alot and customer service but nothn seem to happen they don't even care they are just a expensive piece of trash
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Reviewed by bob from england on 29th Jul 2008
i think the the blacberry is quite a good phone but the only problem is you get bored of them after a while.
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Reviewed by David Goyder from England on 26th Jul 2008
A horrible phone with an almost unintelligble manual. Rings out by itself, goes silent when you expect a call and is just difficult. I made a mistake inh buying this and I am going back to good old Nokia!!!! Nerds may like the 8100 or a gadget chaser might. By the way, my first one was faulty, the second one had software failure, the hands free ear pice crackles and the back cover falls off when you do not want it to. As they say in the Eurovision Song Context 'Nil point'
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Reviewed by amy bright from england on 21st Jul 2008
This the 2nd handsets i had. i think that blackberry is a rip off when you look at apple phone and want they get for there money. the bluetooth doesn't work the ball sticks. the only thing that useful on the phone is the dictionary on phone for texts.
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Reviewed by Black Berry Breaker from uk on 16th Jul 2008
so far 11 guys and girls in my office have been issued with blackberry phones. So far only one of us is on our 1st phone... they are the most faulty handsets on the market... the tracker ball is a massive problem, and the ear piece is extremely distrorted for all phone calls... the OS on the phones is slow and pointless, with most simple tasks taking longer than other phones...... turning the phone off is a hassle as if you touch any button once switched off it seems to restart.... as a phone i reckon this is as bad as it gets.......... as a mobile email gasget they are good......... dont get one unless u already have another functioning phone (not BB)
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Reviewed by val from england on 6th Jul 2008
bought this mainly for email and browsing - absolutely brilliant bit of kit. small, light, easy to connect to laptop and, with an additional micro sd card, stores all my mp3 tracks. much better than xda and very cost effective with o2. no problems so far.
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Reviewed by vikki from usa on 1st Jul 2008
no you shouldnt get a black berry because it really really is stupid i have one now and i just got it for 1 month so its brand new and it broke nt sim card metal thing broke and my flash for my camara goes off and it blinks red every time.
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Reviewed by kam from uk on 22nd Jun 2008
hate the way contacts have to be entered twice once for calls and another for texts this is such a simple thing why cant they get it right
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Reviewed by not important from UK on 20th Jun 2008
I have been given this phone as my work phone as an additional to my 8700. I like the size of the phone and I like the camera. Can't really complain, its a work phone and to be able to receive emails is a massive bonus to me, a well established crackberry addict. Its not up to the spec of the 8700 but its smaller and for those that use predictive text its perfect for text and email. Have no complaints really, what more should you expect? Lets see some decent competition before deciding on if or not this phone is up to scratch. Agree the camera is rubbish, but, who would buy thins phone for personal use? I'd buy a Nokia for personal use and have already done so. This is my work phone and I appreciate its pretty much state of the art... No complaints from me, just happy I can receive MMS SMS and email on one small device! :)
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Reviewed by John from UK on 18th Jun 2008
Given the Blackberry hype I just expected so much more. It's slow, not very functional and the menu is just all over the place. Apart from the e-mail functionality (and let's face it, there's no joy in picking up mail from an enraged boss on a Sunday afternoon) this phone has very little going for it. If it wasn't handed to me for free by my company I would never consider owning one.
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Reviewed by Breah from Canada on 12th Jun 2008
I am very dissapointed with the BB 8100, I bought this phone because I wanted a qwerty keyboard and I thought BlackBerry would be the best choice. Although I do like the keyboard on this pda, I really don't like much else. The Pearl isn't bad, kind of hard to get used to. The worst things about this phone is, it doesn't have a video recorder, which is crazy since even cheap phones have that now-a-days, it is very laggy, takes up to a minute to look at pictures, the picture quality isn't great, it is not durable AT ALL. I dropped it once, for the first time, and it shut off and I was left without a working phone for a week, until it randomly turned on again and I had to re-install a working operating system. Then a week later I dropped it again, nothing drastic, and it stopped working. That was a few weeks ago and my phone doesn't work anymore, so I bought the Samsung SGH-E900. Very dissapointed in the Pearl, I would expect more quality for my money.
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Reviewed by ganesh bharat from guyana on 11th Jun 2008
it is just the best phone, i see blackberry bring out. i love it i have to get 1.
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Reviewed by Melissa from USA on 2nd Jun 2008
Not worth the price tag. I bought this phone because I text a lot, but the SureType doesn't let you write any faster than regular predictive text on a phone -- and I type fast. The browser didn't work for me, but that wasn't the phone's fault. In this day and age cheaper and lesser phones are taking sharper pics (the Pearl's are grainy!) and have video cam capabilities (the Pearl does NOT have them). Also, like other users here I am having the freezing problems, the hourglass will come on a blank screen and stay there forever, then the phone will shut off. The battery life is not great; after two days I'm at 25% whereas with phones I have had in the past I can go 3-4 days without charging. Also -- NOT DURABLE. I drop my phone a lot -- bit clumsy -- but while other phones have been able to withstand it this phone either shatters into three pieces or the SIM card comes loose and I have to take it apart to set it right again. All in all, I was glad I spilled juice on it yesterday to give me an excuse to buy a new phone (because yes -- spilling a bit of juice on the outside of it has made it completely malfunction. I can't make calls or send messages anymore, none of the buttons work. I dropped my damn RAZR in the toilet and it still worked.)
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Reviewed by Lori from USA on 27th May 2008
Okay phone but could be better for the price. Not enough memory for all the applications. Bluetooth not able to play MP3 through, plus caller tunes don't play through bluetooth. Freezes alot.
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Reviewed by Marijan Cvetkovic from USA on 27th May 2008
Total junk...other then texting and writing email it blows.
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Reviewed by vijay from india on 24th May 2008
awesome..
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Reviewed by Nick from England on 20th May 2008
I tried my step-dads one, its interface is very confusing i find, and no matter how much i tried, i couldnt set up for caller ID to be sent? They were the only 2 downfalls i found but overall not bad..
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Reviewed by SSRINIVASRAO from INDIA on 9th May 2008
HI TO ALL I AM SSRINIVASRAO LEAVING IN INDIA I BUY THE BLACK BERRY MOBILE PHONE ITS TOTALY DEFERENT AND MARVOLESS I REALLY ENGOYING TO THAT PHONE THANKING YOU VERY MUCH THAN`Z TO ALL
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Reviewed by hk29 from england on 8th May 2008
brilliant but sooooo confusing :(
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Reviewed by H Gould from England on 3rd May 2008
Great phone, ease to use. The 'set up wizard' is in place to allow you to instantly understnd how the phone works, if you take the time (5 mins) to run through that you will find the phone incredibly effecient and intuitive. email set up is easy, writing texts and emails are easy, searcing for info is easy- EVERYTHING IS EASY!!! The camera is fine for a phone, and it is easy to email pictures to a pc. The BlueTooth function is a little guarded, to protect the phone but can be adapted. All in all, a great phone. I have had mine for over 18 months and dont want to change it.
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Reviewed by amardeep singh sidhu from uk on 27th Apr 2008
brilliant
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Reviewed by poonpunn from canada on 22nd Apr 2008
AMAZING!!!!
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Reviewed by amin from iran on 20th Apr 2008
is best
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Reviewed by Berry-Lover from UK on 13th Apr 2008
I Love Berries <3 !!!]
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Reviewed by Edith from UK on 26th Mar 2008
I have used the blackberry pearl 8100 for the past six months and its beginning to give me problems. Its freezing and i cant call nor text anyone. an hour glass icon keeps on rotating and when i touch the wheel it goes blank with the red light flushing. I have tried every suggestion given like holding ALt + Cap + Del but its not helping either. I am so disssapointed considering that the phone cannot record videos and voices. very poor in receiving blue tooth from other people. Its really a dissapointment in this day and age. keeps on sending blank sms to people.
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 26th Mar 2008
Stephen Robinson criticises others for not being able to spell, yet he can neither punctuate, nor differentiate between the different forms of the word(s) "to" and "too". Regardless, this is an excellent phone, if a little inconvenient to navigate from time to time.
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Reviewed by bodna miah from bangladesh on 26th Mar 2008
it take time to charge, a massive 12 hours
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Reviewed by pooh from england on 26th Mar 2008
come on this is the rubbish phones off the lot first its has no slide no flip or nothing just a piece off brick the size off a brick tiny and its should be bigger as its only has one side for the phones rubbish make rubbish model and rubbish phone type blackberry is the worset phone type ever anyone who has this phone should sell its on ebay or amazon because its is rubbish samsung u600 or sony ericsson w910i or samsung e900 or samsung e950 is one off the best models any off them are ok anybody who doesnt sells this mobile phones or who still buys its after this message is weird
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Reviewed by Karen from United Kingdom on 25th Mar 2008
DON'T BUY THIS FROM BT OR YOU WILL BE STUCK WITH A DEVICE WHICH DOES NOT WORK. I ordered 2 of these from BT. They arrived with stuck SIM card holders. On removing one of the SIM holders, it broke off. I have a 2 year contract with BT and a phone that broke on Day one of my service. I complained to BT who tell me I have to buy a new device at a cost of £183. I have been sold a device which does not and never has worked, and I am expected to pay for a 2 year service on it. BT is renowned for poor service, but this is as bad as I've heard. Don't consider buying this device,
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Reviewed by QASIM from ENGLAND on 25th Mar 2008
IT VERY GOOD BUT TO BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by adam phillips from wales on 19th Mar 2008
thought it was pants at some things good at others, camera and media ok to average , navigation bit fiddly - typing takes bit of getting used to - sat nav- dont bother, blue tooth great to send poor to recieve, voice recognition, non existent, phone not compatible with sites like you tube, emails and text grouping are its redeeming features verdict- sending mine back tomorrow after a week
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Reviewed by annalise from uk on 16th Mar 2008
i love this phone everything about it is fab i dont know where to start so BUY IT i have had alot of phones and good ones too but this is the best i have ever had soooooo..............................BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by peter from uk on 15th Mar 2008
Versatile but unreliable. 3 phones in 8 months. The first was a complete systems failure loosing all data and when handed back , 9 units had already been returned from other colleagues. The second unit was a gradual failure of speaker circuits. Rollers sometimes shut system off, also when answering call it turned off phones. Keyboard too small. Battery life short with minimum running. One star is too good
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Reviewed by Nagaraj from India on 15th Mar 2008
it is an excellent phone.I like this phone, colour is good.
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Reviewed by ron from uk on 7th Mar 2008
very frustrating phone = cannot alter lengh of time the phone rings qwerty keyboard is so slow unless you are a proffesional touch typer not recomended
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Reviewed by steven roberts from england on 5th Mar 2008
good phone very stylish Lots of these phones at work. The first two arrived faulty but were exchanged no problem due to initial software fault. Everyone since then has had no problems at all. Easy to use would recommend to all!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Stephen Robinson from England on 5th Mar 2008
This phone is fantastic. Especially for business users who want emails etc. Get a case its to good to scratch. Ignore those who hate it I notice most can't even spell!!!
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Reviewed by Sammy H from USA on 4th Mar 2008
booooo!! this phone is not good. do not buy!
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Reviewed by Nath Hill from England on 3rd Mar 2008
It Was a lovley phone
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Reviewed by John C from UK on 28th Feb 2008
Waste of space keys keep sticking I have one on a business cantract on my second handset now keeps sending black text massages cioverage is weak in a lot of areas
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