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BlackBerry Cranberry Pearl review

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8/10
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The BlackBerry Cranberry Pearl currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 26 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Blackberry Cranberry Pearl by RIM looks impressive with its sleek form and glossy cranberry finish. It looks a lot like a cell phone, which will help it to attract a wider audience than just business users. The new slimmed down construction makes it a lot easier to slip into a purse or pocket and makes it feel quite comfortable to hold up to your ear for phone calls. It comes with an exceptional 2.25-inch TFT screen that can display 65,000 colours at a 240x260-pixel resolution. It also offers a 1.3-megapixel camera with a flash and 5X zoom. Unfortunately, it is not a touch screen, but it does offers a very sharp and clear display which is great for viewing e-mails, pictures, and web sites plus many of the other great functions you come to expect with a Blackberry.

A possible drawback of the Blackberry Cranberry Pearl is the SureType keyboard. The SureType keyboard is based on the traditional QWERTY type of layout but with fewer keys. As you start to enter the letters of a word, it will present you with a list of possible words and you need to pick the correct one. For some users this could turn out to be a little frustrating and slow. The advantage to using this style of keyboard of course is to keep the unit small and compact and so there has to be some concessions to achieve this. Another unfortunate aspect to the design is that the MicroSD card slot is located behind the battery. This can be really inconvenient because you have to have to take the battery out to access it. The sound quality does not have a crystal clear sound as you would have with some phones and voices tend to sound a bit digitized at times.

Overall, the Cranberry Pearl is undeniably a significant step forward for RIM. It is a small, compact yet multi-functional smart phone. Its sleek design will make it appealing to many potential new users that otherwise may not have been interested in getting a Blackberry.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP



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BlackBerry released the Cranberry Pearl on May 7, 2007.



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


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Screen Size
Unknown

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

Processor
Unknown

There is a Intel XScale processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video 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 15 days standby time.

Cranberry Pearl Specs

Overview
Release date May 7, 2007
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor Intel XScale
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
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: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Cranberry Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.0 x 1.4 cm (4.2 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 90 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 240 x 260 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
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, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
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
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
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 No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Blackberry Desktop Software
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Red Pearl, Pearl 8100

A Black Pearl and White Pearl are also available.
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Amazon

Love the Pearl

from Amazon
I was looking for a basic phone to use in emergencies pretty much and this phone fits the bill. I don't have a data plan (I got that instead for my wifes Curve as she needs to access the web for her job) and the look of it in a word, is sexy! The best part was it was free with a 2 year agreement at the...More
I was looking for a basic phone to use in emergencies pretty much and this phone fits the bill. I don't have a data plan (I got that instead for my wifes Curve as she needs to access the web for her job) and the look of it in a word, is sexy! The best part was it was free with a 2 year agreement at the T-Mobile kiosk at my local mall. Call reception is fantastic and the camera, although only 1.3 mega pixel, takes really clear pictures. I've downloaded numerous games (Final Fantasy ftw!), screen savers, and music for my ringtones to it. Overall I would highly recommend this phone (If you can still find it, the guy at the kiosk said it was dis-continued) Less
Amazon

Half a BlackBerry with half the satisfaction

from Amazon
I am not impressed with my Blackberry Pearl 8100 from AT&T. I wanted to step up a notch in smart phones from the Motorola SLVR and this was the best deal at the time. It was compact and attractive and Blackberry customers are usually satisfied with their phones. I could go on listing like Poliosophy...More
I am not impressed with my Blackberry Pearl 8100 from AT&T. I wanted to step up a notch in smart phones from the Motorola SLVR and this was the best deal at the time. It was compact and attractive and Blackberry customers are usually satisfied with their phones. I could go on listing like Poliosophy did about the bad points of this phone as well. 1. The battery is horrible in my opinion. You can't "top it off" on a charge or the battery zaps within a few hours of use and standby. I've had to drain the battery until it shuts off, charge it overnight, and then I would have battery life for 1.5 days. 2. I HATE the keypad!! Other reviews keep saying that the QWERTY-style keypad is great, but the keys are too small for "man hands." I don't think it's a user-friendly keypad if your thumb covers the entire 9-key numerical section. The QWERTY setup saves on time, but good luck on trying to dial phone numbers where you have to remember what letters correspond on conventional keypads... 3. Which leads into texting and data entry. It took some time getting used this phone's version of predictive text, because complete gibberish will exist or you will be frustrated with unintentional contractions ('I'm' not 'IM', etc.) if your man-hands types the wrong key. Then I've had to press keys multiple times just to enter a 1 letter need for a word, and then I get double entries when I know I've pressed the button only once. 4. The key lock is not very much of a key lock if you're unknowingly dialing 911 in your pocket. 5. The additional BlackBerry Data Plan requirement just so I can text is garbage. 6. How do you have video file storage capability if there is NO video camera to use? (I think this is the difference between TeleNav capable versions, though) 7. Turning the phone off is more like putting it in hibernate unless you pull the battery. However, it doesn't have it's complete faults: 1. Audio is great, in my opinion; calls come in clear and I can be heard clearly even on speakerphone 2. The camera takes decent pics 3. The calendar and reminders are useful 4. The menus are relatively easy to navigate Overall, I would NOT recommend this phone if you want a cheap, user-friendly smart phone. Unless you have leprechaun hands, don't expect to text/email/enter data quickly and keep a charger nearby if you have to have your phone on at all times. Less
Amazon

Best Phone I've ever had!

from Amazon
I got my Pearl a few weeks ago, and absolutly love it. I am a little bit of a gadget geek, and have been looking for a phone that suits me, and I finally have it. Texting is a breeze. Battery life is great. I love the access to my email accounts. I especially love that it's so small, it just slips...More
I got my Pearl a few weeks ago, and absolutly love it. I am a little bit of a gadget geek, and have been looking for a phone that suits me, and I finally have it. Texting is a breeze. Battery life is great. I love the access to my email accounts. I especially love that it's so small, it just slips into my pocket. I have nothing bad to say about this phone. I had no trouble pairing it with my bluetooth device. Also, so far am very happy with my AT&T service. Less
Pricegrabber

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

from Pricegrabber
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...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

This phone has a few issues.

from Amazon
I've had this phone a little over a year now, and I'm not impressed with it. My experiences with the Pearl are as follows. 1) Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) starts at $30/month on top of your monthly rate plan. (The service plan on smart phones starts at $10/month as a comparison.) Only BIS will w...More
I've had this phone a little over a year now, and I'm not impressed with it. My experiences with the Pearl are as follows. 1) Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) starts at $30/month on top of your monthly rate plan. (The service plan on smart phones starts at $10/month as a comparison.) Only BIS will work on a Blackberry, so if you want a cheaper plan, go with a non-Blackberry phone. Also, if you choose not to have BIS and get the phone anyway (like I did), you won't be able to send/receive photo text messages. 2) The phone does scratch and chip easily. Get a skin for it. 3) The keyboard is great. Its ability to store jargon is fantastic. 4) I drop a lot of calls, and the phone will show to have full signal. I'm not sure if this is ATT's fault or Blackberry though. 5) Sound quality on the Pearl is poor compared to Nokia and LG phones. Voices alternate between sounding tinny and robotic. 6) This phone freezes up every couple of weeks and I have to remove the battery to restart it. During one of these freezes, a missed call notification appeared that I couldn't clear. According to the forums and tech support, the only way to clear it is to wipe the phone, but I haven't tried this. Apparently there's a chance to wind up with a stuck missed call notification each time the phone freezes. 7) While the Blackberry operating system is intuitive, it has limitations when compared to other mobile operating systems. In short, I'll be going with a different platform next time around. Less
Amazon

Great form factor, unimpressive performance.

from Amazon
Its been now 7 months that I've owned this phone. When I saw it for the first time, I was impressed by its look and the innovative new keyboard style and the track ball. I got the phone along with At& t's data plan. This is the 4th phone that I've owned and the three prior to this were Nokias. It didn'...More
Its been now 7 months that I've owned this phone. When I saw it for the first time, I was impressed by its look and the innovative new keyboard style and the track ball. I got the phone along with At& t's data plan. This is the 4th phone that I've owned and the three prior to this were Nokias. It didn't take too long to get used to the new keyboard layout and sending sms and replying back to mail was breeze. But I was not impressed by the internet experience, thats probably the AT&T network! One thing that I hate about this phone is the PC sync software that they supply along with the phone! Its useless, maybe you can sync outlook but other than that you can not tinker with the phone. In my previous Nokia, I could do almost anything from my PC when the phone was paired to it. The other thing thats been irritating me is that the phone just freezes up when u are using it! Even the power off button doesn't work then! you have to open the cover and remove the battery. I've done this so many times by now that I think the back cover is loose and comes off easily! I've had issues with the track ball too, at times it just wont go one way. I can make it move the other three directions but it would get stuck on one direction. restart the phone and the problem goes! I'm also not impressed with the battery. The phone used to hold upto 3 days when it was new, but now after 7 months it can vary any where between 1 - 2days. I receive a lot of emails and if i use the bluetooth in the car it drains even faster! I presume its not too much for asking of a cell phone to have a nice form factor and high reliability! I just hope the market for Nokia, here in the US opens up and we too can enjoy the rest of the models (the better ones) that never show up in the US! Overall I am waiting for my contract to finish up soon so that I can get a more reliable phone! Less
eBay

great little phone

from eBay
the phone is very user-friendly and we can't forget elegant looking. The only problem so far (that I am trying to fix) is that the Blackberry software is interfering with my Office 2007 making my documents look funny, thus I have not succeeded to date to synchronize my phone with my oultook, still the...More
the phone is very user-friendly and we can't forget elegant looking. The only problem so far (that I am trying to fix) is that the Blackberry software is interfering with my Office 2007 making my documents look funny, thus I have not succeeded to date to synchronize my phone with my oultook, still the calendar is easy to use thus manually introducing the schedule is a fun and non-tedious task. I give it a big thumbs up! Less
Amazon

easy to use

from Amazon
I'm a total novice and this Blackberry Pearl has been much easier to use than I could have hoped for. I'm going from no cell phone since the old "brick phone" days to a Blackberry - my friends are shocked. It's smaller than I had thought - but that makes it really comfortable to use. The graphics are g...More
I'm a total novice and this Blackberry Pearl has been much easier to use than I could have hoped for. I'm going from no cell phone since the old "brick phone" days to a Blackberry - my friends are shocked. It's smaller than I had thought - but that makes it really comfortable to use. The graphics are good - although I can't imagine really trying to work on many business type applications on such a small screen.I like being able to check on my email & download my music so I can have it with me - also access to Mapquest & GPS software is great to have. It does seem really slow when it comes to downloading pictures, so I haven't really tried to transfer much there- even though I loaded it with a 1 GB card. I also haven't tried to do anything regarding downloads of video. The "Curve" model might be better if you're doing alot that you need more screen for , but for my needs (phone, email, music, web searches)this is perfect. It's also really pretty!!! Less
Amazon

Good phone, lousy pda functions

from Amazon
I have had this phone for about 4 months. The size is very good and it feels good in the hand. The phone and PTT functions work very well. The e-mail works as advertised. The browser also works well. I had hoped to use this in place of my PDA but found out it won't serve my needs. You can't really stor...More
I have had this phone for about 4 months. The size is very good and it feels good in the hand. The phone and PTT functions work very well. The e-mail works as advertised. The browser also works well. I had hoped to use this in place of my PDA but found out it won't serve my needs. You can't really store word or excel documents on it. The sure type has never learned to make "OK" when I type those keys and correct it. I find I text less because it is too slow. You can't save often used text messages. When this dies I'll look into something else. In the past couple of weeks the phone has locked up 3 times. The battery must be removed to reset the phone. Less
Amazon

Converted non-BlackBerry believer

from Amazon
I was the one to make fun of people addicted to their BlackBerrys, now I am one of them. The Pearl is the perfect size for all that it holds, it has great features and an awesome speaker phone.
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