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This Blackberry has really been put through the wars with me. I was bought it as a gift when I was pregnant in June 2009 and I still have it. I use it for work, emails and for social networking. It has also created a ery beautiful story book for the first two years of my son's life. It currently holds more than 2500 pictures caught of him when the camera wasn't handy (and great quality pictures at that with many effects and a flash) and more than 1 hour of video clips from his first gurgle to his first steps.
I'm never apart from my phone. In the highlands of Scotland it manages to get perfect reception on Tmobile when other hand sets have failed. The battery lasts for over two days even with constant use.
The only downside is that it's a tad heavier than other models, however, I have run over it in my car, it's been down the toilet and it's been dropped in a puddle and is still in perfect working order.
Highly recommended to busy (clumsy) mum's!
This was the very first blackberry which I have owned, and I was eager to start using it when I got it from the shop on a 2 year contract. The phone looks very sleek and modern and feels nice in your hands. When I first turned it on I was quickly trying out all of the different options which the phone offered.
The video/camera is not the best quality, and is mostly out of focus.
It took ages to get used to all of the different settings and options. I had to google some of the things I couldn't figure out in order to change some settings. Changing your ringtone is not very easy when your not used to the interface, eventually I discovered you need to go on profiles, advanced, edit before you can change your ringtone. Not as easy as just going to the sound you want clicking and going set as ring tone. It also took me an age to figure out how to bluetooth someone but once you've figured it out its very easy.
I have had it around a year now and so far it has broke 3 times. The first two times the screen was stuck on white and when I managed to get it off wouldn't turn on, the last time the scroll broke on it.
The battery on this phone is fairly good, if you recieve a good few texts a day and its set to vibrate your more then likely to be charging the phone daily, however on silent the battery will last for a few days. The battery only takes a few hours to charge.
The call reception is good although I tend to loose signal in big comercial buildings. When you have a signal the calls are clear, and its easy to hear the person your talking to.
Despite the neagatives, once you get used to how to work the phone it is really good, its easy to set reminders, alarms, use the calender, message and use of wi-fi to connect to the internet.
The thing which I feel really lets this phone down is its reliability, other then that once you have got used to the interface its a really good phone to own.
This is the first Blackberry phone that i owned and since having a more recent one i can really see the difference and this model is really not as good as the newer Blackberrys. I got this phone in pink as it looked absolutely stunning in the pictures, but it is nowhere near as pink as it looks in the adverts for the phone. So that was its first let down, secondly for such an expensive phone i expected it to be really clever and have loads of different applications. But i didn't really think it had much more to offer than a standard mobile phone.
Now a little bit about the phones features, first of all the camera, it only takes 2 Megapixel photos and they are really poor quality. It takes videos too which are of the same quality but you will have to purchase a memory card if you want to save more than 1 or 2 to your phone. Also if you want to upload any decent music onto the phone you will have to purchase the memory card. The phone comes with a standard memory of 64 MB which seems to get used up very quickly.
I had problems finding other phones with the Bluetooth on this phone and also had difficulty connecting to the web browser. The speaker on my Blackberry pearl also went faulty after i'd had the phone only a year and the screen used to regularly freeze so i had to keeping taking the battery out, so it didn't stay in working condition for very long. It does have a QWERTY keypad and trackball which i personally found easy to use, but some people do struggle with it if it's something they're not used to. All of the other features on the phone are pretty standard. It does have an optional GPS Satelite Navigation system but you have to pay extra if you want this.
The cheapest i've seen this phone online is £105 and i really don't think this phone is worth that. If you are going to get a Blackberry i'd reccomend you opt for one of the newer models.
I had this phone before I got my iphone on contract, I did like it yes but I was to be honest glad to be shot of it. It may have just been me but the phones I had broke quite frequently for a reason I can't really explain to you. The screen just used to freeze and I'd have to take my battery out and put it back in just to make it work again. Even when I sent it back to be repaired it seemed to come back the same, it was a gorgeous phone though and I LOVED the keypad. I liked the pink too :) Of course. It was als easy to use if you were trying to text without anyone seeing. You get used to the different keypad and it's also really small compared to other blackberry's which I find better. Easier to carry and fit in pockets etc. I would recommend the phone it's just the technology I think they need to work on more but like I said it may just have been mine and otherwise was a great phone.
After my phone recently died on me, my sister very kindly let me have her old phone - the Blackberry Pearl 8110.
A lot of my family have Blackberrys, so I was fascinated when I got this and knew I could finally be part of their 'club'! I really like the feature of Blackberry Messenger - this means I can talk to the people who I know with Blackberrys through this for free! If you don't know anyone with a Blackberry then I guess it is not particularly helpful, but this allows me to easily contact family members and they can also contact me, therefore it really does benefit us (although I have unlimited texts, a lot of them don't!).
It has a QWERTY keyboard which makes writing much easier - this means I can easily write long texts and even emails using the phone. One thing that does annoy me slightly, is, unlike other Blackberrys, there are two letter so to each key - this means sometimes your word does not appear so you have to be careful to check this. On other, newer, larger Blackberrys this is not an issue due to having one letter per key.
This also means I get free internet with a free O2 Blackberry Bolt-On! This means that I have free internet, free messenger, free email access, etc! I'm not sure if this is just an O2 deal, but it is worth checking out!
At first I found the way texts are shown to be very strange. Rather than just showing up the one text, it instead shows up your previous texts with this contact also beneath. This can be very helpful however when wanting to look back at what the person said, making texts much easier and quicker to reply to!
The battery life is decent - if I'm constantly using the phone on things like applications or the internet it does drain quicker, in about two days. However, otherwise, it lasts easily for four to five days.
There are many applications which can be downloaded - some are free, and as always, some of them cost. These can easily be seen using 'Blacberry App World', which allows you to search for applications you want, as well as seeing the top 20 free and the top 20 paid for applications, which is very useful.
The camera, inside, is not great - it is okay but especially in poor lighting the pictures are rather poor, but you can see what it is! Outside however, in much brighter, nicer lighting, the pictures seem to turn out really quite well!
Overall I think this is a good phone. I wouldn't have purchased it, and I will say that the newer Blackberrys ARE better - however, I have found the features very useful and will now be more likely to purchaes another Blackberry in the future!
This blackberry is an absolute bargain. I bought mine just before Christmas for £99 plus £10 top up with T-Mobile. This includes 12 months free email and internet. For that price is it definitely worth buying especially compared to the £30 + monthly cost of the bigger blackberrys. Please be aware that orange do not offer the same all inclusive deal - I nearly bought the orange phone as I thought the offer was the same so I just wanted to warn people.
also have a blackberry curve given to me by my workplace but the pearl certainly holds its own.
Now for a review of the phone.
As this was cheaper than the average blackberry I was a little worried that it wouldn't be of the same quality and to be honest it does feel slightly cheaper and is a little bit more plasticky but this is only slightly - it is still a high quality phone. The graphics are fine and the screen is very clear.
The phone also comes with the standard blackberry protector case.
The trackball is very sensitive and just as good as the Curve. If you haven't used a blackberry do have a play with one, the trackball makes it so easy to navigate.
The email links are easy to set up, although not clearly explained in the instruction guide. For the T-mobile you can set the emails up on line but you also need to activate the blackberry itself by text message.
This phone was obviously made to appeal to the mass market. It comes with links to facebook, aim, yahoo messenger and many others preloaded so it is simple to activate. You can also have facebook alerts sent to your phone so you don't have to access facebook to be updated. Probably others too but I only set up facebook.
The phone has one main inbox that holds all your different email accounts, you can set up several. And also sets up different inboxes to view all your separate email accounts which is very useful if you have different email addresses for work and leisure.
It also has blackberry messenger, which is a free application that lets blackberry users communicate with each other free of charge. It is similar to yahoo or windows messenger.
The phone comes with a mini QWRTY keyboard, that I'm not too keen on. Each key has 2 letters and since it is phone sized I found it hard in the beginning to remember that it wasn't in the usual phone abc format. That said, the qwrty keyboard is supposed to make typing on the quicker - I'm undecided about that at the moment.
The camera is average. I can't say the pictures are particularly good.
The pearl only seems to come in 2G and so can be quite slow when browsing the internet. Not ridiculously slow but it does that a fair few seconds to load up pages with lots of images. But given that 3G is still pretty unreliable I think the cost saving is worth waiting a few seconds for.
Email is brilliant. Once it is set up it works like a dream. It can take up to 15 minutes minutes for an email sent to you online to reach the blackberry but I think is a feature of using an online email system rather than the blackberry itself. I don't have that problem with my work blackberry which is connected to Outlook but unless you are willing to pay for the BES software (which isn't worth it for personal use) then blackberrys are very hard to set up to use outlook.
All in all, this is a great device and certainly worth the money. It is brilliant for all those email addicts and social networkers out there and is also great for teenagers (as long as they don't use the phone too much, on pay as you go it is likely to be expensive) as blackberry messenger on the TMobile deal is included and so is a free way of keeping in touch with friends.
For the price I highly recommend this device and I'm very glad I bought it. It is so easy to use and targeted to the wants of consumers especially if you are more interested in emails and social networking than browsing the internet.
I have recently been given a Blackberry Pearl for work and honestly dont see the big fuss.
Looks wise this phone is quite sleek with its business person styling but the build quality on mine seems less than adequate, bit rattle and it feels plastic.
The half querty Keypad is ok but i have got used to my personal phones full qwerty which is a lot better (samsunf c6225) but i suppose it personal choice :]
Sycronisation with outlook is very good and e-mail capability is worth it weight in gold .. this i feel is where balckberry excel and if thats your main need then you cant go wrong.
Web browsing is also very good and the tracker ball allows you to explore web pages more than some phones will allow.
The setup of the operating system seems more confusing than it has to be and i feel the option of windows based phone like my samsung gives the user more control. The camera on the phone is 2mp which is ok but if your a business user i doubt this is your main concern.
I think Blackberry phones are fairly good but i would explore the higher up models if purchasing my own or a windows based model instead.
i hav had many phones and this one is a decent phone for work and for what it says , a PDA, the particular function i was impressed about was the email, i have know it as the best email phone for sometime but i couldn't believe how easy and nice to use it was, the camera is average but atleast it has a camera, which msot phones due, the cool thing for me was the scroll ball, the first phone i came across with one, and it is much easy to use than a square keypad.
talking of keypads this keypad i found hard to pick up due to it being odd, i had never used a qwerty keypad before.
the music player is decent and so is the battery life,
the email server is easy to use and setup with the software which comes along with it, it has bluetooth and the other basics as well so over all it is a really good phone for its money.
As an upgrade I really wanted this phone because of its mixture of style and function. In terms of style I thought this phone was ideal because it really does look so sleek and i love how it really fits in to the pal of your hand well. Another factor that i thought was brilliant was the size of the phone, unlike the larger blackberry models this fits into my pocket so well and it is ideal. At the same time I loved how there is still a full QWERTY keypad because it is so much quicker and easier to send a message.
For me the fact that this phones portability is really high but it is still a smartphone makes it ideal for what I wanted. The phone has bluetooth which I loved because I can send files to my friends. I also loved the interface of the blackberry OS and I found it really easy to get used to. The trackball I thought was ideal for scrolling through your contacts and searching through the menu. The chrome outleigh for me really did make it stand out making it look superb!
I was impressed also with the camera because despite it being just a feew megapixels the quality of photos was very good. The battery life is also very impressive which I found ideal because I don't have to charge it for as long. I really liked how the phone was really lightweight and also the blackberry messenger feature, which allows you to communicate with people veyr quickly and easily.
I use this phone for work, so it was not my choice to have it - it's the model I was given when I started. I was delighted to get a Blackberry, but I have to say my first reaction was surprise - I didn't know they came in small sizes!
I don't use the phone a great deal, it's just that it's company policy for everyone to have one. There are some things on it that I don't use, such as facebook, but I can give you a lot of comments on the main functions of the phone.
One of the first things I realised about this was that the keyboard has a really daft layout. On larger Blackberries you get a full size keyboard, and on every other regular size mobile phone you get more or less the same keyboard layout - key 2 is a, b, c etc etc. However, on this, most of the keys have two letters each, so it's completely different. I'm starting to get used to it now (after 6 months) but it is a definate negative point as far as I'm concerned.
Keyboard issues aside, the email and text functions are quite good. When you go into your mailbox you get a basic list by date of your emails, and the rollerball on the phone makes it easy to scroll down through them. For texts, you get a history of past messages in each text until you delete them - so if you've texted one person several times and they've replied, when you open the most recent you get the whole conversation, like on email. I find this really useful.
The call function is pretty standard, no complaints there. You have an address book where you can store phone numbers, emails, addresses, photo, company, job title, birthday and all sorts of information, which is very handy. You can call from your address book or by keying in the number on the home screen. You also have a call log showing calls made, received and missed.
The internet browser isn't bad, but it is hampered a little by the size of the screen. Obviously, as it is not a larger size Blackberry, the screen is smaller and is in fact smaller than some regular mobile phones (it is approx 4x4cm). But the browser is easy to navigate, with a "Go To" page for keying in addresses, and the rollerball for scrolling through the websites. It also stores your history so that once you have been to a website, you just have to enter the first letter or two of it next time and it will give you the option of using that address again.
The Pearl has a camera, but at only 2 mp it is lower than my personal mobile so I don't use it. It also has a video camera and can store music.
It also features a calendar, tasks list, memo pad and calculator. These are all very easy to use and similar to those of most other phones - they are not features I have used very often so I don't want to into too much detail.
I've downloaded Google maps for the phone, which is incredibly useful, it means I don't have to print off Google directions before I go somewhere, I can load it into the phone and just check it when I need to!
The battery life isn't fantastic. If you're just sending emails or texts, or using the internet and other functions like that, it can last several. But as soon as you start making a few calls, it goes right down. So depending on how you use it, it's either good or bad. I've recently started using it for calls more often, and I'm really noticing the difference - annoying in an office where people keep "borrowing" your charger!
These are the functions of the phone that I use most, and these cover the basic uses which I think most people will be interested in. Now for a few negative points...
As I mentioned, the keyboard is a silly layout. This can be really annoying when typing an email, so I think larger Blackberries are probably better for this as they have the full keyboard. Once I'm eligible for an upgrade, I'll be getting one of these for this reason.
Another negative is the on/off button. To switch on or off you use the red "hang up" button. To switch the phone off you have to hold it down for a few seconds, which is fine. However, to switch it back on all you have to do is touch the button. I haven't yet found a way around this, i.e. locking the keypad while off. This can be really annoying because although the phone has a flight mode (turn off all connections), I still prefer to have it completely off while flying, so I have to make sure I don't put it somewhere that it could accidentally get switched on (like in my messy handbag!).
Another bad point is that on the side of the phone there is a button you can press to activate voice commands - this is where you record a name in the voice notes section, and when you press this button you say a name and it dials the number. I have never used this function, and neither have any of my colleagues. However it is EXTREMELY easy to press this button by mistake, and when you do you get a recorded voice coming out of the phone saying "Say a command". We hear this about every half hour in the office as someone presses it by mistake, maybe just when picking the phone up!
All in all, the Blackberry Pearl 8110 has a few too many faults for my liking. That said, it also has its good points such as being able to use maps on it and the internet browser, despite the small screen. This is not a phone I would choose to have again, but as I don't need to use it all the time, I can live with it.
I do love my Blackberry Pearl! It was a pretty odd choice for me, I'm no big hot shot who needs constant contact with my office email, I don't need a stream of to do lists, or notes, my phones calendar is empty bar July which states 'Holiday, Yay!' I rarely use the internet feature, apart from when my Boyfriend gets lost and I have to re-find the postcode for the satnav.
So I bet you're thinking, why did she get the Blackberry? Why not just a normal, texting, ringing, £50 from Argos phone. Because the Blackberry is a classic, plus it's pink. I kind of felt like Blackberry were trying to target this phone for more normal use, less work more play. Downsizing the normal bulky look of a phone, and bringing it out in 'pretty pink' to make it more sell-able.
The Blackberry Pearl can, of course, be bought for 'free' on contract, but retails from £160ish refurbished to anything past £250 new. Personally, if I hadn't bought this on contract there is no way I would of paid £250+ for it, but for a work-a-holic or a high flyer, this little thing would be invaluable, especially as it comes in girly pink to add a bit of colour to your day!
One thing I really do love about this phone is text messages, I have the mind of a goldfish and instantly forget what I've text someone once it's sent. But with this little star texts are used in an email like format, so it doesn't just show you the text you've received but if you scroll down, what you've sent, then all the text messages to and from that person for the past few days. Very helpful!
Of course it has the normal features, camera (2MP), voice dialing, alarm (which has a nifty 'weekdays only' feature - no more alarms still going off Saturday morning!), Calculator and video setting.
It also downloads itself the following for your internetting social needs - facebook, msn, googletalk and myspace. And I'd hazard a guess twitter won't be too far behind.
Battery life on the Blackberry Pearl lasts for days if you're just texting, or leaving it be, but if you're making regular phone calls, or playing too much brickbreaker (guilty!) it runs out pretty quickly. It's also temperamental with sound, sometimes when it rings it's doesn't make a sound and I only catch it by the screen lighting up, I've had a lot of problems with it just freezing on me, like a really old computer, never found the cause for this.
I think this phone can translate to 'normal' lives, and hey, if I get a promotion I won't need to bother myself getting a new phone! But if what you want out of your phone is simple calls, text ect this isn't the one for you. If you need constant contact with your working life, or are amazingly organized I'd say go for it. I do love my Blackberry, but I don't think I'll be getting another anytime soon.