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BlackBerry Pearl 8100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 970 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the value for money and camera are generally positive. The portability and design also get good reviews. Many are less positive about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100


BlackBerry handhelds have always been targeted at business professionals who rely heavily on email. Features that made the BlackBerrys different from conventional phones were the focus on sending and receiving email, being called 'email phones', and...

The BlackBerry Pearl is an effort to make headway into the mainstream consumer market, and while it is a very good phone that offers the trademark BlackBerry email functionality, with new features such as a camera and media playback, it doesn't have a...

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100


This sleek cell phone adds a serviceable camera and multimedia features to BlackBerry's already terrific e-mail capabilities.

Stellar messaging capabilities, Adds a camera

lacks a full QWERTY keyboard, keys can be difficult to press

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Blackberry 8100


There's a good reason why everyone has been buzzing about the Blackberry Pearl: It's the first Blackberry device that has done an amazing job at integrating cell phone functionality with the company's trademark e-mail offering in a device that's as...


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BlackBerry 8100c Pearl


If the demands of your life are such that you've got to stay connected wherever you go, you may as well be using a 'Best Of' smart phone like the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl. The people who brought us the groundbreaking, do-it-all wireless phone are at it...

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Smartphone


Great form factor, SureType, Fast email, Great form factor, SureType, Fast email

Requires an expensive data plan to email or browse, Email client is not that robust, Requires an expensive data plan to email or browse, Email client is not that robust

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Review


Currently it's available only from a few carriers, including T-Mobile USA, but I expect it to be much more widely distributed in short order

At the same time, the feature that was RIM's biggest advantage for many years--push email--is available now on many other devices

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BlackBerry Pearl-8100 Black review | PhoneDog


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The Blackberry Pearl 8100 Smart Phone


**All audio and video files must be transferred to the smartphone before playing. Files can be transferred via USB cable, smartphone browser application or Bluetooth. View the complete list of supported media file formats.

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BlackBerry Pearl-8100 Black


BlackBerry PDA phones have become so synonymous with on-the-go email over that terms like "BlackBerry Thumb" (a form of Repetitive Stress Injury) and "BlackBerry Addiction" (a form of, well, addiction) are becoming part of our cultural lexicon.  Ask...

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100


will be released by T-Mobile USA on 12th September 2006, followed by Rogers of Canada in October, presumably with other carriers worldwide following suit.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: No
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Display: No
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver: No
I-Mode: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
LCD Display: No
Microphone Boom Arm: No
Multi Compatible Gaming Function: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Mute Control: Yes
Noise Cancellation: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
Sound System:Mono
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset: No
User Interface for Text:QWERTZ/QWERTY Keyboard / Telephone Keyboard
Video Client: Yes
Volume Control: No


A2DP: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Connection:2.5 mm Plug
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB:No / Yes
USB Dongle: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
WiFi Data Exchange: No

Data Transfer



Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:65.536
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Compatibility:for 4 and more brands
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Form factor:In Ear Headset
Operating System:BlackBerry OS / RIM
Operator:EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Vodafone
Product Type:In Ear Headset / Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Type:In Ear
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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