BlackBerry Red Pearl

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Specs summary

Screen
No

The BlackBerry Red Pearl's screen is Unknown with 240 x 260 pixels resolution.

Processor
312MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

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

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G).



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Amazon

Great Product !!

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Great Product ! This was the first blackberry device that I owned. I was very happy with it. Now, it's almost 2.5 years since I bought this. I am planning to upgrade to a new phone, but unable to find such a sleek phone (with all the features).
Great Product ! This was the first blackberry device that I owned. I was very happy with it. Now, it's almost 2.5 years since I bought this. I am planning to upgrade to a new phone, but unable to find such a sleek phone (with all the features). Less
Amazon

love this phone

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I had my first blackberry pearl 8100 for 2 years before my bird got ahold of it and destroyed the keyboard (i bought a new one online and installed myself, but the trackball kept falling out because once the ring pops out you can never get it to stay in again).... aside from all that, i think most p... More
I had my first blackberry pearl 8100 for 2 years before my bird got ahold of it and destroyed the keyboard (i bought a new one online and installed myself, but the trackball kept falling out because once the ring pops out you can never get it to stay in again).... aside from all that, i think most phones are designed only to last 1 year so that you have to keep resigning a contract for a new one- so therefore given that this lasted 2 years it's a great phone- My FAVORITE feature: i love that i can see my next two appointments on the screen without having to go into my calendar. Least favorite feature: it can be difficult to navigate (it took me a long time to figure out how to change the ringtone) and it takes a lot of getting used to- you may not like it at first but after awhile you'll discover why it's referred to as the "crackberry".... i can't give mine up- not even for a touchscreen phone Oh and to the person who hates t-mobile- i've been with them since they were Voicestream and have never ever had a problem with customer service- which is a lot more than i can say for verizon (the WORST company EVER!)... and i only pay $60 a month for unlimited minutes. Less
Amazon

Sleek and handy but cant use buttons easily

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Not sure if Amazon sent me refurbished one... The voice quality is inferior. The phone is nice sleek and handy but cant use it for internet.. the keys are mess...
Not sure if Amazon sent me refurbished one... The voice quality is inferior. The phone is nice sleek and handy but cant use it for internet.. the keys are mess... Less
Amazon

P.O.S.

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The pearl is one of the, if not the worst, cell phones I have owned in 10 years. Within the first few months: -the trackball was working inconsistently -the red call-end/power button functioned only half the time -the headphone jack stopped working consistently. It takes 10 seconds for the phon... More
The pearl is one of the, if not the worst, cell phones I have owned in 10 years. Within the first few months: -the trackball was working inconsistently -the red call-end/power button functioned only half the time -the headphone jack stopped working consistently. It takes 10 seconds for the phone to recognize that a headset is plugged it, which sucks when you're in the middle of a call. Sometimes it doesn't work at all. What a P.O.S! The only pro about this phone is that the calendar and contacts sync with my Mac OS. To add insult to injury, T Mobile customer service sucks 8@!!5. They only get good reviews because they sound cheerful on the phone and act like they care. God forbid you experience a real problem--half of them don't know their a55 from their elbow. Tech support takes hours. Literlly! And tech support rarely helps (because of the a55/elbow thing). I thought I hated Cingular/AT&T customer service until I switched to T Mobile. At least at Cingular they don't put on a compassionate facade then dispense crappy service, they just cut straight to the crappy service. Less
Amazon

Don't buy into the hype. This "smartphone" is a dumb buy.

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If you have not yet bought a Pearl, then don't. I've had this almost two years and I can't wait till my contract is up so I can chuck this POS into a recycling box! Why? #1 Poor durability (and I'm easy on phones). I had this phone for a month when the button that holds the batter cover on pop... More
If you have not yet bought a Pearl, then don't. I've had this almost two years and I can't wait till my contract is up so I can chuck this POS into a recycling box! Why? #1 Poor durability (and I'm easy on phones). I had this phone for a month when the button that holds the batter cover on popped off. It's a piece of plastic with a tiny spring the size of a toenail clipping. Somehow this was my fault and this sort of defect didn't fall under the manufacturer's warranty. AT&T, the Company I bought it from, would do nothing. OEM (The manufacturer) offered to repair it for $90 dollars! AT&T offered to SELL me a new phone for $199 (when I got it free with a 2 year contract). Both Companies' best suggestion was to buy a silicon cover for the phone to hold the batter back on. Also, the chrome like paint on the phone wore off within 6 months of using it. C'mon people! #2 This phone interferes (makes that buzzing sound) REALLY loudly with any audio device. More than any other phone I've owned. So if you want the convenience of using your USB cable to charge it on your laptop or pc, mute your speakers, or you'll be sorry. Also GREATLY interferes with car stereos, TV speakers, PA systems, and etc. #3 I am equally disappointed that bluetooth headphones are not any option for this phone because the Pearl doesn't use the new technology that most, if not all, of the stereo headphones do. The headphones available for this phone are junk, and there is no good off brand alternative either. I've tried every adapter electronics store sell. #4 Make sure your cellular carrier has a REASONABLE data plan for blackberry. AT&T only has the "blackberry data plan" that costs a minimum of $39.00 in addition to your minute plan. You cannot use the blackberry feature without this plan. This doesn't include using your blackberry as a wireless modem, that costs extra and you are limited on how much date you can use. (Don't go over unless you're prepared to take out a second mortgage.)Not useful as a personal organizer unless your willing to spend over $100 a month for a cellphone bill. Seriously, this has been a thorn in my side, rather than a helper (which is why I bought a Blackberry). Less
Pricegrabber

This is a great multipurpose phone that can also b...

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Strengths: Good menu, signal strength Weaknesses: No side button to change ring tone Using experience: 3 Weeks This is a great multipurpose phone that can also be used as an organizer and to access the internet but it still fits in a pocket. It's been reliable, the battery life has been great an... More
Strengths: Good menu, signal strength Weaknesses: No side button to change ring tone Using experience: 3 Weeks This is a great multipurpose phone that can also be used as an organizer and to access the internet but it still fits in a pocket. It's been reliable, the battery life has been great and I haven't had signal strength problems. I miss the side button that my old phone had to change from ring to silent but that's just something I had gotten used to using and a personal preference. Less
Amazon

Great phone with small issues

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I got this exact phone back in June, and at I LOVED IT! I still love it, I have had a few glitches that I'm waiting on Sprint to fix, every morning, the phone erases all my text messages and unless I reset the phone by removing the battery, all my texts will be deleted upon getting them. I have no... More
I got this exact phone back in June, and at I LOVED IT! I still love it, I have had a few glitches that I'm waiting on Sprint to fix, every morning, the phone erases all my text messages and unless I reset the phone by removing the battery, all my texts will be deleted upon getting them. I have no problem with the amount of space on the phone and I haven't put in the media card. I took mine on vacation to the Keys and the camera did very well. My only problem there is you can't send pictures to a phone, they have to go to an email, which isn't as much fun. I also like all the extras I got from Sprint for free, Including their navigation, Sprint TV, Sprint Music Store. Being a HUGE NASCAR fan, I really enjoy the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, also free for Sprint Customers. The screen is great and everything on the phone is easy to use. I used to HATE all my Sprint phones, mainly because Sprint Customer Service, was TERRIBLE! But with their new President,CEO, they have been working to fix that and I'm glad. Overall, other than the text messaging issue, I'm more than pleased with my wee little Blackberry Pearl! Less
Amazon

Just got my pearl today!

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I did not order it from Amazon but i went and upgraded my phone at a local t-mobile store. I'm still getting to know my blackberry it has a lot more functions the a normal cell phone.
I did not order it from Amazon but i went and upgraded my phone at a local t-mobile store. I'm still getting to know my blackberry it has a lot more functions the a normal cell phone. Less
Amazon

small, functional. perfect

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I've been a long time Palm user for it's calendar, contacts, notes, and medical reference capabilities, plus of course, some pocket chess and other fun things. But as you probably know, palm is not even trying to stay current, so when I went shopping for an integrative phone and PDA device I looked... More
I've been a long time Palm user for it's calendar, contacts, notes, and medical reference capabilities, plus of course, some pocket chess and other fun things. But as you probably know, palm is not even trying to stay current, so when I went shopping for an integrative phone and PDA device I looked at all the contenders. 1. To be fair, I had to check out the Centro. I wasn't fond of the device overall and especially the keyboard. Plus, Palm OS is dead so I felt that it was time to move on. 2. Next up, the iPhone. This would be my first choice because it is so delicious. But no 3rd party apps are allowed and EDGE is slow!! I regrettably scratched it off my list. 3. Windows mobile. A friend has one of these devices and I checked it out. It was like XP on a phone: with all the click here and go there interface that just seemed cumbersome on a handheld. Plus, WM is famous for requiring MORE processor speed. It does 3rd party apps but it's a slow and cumbersome interface, so that too got scratched off my list. 3. Lastly, I looked into the infamous crackberry experience. I went to my local Sprint store and checked out the Pearl and Curve. They seemed nice in the hand, especially the Pearl. Small and solid, and the screen is easy to read. I did some additional homework, checking out the reviews on Youtube and Amazon, etc. I purchased the Pearl (in the color red, and with my current service on Sprint). I downloaded the bPhone theme and started to get to know this device. The home screen includes the big 3 BB apps: 1. email messages (which are pushed to the phone), 2. the calendar (with the next two events listed), and 3. the phone (with any missed calls listed). Additionally, upper left shows the Sprint bars and upper right the battery status. And you get the time and date as well. Overall, nice to look at and functional. There is a dedicated hard key for apps. For me, this is the critical area and I have not been dissapointed. Like the Palm (and iPhone) each app has its icon. These can be arranged to your liking (or hidden if you don't use them often). Within a couple days I was thinking I could almost leave my Palm TX as home and rely on my Pearl. I became concerned that there is not much memory on this phone: 50mb. But just like my palm, I could load 3rd party apps with the reader on the device and the data on the memory card. So I put my drug guide and MSDict, as well as, some cool stuff from google (maps, calendar, docs) and went about transferring my contacts and notes. Contacts can be transferred with MS Outlook but I don't have that so I used Vista's included MS Contacts. It was not perfect but it got the job done. Notes from your Palm can not be simply moved over to the BB. I have decided to put just my essential notes on the phone and the remaining on Google docs. Sprint is very fast and I can get to these quickly if needed. So it has been a week and I think I have fully converted from years of palm reliance to having an integrated phone and PDA with my Pearl. I love this little thing. The combination of keyboard, menu key, and trackball are just as easy to use as having a touch screen. And all touch screens end up with dead spots anyway, so it's a shortcoming that becomes frustrating. Any problems? Well, I did not like Suretype! so I set it to use multitap. As for multimedia, you can store your pics on a memory card (or get to Flickr quick enough) as well as music, video, and voice notes. The iPhone blows it away for multimedia but I don't really care. It's functional enough. There really should be more memory on the phone. Perhaps it's a trade off on the small size of the Pearl. I do have ~6-7mb free and it seems to run OK like this but others have reported their phone slowing down with less than 10mb of free space. The camera is only "OK". Great perhaps for sending pics in email but otherwise the picture quality is not very good (compared to my 5 megapix canon). Basic (mobile type) of internet experience is fine with me. It is better than Palm's blazer but very basic nonetheless. If this is important to you, wait until the Bold or iPhone 2 comes out. One last thing. Sprint Nav has an option to keep the screen on, but if you want to use google maps you'll need to download an older (unofficial) BB program called BBlight. It solved this issue for me. So that's my review. It's been a week and I can now leave my Palm TX at home, feeling comfortable that I "got it all" on my Pearl =) Less
Amazon

product has design flaw

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Track ball will detach from phone within weeks of purchase rendering it useless. Don't buy this phone unless you want to puchase another phone shortly thereafter to replace the first one.
Track ball will detach from phone within weeks of purchase rendering it useless. Don't buy this phone unless you want to puchase another phone shortly thereafter to replace the first one. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 7, 2007
Regions available
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 MB
RAM 32 MB
ROM No
GPS Yes
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
180 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Crimson Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.0 x 1.5 cm
(4.2 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 90 grams
(3.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 260 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type SureType / 20-key
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry SureType
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Unknown
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Unknown
Flash Unknown
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ)
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge Unknown
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 5x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Self-portrait, White balance
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV Unknown
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps Yes
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry 8100

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