The "1-Minute" Review
The Blackberry Pearl, also known as the 8100, is the first BlackBerry aimed squarely at consumers. The phone sports a built-in camera, music/video players and a bright 240-by-260 color screen.
Unlike its suit and tie predecessors, the Pearl is very thin and fits nicely into a pocket. Of course there are some tradeoffs. The Pearl ditches the QWERTY keyboard and scroll wheel that made Blackberry famous. In their place are RIM's SureType keyboard, which has two letters on each key, and a trackball navigator similar to that found on the Sidekick.
- Thin, compact design
- Blackberry push-email
- Clear, bright screen
- No DRM support
- Keys are very small
- microSD card slot is located behind the battery
What the Critics Are Saying...
Prices (Where to Buy)
BlackBerry released the Pearl 8100 on September 18, 2006.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 user manual here.
BlackBerry backs up the Pearl 8100 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Pearl 8100 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.