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BlackBerry Pearl 3G

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The BlackBerry Pearl 3G currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
624 MHz
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

If there is one target audience that the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G is targeting, then it's none other than entry-level users looking to move up to a smartphone. Naturally, the Pearl 3G perfectly fills the gap in making the transition smooth and without over-complicating things. The updated looking...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
Electronista

It feels and acts much more like a quality device than its predecessors, and it finally doesn't have to give up important hardware features to get to its undoubtedly good price.

- Jon Fingas, Electronista


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Common Questions


BlackBerry released the Pearl 3G on November 7, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G user manual here.


BlackBerry backs up the Pearl 3G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Pearl 3G 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
2.2"

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G's screen size is 2.2 inches with 360 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
624 MHz

There is a 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 330 minutes.

Pearl 3G Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry

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Processor 624 MHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 256 MB
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD 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, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 330 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Piano Black, Opal Pink, Royal Purple, Flash White, Red Gradient
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 5 x 1.3 cm (4.3 x 2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 93 grams
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 360 x 400 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type SureType / 20-key
Navigation Type Optical pad
Predictive Text Entry SureType
Physical keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2.5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
240 x 180 pixels
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, JPG, GIF, DOC, PDF, TXT, HTML, BMP
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps Blackberry Desktop Software
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 9100

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Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

It's definitely a good handset and operates well, but it would've been nice to see it priced lower to gain some competitive edge

from PhoneArena

If there is one target audience that the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G is targeting, then it's none other than entry-level users looking to move up to a smartphone. Naturally, the Pearl 3G perfectly fills the gap in making the transition smooth and without over-complicating things. The updated looking handset is definitely a sight for sore eyes, especially when it's more than over due at this point, but there isn't anything too eye catching with it to catapult it over the competition....

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If there is one target audience that the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G is targeting, then it's none other than entry-level users looking to move up to a smartphone. Naturally, the Pearl 3G perfectly fills the gap in making the transition smooth and without over-complicating things. The updated looking handset is definitely a sight for sore eyes, especially when it's more than over due at this point, but there isn't anything too eye catching with it to catapult it over the competition.

However, the biggest question mark is its $99.99 contract price which is rather on the high side compared to similar offerings from the competition. For $50 more, you jump up to the respectable BlackBerry Curve 3G. While the $79.99 Motorola FLIPOUT offers some advantages with its full QWERTY and convenient touchscreen. Sure it's definitely a good handset and operates well, but it would've been nice to see it priced lower to gain some competitive edge.

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Electronista

It's for the person who still uses a phone for calls first but demands just that bit more out of the software

from Electronista

We liked the Pearl 3G overall, but if there's a real danger to its existence, it's that the public might be moving away from that niche. Even among the cash-strapped younger set, we've seen fewer Pearls and more iPhones in recent months. You can get a capable Android phone for as much as the Pearl 3G. Depending on the carrier, there's often a choice of BlackBerries to compound the situation. The Curve 8520 or 8530 can often cost exactly as much or less than a Pearl; do you value the small size and sharper screen of the newer phone enough to forego a full-sized keyboard, especially when you might pay less...

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We liked the Pearl 3G overall, but if there's a real danger to its existence, it's that the public might be moving away from that niche. Even among the cash-strapped younger set, we've seen fewer Pearls and more iPhones in recent months. You can get a capable Android phone for as much as the Pearl 3G. Depending on the carrier, there's often a choice of BlackBerries to compound the situation. The Curve 8520 or 8530 can often cost exactly as much or less than a Pearl; do you value the small size and sharper screen of the newer phone enough to forego a full-sized keyboard, especially when you might pay less?

Consequently, we can't give RIM's latest creation an unqualified pass. To choose it above all others, you'll have to shop around and make a calculated decision that the cost and pocketability are worth whatever tradeoffs come by skipping a larger and potentially more feature-laden phone.

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User Reviews


awesome

This is the best phone i have ever had and will never switch phones for awhile.

The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is a powerhouse masquerading as a thin and sexy silver flip, but its guts are nothing short of premium build materials and state-of-the-art software. The Pearl offers a modified, shorthand QWERTY keypad using Suretype, a kind of enhanced predictive text, that allows you to blast out texts crazy fast. You also get RIM’s famous “Push Email”, which means that email is received instantly....

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The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is a powerhouse masquerading as a thin and sexy silver flip, but its guts are nothing short of premium build materials and state-of-the-art software. The Pearl offers a modified, shorthand QWERTY keypad using Suretype, a kind of enhanced predictive text, that allows you to blast out texts crazy fast. You also get RIM’s famous “Push Email”, which means that email is received instantly.


But there is so much more. The Pearl 9100 has Bluetooth, A2DP (which allows you to communicate with several Bluetooth-enabled devices at the same time), and a display that provides 360 × 400 pixel resolution for crisp, bright, icons and text. While 2GB of storage comes standard, the Pearl can handle up to 32GB via microSD expandable memory, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of storage for pictures, video or apps. The Pearl 9100 is brute force packaged as casual technology. Take five minutes to learn this phone and you will have a powerful tool to assist you in every aspect of your life.


All my thumbs are up for this powerful phone, and it’s a genuine steal at contract pricing.

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