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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

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By no means is its 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera a standout competitor – especially when the images captured by it are not all that impressive. Specifically, outdoor shots have a soft look to them which makes any fine details disappear and blend into the already fuzzy looking background. Color reproduction is also less than invigorating since it's just a tad bland – it's even worse in low lighting conditions. When using the flash to illuminate the scenery, it's able to do a good job at it, but still lacking in terms of clarity and sharpness.

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Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Camera options - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

Image gallery

Camera interface

Camera options


Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

Sample images taken with RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G


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Medium - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


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7ft - Darkness with flash - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash



Having yet to see anything spectacular with video recording on any BlackBerry handset, the Pearl 3G follows tradition by offering a maximum shooting resolution of 640 x 480. Granted that there is no evidence of much pixelization, the VGA videos it's able to capture manage to play back smoothly thanks to its 23 frames per second capture rate. However, it's clearly visible that it lacks the fine details to really make it stand out.

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Even though we weren't expecting anything too out of the ordinary with its music player, which displays the album cover, on-screen controls, and track information, we were especially blown away by its audio quality. Able to produce some deep and powerful sounding tones, the speaker on the handset is more than equipped in unleashing some audible sounds that will make it very easy for anyone to hear – without being too overbearing or crackling.

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The music player - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

The music player



If there's one thing that's really awkward with the phone, it has to be the position you'll have to hold the handset when watching videos. Only available in landscape orientation, there might be some concern for some people since the display is already on the tiny side and not really ideal for watching lengthy videos. However, it's able to play a video encoded in MPEG-4 at 640 x 480 resolution and doesn't stutter during any instance. And since it boasts some good looking visuals combined with smooth playback, we can overlook its awkward holding position.

Watching videos - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Watching videos - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

Watching videos



Preloaded with the handset is a 512MB microSD card which might be easily seen as paltry nowadays, but should nonetheless suffice others. If that isn't enough to handle your needs, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in capacity.

Internet and Connectivity:

International travelers will find the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G an ideal candidate seeing that it offers quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) connectivity. But if you still happen to find yourself outside the realms of decent data connectivity, you can always rely on using its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi as alternative wireless data connection. Finally, the handset packs along Bluetooth 2.1 to get various wireless devices to connect with it – like a wireless headset of some sort.

The cramped confines of its 2.3” display definitely make web browsing extremely challenging – but even more when it doesn't quite render complex pages correctly. Even though it's able to load up a majority of items in a timely manner, it had some issues loading certain pictures on our site. Regardless of that, scrolling is pretty smooth and requires some lengthy time in getting from one place to another. Additionally, you'll need to really look at the display up close and personal since the size of the text can sometimes look rather garbled with the default font size. Fortunately, there are other options available like the Bolt Browser or Opera Mini which will provide a rich web browsing experience.

Web browser of  the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Web browser of  the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Web browser of  the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review
Web browser of  the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

Web browser of  the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G



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Display360 x 400 pixels TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.25 x 1.97 x 0.52 inches
(108 x 50 x 13.3 mm)
3.28 oz  (93 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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