BlackBerry 8220 Review
In a nutshell: A BlackBerry in a clamshell form factor! Not
our favourite BlackBerry, as the Pearl series is looking rather dated
now, but still a good compact phone/PDA for mobile email, with a camera
and MP3 player thrown in!
Review: March 2009. Updated June 2009.
We've been a bit slow to review the 8220 Pearl, considering that it first
appeared in the last quarter of 2008! That's because we assumed that it was
just intended for the US market, and we didn't think that it was going to appear
in the shops here in the UK. Well, it has appeared but it seems that most people
feel the same way as us, because not many are buying it.
The 8220 is basically like the other Pearl devices (the 8100,
8110 & 8120)
except that it's a clamshell. It's fatter as a result, and we find that the
clamshell form isn't ideal for using this kind of keypad. It's also heavier
than the other Pearl phones. But it does have the advantage of a larger internal
screen. It's equipped with BlackBerry Maps too, but it doesn't have a GPS receiver.
Basically, if you like the BlackBerry Pearl series,
but prefer the clamshell form factor, then this is the BlackBerry for you. Personally,
we feel that the whole of the Pearl series is looking rather dated now, and
we'd steer you in the direction of the 8900,
which is a cracking phone with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Features of the BlackBerry 8220 include:
- 2 megapixel camera with flash and digital zoom
- Internal display: 240 x 320 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, 3.5mm stereo headset port
- Memory: 128 Mbytes plus microSD memory card slot
- Size: 101 x 50 x 17.5 mm
- Weight: 102g
- Talktime: 4 hours
- Battery standby: 360 hours
BlackBerry 8220 User Reviews
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Average rating from 59 reviews:
Reviewed by Mike from USA on 20th Apr 2011
THE worst cell phone I've owned. I'm on the 4th phone, and 3d SIM card.
"SOS" keeps popping up in antenna status and phone stops working. Or
it displays SIM CARD and again shuts down. Trying to type on keypad
is a joke. I'll get a few numbers into a phone number and it will switch
to text and I have to start over again. The phone can't keep up with
normal typing speed and bogs down. What a piece of JUNK! Every replacement
phone they've sent is a refurb. T-Mobile refuses to take it back and
allow me to stop making $15/month payments on the phone. I still owe
$75 for a phone I can't use. I feel sorry for anybody who got sucked
into buying this phone.
Reviewed by Tom from Canada on 4th Apr 2011
Great keyboard and display. Blackberry features and pc software are
now much better than at first. I liked the phone but bluetooth has failed
once again. This seems to be a common problem with the 8220. Now I can't
get it replaced or repaired but I find the keyboards on the newer models
very difficult to use.
Reviewed by Lester Frederick from Tobago on 3rd
I love the phone, it looks good all over and i love flip phones, but
sad to say my bad experiences are:- the blue tooth suddenly disabled
and wont ever remain on enable, the then viewing of callers on the external
screen was also disabled suddenly, i am not able to transfer my contacts
even to the sim card to use another phone. if i can get assistance to
resolve these issues it will continue to be the best phone ( email@example.com)
Reviewed by Somebody =O from England on 1st Mar
~I've had this phone for about a year and I've dropped it a couple of
hundred times,dropepd in the sink filled iwth water once and it still
works...Well except for the external screen which is rotated 180 and
flipped...Nevertheless it's easy to type with and works fine with and
Reviewed by Marc from Sutter on 14th Feb 2011
Reviewed by reena from Indian on 7th Jan 2011
my blackberry 8200 bluetooth is not enable
Reviewed by Betsy Cross from USA on 6th Jan 2011
Probably the worst phone I've ever owned. Always having problems with
freezing at which point you have to reset which then takes another 5
minutes to reload. Bluetooth never works. Camera takes lousy pictures.
This phone sucks.
Reviewed by Grahame Birchall from UK on 4th Nov
I love the 822O Flip. It sits nicely in the hand so you can do everyhthing
comfortably with the thumb. Brilliant key board design as it combines
Qwerty layout with LARGE buttons and very good predictive text, which
means everything can be done at great speed. I have had it 2 years and
now the buttons are starting to wear out. BUT HORROR OF HORRORS no-one
is stocking it now and I can't find a replacement. Am I the only person
in the world who finds the full QWERTY keyboard too small to use at
speed or with comfort ? Have the ALL mobile designers in the world traded
common sense for fashion and style ? If so, let's get some NEW designers
please. I am very disappointed with Blackberry for apparently discontinuing
this brilliant 'Suretype' invention. By the way mine has never frozen.
Just lucky I guess.
Reviewed by kim from USA on 12th Oct 2010
I hate my Blackberry! It's cheaply made the back piece is impossible
to find, the camera takes the worst pictures and I can hardly wait for
this phone to just stop working. The only reason I keep it is it was
so expensive. Man I would not recommend this phone to anyone!
Reviewed by Elizabeth from UK on 26th Sep 2010
Wow - sorry for all those who've had problems - but I love my 8220 -
yeah it freezes now and then but thats the only problem I've ever had
with mine (fingers crossed). I love the qwerty keypad and have always
hated typing on regular mobiles and I love the flip format too. I'm
converted to Blackberries but find the standard models too wide as I
only have small hands. The weight and thickness are small prices to
pay for this beautiful handset. I have a feeling that those who have
experienced problems probably upgraded from other quite modern handsets
and probably use their phones a lot more than I do - having only used
old fashioned Nokia's this was heaven to me.
Reviewed by geoff from uk on 17th Jul 2010
the concept of this phone is good but!!!!!!! the battery and sim have
been in and out more times than i leave my house. this is my second
phone and sim, and now my bluetooth wont enable, and I have been waiting
over a week to get it resolved via orange. Think this is destined for
Reviewed by naresh gyawali from nepal on 17th
Reviewed by fuzzywarmapples from USA on 29th Jun
I've had the 8220 since 1/2009. It is now 3 days shy of 7/2010. I've
had this phone replaced 4 times. It started giving me trouble 3 days
after I got it. Before I list the problems- which pretty much everyone
has listed I will list the PROS: - the headphone jack - the BATTERY
life DOES last up to 400 hours. If your battery is not lasting that
long its because you have overcharged it. MOST people do. This means
that you plug it in to charge and leave it plugged in for long periods
of time or even overnight. I have two batteries- one I was very careful
to unplug the moment it was fully charged- that battery will give me
2 hours of talk time and still have a full bar left over. My battery
fully charges in exactly 40minutes. I can go 3 days before it gets to
one bar or gets to the last bar that turns yellow. - I like that closes.
Even though the specs list it as being heavier than the other Pearl
models I think its small and convienent. - The key pad is chubby finger
or long nails friendly. CONS- - CAMERA SUCKS - Battery cover moves and
eventually the grippers break - The phone gets a ton of error messages:
1. Invalid SIM card 2. Application Error 523 3. Invalid Media Card 4.
Media Card has been replaced. All of which only unfreeze if you pull
out and replace either the sim card, battery or both. - I HATE that
in order to backup your contacts to your SIM card you have to save each
one INDIVIDUALLY- and if you have than one number for a contact - you
STILL have to save each one INDIVIDUALLY. This sucks even more because
whaever notes or details you had for a contact such as Company, anniversary
etc. does not transfer to the saved information on the SIM Card. You
can only save this ifnormation if you have backed up the phone data
on the Desktop Application Loader. - The Application Loader , which
by the way looks simple but your logical clicks don't yield the results
you wanted. - The keypad has jammed where you press a key on the left
side of the phone and it dials a letter from the right. My recommendation-
If you wanted the blackberry for data storage get yourself a Palm Pilot
like I was intially on the market for. Im not impressed with the Blackberry.
The Iphone however is looking interesting....
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 23rd Jun 2010
Love it. Beautiful to type on, handles all my messages and emails perfectly.
Camera isn't the best but that's why I have a proper digital camera
right? It also gets a bit slow at times and does occasionally freeze
but that's the price you pay if you want a cheap, but powerful phone.
Got mine for £65 from CEX and would recommend it like a shot.
Reviewed by Jess from England on 12th May 2010
When the phone works properly it's great however I always have a problem
with my SMS. I would get it fixed but not long after it will screw up
on me. Batteries dies really fast, which annoys the hell out of me.
I want to change mobiles however I'm in love with the keyboard. It's
just so easy and efficient to use compared to other mobiles. Turned
me off Blackberry mobile phones though. Blackberry was supposedly a
very reliable, good branded product.
Reviewed by Rowli from Wales on 10th May 2010
SO bad! This phone won't connect to the computer package on the USB
cable won't send or receive picture texts, needs charging twice a day
and seems to forget its got a SIM card in it so won't make calls or
receive texts. I hate it. Don't get one.
Reviewed by eric routledge from england on 10th
Looks great, but it keeps freezing out.... ive had complete reboot from
orange ,which worked for a while then back to same old freezing . On
charge and it kocks itself off ...card out battery out and restart.
batery life is the pits. my partner has a cheap nokia that gets a signal
where I cant... both phones are with orange never ever again I would
be better with 2 cans and a piece of string would be more reliable
Reviewed by Martin from Ireland on 29th Mar 2010
I have had 3 replacement 8220's in 7 months. When it works it is great
, but I would not have another one as the phones freeze and the only
way to reset it is to remove the battery. My service provider will not
change for another model. I am going back to Nokia
Reviewed by gemma Kelly from Ireland on 25th Mar
does the back where you take the cover of for battery move mine does
and its doing my head in, is this happening to anyone else ?
Reviewed by Eloy from UK on 6th Feb 2010
Very good looking phone but once you start using it, oh dear.... The
battery doesn't last more than a day despite the technical specs. Very
unstable software and way unrealiable. After 2 weeks of use the phone
felt into a loop and rebooting and never came back to life until reloading
the O/S. This solution only worked for two days. Don't get conned by
Blackberry, I still believe that they are the greatest swindlers ever.
The people who buy BB for personal use is mainly to use the BB messenger.
I am switching back to Nokia and forgeting the BB issue for good. My
real score should be -5 stars rather than the score of 1 star that the
system allows me to score..
Reviewed by Krysta from Canada on 21st Jan 2010
I have to pull the stupid battery out and the sim card out and put them
both back in and turn the phone on and off. The fing sim card doesn't
sit snuggly and press onto the freaking conductors and it's freaking
loose. I hate it I'm constantly repeating the whole process on the piece
of junk model. There needs to be a better freaking phone design where
I'm not annoyed and ready to chuck the phone out the window. It's only
a year and it's causing havoc. The carrier tech guy said oh my girlfriend
had the same problem with her phone and I stuck a piece of paper in
between there and it worked and it seems to solve the problem but it
doesn't freaking fit nor can I put the cover back on. Some freaking
help he is. Give me something different. Emergency calls only signal
is not freaking useful. The cell phone signal will do two arrows trying
to see a freaking phone connection.
Reviewed by Steve from USA on 7th Jan 2010
This phone is a POS! I didn't really get it to make use of all that
Blackberry's are capable of, but as a long time customer of T-Mobile,
I got them to sell it it to me dirt cheap. Problem is the phone has
been noting but trouble since right after I got it. First off, battery
life is incredible low. It runs down when not even being used. I charge
it daily even if I haven't used it, but worse than that is its constant
shutting down for absolutely no reason, usually requiring me to pull
the battery, then waiting at least 5 minutes for it to boot up. This
phone sucks beyond belief.
Reviewed by Dino from Canada on 17th Dec 2009
Personally this phone is garbage, my wife has gone through 3 under warranty
and I myself 2 and it looks like I am failing again. JVM errors, Fatal
Errors, SIM read...Invalid SIM..the list goes on. I am fighting with
my carrier to replace it with a Curve but so far no luck
Reviewed by Roxanne from USA on 14th Dec 2009
This phone sucks. It uses up the battery on stand by, so you have to
charge it every 8 hours even if you have not used it. It also powers
itself off for no reason and the only way to get it working again is
to pull the battery. I am on my 2nd one now and have the same issues.
Not sure how many more I have to "try" before I can get a different
Reviewed by Doug Again from Australia on 7th Dec
Latest problem. I have an Australian car, a late model V8. It's a Commodore
SS V with built in bluetooth capability. I found it was running rough,
giving poor fuel consumption, rough cange down in auto. I put it in
several times to the dealer but they could never find anything wrong.
It is fully computer managed so you can't even adjust the throttle.
I suddenly found it running perectly then realised I had left my Blackberry
8220 at home. You would never believe it but when it does the voice
in handover to my car bluetooth it totally stuffs the engine management
system! Turn the Blackberry off, car runs perfectly. leave Blackberry
on but turn bluetooth of car still runs perfectly. I downloaded new
service books to the blackberry and voila! Problem solved. Bloody Blackberry!
Cost me hundreds in extra fuel and at least 5 days in the dealership
trying to fix the problem! Uggh. Nvere buying a Blackberry again.
Reviewed by Ed from England on 30th Nov 2009
I love the 8220, but in 8 months I have needed 4 replacements. All for
different faults, crashing, screen not working, reception bad. I might
get another Blackberry in the future but I wish I did not have another
10 months with this one unfortunatly.
Reviewed by Carmen from Germany on 16th Nov 2009
Same problem here: First it froze when scrolling through the menu. Then
when I charged it the whole night, the battery would begin running empty
within less than 1 hour! I hope I get my money back. Never again a BB!
This never happened with my Sony Ericsson.
Reviewed by Jill from UK on 29th Oct 2009
Absolutely rubbish !!! I would not recommend this phone to anyone, it
is forever turning it self off when you are in the middle of a call
or in the middle of a text it so annoying !!!
Reviewed by robert mccarthy from wales on 8th
never again will i purchase a blackberry phone of any sort. nothing
but trouble from new and no phone shop will look at them so you are
left to sort it out with blackberry who do not want to know i have a
pearl 8220 which soon will meet my friend the hammer come back motorola
all is forgiven
Reviewed by Doug from Australia on 17th Sep 2009
Have had the 8220 for a few months and basically it is the best of the
small Blackberry range. Once over 40 y.o you won't be able to see the
numbers on the Pearl which makes the 8220 good because the numbers and
keys are quite large in fact the biggest of all Blackberry's. Because
it is a flip, the screen is bigger than the Pearl. You also get the
external screen which shows clock, incoming messages etc. Same is shown
inside in more detail. The camera is rubbish and is something that really
needs to be looked at. The photo resolution is no better than a throw
away camera, worse in fact. My advice is don't mess too much with the
settings because the thing does hang and eventually you will be abusing
your service provider. If you want a Blackberry but don't want to carry
a brick like the Curve and 8900 around I suggest this is better than
those or the Pearl. Battery still lasts 4 days and a good 4 hours with
continuous use. But I hate the fact that you cannot turn off the key
tones whilst dialling unless you change the whole profile to silent.
There is a key tone off setting but it does not work for the phone.
I would have liked the colour trackball too but apparently the led is
not multi coloured so you cannot download the software to make it change
colours like you can with the Pearl. Have had other problems like not
being able to change the signature on emails from the phone, but can
do it when logging in over the internet. Also the key lock started working
automatically which I did not want and could not turn off. Changing
the software was the only way to fix it. Only other problem is RIM seem
to stitch the carriers up into providing Blackberry Internet so you
cannot put casual internet on which basically means you have to pay
much more on a plan than you should. Mine was disconnected by Optus
in Australia because they said they had license issues with Blackberry,
even though I had casual internet access for the first three months.
Reviewed by Robert Frew from United Kingdom on
21st Aug 2009
I am reading reviews on the Blackberry 8220 and i find it hard to understand
how people are saying the battery life can last up to two days, i am
on my second 8220 and the battery life is terrible, after just two calls,
lasting on average 10 to 15 minutes the battery is down to 25% and then
the handset dies on me, does anyone else have this problem Living in
Reviewed by esyosy from Scotland on 7th Aug 2009
i am on my second replacement phone, battery life is terrible. if you
put on Bluetooth to use while driving, the battery will only last for
two hours max, not much good to anyone. i would not recomment this phone
Reviewed by Dennis from USA on 7th Aug 2009
Avoid this phone. It worked great for a few months, then went into interminable
resets. Did lots of research on the Net (google "blackberry pearl 8220
resets itself") and read about all the users having the identical problem.
Nobody has an answer better than "bring it back for an exchange." I
ended up pulling the SIM card and putting it back in my very old Motorola
V60, my trusted companion since 2002.
Reviewed by Pat from England on 18th Jul 2009
I have had my blackberry 8220 for 5 months now and I am not impressed.
As many other reviews state, it has a nasty habit of switching itself
off even when half charged, I even bought a new battery which made no
difference. It also does the same occasionally when being charged, I
use this phone for business purposes so it it very inconvenient having
to remove the battery and recharging when you least expect it. Also
I still have not worked out if I can bar a specific number - I can not
find any options to do this - can anyone help on that one plz?? Not
impressed with camera - poor quality pics which are not worth keeping.
Would not buy again.
Reviewed by jose cuesta from usa on 8th Jul 2009
I love my phone
Reviewed by Steve from canada on 28th May 2009
I have had this phone for a week and just love it! I traded in my iphone
for this phone and i feel I have made an exellent choice!
Reviewed by rob from england on 19th May 2009
have only had the phone two weeks but on the third phone first one lasted
two days started doing weard things and when dialing numbers not appearing
on screen second one lasted one day same problem numbers not appearing
when pressed phone rubbish would not have another blackberry
Reviewed by Francisco Modesto from Brazil on 16th
stylish phone but too complicated when you have to to find anything
in it. also cam is very poor. i´m still getting previous owner
emails which i cant find how to cancel. But in generaly not as bad as
Reviewed by tim from uk on 6th May 2009
nothing but problems from day one the first one kept coming up with
a java script message replaced with another it lasted one day and the
screen went off given another which keeps switching itself off i,m being
sent another battery to try although the phone shows fully charged i
bought it for business use and have totally lost confidence in it there
isnt a star rating low enough for this phone
Reviewed by Pam from UK on 5th May 2009
I am currently on my 3rd phone and returning it for a different brand
of phone. I've had nothing but problems since the day I got one (Dec
08) - pathetic battery life of less than one day on 1st phone, loose
battery cover that lost connection on 2nd phone, crashing 2 or 3 times
a day which means taking the battery out, waiting 20 mins and replacing
on 3rd phone, missed calls that never registered in the first place.
Love the QWERTY keypad but that's about all. I definitely do NOT recommend
this phone and will in all likelihood never use a Blackberry again.
Reviewed by aes from Canada on 26th Mar 2009
I hate this phone. I upgraded from the 8100 Pearl last November and
have had it for 5 months. The design is not very robust, one of the
external side buttons no longer works. I find that I type faster than
it can think and it hangs up on me and types gobbeldegook instead of
catching up. Some of the external notifications have mysteriously quit
working even though they are set to work. What is with not being able
to edit the custom dictionary? My fast typing makes it learn wrong words
which I could then manually delete on my 8100. I also don't like the
brickbreaker graphics anymore. ;) I would like to try the iphone but
I am too addicted to blackberry messenger, and I would like to have
a phone that fits in an evening bag, so I called my provider and they
are graciously switching me to a Pearl 8120.
Reviewed by Greg from UK on 9th Mar 2009
I've had this phone for about a month now. When it is working it is
a good phone, but I have had lots of problems with it. Essentially it
is supposed to be a phone, but I find that it doesnt always accept incoming
calls and I end up getting a text message saying that I've missed a
call - It shows that it has reception and is on so dont knwo what is
going on there. Also, if I leave it by my dab radio overnight it crashses
(like someone has already described below) so you need to reset it by
taking out the battery - Its happens so often but organe say there is
nothing wrong with my handset WTF ? If you're thinking about getting
it then don't - I really regret it.
Reviewed by Phil A from UK on 4th Mar 2009
I prefer flip phones, and needed a Smart Phone for work, so this was
the only choice on the market, so here are my thoughts. For such a recent
phone, and being a BlackBerry, it's surprising that it doesn't have
3G or GPS - the EDGE connection is OK, but not brilliant. The camera
is not great, although the review information at 1.3megapixel is wrong,
it's 2. The flash is acceptable, but not great. Once you get used to
SureType it's pretty nice, although I do have to switch between MultiTap
and it on occasions. I can't fault the phone, it does everything I need
and does it quite well.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
28th Jan 2012
Thanks for the review, Phil. You are right about the camera, and we've
corrected the spec above.
Reviewed by Terry Barr from USA on 24th Feb 2009
I HAVE IT AND SO FAR I DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL.
Reviewed by Grace from Pompano Bch, FL on 22nd
I've had my BlackBry for about 2wks now and the 1st thing I learned
is it isn't scratch resistant, so be careful:( Otherwise, it's an awesome
phone. I mainly use it for the appiontment book which doesn't seem like
much @ 1st glance but once I get in there & play around with it I find
that I can set the calendar time to 11pm. Really Great Feature!!!, especially
if your day typically end @ 5pm :)
Reviewed by Mike from Canada on 7th Feb 2009
I liked it! 5 stars ell yeah. Like I would always say cos im a batty
from canada... the guy below me is weiiiiirddddddddd
Reviewed by Francisco from UK on 26th Jan 2009
Maybe I was a little pre-mature in my praise. I woke up this morning
and the phone was off (despite the fact that I had not switched it off).
It did not respond to the on/off button being pressed. I had to take
the battery out and replace it to get it to come on. By the way, I still
had 50% charge.
Reviewed by mike from Canada on 24th Jan 2009
I got this phone 4 days ago and so far i really like it. I had the sony
ericsson w810i which was a phenomenal phone and i was nervous to change
because of that but i really like this 1. features are great, i like
the size of the screen. applications im still not sure as i havent try
all of it but so far its fine i like getting my emails and using msn
on it i didnt have that before. this is my first blackberry and so far
i like it. I placed 4 stars because im not sure of the quality of some
pieces liek the side buttons the battery door or even the keyboard but
time will tell! awesome look, light, easy to use, i really like it!!!
Reviewed by Francisco from UK on 24th Jan 2009
I've had my 8220 for a couple of days now. I chose it from the lack
of reports of problems with it (quite unusual in the current mobile
market) on this and other sites. I know it's only been in the market
since September but it's still good going. It takes a little getting
used to (especially switching from a traditional mobile to one where
the letters are in QWERTY format and there are 2 per key) but it's worth
the effort. Another thing that is different to other phones I've used
is that you cannot, from what I've seen, adjust the frequency of e-mail
checking -- it just does it, in the background, at the default interval.
Other phones I've had allow you to choose the automatic check interval
and/or check e-mails manually. As such I would recommend anyone who
gets this phone get an unlimited usage bundle for internet if they intend
to use that feature. The screens are crisp, clear and bright. The interface
is fast (except when trying to pick tones for various things because
it insists on finding the file and playing a bit before allowing you
to move on if you stop scrolling). Programming it to pick up my e-mail
was surprisingly easy to set up. The scroll wheel responds well. The
phone is generally well built and the metal feels solid. The exception
is the battery cover, which is plastic. You can set it so that you have
to put a password in every time you lock the phone (a very useful security
feature). The battery life seems to be good but I'll have to wait a
few days to really test that. It takes standard 3.5mm earphones so you
are not tied to the default ones (I've yet to try those). I've mentioned
a couple of things on the downside above. One of the irritating things
is that the default configuration doesn't have text messages on the
first screen. You can move things around but I just simply reprogrammed
one of the convenience keys to access the SMS part of the phone (after
all I only use the phone camera on holidays). Overall a good phone with
a couple of minor irritants.
Reviewed by favourson from nigeria on 23rd Jan
i think amongst all other blackberry famly, this very product BlackBerry
8220, is the quetest thing thats happened to the househld of te berrys.
its a package i personally and oficially recomend for any business especially
in nigeria my country if you're ready to beat the recent traffic. its
such an adorable baby of an expectant successful entity. ohh... my quetest
adorable BlackBerry 8220 i love to see you always and i so much wish
i could have you to myself.
Reviewed by th bigg boss from london on 16th Jan
this phone is soo good battery life is wicked and so is the features
it is the beez neezs
Reviewed by Lucy Pendfield from new york on 12th
this fone id so totally fetch i adore it its so easy to use. BUY IT!!
loool bubbbiiii xxx
Reviewed by joyce taylor from england on 11th
Reviewed by Guess Who from Québec, Canada on 5th
hi i just purchased this phone and i love it, all my freinds say it
ugly, however love it, easy to use, love the browser really fast, but
i guess it depends on the wireless provider, love the games, video &
music player, ringtone are sucky but overall a great phone, camera works
amazing like when the flash knows when to come on & not, and there is
so many options to explore, the back piece is a lil cheap but the phone
it self is great, clear reception also.
Reviewed by Petar G. from Chicago IL on 11th Nov
I retain my four star rating from previously HOWEVER, be advised that
the screen is NOT scratch resistable and will get scratched easily.
Took me about 2 weeks to find that out.
Reviewed by John from uk on 8th Nov 2008
This is a good phone, the keyboard is great, which I am using to type
this, without any problems. Also the screen is bright and the Os is
really easy to use, there are many good options. On the badSide I would
say that the internet browser is abit slow, but if you disable java
script then it runs abit quicker. The other great thing is the media
player, and the roxio software that comes with it, it allows you to
convert videos to view landscape on your phone to a really nice quality,
and works with open source music as well as itunes Feels abit plastic
and light, but very comfortable to use, some people say they thought
it was to big, but really its a good size, and the low weight makes
it sit in your pocket you won't know its there. The sure type system
is great. I like it, I think its a keeper.
Reviewed by Ben H. from UK on 5th Nov 2008
Just got it (as a replacement for my lost Curve) and I'm sending it
back! it I like the interface, which is just like the Bold, but it feels
SO cheap, when it's opened, it looks silly and the menus are too wordy/texty
just like normal BB's even though this is trying to look like a phone.
Reviewed by Petar G. from USA on 1st Nov 2008
After being a blackberry pearl user for so long I decided to switch
and I stopped myself on this because the curve was too much money. This
phone is beautiful to look it and very much the same as any other blackberry.
The large screen is awesome for browsing the the familiar keyboard is
really easy to type with because it is so large. One nice thing about
this phone is that when u get an sms,,the front dispay shows u the sender
and first line of the text, immediately followed by the whole thing.
If you get a text and u flip it open immediately, the message will open
and u don't need to scroll to it. Another nice feature is that, you
can be in the middle of texting or browsing and if u close the flip,
the phone does not stop it's action. All the other features on the phone
are typical blackberry ones. On the down side, the battery life isn't
so good, I'm not sure what it is advertised to be but I find that heavy
use (texting and browsing) can drain the battery in one full day. If
you use your blackberry for nonstop messaging this might not be for
you. Also, the browser is somewhat slow. Overall, I love my pearl flip
and wouldn't trade it, at least not for the time being.
Reviewed by Alex Newman from United Kingdom on
4th Oct 2008
At first glance... It looks terribly like those old Panasonic Megapixel
phones... And the only further similarity it has is it's plastic feeling.
But do not judge it yet! It is brilliant! The huge display and the gigantic
keypad make it extremely easy to navigate! The "pearl" is snuggled into
a very comfortable fitting instead of springing out the middle of the
phone, which I always hated with the liked of the 81xx, 83xx and 88xx
blackberrys. My only concern is the lack of 3g. You would think that
after releasing the Bold, RIM wouldn't go back to it's "GPS or wifi"
nonsense, and include what is now the minimum standards... So yes, without
3g this phone is still quite slow on the web browsing... The new OS
and being able to navigate a "mouse" while surfing make up for this