Movie goers out there will remember the ‘Black Pearl’ from the Pirates of the Caribbean as the fastest, most powerful and most mysterious ship in the oceans. Riding a similar wave, the BlackBerry Pearl arrives as a fast, powerful and compact handset with incredible features to allow you to do almost all you need. It is the smallest BlackBerry smartphone in India and is equipped with 3G, email and social networking. Remember however, that its small size is in no way indicative of its power!
With flat colors and fringing sides, the 3.2 MP camera, in spite of its good day light pictures, can only be rated as average. The LED flash too presents a yellow cast to the pictures. The autofocus, however, is great. The powerful processor is great for internet browsing but the Blackberry browser is a bit slow. Coupled with the small screen size, this makes browsing the internet a bit of a hassle. The onboard GPS is quick and reliable. Though Blackberry maps comes along with the phone, it is not as good as Google Maps. The battery inside is simply excellent. Even in the most draining of usages, it lasts a complete day. On an average, the battery would need charging only once in 2 or 3 days.
In what seems to be a turnaround from the brand’s characteristic QWERTY keypad, the Pearl comes with an 14-key alphanumeric keypad. With HSDPA, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1, users enjoy good connectivity. The system has a 256 MP internal memory which can later be expanded up to 32 GB. The 624MHz processor ensures a fast performance and the 2.2 inches display has a sharp 360×400 pixel resolution for a good viewing experience. The handset comes along with a good 3.2 MP camera which also captures videos at a 640×480 pixels resolution. A powerful battery ensures complete enjoyment of the good music features of the phone while features like geo-tagging and Blackberry Maps help navigation and social networking.
At 108 mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm and a weight of under 94 grams, this is a real small Berry! Shedding its businesslike image, Blackberry seems to have taken on a sexy new avatar. The handset looks fresh. It is simple but still exudes class. The black piano gloss finish on the front is awesome as far as looks are concerned but there is the problem of smudging with fingers. The alphanumeric pad has been designed in a wonderful wave pattern with each row of keys being sculpted for the perfect touch orientation. Having descended from the QWERTY pads, this phone has some rare perks for typing – the Enter key and the Backspace. The back features the camera. The handset also comes in four other colors.
The Pearl is definitely a compact yet powerful Berry. However, if you are already using a Berry, you will find it difficult to adjust to this. But those wishing to go into the smartphone class, this is surely a phone to consider because it is so easy to use. It has an excellent battery life and a sexy styling. But if your need for a smartphone is primarily internet usage, then it is better to think twice before going in for the Pearl.