White BlackBerry Pearl 8100
T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Review
White BlackBerry Pearl 8100
Like many of you, I want to upgrade my cell phone. Without the outlay of mega bucks up to a two year contract is required so I am hesitant to make a final decision. I currently use a flip style Smartphone but I can see a PDA style phone in my future. Personally I have fallen in love with several models but none had all of the features I am looking for.
One of my considerations is the BlackBerry®. Its popularity is not surprising - absolutely everyone knows the name - but now there is one that has really caught my eye and deserves a closer look. Size and functionality are essential and both are addressed with this Quad-band phone that operates on the Edge network which provides a connection that is both fast and reliable and that can be accessed from any country that has T-Mobile GPRS service.
What makes the White BlackBerry® PearlTM 8100TM so exciting? The love at first sight design of course. It is sleek, shiny, thin, and is topped with a 4 way navigational trackball that some say resembles a pearl. The color screen is bright with 240 X 260 pixels with a light sensing feature that optimizes lighting for indoor verses outdoor. The weight is 3.2 ounces and it measures approximately 2 inches wide, 4.2 inches long and is only about a ½ inch thick. Even with the slight size its TrueTypeTM QWERTY keyboard is easy to use. I have found the word sexy associated with the White BlackBerry® PearlTM 8100TM.
Additional features of the White BlackBerry® PearlTM 8100TM include a 1.3 megapixel camera, the ability to play music and video, the convenience of wireless Bluetooth® 2.0 and a microSD slot (located behind the battery) which provides increased memory above the onboard 64MB flash. The 64 MB of flash memory protects data and settings during short period of time that the battery is removed. Beyond the obvious, it is a speaker phone with voice activated dialing, it lets you send/receive email with up to 10 email addresses, it lets you browse the web, it lets you send/receive text messages - both SMS and MMS, it lets you send/receive instant messages through AOL-Yahoo-MSN-ICQ, and it helps you find your way with a mapping application.
Organization is a cinch with the use of the BlackBerry® Desktop Manager. Commonly used Outlook and Outlook Express as well as other Personal Information Management software (PIM) can be synced with this phone. For the corporate users there is the BlackBerry® Enterprise Exchange Server Support.
The White BlackBerry® PearlTM 8100TM is exclusive to T-Mobile. The suggested retail price is approximately $349.99 but with a T-Mobile plan and instant rebates it can be purchased for less. This phone can also be purchased from other retailers including Amazon.com and even on Ebay.com. In the box you will receive several white accessories including, a travel charger, a USB cable, and stereo headset. Additional accessories both OEM and non OEM are available such as holsters, cases, Bluetooth® headsets, skins, faceplates and car mounts.