BlackBerry 8120 Review
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
8120 could be a good choice. However, the 8120 lags behind other smartphones
when it comes to most features, and it isn't the easiest phone to use
Review: September 2008. Updated June 2009.
The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is almost identical to the 8100, so read
our BlackBerry 8100 review for full
details. The 8120 has the advantage of a WLAN connection, and is available
Features of the BlackBerry 8120 include:
- 2 megapixel camera with flash and digital zoom
- LCD display: 240 x 260 pixels, 65000 colours
- Media player
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push
email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones & LED call indicator
- Personal organiser functions
- Vibration alert
- Internet: Web browser, GPRS, EDGE
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB, modem, stereo headset port
- Memory: 64 Mbytes plus microSD memory card slot
- Size: 107 x 50 x 14.5 mm
- Weight: 91g
- Talktime: 3.5 hours
- Battery standby: 360 hours
BlackBerry 8120 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by james from uk on 24th Jun 2012
I THINK THIS IS SOOOO EASY TO USE DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE CANT USE IT LOL
Reviewed by Vinh from UK on 21st Dec 2009
I can't see why people hate this phone so much. It's great if you get
rid of the default theme and replace with the free 'Bold Pearl' theme,
switch on memory cleaning and get Opera Mini. The 1st day of owning
this phone is very hard - you want to kill it at some times. But if
you give it a chance, it will shine.
Reviewed by natty from England (Baught phone in spain
on holiday) on 20th Dec 2009
Excellent phone... Bit of a dissapointment if you are new to blackberrys
to know that you have to pay £5 a month to Orange UK just for them to
let you USE THE INTERNET FEATURE. (i havent done) YET the WIFI FEATURE
I USE INSTEAD! Love the scroller wheel... Really Easy to flick through
menu's... the keyboard you get used to and then you can probably type
a full 2 Page SMS in under 1 min! 4 out of 5!!! BRILLIANT!
Reviewed by mike from uk on 6th Dec 2009
if you want a photo buy a digital camera, this phone is a great little
beast, emails straight to the phone, you need to work through all the
apps available, a classic phone, bbm is so cool just go to facebook
and get friends, can't fault except 2.0mp camera
Reviewed by hassan from uk on 7th Nov 2009
i gt this phone yesterday and out of all the phones i have ever had
this is surely the best.
Reviewed by Jason from Rostrevor on 29th Oct 2009
Reviewed by Danni from england on 28th Oct 2009
i love my blackberry pearl its the best phone i have ever had however
it is difficult to reset it completely if the main button doesnt work
like mine i had to take it back to the shop where i got it from because
after 4 days of having it the main button wasnt working. i would recommand
the phone though and it is proberly the phone i have taken the most
Reviewed by Lyndsay from Canada on 21st Oct 2009
gareth: that's not the phone's fault, that's the service provider's
fault for not selling you a data plan. This phone is capable of a normal
internet connection using data, your phone company probably just didn't
sell you a plan that gave you any data. The wi-fi is just an added benefit
for people who don't want to pay for a data plan.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
21st Oct 2009
That's correct. You should be able to access the internet using GPRS
Reviewed by gareth eaton from england on 17th
if u want a blackberry for using internet.. dont get this phone! they
fail to tell you that you need to be in a wi-fi area and that you havnt
just got a normal internet connection!!
Reviewed by jim newland from uk on 13th Oct 2009
It is hard to text. It is a bit confusing to use. It is expensive for
what it is, but I think I might get used to it.
Reviewed by Andrew from United Kingdom on 8th
I have had this phone roughly a month now, I hated the QWERTY keyboards
predictive text. I have never had a BlackBerry before and during the
first day or two I was appalled at how a phone could be realeased that
had so many errors. Plus difficult to use! Slow functioning with the
apps, freezing, crashing and turning off. Also I will never ever, ever
ever get another Blackberry on the Orange network... However, once I
turned on multi tap. Configured my email accounts, turned on the memory
cleaner, downloaded an App to soft reset the phone. Grabbed a copy of
Opera mini for the browser. Which also required configuring as the BB
can switch between multiple data plans without informing you. Changed
the Theme and generally spent time managing applications better so that
they do not lag as much. I -love- THIS PHONE! Once you get used to the
new format it becomes clear why Blackberry is such a good management
tool. I am now pretty much a Blackberry nut and will be buying the 8220
and giving this phone to my Girlfriend so that we can use the Blackberry
pin messenger. However it scores a 4/5 because no phone should really
require a customer to have to configure it's settings extensively and
pay for apps in order to make the damn thing work like it's supposed
to! This phone nearly ended up in the bin, but my persistance paid off
in the end with it. Would not reccomend this phone to people who are
not patient and technically minded. Go with iphone for ease and pretty
displays. This is more for IT business types. But will require effort
to get it up and running unfortunately. PS: I hate Orange. 50mb fair
usage allowance for BB internet services is pathetic.
Reviewed by Mardave from Flintshire UK on 6th
Bought this phone in May as I thought it be a good one sound quaulity
was good and hearing was good, but after 2 months the roll ball was
loosing contact when you press it for information toke phone back as
it was still under warranty they had the phone for 2 months and came
back to me no better. I was told that the rollerball picks up oil from
your skin and after some time it will lose contact due to build up oil
from skin on your fingers, so I was told don't buy Rollerball phones
for that reason as it now gone
Reviewed by Amanda from united states on 26th
My blackberry 8120 is horrible i have had it for two months and just
recently it started acting up and my text messages are being erased,
well the ones i send and most of them dont even get to the people they
are suppose to go to and i cant recieve text at all... my calls are
the same way... i hate it i would not reccomend this phone to anyone...
not worth the $130 i spent on it.. i was better off with my cricket
phone which worked better than a blackberry
Reviewed by James from UK on 12th Sep 2009
I've had this phone for 18months and now looking to upgrade to a new
handset (i cant make my mind up what). I'm on Orange which is ok but
they are abit useless when it comes to upgrading and you have to fight
for the unit you want. I have loved this phone and only now is the battery
starting to plat up and not lasting the whole day. Thats with using
it to play music when connected to the car. Its a good all round phone
and i will keep it to back up what ever i get next, i just wish i could
make up my mind what!
Reviewed by Nasser Aziz from UK on 11th Sep 2009
I have had the BB8120 for about 5 months and felt I has to respond to
the fairly negative reports below. Operating system:- It is a little
complicated, but once mastered it offers many options to optimise the
interface to your choice. You have the ability to down load useful 'Google
apps', sync your calendar, contacts and still receive e-mails instantly.
Trackball: - Very easy to use and assists in navigating round the O/S
/ menus. Not sure what people are complaining about or what they suggest
could be used instead. Keypad:- Very easy to use, robust feel and accurate.
A full seized keyboard would be ideal, but this is the best option for
a phone that fits comfortably in your pocket. Battery life:- It is poor
because the BB is constantly in use pulling e-mails. The phone would
have to be a lot larger and heavier for longer battery life. I charge
my BB every night and am now used to doing so. Talk quality:- This is
impacted if you connected to a wireless router, otherwise there are
no issues. Just remember to switch off the wifi when at home making
a call. Handset freezing:- The BB8120 is not a Mac Pro with 16 GB of
Ram, it is a hand held device with many features / application. If you
have browser cache full of web pages, Google maps open, downloading
e-mails, then your chat client is going to be a little slow. You have
to accept this. Fit and feel;- The device looks professional although
does have a slight plastic feel to it. Having said this, I have dropped
it a couple of times with little damage. Overall, I am very happy with
my BB8120, I receive e-mails, calls, texts without any hassle. Contacts
and calendar are snyced with gmail and browser is excellent for what
I need it for. All this in a device that fits comfortably in my pocket
and doesn't look like I am making calls from a calculator. This is not
a replacement for a desktop computer so do not expect the same performance
(my iMac freezes more often than my BB)
Reviewed by Dave from Ireland on 17th Aug 2009
Have to say I love this phone. I had the 8100 before this without any
problems until i dropped it!Replaced it with the 8120 and havent looked
back. Yes, the battery can go after a couple of days but as i keep it
charging at my desk or in the car it doesn't affect me. I would find
it very difficult to move away form Blackberry.
Reviewed by Alex from Essex on 16th Aug 2009
Just ordered this phone today, and i love it, its so easy and simple
to use ok im not to pleased of the network(orange) not the best network
but beggers cnt be choosers, oh and i find it easy to use because its
my second bb i hav had, wot i dont understand why people are slating
this phone i think its a great alrounder for the price you pay, its
slim, stylish and easy to fit in your pocket unlike some of the more
new and moden bb phones. Anyone who is looking for a phone to do basic
office stuff then this phone is for you and anyone who thinks this phone
isnt good then i suggest stick to your old phone.
Reviewed by Sara from UK on 12th Aug 2009
I have had this phone for 10 months. At first I was really pleased with
it. Then after I got used to it, its problems fully came to light. It
has a really poor battery life, it turns itself on and off when it feels
like it, I get this battery symbol with a red line through and can't
switch it on for days even if the battery is full before the phone 'brakes'.
The sound for calls and texts is so low I have to keep it on vibrate
and in my pocket. Would really really not recommend it, I can't wait
for my contract to be up and get a new phone!!!
Reviewed by reena from trinidad on 12th Aug 2009
the phone works perfect,all those who have comments on it,is cus u all
dont know how to use it,it takes some time when u are custom with other
phones,but i find its a good phone
Reviewed by Si from United Kingdom on 4th Aug
I have just got rid of an iPhone which I hated with a passion and whilst
I read all the negative reviews for the Blackberry, I decided to take
a punt. Yes, it's not a high end all sing and dancing phone, but I don't
think it's pretending to be and it does exactly what it says on the
tin. Yes the battery could be better, but most mobiles are guilty of
this and the texting takes a bit of getting used to, but if you pay
£100 for a phone what are you expecting? A good little phone!!
Reviewed by Nothappy from Australia on 29th Jul
I have never ever encountered a phone in which battery life has been
one long roller coaster ride to nowhere. Seriously where is the quality
assurance on this product? I am on my 2nd battery replacement and followed
all the tips relating to battery life, but yet after 1 day of minimal
usage the battery just decided not to want to charge anymore and completely
died! I am now going back to my Nokia and throw this piece of garbage
in the bin.
Reviewed by Stacy from UK on 26th Jul 2009
I have never hated any gadget so passionately in my whole life! I have
owned this bb for 11 months. The gripes are in order of severity: 1)
the buttons are useless, they are very flimsy, and so- called 'sure
type technology' is rubbish. I tend to avoid typing anything nowadays,
you get words wrong way too often, 2) I can't hear it ringing when it
is in my bag, the highest possible volume is close to low/ medium at
any other phone, 3) it tends to switch itself to 'OFF' way too often,
so no emails/ phone calls can be received. Just hate it.
Reviewed by Phoebe from Turkey on 25th Jul 2009
Hard to hate
Reviewed by Terry from Uk - Devon on 18th Jul
ok just to clarify.........The Terry below who posted on 13th July is
not the same Terry who posted on 3rd July (thats me!). I have had no
problems with my BB at all, I don't use facebook or any of those sites
anyway. Its great for news sites occasionally but as I said before,
I only use it for email, text and calling! It does those brilliantly
and would highly recommend as an affordable, good pocket size BB to
anyone who just wants it for that!
Reviewed by Terry from UK on 13th Jul 2009
Ok an update on my blackberry. I have had it since May. I loved it at
the start, but alas no more. I am getting fed up of the ums system not
working when at home. Missed calls and messages. Emails happening when
it wants, facebook is so damn slow i am trying to avoid it, Msn chat,
come back no server more often than it works. Am now looking around
for something else. To be honest well gutted,
Reviewed by Frances from UK on 6th Jul 2009
I am on my 5th replacement phone now - cannot hear when I am on calls
and it keeps cutting out. Have had battles with Orange who insist on
sending me the same phone as a replcament. Would never have another
one, completely useless apart from the fact that I get email!
Reviewed by tomas from usa on 5th Jul 2009
it brakes very easily
Reviewed by Paul from Scotland on 4th Jul 2009
Update to my review on 28th Jun Phone has now been returned as the bluetooth
refused to work. The Argos manager has said that there has been a lot
of returns on these phones esp on orange. Take this as a sign that the
phone has problems and your best to steer clear!
Reviewed by Terry from UK on 3rd Jul 2009
Had this phone since stat of May 09 and like it very much. The texting
bit takes some getting used to but its easy now and gets the words right
more times than my old style predictive text! Phone has been reliable
and I prefer a button to these touchscreen versions. I only use it for
my email, text and ringing. I was not bothered about fancy cameras or
music players (have those already!). Great little phone that does what
it says on the box! Oh and had absolutaly no trouble in setting up the
email accounts (I have 2 on it) via orange! Would recommend for anyone
who wants their email, texting and phone and thats all in a phone that
fits easily in their pocket!
Reviewed by Paul from Scotland on 28th Jun 2009
Has blackberry went out of their way to make setting up the phone as
diffcult at possible? I'm no technophob but i'm really not impressed
with the way the phone works, the software seem slow and the predictive
text is the most annoying thing ever. (It's now turned off) I had a
loan of the Nokia E63 last month, this phone was easy to use and set
up, worked well and i actually enjoyed using it. (the nokia was only
available only on Virgin and network 3 so decided to get the blackberry
on orange) To end if you enjoy being on the phone to customer service
and having to jump threw hoops to get the phone working then buy the
blackberry, but if you like a phone to work as soon as you get it then
go for the nokia E series phones!!!!
Reviewed by rob from UK on 24th Jun 2009
Had this for a couple of months now - keyboard took some getting used
to but now fine - just a different technique to master. Reliability
is excellent and no issues with lost calls, texts or emails the latter
woking efficiently on four different accounts. For an iphone type screen
download "iberry wallpaper" from BB Apps at a reasonable cost - looks
really good. Product recommended.
Reviewed by Amanda from England on 23rd Jun 2009
I got the 8120 after being a nokia addict. At first I was dubious but
after my blackberry got run over (!) I had to go back to my nokia whilst
waiting for a replacement and .. I HATE it! Can't wait to get the BB
back again. It's fab. typing is easy once you get used to the qwerty,
wallpaper changing is straightforward, battery lasts equally as long
as the nokias I've had before. It's different ... it's a change ...
but get used to it and you'll wonder how you've lived this long without
one. Guess it depends what you're used to but I'm a convert. Sorry nokia
but you'll be back in the bottom of the drawer just as soon as the bb
comes home again
Reviewed by chris from england on 4th Jun 2009
this phone is unbelievable,how on earth did they release it in to production,its
my work phone,so i have no choice but to use it,poor battery,bad buttons,and
a useless guide.my advice,if its your money...save it for a rainy day!!!!!
Reviewed by carol beaumont from england on 29th
i got this phone today and i hate it, its too complicated, carnt change
the wallpaper, the keys are too small i could go on and on, a big mistake
Reviewed by Mrs W from UK on 28th May 2009
I've had this phone since the end of April, and as it was my first Blackberry
I didn't know what to expect. After 2 trips back to the Orange shop
as a result of teething problems their side, I have started getting
the hang of it, and once you get used to it it's quite a nifty little
phone. The only negative commment I have is that I have long nails and
this makes typing using the small qwerty keyboard a lot slower !!!!!!
Reviewed by Holly from UK on 17th May 2009
I have had this phone for about a month now, and I have to say I think
it's great. This is my first Blackberry, before now I've had quite basic
phones. It takes a while to learn how to navigate round the whole thing,
and also to get used to the qwerty keypad. But once you've got used
to it, it's brilliant. The email service is very efficient, as is the
internet. I think it's much neater than the other blackberrys available.
A lot of people have been complaining about the battery life, and although
it isn't superb, that is what is expected of Blackberrys, especially
when youu take into consideration of everything it does. But in order
to help the battery life make sure you close applications properly,
instead of just pressing the red phone button to exit, because otheriwse
they keep running in the background. Also I always keep it on standby
(hold the mute button at the top of the phone,) and it still picks up
messages and everything, so that really helps preserve battery life.
All in all I think it's a great little phone.
Reviewed by Don Kiddick from UK on 16th May 2009
Absolute rubbish, worst phone I've ever owned. I'm on the third one,
thankfully my 18 month contract runs out in a week, I can't wait to
get shot off this heap of garbage.
Reviewed by Sue from England on 13th May 2009
I very rarely take notice of reviews. You either love things or hate
them. I have had this phone for 3 days now and I love it. Set up is
easy and after you get used to the qwerty keyboard its great. Takes
great photos and although the preset pictures and ringtones are a little
boring, its easy to download photos and music you have saved on computer.
I recommended this phone.
Reviewed by David Hancock from UK on 5th May 2009
This phone is really bad. I have to soft reset twice a day.... Blackberry
is rubbish. I'm stuck on a long contract with Orange and now have a
really rubbish phone. Steer well clear. The guy at technical support
called this phone 'temperamental' It's shorthand for a load of junk.
Reviewed by Steve from Ireland on 30th Apr 2009
This phone is awful, awful, awful. Poor battery life, hard to use, buggy
software and rubbish browser.
Reviewed by Jacqueline from USA on 3rd Apr 2009
I have had my BB8120 since August 2008 and I hate it! After 3 months
my battery would die out of no where. I could be at work and i glance
at my phone and it says low battery (I hadnt even used it at that point)but
when I left home it was fully charged! it started to delete my messages,
my call log, and my calendered events. And yes I did fix the setting
in the messages menu, and no it doesnt help! I have replaced the battery
3 times already and it continues to be a pain in the butt. After speaking
with BB tech support time and time again, they tell me to hold down
the ALT key while pressing LGLG to delete the event log, and move all
my pics to the memory card, which i have a 2g. and to make sure i close
out of each application, which by the way is also a pain and time consuming.
This phone has been such a headach! I do not recommend.
Reviewed by neil from england on 15th Mar 2009
firstly your review states 1.3 camera ? mine has a 2 mega pixel , also
the reason usa users are havng trouble is simple your fat fingers and
feeble brains are best used with two plastic cups and a length of string
my 8120 is superb.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
15th Mar 2009
Oops, you were right about the camera - we've corrected that now. Thanks,
Reviewed by Glen from UK on 12th Mar 2009
Really Good Phone!! . Great for sending and recieving emails and texts.
Good Call Log. Great Sync on the desktop / PC.Although Themes Are a
bit boring. Wierd at first if you had a nokia like me but you get used
to it. Overall A Really Good Phone!
Reviewed by nicole from England on 10th Mar 2009
I have the blackberry 8120 pearl and think its ideal for college I have
my emails there can put my work on my phone and use the internet plus
its smaller and cuter especially in indigo so get one lol
Reviewed by djdragonfly from england on 21st Feb
smart phone yes i guess so,me and the other half got one a peace,as
valentine presents,love the features on this phone but the phone book
guied you get with it is a little bit short on help tips, as for the
phone packed with features the bluetooth on this phone is quite complexed
on this dervice but one you figer out how to use it its ok,for soacial
ntworking the 8120 is a superbe little device and me and the other half
can keep in tuch with every one no matter whare we are as long as you
have coverage with your network provider we love the phones addvice
buy it try it love it
Reviewed by A F from Pakistan on 19th Feb 2009
This phone is fine as an email-on-the-go device. Otherwise it is simply
boring! Provided themes have got no background colour. Too many desktop
icons without any logical reasoning. Browser is not great either.Camera
pictures not good at all.Body is all plastic. Even the display is 240
X 260 much lower than standard Nokia 240 X 320.No timed profiles which
even my series 40 Nokia 6300 phone has.
Reviewed by Orange hater from UK on 11th Feb 2009
Got it and returned it within 2 hours. How are you meant to type with
such a small keyboard. Save your money and get a better and bigger phone.
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 11th Feb 2009
Have recently swapped personal (costly Nokia N95) for company (free)
8120 and am not best pleased other than price. BlackBerry help menu
is not searchable - only useful if you happen to have one of the problems
it has pre-determined and even then the advice is not clear or misses
bits of info. Having trouble connecting to email, memory poor, no business
card facility for texting, no radio, not logical or easy to use - have
still got my old N95 and may swap chip - even if it means forgoing convenience
of email (if and when it starts working).
Reviewed by K from UK on 9th Feb 2009
Has anybody noticed that the people having problems with their BB are
in the USA!
Reviewed by Jane from UK on 7th Feb 2009
This is my first Blackberry & I love it. The keyboard took a while to
get used to but now it is just as easy to text on as a normal phone.
Ive got the red one and it looks really kool! the menus are fab, everything
you need is included in this phone, the wifi is really good had no problem
linking with my home internet. Does anyone know how to download new
themes the blue is a bit boring! on the whole i love the blackberry
& would highly recomend to others.
Reviewed by Leon from UK on 29th Jan 2009
Had this phone for a little over 8 months its by far the best phone
I have ever had, email is fantastic browsing isn't the best but acceptable.
Took me a couple of weeks to get used to the keyboard hated it at first
but now I couldn't go back to conventional keypad. I'm tempted by the
8900, wot does anyone else think?
Reviewed by Kalum from UK on 15th Jan 2009
Had this phone for a couple of days and like it on the whole. It's my
1st Blackberry. The keypad is difficult as it's the size of a normal
phone but it's QWERTY so you really have to concentrate! I've managed
to use the Wi-Fi and I'm excited about using the other features. Want
to figure out how to Sync it with my Microsoft Outlook, anyone care
to help? Pros: Nice looking, some great features and very light. Cons:
Fiddly buttons and the menus take some getting used to.
Reviewed by Louise K from UK on 9th Jan 2009
This is my first BlackBerry and I really like it. I was looking for
a good solid phone which I use mainly for calls, texts, email and surfing.
It can do lots of other things but I'll never use them. Asthetically
it looks really good, feels well made and has some sensible functions,
for example, you can turn the flashing light off so it'll only flash
red when something has come in which I find useful as I have it on vibrate
or silent at work. You can store new words easily when texting. I like
the 'desktop' formats available, too. I'm very happy with this phone
and highly recommend it. It's a nice size, light weight and looks professional
rather than a lot of the gimicky, plastic things that are currently
on the market.
Reviewed by steph68669 from USA/TX/HOUSTON on
7th Jan 2009
I love my BB8120 I've had it now for a couple mnths and i adore the
devise. I manage 3 emails, i can chat on my favorite IM's and surf the
internet, look up maps, txt like crazy ect. There are little things
that could be better ie: no flash sound, need highy quality pictures...
I do belive that once you explore your whole menu features and fiddle
around with the device, you'll find the setting that souts you. I'm
not an IT person but I have my “blonde moments” (I’m
brunet) . Some of the menu’s are a tad lengthy when it comes down
to finding certain settings ie; special ring tones for certain alerts
and then setting it up for certain profiles,.. alil complicated but
once you get it your set,… Don’t give up on this device
its small, light weight, and dependable!!! I would highly recommend
this item and I already have,.. mind you that it does take some time
to get used to <3 Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!
Reviewed by jo from uk on 6th Jan 2009
this phone is absolute RUBBISH! Its a nightmare to use and i just hate
it- waste of money!
Reviewed by Dee from USA on 2nd Jan 2009
Ok this is my second blackberry and I hate it worst than the first!
I got an 2g memory card have no bs on my phone and it still deletes
my stuff before I see it! I erase my messages daily so that memory is
bs! My calls get dropped constantly and that never happened with my
nokia! It also freezes all the time when I'm on line! The phone sucks!
Reviewed by RAM from INDIA on 29th Dec 2008
Reviewed by Kruh from US on 25th Dec 2008
DUDE! I hate my 8120, it's the second one I've had and some issues.
My call history gets deleted CONSTANTLY, my text messages get deleted
CONSTANTLY,my alarm ring tone doesn't work sometimes and sometimes my
ring tones in general won't. I love the many features of this phone
however I find myself having to CONSTANTLY reset it. Whenever I call
Cingular for help, they just have me reset it which always fixes the
issues if only for a day or two...errrrgghghghghg
Reviewed by Mose from US on 5th Dec 2008
I purchased the 8120 and it aabsoulutely sucks. My call logs get deleted,
call memory. I love the features however the phone is cheap and it sucks.
I have a 2GB memory card and I still have the problem. Verizon told
me that would fix the issue and it didn't. NOT RECCOMENDED!!
Reviewed by G Suresh from India on 3rd Dec 2008
The design with light weight is just Ultimate. Whereas the camera is
very very poor. I didnt even get some free softwares like dictionary
& Call Recorder.
Reviewed by kirsty Smith from uk on 19th Nov 2008
Have had a blackberry 8120 for 6 months now. Love it. Would never go
back to a normal cell phone now. Also don't like the 8lackberry Bold
or Storm they are too bulky.
Reviewed by dave from uk on 15th Nov 2008
the phone is very good but the life of the battery is very poor the
email founshon is very gooood and mp3 sounds ace only they could do
some thing about the battery
Reviewed by robyn from ..england on 15th Nov 2008
Its good, but not that good, the style is good, but even if u had a
bad phone before this, you will miss it garenteed, i tried one, with
the roller button thing its hard to controll, and all the buttons on
the side are confusing, will take you about 5 days to get used to texting!!
Reviewed by Carlo from UK on 8th Oct 2008
Bad.I had an 8110 and was really disappointed.This is just the same:
bad connection to the network, poor quality of build, obscure logic....I
miss my Nokia so much
Reviewed by Faith from USA on 2nd Oct 2008
Folks, remember to read the manual and/or check out the help screens.
The erased messages and erased phone calls happen because you need to
set your options to not erase these every 7 days or whatever. I never
had erased calls (missed, incoming or outgoing) but I did have erased
messages. What did I do? Modify my messages option! If that is too difficult
and frustrating, then I would highly recommend that you get a 'more
user-friendly' phone. I concur that the user interface needs some help
from an expert UI engineer. Faith
Reviewed by Patriann from Trinidad and Tobago on
1st Oct 2008
After exchanging this phone twice in order to get one that worked...my
service provider wants to me to to their headquarters to see what's
the matter with it. I ca identify with a number of you when you list
your complaints about this phone. I wish I had bought the IPHONE instead.
By the way, do any of you know what the limit is for installing a memory
card on this device>
Reviewed by Larry from Ontario, Canada on 29th
OK I love the NOKIA - I always had NOKIA since 1988 but had to try this
BB 8120. It is a difficult menu - sometimes misleading and often poorly
explained. It took me over 26 tech calls to get the WiFi working - who
would have guessed how to do it -not written anywhere. I would not keep
this phone except it will cost big time to send it back. If this is
a smartphone - it has to be another dictionary's definition of "smart."
Reviewed by David from South Wales on 18th Sep
I'm a letting agent from South Wales. I have been given the Blackberry
8210 by my employers and I find it to be an all round great phone, especially
for business use. I am out on the road 70% of the time doing viewings
and find the phone great for communicating with clients, my colleagues
at the office and my other colleagues out on the road too. I can use
the camera to take property pictures and respond to incoming emails
minimising the stress of returning to the office and having to reply
to endless enquiries waiting for me on my computer. It's slim and light-weight
so no big buldges protruding from your pocket (no pun intended!) and
comes with a leather pouch to protect its shell. The keyboard is the
QWERTY type so this can sometimes proove tricky when differenciating
between a standard phone keypad and the Blackberry but im sure I will
get the hang of it soon! All in all, it's a sleak design, takes some
getting used-to but fantastic when you know how to operate it, it does
everything apart from making tea but hey, we can't have everything can
Reviewed by elton from london uk on 11th Sep 2008
very good usfle for everything a mobil can do.
Reviewed by Frustrated from HK on 5th Sep 2008
I just got this phone and am having problems with the battery. It is
fully charged around 7pm at night. I send a few text messages and browse
the internet for a little while (less than 10 mins). I don't touch the
phone for the rest of the evening and by morning the battery is almost
flat. This happens almost every night. I took it back to the shop who
did some tests and said it was fine. Though I don't believe they actually
simulated the kind of usage a person would have for the phone over the
course of a day when they conduct their tests. Can someone advise if
I am doing something wrong when im using it?
Reviewed by hanim from srilanka on 1st Sep 2008
very good sound clearity
Reviewed by Jay from Wales on 30th Aug 2008
I got this phone half way through my contract and I love it - MSN, Email,
SMS, MMS, Facebook, Internet, Excellent call quality, very easy to use
keyboard which is great for typing and is so quick... the best phone
I've ever had and I wouldn't get another 'normal' phone - hooked on
blackberrys!! THIS PHONE IS A MUST! GET. The 8120 features wifi which
I don't use a great deal although is nice to have so perhaps the 8110
is a better option as it has GPS and blackberry's generally need a data
plan so I never seem to use the wifi...
Reviewed by Wifi from England on 28th Aug 2008
This phone does not have a function where you can set an audible tone
alert JUST for SMS messages....how can this be? Such a crucial yet basic
function and its not there. There is an audible alert which can be set
for SMS but this includes email aswell and who would want an audible
alert every time you get email! A red flashing light is so not enough!
Reviewed by David from UK on 19th Aug 2008
Email is good, Organiser is good, little extra apps work well......BUT
the phone is rubbish. I need to be able to talk clearly to prospects
and clients. It drops call, cuts out, has dodgey signal and often freezes
up. I am desperate for a replacement that I can use as a phone first,
and then have the other emails and apps second.
Reviewed by JNEX from Brazil on 16th Aug 2008
Duds who complain... can u tie your shoes?? Come on, it's the best BB
I've ever had. Don't want your 8120's? please ship 'em to me!
Reviewed by jams from UK on 8th Aug 2008
lol, there are so many little complaints on here its unbelievable, iv
had this phone for a couple of weeks n i love it, the problems mentioned
about restarting, weak signal, rollerball problems, msgs being deleted,
missed calls being deleted, mulitap can be changed in the options to
remain on!!! about 15 comments down, trevor is an absolute retard, 1stly,
the sms messages are in the "messages" folder...wow, what were they
thinking???!!! duh! ther are some seriously funny people on here, one
of the users below says the "iphone" is a better business phone than
this, lol...iphone-business phone, erm, dnt think so mate, the iphone
is a gadget, n "i want what every1s tryin to get" gadget, this blackberry
is simply perfect. everything works, no problems at all.
Reviewed by reconscout1973 from US on 27th Jul
To nick in the UK have you tried to take the roller ball out and clean
it, that should solve your problem. In case anyone wants to know, take
a tooth pick and slide it up under the bottom edge of the roller ball
above the number 2 and lift up that will release the ring and you can
then get the roller out and use alcohol and qtip to clean the rollers
and the ball. that will sole a lot of problems with the roller ball
Reviewed by reconscout1973 from US on 27th Jul
I love the blackberry 8120, but as in everything it has its flaws. My
multap keeps changing its self back to it trying to figure out the word.
I also dont get as good a signal strength as I did with my 8110. But
all in all an excellant product.
Reviewed by Jaden from USA on 15th Jul 2008
Ya this Phone COMPLETLY sucks my father has a free phone and it works
alot better than this over priced good for nothing phone when i recieve
a text it is automatically deleted same with recent calls and voicemails
be safe and dont spend your money on this horrible product!!!!!this
phone restarts its self all the time!Drops calls and never gets service!!
Reviewed by Ken from USA on 13th Jul 2008
basically ditto to michelle. Love the phone, but it sucks, I've had
it replaced once already and am sending this one back again. drops at
least 60% of calls, goes blank and resets itself 25% of the time s I
try and connect to the internet. So outside of the phone and internet
sucking its great! I heard from someone that it matters where your phone
is made, if it says made in China or Hungary its junk but if it says
made in Canada then its a good one. dunno if thats true but I'm sending
this P.O.S. back to Hungary!!!!
Reviewed by Michele from USA on 8th Jul 2008
i love how this phone looks...HOWEVER... IT DOESN'T WORK! it wont let
me use any of the messengers and it keeps erasing all of my text messages
and my recent calls. It erases my messages even before i get to read
them. i have already returned it for that reason and my new one is doing
the same thing. it was a waste of money and should have gotten another
Reviewed by dnamj from USA on 1st Jul 2008
Love the phone, but it has been going blank. It happens when I set it
down on its back, like with a little tap. Am I being too rough on it?
I refuse to wear a holster for my phone. All the other stuff works great.
For those having trouble setting the ring tones, you're going to have
to use the manual a couple of times. For those having trouble sync-ing
the email, try setting it up online if you have T-Mobil, it's excellent.
Reviewed by victoria from UK on 1st Jul 2008
Reviewed by ben from uk on 30th Jun 2008
the best phone for work
Reviewed by Paul B from England on 25th Jun 2008
Great phone i love it took a while to get used to the keyboard but then
it would appear it has for everyone else, my only probs are the setting
tones for sms and ring tones still struggling at that, also some web
pages such as u tube keep coming up as un supported which can be a tad
annoying, email is great though it hasnt synced with my hotmail, i know
sounds a bit negative but i have to admit it i wouldnt change it.
Reviewed by Peter H from UK on 21st Jun 2008
Brilliant phone. Had the 8100 and this is even better, especially with
the wi-fi facility. Anyone who says otherwise should be ignored :-)
Reviewed by Glen from Canada on 18th Jun 2008
The 8120 is a great business and personal tool. It handles email flawlessly
and keeps me on track for all of my meetings and appointments. I keep
it in the holster on vibrate and get the reminders whenever I need.
I have looked at and tried smartphones for many years but this is the
first one that I felt was worth buying. The suretype took some getting
used to but it is easy to learn and fast. I use email, started using
facebook to communicate with family and friend in different countries
and use the web wirelessly, Great buy! It is not an iphone! It is used
more for business and it is excellent for that!
Reviewed by Trevor Eddolls from UK on 15th Jun
The blackberry 8120 is the chocolate teapot of the phone world. It's
not sexy like the iPhone and similar touch-screen phone, and it's not
logical like the Nokia e90 Communicator and other high end phones. The
menu system seems to have been designed by a complete idiot. And once
you navigated the perverse logic of the menus, very little works, and
almost nothing works as you'd expect. For example, where are your SMS
messages? Well of course they are in two different and seemingly unconnected
places. How do you Bluetooth a ring tone? Let's just say that you don't
go to Bluetooth and set it up from there. The wifi won't connect when
you're inches away from the router (except sometimes with other people's,
but not always!!). I still haven't found how to set default ring tones
and SMS tones. And the Internet doesn't have much help for this model.
You can spend hours achieving nothing on it. The default ring tones
and SMS tones are completely missable so you never know someone's calling
or just sent you a text - but that doesn't matter because you'll never
find it anayway! And don't start me on that stupid rollerball. You never
know where you'll end up when you start using that! Don't buy it. It's
definitely minus 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by Nick from UK on 13th Jun 2008
My manager swears that this is the best phone on the market today. I
have the opposite opinion. the rollerball is hopeless as you have to
roll it quickly for it to move!!! the QWERTY keyboard is very very unclear
and confusing save your self some time and get some style and get a
E51 instead which has just the same connectivity and a better camera.
The only reason to get this phone is if you want to LOOK like a business
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 11th Jun 2008
Chris You must be some sort of demi-wit . The push email is brilliant,
build quality and battery life fantastic. It doesnt creak or feel like
its going to break like a Nokia does and isnt bling like an Iphone (you
buy one of tose for music, not doing a job). Also the qwerty suretype
is great if you persevere. I've used loads of business phones in the
past this is the best ive ever used. Remember you need a data/email
package with your provider to use the email facility.
Reviewed by tenwiseman from England on 7th Jun
Good phone which does what it promises if you are interested in proper
Emails that come to your phone when sent (other than you having to keep
checking in) and keeping up with Blog posts. The web browser is adequate
for that and the keyboard is very easy to get on with. Better than "abc
def ghi" anyday!
*** Geek tech O2 alert: If you have the O2 unlimited tarrif be aware
the unlimited only applies to browser use through the blackberry internet
service and not for TCP/IP java applications that you might load on
the phone (using a mobile APN) - OR for connected things like laptops.
BTW this is not a 3G phone!
*** Choice tech alert: If you have the O2 unlimited tarrif and known
good EDGE/GPRS coverage in your area, there is not much point in having
WiFi - The other pearl with GPS may be better for you?
Overall very pleased, and although I normally also carry an iPod Touch,
I wouldn't go for a iPhone to replace both. Buy it.
Reviewed by Lez from UK on 2nd Jun 2008
Fantastic phone I have been using several smart phones, HP614c, Nokia
N958GB, Samsung i620 all do the same sort of things but with issues!
This phone is without doubt the most easiest and useful of them all,
It does everything Good while the others do one thing good and everything
else average, even the camera which I thought would be the weak link
is exceptional for a phone this size! Buy it.
Reviewed by Chukka from UK on 22nd May 2008
A great phone! Day 1 and Day 2 you will be dispairing of the keyboard
and will consider sending it back .... don't do that .... persevere
and by Day 3 you'll be glad that you stuck with it. The unit is small,
light and powerful. A single charge lasts 3 days or so.
Reviewed by Chris Hendon from United Kingdom on
9th May 2008
Review it?? Its over priced tat. You can get several other phones that
do all this does but the Blackberry expects you to pay extra to collect
emails etc. I am using the iphone and got this as an upgrade, and it
went straight back. Small screen, un helpful qwerty key board, plastic
feel. I felt the whole phone was the Ford Mondeo of the mobile phone
world. Does it all but average and a reps phone. The Nokia N95 has battery
issues, the iphone has several bad points(camera etc) but both are far
better for every day use and both out strip Blackberry as business phones...
Reviewed by Andrew from England on 29th Apr 2008
Sandra, you must be a total dummy, this is the best and easiest to use
e-mail client ever.
Reviewed by Sandra from England on 17th Apr 2008
This phone is useless. I was told that I could receive my emails and
MSN on it. It is hard to use. I have to send it back.
Reviewed by Damian from England on 15th Apr 2008
Ok, In simple terms this thing is without doubt amazing!! I've not had
it long but already I'd not swap it ..ever. It does take a little getting
used to but in terms of txt input I've not had any problems, ( and i
have arthritis in my hand ) I've not had to teach it many words so far,the
suretype input is just as good a T9 if not better.It is superb for browsing
and I really like the layout of the message box. You do need to read
the instructions and spend some time feeling your way around the settings,
which are a little annoying at times, but persist!. The media functions
are second to none and the desk top interfacde is all powered by Roxio
so a breeze to use. As for the battery, i dont know what people do,
but if you ensure you it an 8-10 hour charge off the bat and every time
in needs charging it'll last days even with some heavy use, I average
3/4 days and i dont turn it off. the calander/ diary/ note functions
are easy to access and use with almost endless options and it syncs
with outlook easily.The only niggle I have is that the bluetooth insists
on being paired with anything you want to file share with,but its not
the end of the world. Great build quality. Overall this is a fantastic
phone in all respects,if you a looking for this kind of phone you wont
get better in my opinion, and it stands out from the crowd
Reviewed by Tiffany from UK on 15th Apr 2008
the best phone ive ever had. just lost it, i feel like ive lost a limb
i loved it so much!
Reviewed by bobby george from scotland on 1st
rubbish dont recommend it
Reviewed by kerry from scotland on 27th Feb 2008
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