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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 review

8.1/10 AVG.

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The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 387 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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

Operating system
Screen Size
1+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


This sleek cell phone adds a serviceable camera and multimedia features to BlackBerry's already terrific e-mail capabilities.

- Liane Cassavoy, PCWorld

As a business device, it's clearly the next in the 'must-have' line of devices.

- Wil Harris , TrustedReviews


I'v had my blackberry Pearl for almost one year now, through telus, and I dislike it .The Buttons are lose and very small. The phone often freezes when trying to make a phone call or trying to use the camera on it. So in order to fix the problem I often have to remove the battery and put in back in.I also had other people tell me that, they had similair problems with their Blackberry Pearl. I would not recomend anyone to buy this phone, at all.

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BlackBerry released the Pearl 8100 on September 18, 2006.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 user manual here.

BlackBerry backs up the Pearl 8100 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Pearl 8100 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The BlackBerry Pearl 8100's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.


There is a Intel XScale processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 900 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

Pearl 8100 Specs

Release date September 18, 2006
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale
Internal Storage 64 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.16 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Blue, Pale Gold, Sunset, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.0 x 1.4 cm (4.2 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 90 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type SureType / 20-key
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry SureType
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Blackberry Desktop Software
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 8100

A White Pearl and Cranberry Red Pearl are also available.
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