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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 review

7/10 AVG.

  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

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The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 offers 3G, GPS, good call quality, and BlackBerry's strong e-mail capabilities. The clamshell smartphone also has a 2-megapixel camera and supports BlackBerry App World. While not the flashiest or the most feature-rich device, the RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip for Veri...

- Bonnie Cha, CNET

Good choice for those who like the form factor of a flip phone and want to upgrade from their current dumbphone to something with more features and capabilities.

- Adam Zeis, CrackBerry

If we were to rate the Pearl Flip against the best phones on the market like the Bold, Fuze and iPhone 3G, it would absolutely be crushed and no one can deny that. But doing that would be foolish as this device is not at all intended to compete with such devices. So, taking into consideration where...

- Michael Bettiol, BGR
Mobile Syrup

This is such an easy device to learn how to use and by far one of its greatest assets is the web experience. Viewing webpages on this is a joy as it renders pages as if it would on your computer. The actual speed is great (we tested this in both the Bell and TELUS version). On the Bell 8230 it comes...

- John Connors, Mobile Syrup

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BlackBerry backs up the Pearl Flip 8230 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Pearl Flip 8230 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 Flip 8230's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a Intel XScale PXA 272 processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) 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 9 days standby time.

Pearl Flip 8230 Specs

Release date November 3, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale PXA 272
Internal Storage 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.23 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, 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: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.1 x 5.0 x 1.8 cm (4 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 102 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 2.4 inches
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 128 x 160 pixels, 1.6 inches, 65k
Sensors Ambient Light
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 No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
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
2+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
White balance
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
240 x 180 pixels
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
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 Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Blackberry Desktop Software
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Apex

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