The Blackberry Pearl, also known as the 8100, is the first BlackBerry aimed squarely at consumers. The phone sports a built-in camera, music/video players and a bright 240-by-260 color screen.
Unlike its suit and tie predecessors, the Pearl is very thin and fits nicely into a pocket. Of course there are some tradeoffs. The Pearl ditches the QWERTY keyboard and scroll wheel that made Blackberry famous. In their place are RIM's SureType keyboard, which has two letters on each key, and a trackball navigator similar to that found on the Sidekick.
- Thin, compact design
- Blackberry push-email
- Clear, bright screen
- No DRM support
- Keys are very small
- microSD card slot is located behind the battery