BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
In a nutshell: The Pearl 3G is a BlackBerry with an alphanumeric
keypad. Frankly we don't know why anyone would want such a thing. Available
in Black, White, Pink or Purple.
Review: July 2010. Last updated September 2010.
A BlackBerry without a QWERTY keyboard! Whatever next? BlackBerry
built their reputation on handsets that were brilliant for mobile email,
so what's the point of one with an alphanumeric keypad? We're still
scratching our heads.
The Pearl 3G is a compact smartphone targeted at ... um, who? It doesn't
have a touchscreen, it doesn't have a big choice of apps, it doesn't
have a QWERTY keypad, it doesn't have a good camera or media facilities.
It does have Wi-Fi and GPS, but so what? Virtually every other smartphone
in this price range has them too, and plenty more besides.
We're left wondering why anyone would want such a phone. OK, to be
fair, it's compact and it's got an optical trackpad and SureType to
help overcome the limitations of the keypad. But why not get the real
deal instead? It's not like the Pearl 3G is a cheap option. Better choices
are the BlackBerry Bold 9700,
Nokia E72 or even the BlackBerry
Update: since we wrote our review, we've had feedback from Pearl owners
telling us we're wrong (see below for a flavour of these.) Guess what:
we're not going to change our review, because we haven't changed our
opinion. But there's clearly a small but significant number of people
who really, really like this phone. Please read the user reviews below
to get a more balanced perspective.
Features of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and 2.5x digital zoom
- Video recording
- LCD display: 400 x 360 pixels, 2.2 inches, user-selectable font
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push
email with attachment viewer, BlackBerry® Messenger
- Media Player
- Integrated Hands-free speakerphone
- MP3, AAC, WMA ringtones
- GPS with BlackBerry® Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Password protection & screen lock
- Vibration alert & LED indicator
- Internet: Web browser, GPRS, EDGE,
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB, 3.5mm stereo headset port
- Memory: 256MB plus microSD memory card slot expandable to 32GB
- Size: 108 x 50 x 13.3 mm
- Weight: 93g
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) plus 3G
- Battery: 1150 mAh
- Talktime: 5 hours
- Battery standby: 13 days
BlackBerry Pearl 3G User Reviews
Love your mobile? Hate it? Please share your experiences to help other
people choose the phone that's best for them. Please do not review this
phone if you have not used it. This is a review site, not a forum, so
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Average rating from 77 reviews:
Reviewed by NAzMi from Malaysia on 9th Jun 2012
The bEst PhonE Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by sally from UK on 30th May 2012
Your sooooo wrong!
I love my blackberry pearl 3G, it has everything i need in a phone,
is really small and neat and has an alphanumeric keypad which i can
text on without looking.
It may suprise you not everyone wants a phone to have every function
under the sun, i use mine to phone (might suprise you that this is the
primary function of the 'mobile phone' as the name suggests), text,
occasionally go on the net and sometimes take a pic and thats it! We
arent all technology nerds. :-)
Unfortunatley mine is a bit battered now, my network provider no longer
sells them and im gutted. Im looking everywhere to find someone who
sells them but i fear they have been discountinued. :-( Not Happy.
Reply by Louise from UK on 18th Nov
Try on Ebay...I got one there in excellent condition for less than £50!
Reviewed by Victoria from England on 19th May
I loved my blackberry pearl!!
Reviewed by rob from uk on 26th Apr 2012
Suretype is surely the worst predictive text ever, RIM could learn a
lot from Nokia circa 2003.
In addtion, the Pearl constantly locks up, requiring removal of battery
and to top it all, the camera won't focus.
I can't wait to upgrade to another brand.
Reviewed by daniella Dunne from England on 10th
I've had a blackberry pearl for 2 years and to be honest it has a better
media player and camera and FLASH than the blackberry pearl so your
review just kinda kicked its self in the face and have you even used
one . . . . My guess is no so how can you write a review on somethin
you have never used ? Plus the pearl has little or no major faults whereas
the curve constantly breakes.
Reviewed by Kay from Nigeria on 8th Apr 2012
I don't think the critic who wrote that review above has ever operated
the phone before or even knows h☺w to use the SureType or T9 typing
technology. Its the best thing that has ever happened to mobile phone.
I'm sure the only problem reviewer has with the phone їs the alphanumeric
keypad, hear this! For me , its the joker of the phone! I'm much faster
typing with it than most of ♍y friends using the Qwerty types.
Fewer and well-spaced buttons unlike its Qwerty counterpart. Away from
the keypad, its got a good flash, good camera qualily and good night
shots. The mobile satisfies most of ♍y needs, so who needs a blackberry
I'm the reviewer above inventionally wrote that in other to instigate
us the users to write our own review, he knows the phone їs awesome!
Reviewed by Karl from England on 1st Apr 2012
Best phone I have ever had ... it's predecessor was flawed with the
roller ball but this phone is perfect. I have had 1 for over 4 years
now and it's a shame BB have discontinued :-(
Reviewed by Jay Ventura from UK on 4th Mar 2012
I got the 9105 around August 2010. I was not happy that the 9100 (North
American Version) was not available in the UK as it has the HALF QWERTY
keypad just like my old 8110 and 8120, The 9105 being a alphanumeric
type. However I did not have to worry as the Blackberry predictive input
is the most advanced that I have ever used on any phone. Truly amazing
speed, This phone operates like any Blackberry Bold but slips into your
pocket and you don't know it's there. That's very useful when you travel
in Third World countries like me and you don't want to be robbed. I
like to be very low profile as I am moving around West Africa on News
Business. Just like my old pearls that I still take along for a spare
line the 9105 gets a lot of use (about 80 emails a week) My only concern
is the battery drain on 3G is faster than my old pearls that were operating
on 2G EDGE. A friend in Hong Kong is going to post me a battery with
more capacity to try out. If you use the pearl in international locations
you can skip the Blackberry email for a cheaper experience. On all three
of my pearls I did not pay for BIS when working overseas, The cheaper
option was to Install the Opera Mini Browser and Gmail App, I send mail
and surf the net on 2G EDGE in Africa and the data charges are LOW,
PENCE NOT POUNDS, Just set up your TCP Setting in Options and it all
works like a dream, for example if you are on the Airtel Network your
TCP Settings will be:- airtel.com then airtel then password, That's
it your Opera Browser will connect you to the net and your Gmail App
will be "Live". Remember, Smart Phone Reviewer's have to look like they
are earning their pay check, most talk a lot of rubbish, The other day
one of this fraternity stated that the Blackberry Bold 9790 had a small
screen as too much space was taken up by the qwerty keyboard. Correct
me if I am wrong but when you call up the virtual keypad on a HTC or
iPhone is the available screen area not half the size????? These sorry
folk need to get a life or find a another career.
Reviewed by Roberto Santana from Indonesia on
1st Mar 2012
this smart phone is small, but able to fulfill my needs. i completely
satisfied with its presence in my life. at the end, not all people use
all features their cell phone's have. pearl provides me more than enough..
its simplicity has become its power. who really needs those tiny qwerty?
kind of useless..touch screen? you have to guard the screen with your
life...games? use PS! camera? use the real ones! pearl is awesome
Reviewed by Chris from Glasgow on 29th Feb 2012
In one word I can sum it up is useless, gone to apple
Reviewed by Francesca from UK on 29th Feb 2012
I have a Blackberry Pearl 3g and I am extremely happy with it ; it has
everything other BB have , better quality camera and with the alphanumeric
key pad I can type much faster that all my friends with bold , curve
What I also love about it is that it look like a phone and not like
an ugly calculator .
Reviewed by Steven from Manchester on 22nd Feb
As so many people have said before me this is a great phone and I have
know idea why blackberry are not doing a new one yet the need the pearl
to give every one the option
Reviewed by rb from uk on 22nd Feb 2012
Just ordered this phone but I have had it before also I have had most
bb's going from 8520 to the torch bold and the old track ball ones this
phone is all right and I spend most my time on bbm and fb what's app
and that wouldn't say its the worst phone in the world but coming from
a guy that has had litraly had most of the phones going I would say
get this of you want a good bb this is way better then the curve 8520
don't see why some people say there better you can't get os6 O the curve
but that just me I think the phone is good nice on internet and texts
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 5th Feb 2012
It's not the fact the Blackberry Pearl has got an alphanumeric keypad
it's that every other blackberry has got the QWERTY keyboard, It's an
awesome phone to use and looks like any other phone but the power of
Blackberry. My 2yr contract ends July 2012 and sadly to say it's not
looking like Blackberry will be doing another phone like this in time...bottom
line I love the keypad.
Reviewed by Jane Moore from UK on 3rd Feb 2012
Not everyone wants a "smartphone" that makes the tea and puts the washing
on, call me old fashioned but sometimes you just want a phone, that's
a phone. One that looks simple,but stylish, makes calls and allows you
to text. That's all you need. Ever think that some older people are
just happy with that! The Qwerty keys are tiny and fiddly, touch screens
are a pain. I hope they continue to make them.
Reviewed by Sal from UK on 2nd Feb 2012
I agree the pearl is an ideal size but unfortunately much prefer the
old qwerty keypad (which I still have but would like to have the updated
advantages and I suspect it is only a matter of time before the ball
sticks forever.........) - I don't understand why this was only issued
in the version available in the US. Please can Blackberry also issue
a qwerty keypad in the UK.
Reviewed by Hayley from uk on 25th Jan 2012
Love it..... Hope they bring out a new one the same style. Cannot stand
touch screen or full keyboard phones when it comes to texing and calling
someone. People just get use to the awkwardness of touchscreen and forget
that traditional phones are actually more efficient and do what you
want them to do and when. You can text without you having to double
check, text with one hand without pressing other buttons and text with
looking at your phone. The normal buttons are not effected by weather
conditions when your hands are hot or cold, raining, hot or snowing.
You can press one button to end a call and not keep looking at your
phone to make sure the button you have pressed has ended the call. They
are only good for browsing but I have a laptop for that. Nothing beats
a button......... BLACKBERRY PLEASE DONT GET RID OF THIS STYLE!
Reviewed by mike from uk on 21st Jan 2012
Got mine on a 2yr contract from Oct 2010,best phone ever had, had the
older pearl (3 in fact) nokias and sony ericssons but its this 3g pearl
that bets them all, i just hops blackberry consider another pearl about
Oct 2012 just in time for a upgrade, can't be faulted
Reviewed by Sophie from UK on 18th Jan 2012
I love my Blackberry pearl, I am on my second one. All my friends have
blackberry's but they are all too big apart from the pearl! Before my
blackberry Pearls I was a Nokia girl. I agree it's a little weird they
no-longer have a qwerty keyboard, my last blackberry pearl did. However,
I have had no problems with it, it has a better camera and surfs the
net quicker than my boyfriends old I phone. It is easy to use, and does
everything I want. Hope they make a new version when I am looking for
Reviewed by nadia van wyk from durban on 21st
I love my blackberry bt ay sumtimes I just wish I had a new fone!
Reviewed by lana from uk on 15th Dec 2011
I have always had nokias so I'm used to being able to send text, make
a phone calls, get on the net and open apps all one handed without having
to stare at my phone or sometimes not even looking at my phone and I
like that feature. The pearl is up to date modern and is what I'm kused
to. Why should I follow the croud just because everyone else is using
quearty and touch screans, how many blackberry users can ride a bike
one handed and send a txt without looking at their phone?
Reviewed by Desy from Ireland on 7th Dec 2011
i love this phone so much i am gona buy anothr one just incase my current
one gets lost. none of my friends understand why this phone is the best
- its good to hear reviews from other like-minded people!
Reviewed by Hans from England on 6th Dec 2011
A top non touch screen smart phone, for thick fingers, and one hand
use, hope rim, can bring more new phones, with the alphanumeric keypad
Reviewed by Vikki from UK on 3rd Nov 2011
I got my phone in December 2010 and it worked find up until around about
august 2011 then it kept cutting out on phone calls, i got a replacement
which worked fine until I dropped it in water and thats when the problems
started. They sent me a replacement and I am now on replacement 11!
I find this phone awful! I would NEVER EVER get a crapberry again! Cant
wait for my phone contract to end! 12 months and counting!!!!!
Reviewed by diane harrison from england on 22nd
I'd never fancied other blackberrys,always bin a sony eric girl but
thort,hey get with it!I didn't want a qwerty,and I can txt and email
and...shock ..horror.. ring people which is why we hav mobiles aint
it?!battery life nt the best and the black square clock that appears
now and again really bugs me but apart frm that I love my purple bb,and
It luks gorgeous!x
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 19th Sep 2011
The Pearl is ideal for those of us who can't use a keyboard on a PC
never mind a small hand held phone. Are you people still teenagers??
Reviewed by Stephen Pattichi from United Kingdom on
29th Aug 2011
I had this phone for over a year. The US version of the pearl 3g comes
with another keyboard and not the basic alphanumeric keyboard shown
here, although the phone is the same. It is a fantastic phone and do
not take heed about the review. It is a beautiful looking compact blackberry
which is easy and functional. I just bought the 9900 and although I
love it also, I do miss a lot compactness of the pearl and having to
search in which pocket it is. That is also a nice feeling. You could
never forget that you are carrying the 9900 and what can that really
do more than the pearl which I can't do more comfortably at home in
any case. It is all up to the individual that's why the world isn't
Reviewed by Adell from UAE/ India on 24th Aug
I'd just like to point out the uselessness of the qwerty keypad, only
because you are so hung on it. Firstly its not like you can really use
all your fingers to type on it as if using a keyboard; you are actually
stuck using the same two twiddling thumbs just as you would a normal
keypad. Secondly, the added difficulty in qwerty is the size of the
buttons are drastically reduced which makes your thumb twiddling even
more difficult and less precise. Those who like qwerty only do because
they have gotten used to it cause it SEEMS to replicate the keyboard.
Even the iphone's standard display is not qwerty; its just an option
for texting. Thirdly with qwerty, most phones dont have the predictive
text. all the more reason why its not really more logical to use. So
hold your horses before you critise this perfectly sized, non bulky,
non-overactive touchscreen, superb phone option kept for smartphone
Reviewed by caz from uk on 19th Aug 2011
It is cute and girly with out all the over complicated features of most
modern phones. Love it.
Reviewed by Thorson from England on 17th Aug 2011
That review of the pearl 9105 is rubbish, i love the phone its better
than the bb curve 8520 and 9300 and the camera is great! And all the
apps you can get on a curve you can get on the pearl! plus the pearl
has the new update the curve 8520 doesn't, it has a better screen, camera
and its lighter( plus its basically a mini bold!
Reviewed by Fussy25 from Leeds, UK on 16th Aug
I've had a Pearl since March '11 after 'disagreeing' with a Samsung
Tocco and this has been the best phone ever. I use a qwerty keyboard
all day so didn't want one for my leisure time which is when I would
use my phone. Other than short battery life, this phone was the love
of my life! I have now lost my Pearl and am faced with choosing another
model to replace it as they are out of stock @ the Insurance co- I'm
pertified of getting one of the other models after some of the reviews!
Reviewed by Andy from Scotland on 14th Aug 2011
was so looking forward to this phone as ive had an 8100 and currently
have the 8120 but why oh why did they release this without the qwerty
keypad thats one of the reasons you buy a blackberry, although RIM did
release this phone with the qwerty keypad (9100) it so far hasnt been
released in the uk and untill it is I'll be looking at other options
poor show from blackberry on this one
Reviewed by Katy from Uk on 12th Aug 2011
I love this phone because of the keypad is has, I wanted a blackberry
for ages, but didn't get one because of the keypad... soo this phone
is perfect for me. I love it, best phone I've ever owned!
Reviewed by Alan from U.K. on 9th Aug 2011
"Frankly we don't know why anyone would want such a thing." Oh really
...well I did and not everyone wants a touch screen phone that lasts
a day on a full charge.It isn't that many years ago since keypads were
all that were available and we thought they were great didn't we all?
Great all round phone despite the life-crisis lack of touch screen (I
also have an HTC Desire by the way) but wanted a phone that lasted just
that bit longer and this fits the bill. I never liked blackbery til
I tried this and I do hope they bring out another generation pearl after
the 9105 because I,ll buy one for sure.Good buld qaulity,plenty choice
of apps good battery,hasn't crashed on me yet unlike HTC Apple and Microsoft.
Reviewed by POUCHIE from ENGLAND on 27th Jul 2011
HOW CAN SOMEONE SLAG OFF THE KEYPAD.. WE DONT ALL LIKE THE QUERTY TYPE
I CAN DO MY MESSAGES MUCH FASTER ON THIS TYPE OF KEYPAD SO JUST CAUSE
YOU THINK ITS A PHONE THATS NOT COOL AS KEYPAD ON FRONT IS STILL HOW
THEY USED TO BE IT MAKES YOU SAY THIS PHONE IS RUBBISH.. THATS NOT THE
CASE ITS EASY ITS SMALL AND NOT EVERYONE HAS TO SHOW OFF!!!!
Reviewed by sizzles from india on 22nd Jul 2011
the phone is cool and all that its almost as good as bold throuh my
experience the smallest blackberry phone but you know what small but
mighty to me this phone is good and portable but i really wont say its
the worst and i wont say is the best
Reviewed by Haneef from UK on 11th Jul 2011
First of all, 5 stars to this phone. I will not say much about it but
just that it's a smartphone in the size of a normal mobile phone! Amazing
piece! I will use and archive to see and faill in love with it again
after 20 years.
Reviewed by cynthia from indonesia on 9th Jul
Actually I buy bb only to get the BBM facility. This phone is perfect,
with a good price I can get not only BBM but also 3MP cam with flash
n autofocus, alphanumeric keyboard (surely I hate qwerty keyboard coz
it takes long time to tipe n makes me unable to type text with only
one hand) :p the only one BB that has alphanumeric keypad and good facilities.
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 4th Jul 2011
Absolutely superb phone for someone who, like me, never could quite
see the reason for touchscreens. Tried them and disliked them. This
phone does everything I want, it's light, looks good. Love it!
Reviewed by Samantha from Manchester, UK on 25th
I bought this phone after looking for a replacement for a year, I dont
like touch screen phones and didnt want a phone with all those silly
little keys so this phone is perfect for me. Its like a traditional
mobile but has the added bonus of being a blackberry. I just love it
and its easy to use.
Reviewed by Prashant Thakur from India on 23rd
I love this sell
Reviewed by Emma from Uk on 11th May 2011
An Ex touchscreen Htc Desire & Iphone3gs user Thank God Blackberry had
the sense to produce this pearl Excellent u spend more time with real
texts & genuine communication than fart arsing about with the High tech
extra gadgets within a phone Has the world really got this sad within
competition of what phone has more ? "YES" Mobile phones are about communication
! u wanna play games get an xbox & stay at home. My touch screen smart
phones guess what Binned. thankyou BB pearl ur amazing from an IT &
technical analyst In Pc's & Yes PHONEs
Reviewed by James from UK on 3rd May 2011
Why are people giving this low ratings if your making comments on how
its faulty , Thats not a real review?
Reviewed by Hannah from London on 13th Apr 2011
Gop is right u are missing the point , if u want a keypad get a curve
or bold, if u want toushscreen get storm or even a iphone if you can
afford it. You have given it a rubbish review because it doesn't have
the qwerty keypad but thats the point in pearls no pearl has ever had
a qwerty keypad the older pearls only had two characters per key. The
pearl is supposed to be a Blackberry but not be too wide or heavy but
still have the features of a blackberry and it has the trackpad which
i really like. I don't have this phone so i'm not being biased but maybe
you should think about your opinion. The pearl is supposed to be lightweight,thin,
small and compact and still have blackberry features. It is more feminine
and is probably for people who want a blackberry but don't want a bulky
phone or a buisness looking phone
Reviewed by Gop from UK on 5th Apr 2011
Think there missing the point... if you want a QWERT keypad or a Touchscreen
etc you buy a Torch or Bold or similar phone according to your preference.
Don't review the phone to be rubbish just because you purchased the
wrong phone for your needs... I mean only an idiot would buy an Alphanumeric
keypad phone if they wanted the functionality of a QWERTY Keypad. Phone
is Brilliant, Compact, Lightweight but yet still able to do almost everything
the bigger more expensive phones can do.
Reviewed by sam from england on 3rd Apr 2011
this is without a doubt the stupidest phone ever , first of all the
top three buttons (back , play forward) fell off , ive had this phone
six months and now its broken. i usually look after phones. the peice
of plastic that held the back on broke. its just been a dreadful phone
, every time i turn it on it tells me i have some sort of error , it
takes an age to load up when you turn it on after taking battery out.
its internet is dreadful. its just generally annoying . i would advise
anyone to go out and buy anything else! the most appaling phone ever.
Reviewed by Alice from Northern Ireland on 30th
I have the purple version in this :) I have had it since...September
and it is such a good phone, quick, easy to set up, easy to get used
to, not the confusing keypad (although I slightly regret not going for
one of those as it does take longer to text) and have had no rpoblems
where as all my friends' blackberry cruves had to be sent away to get
Reviewed by Natalie from England on 3rd Mar 2011
I had this phone since August after having iphone, and its best choice
ever. Works fast, good camera, and completely lightweight. texting is
easy and quick! can even do it drunk! battery works fairly well, depending
on if i use interent or not. did have problem with charging port, but
o2 replaced phone so its all good! i would not even think about going
back to an iphone now. love it!
Reviewed by Lesley from UK on 27th Feb 2011
This is a fab phone, it is the first phone i have bought that has done
everything it says on the box!! I have used this phone for 2 months
now and it is so easy to use, if help is needed use the Blackberry web
site. This phone works well, texts are easy to send conectivity is excellent,
even in the Caribbean. This is the best phone i have had.
Reviewed by Katie from UK on 13th Feb 2011
Love it a lot :)
Reviewed by Louise from Glasgow on 3rd Feb 2011
Its the best phone i have ever had, the bbm is super, the battety life
is outstanding. I can't find anything wrong with this phone well done
to blackberry as it puts all the other mobile phones to shame i will
defo be buying a blackberry again i even got my husband and children
one they all love the phone.Keep up the good work blackberry
Reviewed by Walt from Scotland on 29th Jan 2011
I have had this phone for 5 months and am extremely happy with it, the
battery life is fantastic and the internet is perfect for me to check
the footie results and check my fantasy football. The blue tooth voice
dialing is a plus in my car as is the volume of the speaker on the phone
for playing music in the works van, I travelled 38 miles and only used
one bar of battery
Reviewed by Sean from England on 22nd Jan 2011
i got a FREE One of these in a raffle and OH MY IS IT TERRIBLE, yeah
the OS is the same as 8520 but no QWERTY keyboard? why would you waste
money on this? QWERTY Keyboards are the best to type on. this for me
went straight on ebay for £80 and i got myself a classic ipod :) much
Reviewed by lauren from london on 17th Jan 2011
the phone was rubbish
Reviewed by Ben from England on 6th Jan 2011
This phone is absolutely horrendous - worst bit is I'm stuck with it
for a little over another year. Since all of the problems developed
once I couldn't return it - cheers Vodafone! Amongst problems: The trackpad
gets stuck, seal around the screen is about as useful as a sieve as
I begun to get dust between the screen the day I recieved it, after
a few months of owning it it looks absolutely terrible as the screen
is dust filled. On top of that, the screen is far too soft, so I wouldn't
advise putting this into anything short of a air filled bubble, to avoid
taking numerous chunks out of it. On top of that, texting is extremely
irritating on this phone. Full stops appear when I'm nowhere near the
1 button, and dialing numbers frequently results in the 0 key becoming
stuck. Meaning it takes a good bit of blowing out the keys to even be
able to dial a number. This thing isn't bad, it should be illegal. This
phone is pure rubbish and should be pulled off the shelves.
Reviewed by andrea from usa on 30th Dec 2010
you are completely wrong! the pearl 3g is the best phone i have ever,
ever, EVER had. it is slim and compact, and does everything you would
ever need. you can type out long messages pretty quickly when you get
used to the keyboard. the phone is just amazing, it does everything.
you can connect to facebook, hotmail, msn messenger, twitter etc. and
your notifications come straight to your phone and notify you with the
light. it is honestly AMAZING and i reconmend everyone to go and get
one.. one floor is the battery life isn't too brilliant, but i'll live
with that! :D
Reviewed by christine from england on 1st Dec
i bought this fone on saturday and im taking it back already it keeps
crashing on me, bb messenger dosent worjk properly i cant take fotos
as that crashes my fone and the wifi will not stay on and the signal
strenght flutaites all the time its drove me mad people are rining me
but telling me my fones off when it isnt its put me off purchasing another
blackberry other than that i loved the lightness of the fone and keypad.
Reviewed by sly from england on 30th Nov 2010
Listen here I checked all the phones in the shops before I purchased
the pearl. It looked sweet and was basically a normal blackberry but
with a normal keypad. I hate touchscreens and this was the only phone
in the market that had some serious class and looked like a normal phone.
The trackpad is wicked and it does have apps. Did you check this phone
out 'properly' before you wrote the above review? I think not!! Iv always
have had nokia n loads of sonys but clearly this phone is in its own
Reviewed by T.G. from UK on 20th Nov 2010
Bought this phone on 02. I gave it back after 4 days. The signal strength
fluctuated too much. When held against a nokia 6303 the Nokia signal
strength stayed at the maximum, but the BB was constantly fluctuating.
Also it was not user friendly. Predictive texting was very irritating
to use as was the long winded ways of accessing some functions like
texting. After several long texts the key pad began to annoy me due
to its shape. Texts are also stored in a conversation format, even though
the texts are unrelated to each other or were sent weeks apart. Received
texts will only show the time they were delivered to your phone, not
the time they were sent, very annoying if you turn your phone off for
long periods such as night time, or the text was simply delayed for
some reason. On the plus side the battery was very good, the small screen
is excellent, and its easy to switch wi fi, blue tooth etc on or off.
The camera was good and took decent sharp photos. All applications worked
quickly with no delay. I now have a Nokia E72. It seems more user friendly
and signal strength is better. The screen quality isn`t as good, but
then again I wont be watching videos on it.
Reviewed by MartinB from UK on 15th Nov 2010
Poo to your review,great little phone having previously been with nokia,does
all I require from it,key pad no problem,and who wants loads of AP's
?,they are only to pose with,
Reviewed by Trina from England on 11th Nov 2010
This phone is the worst, keypad way too sensitive, and it likes to freeze
regularly on messaging...
Reviewed by dawn from uk on 11th Nov 2010
Love this phone!! Coming from Nokia & Sony, this phone's quality stands
out. It is easy to use, the email is great and the screen and trackpad
are excellent. I didn't want a touch screen phone and so looked at Blackberry
due to email ability. Would recommend to all.
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 6th Nov 2010
I was torn between a touch phone & a Blackberry pearl phone & im so
glad i chose the Blackberry. Its the first Blackberry i have owned since
having Nokia's & Sony ericsson's & I must say im extremely impressed
with it. I like the keypad as its in keeping with all the previous phones
I have owned & I think the trackpad is great. Its very easy to use &
i would it take over my friend's Iphone any day of the week
Reviewed by Ashlee from England on 2nd Nov 2010
I can see your point of view with the review but this phone is aimed
at people who like the blackberry functions but dont like the Querty
keypad, like myself. I bought this phone the week it was released and
wouldn't change it for the world. It does everything I wanted it to
and more. After having a touch screen phone i was fed up and wanted
to go back to a keypad but wanted a blackberry so when this phone came
out i was so pleased and just had to buy it!!!
Reviewed by Peter from UK on 10th Oct 2010
Its not often that I really disagree with your reviews on here, but
I really think you missed the point with this one.There are so many
good reasons to own a blackberry, but some people just don't get on
with a qwerty keyboard. This phone is for them. My wife can't use the
little keys on my 9700 and wants to keep with a standard phone layout.
With this new pearl she has all the functionality of my phone (including
UMA) but with a keypad she can use. The UMA technology available on
this phone through Orange is a massive selling point for anyone who
lives in a poor signal area but you don't mention it at all. I think
you have been a bit short sighted with your review, bear in mind that
not everyone wants or can comfortably use a qwerty keypad or even a
Reviewed by Ali-G from UK on 27th Sep 2010
Well I really don't get the whole 'qwerty' scam. Why would anyone want
a totally illogically laid out keyboard? It was disigned to slow you
down for Pete's sake! I never liked qwerty on a full finger size keyboard
let alone a midget finger keypad! I can understand that it would be
preferable if you have no predictive/suretype facility, but I just don't
get why you would want more keys when you can have less and hence less
movement around the keys. Also, if you don't want a brick in your pocket
this is the only decent option out there for business users. And I don't
for one minute miss the touch screen of my iphone. I think there was
a major oversight in the design of this type of phone - they are ok
so long as you are a nailbiter but if you have more than 1mm of fingernail
on your fingers you cannot use a capacitive screen without getting very
frustrated. It wouldn't be so bad if they had at least thought to add
a stylus into the design but as far as I know there is not one c apacitive
touch screen phone with that feature built in. You have to buy a separate
stylus and then you have nowhere to store it safely! Great design -
NOT! Thank you, thank you, thank you BB for keeping the Pearl going
when just about everyone seems to be blindly following the touchscreen
& qwerty craze.
Reviewed by Gavin from UK on 14th Sep 2010
Seriously you need to rewrite your review, it's very misleading. This
phone does do blackberry apps and the media player is excellent. The
camera is also pretty decent. It's light weight and very easy to use,
especially email. Display is crystal clear and the keypad works well.
Reviewed by dalaylama from free tibet on 31st
Very good phone,perfect display,not bad pad,amazing bb apls world,email,respectable
Reviewed by mlh from uk on 29th Aug 2010
sorry guys you clearly never had one of these phones in your posession
when you reviewed it, this is a fantastic little phone that does everthing
that a bold can do but is smaller and lighter, as for not having apps
it does you using it with blackberry service enabled from your provider
as it does make a difference. i have had iphone3gs & iphone4, htc desire,
samsung galaxy but wanted something different and i think i have found
it. So if you dont want some bulky phone weighing you down then seriously
take a look at this phone and dont be put off with the lack of qwerty
nonsense as it has sure typing that remembers words you use regularly
i have found it no slower typing with it. i would definately recommend
Reviewed by lee from leeds on 29th Aug 2010
this phone is the best phone i have ever owned and in my opinion the
best blackberry its small light and full with features. who ever says
its bad are jus following there mates like lil sheep jus cause they
got a qwerty.
Reviewed by Shaun from Liverpool on 21st Aug 2010
This is a great little phone, people are saying that it doesn't have
apps well it does it has the blackberry app world doesn't it. Yes this
phone may not have a qwerty keyboard but so it can still be used for
business and pleasure, it has Wi-Fi and GPS so what's so bad about it?
Some people are moaning about the camera quality it has a 3.2 megapixel
camera with flash and auto focus what more do you want from a blackberry?
it is meant mainly for business but blackberry are trying to make it
for personal use as well, if you don't like the phone simple go out
and get another one instead of moaning about this one.
Reviewed by Andrei from England on 20th Aug 2010
I've just ordered this phone after using it in a phone shop. It can
do everything that the Blackberry Bold 9700 can do because it has the
same processor, same operating system, same memory and same camera,
the only difference is the screen is slightly smaller and it doesn't
have the QWERTY keypad. I think the reviewer should do a bit more research
before writing this article because it can mislead people, this phone
does support all the apps available from the Blackberry app store. Its
sleek, very stylish and very light but also very powerful and feature
Reviewed by Unknown from Uk on 19th Aug 2010
It is a wicked phone best non touch phone on the market
Reviewed by Jwade from England on 14th Aug 2010
WTF are you lot talking about, of course it has apps. Blackberry App
world works fine.
Reviewed by swaro3 from England on 7th Aug 2010
Oh come on, I've just got the Bold 9700 and my friend has just got the
Pearl 3G and having used both the Pearl is an absolute disaster compared
to even the basic BlackBerry, the 8520, why would you buy a phone because
it's light, it's just a ludicrous phone, all the other pearls have been,
but at least they had half QWERTY keypad, it's just gone backwards,
and why no apps? Just a ludicrous phone
Reviewed by James from UK on 4th Aug 2010
A good phone which is light and much easier to pocket compared with
other BBs. Perfect for most things, although it is limited by the screen
size and lack of qwerty it still works very well. It certainly isn't
pointless in my humble opinion, and is in fact considerably cheaper
than many other smart phones.
Reviewed by hannan from london on 3rd Aug 2010
what ru guys talking about... its an excellent outstanding phone ever
made from bb in the pearl range.. read opions reviews on gsmarena.com...
change ur stars in2 outsatnding.. best phone ever used.. until now..
its got evrything u need from a bb bold 9700. but just samller.. read
reviews on gsmarena or any mobile retailers its an outstanding fone..
thats it. end of it. thank you.