The BlackBerry Pearl
offers new features never before seen in a BlackBerry like, a 1.3 mega pixel camera, voice recognition, and
an MP3 player to name a few. Try it for a few hours and you are hooked!
The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl is a departure from the form factor of
previous BlackBerry devices. This BlackBerry handset is far more phone-like, and RIM's engineers have managed
to fit a QWERTY keyboard onto the handset's slim frame. Each button on the keyboard shares two letters and
the unit automatically determines which letter is the intended one based on what it predicts you are trying
to spell. This unique predictive text technology, known as SureType, makes the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl's
handset's diminutive size possible. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your
The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl sports a large 240 x 260 screen that
supports over 65,000 colors-- plenty of real estate to view your e-mails, Web browser content, messaging
sessions, and attachments. The venerable BlackBerry trackwheel has been replaced on this model with an
innovative four-way trackball placed below the screen. On the rear of the handheld, you'll find a
1.3-megapixel camera and a self portrait mirror. The handheld's microSD memory card slot is located inside
the device, behind the battery. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included
headset, as well as a mini-USB port for data connectivity.
While the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl is a different kind of BlackBerry
device, it still delivers the legendary BlackBerry e-mail experience. With BlackBerry service plans, you can
receive e-mails instantaneously. With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your e-mail.
BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you
to be discreetly notified as new e-mail arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing e-mail attachments
(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).
If your company has a BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you
can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged
wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry handheld calendar are synchronized.
All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with
your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees, and more, all on your BlackBerry 8100 Pearl. Users
without BlackBerry Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via
Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop Software.
Use the BlackBerry 8100 handset's Web browser to access the
Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news,
check weather reports, and more--all at fast speeds, thanks to support for T-Mobile's EDGE high speed data
network. Instant messaging and wireless messaging are also built into the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl. This
Blackberry handheld supports AOL, Yahoo, and ICQ instant messaging, as well as SMS text messaging. MMS
messages can be received and forwarded.
All the calling capabilities folks
have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl. The handset's
speakerphone makes it easy to use the device hands-free, or if you prefer, you can use a wireless headset via
the BlackBerry 8100 handheld's built-in Bluetooth capability. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and
a contacts list/address book (limited only by the unit's 64 MB of internal memory) are also
included. Any of the phone's 32 included polyphonic ringtones can
be used to create caller-specific ringers, so you can know who's calling without having to look at the
handset. More ringtones are available from T-Mobile's t-zones mobile Web service. A new feature,
speaker independent voice dialing, allows you to call contacts with the sound of your voice. No prior voice
training is required; you can just say a contact's name to call them.
The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl weighs 3.16 ounces and measures 4.2 by 2.00 by 0.57 inches.
Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time and up to 360 hours of digital
standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies and supports 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz.