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BlackBerry Pearl 8120

alaTest has collected and analyzed 291 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the responsiveness and portability. The design and camera are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the features and reception.

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GPS navigation, reception, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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BlackBerry Pearl 8120

 

The BlackBerry 8120 Pearl is a stylish user-friendly smart phone that can cater to most of your daily needs. Businesses will not change with this BlackBerry, but you can 'play' with it a lot. The media center application is good; but the 2 megapixel...

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Blackberry Pearl 8120

 

Research in Motion's latest BlackBerry Pearl handset, the 8120, sets a new cell-phone standard for delivering business-class e-mail and great multimedia in a small, sleek package.

Excellent multimedia features and Wi-Fi Elegant design

Available only to corporate buyers Captured video looked grainy

Given its chic design and multimedia chops, it's a pity that AT&T has chosen to make the Pearl 8120 available only to corporate buyers. But I wouldn't be surprised to see a consumer model appear soon, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Pearl to...

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BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (T-Mobile)

 

T-Mobile isn't the first U.S. carrier to offer the Wi-Fi-equipped BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (AT&T Wireless launched its 8120 earlier this year), but T-Mobile's version has a decidedly consumer spin. Thanks to T-Mobile's innovative HotSpot@Home technology,...

Can transfer calls from Wi-Fi to cell ; Lots of potentially useful software

Case color is mousy, UI is cartoonish ; UMA requires extra-cost service

Sleek Pearl lets consumers use Wi-Fi to boost call quality where cell signals falter.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl 8120

 

A compact and multimedia friendly smart phone that can make unlimited calls over Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi–calling capability ; Superior battery life ; 3.5mm stereo jack ; Includes instant messaging clients

Some calls didn’t connect ; Browser doesn't automatically switch between EDGE and Wi-Fi ; Mediocre camcorder ; No GPS

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is a welcome addition to T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home lineup of phones. We appreciated its clear quality and speedy surfing over Wi-Fi networks, improved user interface, and the higher-resolution camera. In general, we prefer the...

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Cell Phone

 

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is the first in RIM's line of petite handsets to support Wi-Fi for speedy Web surfing and e-mail management.

Excellent multimedia features and Wi-Fi ; Elegant design

Available only to corporate buyers ; Captured video looked grainy

Given its chic design and multimedia chops, it's a pity that AT&T has chosen to make the Pearl 8120 available only to corporate buyers. But I wouldn't be surprised to see a consumer model appear soon, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Pearl to...

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BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (AT&T)

 

You knew it was just a matter of time before one of the GSM carriers got a hold of the next-gen RIM BlackBerry Pearl after Verizon Wireless released the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 . And that lucky carrier would be AT&T . Today, AT&T introduced the RIM...

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 for AT&T brings Wi-Fi to the slim smartphone, along with an improved Web browser and a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. The handset also has integrated Bluetooth, strong e-mail capabilities, and solid...

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 lacks 3G support and GPS. The SureType keyboard still requires a learning curve, and there was a slight background hiss during phone calls.

The addition of Wi-Fi and other enhancements make the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 a nice upgrade, but we couldn't help wanting a little more from the smartphone.

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Rim BlackBerry Pearl 8120

 

What RIM's aversion to 3G is we'll never figure out. With version 8120, RIM updates its beloved Pearl smartphone with Wi-Fi but still omits a 3G radio and,

Camera upgraded to 2-megapixels plus flash and video capability. Software is somewhat better at word detection and correction; even works well with odd, multi-word URLs. Crazy loud speakerphone. Very sensitive mic offered exceptional call quality in...

Pearl keyboard still not for everyone. Lack of 3G is absurd. No GPS

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (AT&T)

 

AT&T's new BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is a pleasing encore to the original and wildly popular Pearl 8100. The latest model adds a lot of cool upgrades, including a better camera, an improved Web browser, more conveniently placed memory card slot, and a jack...

Slim and attractive. Outstanding e-mail software. Improved Web browser and headphone jack. More conveniently placed memory card slot

Keys a bit slippery. No integrated IM client. Can't make calls via Wi-Fi

The latest BlackBerry Pearl is still a well-designed, user-friendly messaging phone, but it offers more features and has better music capabilities than the previous model.

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (T-Mobile)

 

We're happy to say that the 8120 worked equally well with Apple, T-Mobile, and Zyxel routers, adeptly handing off calls back and forth from T-Mobile's cell network without dropping them. Sound quality was very good on both Wi-Fi and cellular calls....

Wi-Fi and cellular calling. Slim and attractive. Outstanding e-mail software and IM clients

Keys are a bit slippery. Camera could be better

The latest BlackBerry Pearl may be a smartphone, but it's also the best plain-old phone for T-Mobile's Hotspot@Home Wi-Fi calling system.

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Review: T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl 8120

 

Released earlier this year, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 from T-Mobile is one of the most Wi-Fi-friendly mobile phones currently available to consumers. Along with integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi, it works with T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling plan (a new...

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Product Specifications

Camera

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

Configuration

Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
AUDIOFORMATS: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver: No
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:QWERTZ/QWERTY Keyboard / Telephone Keyboard
Video Client: Yes

Connectivity

A2DP: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSCSD: No
HSDPA: No
Technology:GSM/PCN

Display

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

General Features

Design:Bar
EASY USE PHONE: No
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:BlackBerry OS / RIM
Operator:EE / Not Applicable / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free

Messaging

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