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BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 Sim Free - Smartphone
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- New compact design and shape
- Chat with your friends in real time with BlackBerry Messenger
- 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2.5x digital zoom
- Built in GPS functionality and BlackBerry maps
- Optical trackpad with dedicated media keys and SureType technology
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||GREEN TECH BUY S.L.||Mobile Phone Island||NEXLYNX||Connected247||Greentech Distribution PLC|
|Display Size||7 inches||2.8 inches||2.44 inches||3.2 inches||3.5 inches||5 inches|
|Item Dimensions||1.32 x 10.79 x 5 cm||1.04 x 11.51 x 6.6 cm||1.27 x 6 x 10.9 cm||1.46 x 6.2 x 11.1 cm||7.2 x 1 x 13.1 cm||7.2 x 1 x 14.4 cm|
|Item Weight||95 grams||132 grams||103 grams||161 grams||177 grams||170 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||256 MB||8 GB||0.51 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Special Feature||keyboard; e-mail||keyboard; e-mail; radio; touchscreen; GPS; face_detection||keyboard; e-mail||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; GPS; keyboard; mp3_ringtones; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||keyboard; e-mail; radio; touchscreen; GPS||dual_core_processor; keyboard; e-mail; radio; touchscreen; GPS; face_detection|
|Wireless Communication Technology||3G||3G||3G; UMTS; Edge; Bluetooth||3G; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; Bluetooth; WiFi||4G; Bluetooth||4G; Edge|
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The camera is 3.2 MP camera, which is from a by gone generation, but for what it is, it does get the job done. If you have upload the pictures to Facebook and Twitter and you will not be let down on the quality.
One other noticable feature is the alpha numer key pad rather and a conventional QWERTY keyboard which BB seem to have. This allows the phone to be a regular candy bar rather than a "chunky" phone. The speaker phone is loud enough as well. The voice clarity is top notch as well.
The BB app world is being revamped and the developers are being wooed to get them to develop new apps, so on that level it lags behind Android and iOS. The apps currently are expensive, there are free apps though.
Otherwise the phone is simply awesome.
I chose this phone because the Pearl is the only Blackberry not to be oversized. Obviously this is to accommodate the qwerty keyboard, but this slimmer design is far easier to keep in the pocket without it spoiling the cut of clothing. It has Word, Excel and Powerpoint applications included which will work with Microsoft documents if saved onto the phone, and it soon becomes easy to see why people stay with Blackberry.
One thing potential newcomers to Blackberry should bear in mind is that you will need to change your SIM contract - you need to purchase a special five pounds per month add-on which is exclusive to Blackberry if you want their Blackberry messenger and email services, which are incredibly convenient to have. It's also the best way to get the GPS map application working - you'll never get lost again, and it's the only way to gain access to their App store. Very importantly bear in mind that some networks still don't offer this Blackberry add-on option: Talk Mobile don't, for instance.
The other minor niggle is that the picture on the item page clearly shows a phone with no network branding. I paid for a sim-free phone, but the one I received had an Orange logo on it, and had been unlocked. The merchant who sold it had broken the seals of the box in the pretense of checking that everything was working properly in order to do so. It also had some old files that a previous owner had downloaded, even though it had been sold as new, and the firmware is still showing Orange network, which is irritating. This isn't the same thing as a sim-free phone, and I suspect some sort of minor dodginess going on somewhere.
My Curve gave up the ghost after being flung across a busy road (don't ask!), and I decided I didn't want an all-singing all-dancing smartphone with associated large size and poor battery life, or having to choose between a full qwerty keyboard or over-sensitive touchscreen.
The Pearl is the ideal combination of realistic size, decent screen, good battery life and functionality for me. Easy to set up (with a little help from the local O2 shop in Bury after a malfunctioning SIM card - thank you so much), comes with GPS enabled, and the Suretype predictive text input works really well for me.
I know this is an 'unfashionable' model, but I am very impressed with it !
i) I wanted a phone that I could use to check my emails - and -
ii) I wanted to occasionally also use it as a satnav - and -
iii) I don't like either touchscreens, or the 'traditional' Blackberry QWERTY keyboard.
This was about the only phone I could find that fulfilled these criteria.
Alas, it's... well, it's dreadful, really.
On the 'email checking' front... sometimes it does... and sometimes - about half the time - it doesn't. It's not my WIFI, or a local network issue... because other devices work fine... it's just my Blackberry.
On the 'satnav' front... it doesn't. Have tried different packages, some free, some not... and none work. At all.
And the fact that you don't have the 'normal' Blackberry keyboard means that *other* Blackberry apps often don't work either. "Press 'R' to continue..!!" they say. "I don't *have* an 'R' key..." I reply... before breaking into the quaking sobs that have, thus far, accompanied most of my interactions with this grim device.
Avoid, avoid, avoid, avoid, avoid.
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