Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry - From the non-workaholic
Blackberry Pearl 8110
Member Name: Cinny91
Blackberry Pearl 8110
Advantages: Really easy to use, great features if you need them.
Disadvantages: Problems with sound and short battery life.
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.
Summary: Great little phone, fun to use.