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I have had my Blackberry 9105 for 15 months, it is my first and only Blackberry and I am afraid to say that it might be my last one.
On a positive note, the phone looks impressive, it is quite sturdy and although I always meant to get a cover for it I have not bothered, it bounces around in my handbag and to be fair looks as good as new.
The battery lasts for a couple days, before it needs charging, which is superb - although I am not a big phone internet user, so I would not like to comment on the battery if you were to be surfing the net regularly.
You need to set up a blackberry account initially to download apps, which is quite simple - I have got Ebay, Facebook and Twitter set up on my phone, ready for use. I set up my googlemail email account to use with this phone and it is good to see a notification when I get a new email.
I have to say though, to be honest, I find the phone rather fiddly, the screen is small and the buttons are tiny, I only have small fingers but to send a text or tap in a web address, I find myself regularly tapping in the wrong buttons - now this could just be me, but when my hubby has used my phone his finger covers more than one button at a time.
The instant messenger for Blackberry is very good, being able to get in touch with other Blackberry users at no extra cost is a definate bonus, I rate this very highly.
The camera on the phone gives pretty good defination, but the screen on the phone is small, so it is not until you upload the pictures onto the PC that you see them at their best, but there again that is not a problem in the slightest.
This phone was free on a contract, my contract is expiring this month and Orange are sending me a PAYG sim card, which I will use to keep the phone live for a while..
I have found that the Blackberry internet, 3G is not very good in the rural area where I live, but have set up the phone so it works on my wifi when I am at home, and this is something I have found very useful at times, so for that reason alone I will keep my phone on at home.
I think there are much better models of Blackberry on the market, but for these you would have to pay considerably more for. This model almost feels like a "starter" phone
In summary, a great phone, seems robust, many brilliant functions - of which I have hardly scratched the surface, but it's downside for me is that it is quite fiddly.
The button "5" stopped working recently, which has been an issue and helped me make the final decision in changing phone, but after taking the battery out and giving a good air blast, this seems to have been rectified now.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review
I got this phone probably last year, or earlier. The aesthetics are.. nice, not very slim or elegant, but its nice and does the job. It is a smartphone, so it should live up to the capabilities of one, although it looks like a regular phone. You can download apps from the Blackberry App World, but having said that, they arent very good apps.. the only useful ones would be the social networking apps like facebook, twitter etc. As one of the only recent BlackBerry phones without the qwerty keyboard, it is a phone for people who like the traditional keyboard layout, rather than the fiddly small keys of the new BlackBerry smartphones. It has BBM and most of the features of the Curve handset. All in all, it is a generally good working handset, which I would recommend for anyone who wants a smartphone but without all the hassle of touch screen or fiddly keys.
I have received the Blackberry pearl 9105 last year as a gift from my husband.
I loved it, because it was my first smartphone, it has a lot of cool futures. A good camera, Wifi, a lot of applications, games, mp3 player, radios via internet, big memory, office tools: bloc notes, doc, excel, power point.
And when checking emails, you can download the attachments
instant message system.
you can change the sound profile, from normal, to vibrator, to silence or other in just two clicks.
you can lock the the key pad and shut the screen in one click.
and put a password to protect it.
There is a full range of options in the settings panel that help you customise your phone to your own personal use.
But I have to say that you will need quite a time to get used to it. I personally still get upset about it's keyboard which is too compact, it takes too much time to write one e-mail.
Also when you dial a number, the keyboard is too sensitive, one number get written multiple times, in spite having clicking the number ones.
I bought this back in November and was really excited to finally own a blackberry.
The camera is OK quality and the phone works as it should mostly but i find it very difficult to get a decent signal, I have tried 2 different networks but still it seems to be an issue.
I love being able to download applications for it though and have downloaded many since I have had it,
I find it's best using my home WiFi network signal and use it through that mostly for web browsing and applications, I was worried about it getting scratched easily so bought a plastic blingy case for it.
I do find it annoying that when you need to restart the phone it seems to take forever or it certainly seems like a while anyway.
I would recommend the phone overall though as it does send texts, link to email accounts and most things its should do.
This was my first Blackberry. I was attracted to the smallness and neatness of it.
I wasn't disappointed. Setting the handset up for email was a piece of cake, even those inexperienced with these things can do it. Basically all that's needed is your email address and your password. If you don't have an email address you can or want to use, most service providers will provide you with a dedicated one to use on your Blackberry. For example, O2 provide you with firstname.lastname@example.org, T-Mobile provide you with email@example.com.
This particular model of Blackberry Pearl, the 3G 9105, comes with a standard phone keypad rather than a qwerty keypad. This will appeal to those who are used to a standard sms-type keypad (i.e. 2ABC, 3DEF, 4GHI etc.) and don't like the idea of a qwerty keypad or find the buttons on a qwerty keypad too small.
The Pearl 3G 9105 comes with a 3.2 Mexapixel camera which is more than adequate for taking decent snaps. Music playback is good quality, and the media keys at the top of the handset make navigating round your music collection easy. The handset also takes 3.5mm jack audio headsets, so you can use your favourite earphones or headphones.
Firstly, let me say that I am not a business user of this phone.
I got this phone as a free upgrade for my mobile phone contract last year. I picked it purely because it was the only phone that wasn't purely touch screen or had a qwerty keyboard. It is quite easy to get used to and once you have a basic grasp of smart phones, you can pretty much figure your way around others.
The phone is small and compact so is a good size for pockets, handbags etc. also the keyboard means that you will still be able to dial and type as you are used to from previous mobile phones you may have used and you will only need to get used to the new interface.
There are many ways to keep in touch with others with the BlackBerry Pearl: phone, text, instant message (BlackBerry Messanger and other similar apps), PIN, E-mail, social networking etc.
There is a good range of apps available on the BlackBerry App World, yet not as many as there are for other BlackBerry's.
The phone seems to be quite robust - I have dropped mine several times and it is still working perfectly. I did have one issue with the phone (unrelated to dropping it) yet as it was still under warranty, the phone was replaced and I have since had no problems with the replacement.
Ok since I was in Panama, as other reviews also bought this phone over there for my wife.. and lets talk a bit about the phone and its features...
in addition to its new cool impressive design, compact and elegant, this new smartphone is a powerful BlackBerry 3G with high-performance features and capabilities including high-class messaging and social networks like other Smartphones of course... and the BlackBerry email solution for an industry leader that people love BB messaging.
It is as powerful and compact. With less than two inches wide (50 mm) and weighing only 3.3 ounces (93grams) it has access to high speed 3G networks (UMTS / HSDPA), Wi-Fi (b / g / n) and GPS, along with a powerful processor which shows impressive images on a clear high resolution not so big screen anyway... also incorporates an optical track pad (this is the best feature IMO, Im so jealous that this phone is been used by my wife .. Im still using my Bold9000 which its trackball is already Foxed! it needs to be replaced) anyway... lets keep talking about the Pearl so with its track pad is excellent and convenient for navigation, also has dedicated keys for volume and media, it comes with a 3.2 MP camera with flash to improve image quality, and supports up to 32 GB of personal content so you can can your mp3s or videos in it.
the smartphone also incorporates a lot of functionality and looks and feels great pretty handful...of course that with the BB messaging allows you to stay connected to all your contacts and keep in touch with them to maximize your lifestyle both at work and personal.
The main features of the new 3G smartphone BlackBerry Pearl includes:
Sleek candybar that measures 4.25 "x 1.96" x 0.52 "(108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm) and weighs 3.3 oz (93 grams), 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB of Memory, High resolution screen of 360x400 (238 ppi), Optical trackpad that makes it fast and smooth navigation, and a comfortable keyboard that lets you write fast and accurate. Mediaplayer for video, pictures and music (playing music lasts up to 30 hours), and dedicated media keys built into the top of the smartphone- 3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording, Built-in GPS for location based applications and geo-positioning of photos also has Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n) - is the First BlackBerry smartphone to support 'n ' networks it also comes with Card slot microSD / SDHD memory card supporting up to 32 GB of memory... a lot for my wife.. she doesn´t use at all lol
The phone also features including voice activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits, including systems that support the Bluetooth standard MAP (Message Access Profile) and other Bluetooth Accessories
also noticed that with smartphone comes with the software - BlackBerry App World Access, which provides a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications designed specifically for BB then we have the BBerry Media Sync to synchronize photos and music from iTunes and Windows Media Player from smartphone in your PC / MAC.
the Network Support tri-band UMTS / HSDPA and quad-band EDGE / GPRS / GSM depending on your carrier of course... my wife is using with Orange and since I got it Unlocked so It could be wearing any sim card we are both using Orange now...
Also has a removable and rechargeable battery mAhr 1150 that gives approximately "5 taking hours on 3G" networks but! if you are a Twitter facebook and other Social network nuts like my wife you can drain the battery in less time than that!!! is the only thing I dont like about these smartphones all drain your battery pretty quickly...
now talking a bit about the OS this Pearl 3G comes with the BlackBerry OS 5 installed and you are ready to be upgraded to the BlackBerry operating system 6! but my wife haven´t let me do this to her phone yet!.
The (OS) BlackBerry 6 is the new operating system for BlackBerry seems its not out officially yet but you can find on the net the beta versions... which I´d really like to try out.
This smartphone is available in two models and several bright colors. The Model 9100 has QWERTY keyboard with 20 keys and the 9105 model has a traditional phone keypad 14 keys which is the one we got.
Both models have the SureType software that auto complete words, allowing you to send text messages faster... personally I dont use this option because always messes up what you really want to write.. .
now an important thing to recall video recording needs a microSD card, which can be sold separately
also the synchronization of your pics is currently available only for Windows-based PCs kinda sucky for MAc users
the smartphone is awesome the OS is really fast, connection is good also the signal and Internet Speed is pretty fast... faster than my old bold 9000, the audio is clean also speakers sound pretty good and loud
the screen size and keys are smaller of what Im used to but well my wife says its great so be it!... also the Camera is better than my Bold9000 which is outdated and with 2MP ... the Camera takes really cool pictures and with great quality,,, Id say like reaaaally great quality compared to my phone :S
so my final score would be 4.5/5 (Im giving 5 stars )
If you planning to buy latest BB and dont want to have a Big phone like Iphone for example... and need to stay connected with all your BB contacts this phone is for you ;)