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BlackBerry Pearl 8100

Announced
Sep 7, 2006
Market status
Released

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T, T-Mobile, CellularOne / Dobson

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Slow data means slow Internet browsing (EDGE)
  • Slow processor (312 MHz)
  • Too little RAM memory (32 MB RAM)
  • Low resolution display (240 x 260 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (1.3 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • Lacks a standard (3.5mm) headphones jack
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)

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Description

The Pearl is the first BlackBerry with name and the first one to feature integrated camera, slot for memory, and multimedia players. It's only 0.6 thick and is also the slimmest and the lightest BlackBerry up to now.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.20 x 2.00 x 0.57 inches (107 x 50 x 14.5 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.16 oz (90 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)
  • Design features:
    • Half QWERTY, Trackball
  • Side Keys:
    • Left: Other; Right: Volume control, Other

Display

  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 260 pixels
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 65 536

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 1.3 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom, Mirror

Hardware

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 312 MHz, Intel XScale
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 32 MB RAM / 64 MB ROM
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 3.50 hours
      the average is 12 h (741 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 15.0 days (360 hours)
      the average is 21 days (499 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 900 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • WAP 2.0, HTML

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Memo, Calculator, Alarm, To-Do, Calendar
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, Predictive text input (SureType), MMS
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
  • Instant Messaging:
      • AOL, ICQ, Yahoo!
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
    • Profiles:
      • Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Serial Port (SPP)
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • miniUSB
  • Headphones connector:
    • 2.5mm
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD, Push-to-Talk

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 16 Aug 2006
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

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  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.09 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 1.16 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 07 Sep 2006
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