The Blackberry Pearl 9105 3G is a candy bar style phone. To me it looks much like a move towards the consumer market from their traditional route of business and cooperate handsets. But wait! It still has all the usual features expected from a business phone manufacturer like the BB messaging service and push email. The BB Pearl 9105 is a hybrid phone for both business and pleasure. Perfect! Did I mention a pocket friendly handset also?
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The 9105 has a traditional style 12 button keyboard a first for Blackberry. Interestingly they have released a similar version the Pearl 3G 9100 in the US featuring full QWERTY. Place your bets please!
By using this keypad Blackberry have reduced the size of the phone significantly compared to the usual wideness of their handsets and PDA devices in general.
We know the phone is small, the screen is a mere 2.5 inches with a resolution of 360 x 400 pixels so doesn’t really compare with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire or the new iPhone with its retina display however the Blackberry Pearl 9105 has good contrast and is very clear. The viewing experience just isn’t there if your thinking of doing anything other than send quick e-mails or play some of the basic games, it reminds me of watching movies on my eee pc when I have a 32 inch flat screen.
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The BB 9105 Pearl phone features media keys on the top of the handset, very stylish fast forward, rewind, play and pause and a 3.5mm headphone socket on the left side of the handset. Not the best location if you don’t have headphones with a low profile jack. Another side button bellow the miniUSB port is currently a dedicated voice dial button and on the opposite side are volume keys and a camera key all of which are covered by a rubber like film coating there to increase grip. All Blackberries seem to have the Optical TrackPad which is a big improvement from the previous track ball. The trackpad makes surfing the Internet easy and navigating the menu, selecting contacts etc.
Blackberry’s equivalent to T9’s predictive text is impressive and makes composing a message speedy and accurate. Tapping away you might realise it was faster on your old model though with full QWERTY keyboard. They keypads kind of cool looking a wavy horizontal design my only gripe here is the size of the bottom row of keys makes them quite fiddly.
Both the Pearl 9105, 9100 and the Curve 8520 run the latest version of the blackberry bringing updates and tweaks to the phone.
The Blackberry 9105 Pearl comes with the full connectivity package including 3G, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi 802.11 A, B and N. WiFi N is the latest standard of wireless utilising multiple channels, realistically you wont be using this phone to stream HD or do large transfers but this should speed things up for you.
The camera features 3.2 mega pixel, auto focus and and LED flash which takes reasonable shots for an average camera like this one.
The phone works great as a phone, unsurprisingly. The battery life is brilliant, generally I have found BB to have better performance batteries than other smartphones. After around 80 hours the phone ran out of charge.
All in all: – I like it, it’s a bold move on Blackberry’s behalf losing the keyboard and making the phone more appealing to the average consumer who wants the function of a Blackberry but not the bulk. It’s a phone for business and pleasure which is totally retro but modern.
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Blackberry Pearl 9105 Specifications
*Network gsm hsdpa edge 3g
*O/S Blackberry OS 5
*Processor: 624 MHz processor
-SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
-Type: TFT, 262K colors
-Res: 360 x 400 pixels
Internal Memory: 256MB flash, 256MB SDRAM
External Memory: microSD card slot expandable to 32 GB
-Built-in GPS, Blackberry Maps
-Video Support: MPEG4 with H.263, H.264, WMV3
-3.2MP, 2.5X digital zoom, Auto focus, Flash
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