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BlackBerry Pearl

The BlackBerry Pearl (8100 / 8110 / 8120 / 8130 / 8220 / 8230 / 9100) is a smartphone developed by Research In Motion the first BlackBerry device with a camera and media player. It was originally released on September 12, 2006. T-Mobile was the first US carrier to release the phone as a carrier device.

  • Dimensions (W × D × H): 2 in × 0.6 in × 4.2 in
  • Weight: 3.2 oz
  • Talk Time: Up to 210 Minutes (3.5 hours)
  • Standby time: Up to 360 hours (15 days)
  • The Pearl comes with the following standard features
  • 1.33 (8100) or 2.0 (8110/8120/8130) megapixel camera with flash, self portrait mirror, and 5x digital zoom
  • Media player with support for MP3, AAC, AMR, polyphonic MIDI and WAV sound formats
  • Media player with support for MPEG-4 and H.263 video formats
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Wi-Fi Access (only for 8120 & 8220)
  • UMA support (only for 8120 & 8220)
  • High-Speed Westbridge USB (8110, 8120 and 8130)
  • Address book and calendar
  • HTML Web browser
  • GPS assisted BlackBerry Maps (8130, 8230)
  • Push e-mail
  • Voice Dialing
  • Speakerphones
  • SMS and MMS text messaging (However, MMS requires WAP service)
  • Instant messaging
  • Supports up to 8GB MicroSDHC with handheld code 4.5
The BlackBerry Pearl is aimed towards both business users and consumers. Its advertising campaign features several people including Mariska Hargitay and Douglas Coupland. The BlackBerry Pearl provides Quad-Band network support on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS and EDGE networks to allow for international roaming between North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The BlackBerry 8130 includes EV-DO high speed CDMA data capabilities and the BlackBerry 8120 is the first Pearl model to support Wi-Fi.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110, 8120 and 8130 use the Antioch chip from Cypress Semiconductor, a Westbridge peripheral controller enabling "direct connection between peripherals, creating ultra-fast transfers". This upgrade from 8100 provides faster USB sideloading than older phones, and fast connection to the microSDHC card, capable of transferring 1GB file in less than 70 seconds - over 16Mbyte/s transfer rate. This speed significantly surpasses that of the earlier iPhone, Motorola RAZR or Sony Ericsson Walkman. In mid 2010, the Pearl 81xx will have a successor with 3g capabilities- 9100.

BlackBerry Pearl 8130

Size & Weight:
  • Length:-4.2" (107mm)
  • Width:-1.97" (50mm)
  • Depth:-.55" (14mm)
  • Weight:-Approximately 3.4 oz (96g)
  • Dual-band 800/1900 MHz CDMA2000 1X Ev-DO networks
  • Password protection and keyboard lock
  • Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry Enterprise Server
BlackBerry Pearl 8220

he BlackBerry Pearl 8220 is RIM's first flip phone. It is thus often referred to as the "Pearl Flip" or "BlackBerry Flip". The Pearl Flip is available in the United States through U.S. Cellular , T-Mobile , Verizon and Cellular South and in the UK through O2, in Indonesia through Indosat, and in Canada through Rogers, Telus, and Bell Mobility. The phone has been known by many names, from the original codename BlackBerry "Kickstart" name to the current BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Smartphone name. A CDMA version is available for Verizon and Alltel known as the 8230. The Pearl Flip is very similar to the original Pearl and uses the same predictive text input that the Pearl uses. It has a 2.0 Megapixel camera and video recording. It is the first BlackBerry to feature Wi-Fi and mobile calling in a new flip design.
  • Games - Yes
  • Picture Messaging - Yes
  • Video - Yes
  • Internet - Yes. HTML Browser
  • Voice Memo - Yes
  • Voice Dialing - Yes
  • Bluetooth - Yes (Media files,Headset and Name Card only)
  • Music Player - Yes
  • Three-Way Calling - Yes (Network Dependant)
  • Call Waiting - Yes (Network Dependant)
  • SD Card - Yes. 16 GB
  • SIM Card - Yes (No if using CDMA version)
  • Polyphonic Ringtones - Yes
  • Real Ringtones - Yes. Any song on the phone can be used.
  • GPS - Yes (Location chip must be turned on for use and you must subscribe to use VZ Navigator if Verizon)
Most BlackBerry devices have a full keyboard. The Pearl uses a modified QWERTY layout on a 4-row, 5-column keypad, with a proprietary predictive input algorithm called SureType. The Pearl supports the full range of BlackBerry enterprise functionality. Unlike previous BlackBerry devices, the Pearl includes a music player, camera, as well as other multimedia functions. It requires the purchase of a MicroSD memory card to support storage of multimedia files beyond the 64MB provided internally.

Most notably, the Pearl uses a translucent trackball (the "Pearl"), which facilitates horizontal and vertical scrolling, instead of the traditional BlackBerry scroll wheel. The backlit color of the 8100 trackball is controlled by a series of LEDs and may be changed by software loaded on the phone; the 8110, 8120 and 8130 models trackball is lit only in white. The color customization capabilities also extend to the notification LED in the top right corner of the device. This LED can be programmed to blink different colors depending on which contact has called, texted or emailed.

The Pearl is currently available with Entel PCS in Chile, Cellcom, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T Mobility, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, US Cellular, Centennial Wireless, MOSH Mobile, nTelos, Cellular One and Cellular South in the United States; TIM, Vodafone and Wind in Italy; Turkcell and Avea in Turkey; Claro, Viva in Brazil, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico; Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Communications in India, Vodacom and MTN in South Africa; Iusacell, Telcel and Movistar in Mexico; Rogers Wireless, Telus, SaskTel, MTS, TBayTel, Bell Mobility, Wind Mobile, and Virgin Mobile Canada in Canada; Telstra, Optus and Vodafone in Australia; Indosat in Indonesia; KPN and Vodafone in the Netherlands; Globe Telecom in the Philippines; Grameenphone in Bangladesh; Vodafone in New Zealand; SingTel in Singapore; Mobilink in Pakistan and all networks in the UK; MTN, Globacom and Zain in Nigeria. tigo, Comcel in Colombia; Movistar, Digicel, Claro and Cable & Wireless in Panama.

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