RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Review
running 4.6 but it is still a visually beautiful UI with modern icons and a more refined look overall. Functionality, however, remains basically the same as past OS versions. There have been some minor adjustments and tweaks to the categories, but anyone who has used the BlackBerry OS before will find themselves right at home on 4.6.
The layout is for the most part straightforward, but for a new user can still be intimidating at first glance. Since every program has its own icon the user is inundated with 24 icons on the main menu, some of which are merely folders which lead to more icons. It can be overwhelming for a first time BlackBerry owner, but once you use it you realize that the OS is very customizable and on the whole RIM’s approach is much better than, say, Windows Mobile (TouchFLO 3D aside.) Its constant request for confirmation is very Windows Vistaish and quite frustrating; to close out of the setup wizard took four steps, for example.
Like the 8900 and 8520 we’ve experienced no hang-ups with the software. There is no hint of the issues reported with the Bold and Storm (which runs the 4.7 OS, a touchscreen version of 4.6.) Users will be happy to see that their stable BlackBerry has returned and can go back to focusing on business instead of if their device will crash or not.
There isn’t anything new with the phonebook of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. It’s as simple and straightforward as ever, and you can store virtually an unlimited amount of contacts. Each contact can hold three email addresses, two work phone numbers, two home numbers, a mobile, pager, fax and “other” number as well as a space for a BlackBerry PIN number. There is a slot for both a home and work address, as well as dates for anniversary and birthdays. Contacts can be sorted by user definable categories, each entry can have a custom ringer and picture ID, and there is a section for a webpage and notes.
Users can search directly from the main screen by typing in either the first or last name, and as you start to type a number in the phone application the Curve matches it with the contact list. When an entry is highlighted from the main contacts view the user can hit the send button to initiate a call. If the entry has multiple numbers it will bring up a popup window where you can select which one you want to call. As always, Nuance is included for voice dialing.
calendar function is very robust. It can be managed either on your phone or on your PC, and when paired to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) it can be remotely managed and synced over the air. Creating an appointment is simple, and options such as reminders and recurrence are present. Appointments can also be marked as private for added security.
Other basic PIM functions are available, such as Tasks and a Memo Pad. Tasks is very basic, but reminders can be set and they can also be grouped into categories. The Memo Pad is a basic notepad, no bells and whistles. A Voice Note Recorder is present for taking notes on the go, and a basic calculator is also available.
2. JordiE (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Aug 2008)
I don't understand how the keyboard can be even more cramped when it is twice as big as the original?? And how can it have a good feel in hand but still feel cheap??
3. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its just basic crap reviews, no biggie. the keyboard is not the same size as the pearl, it is so much easier to use. if you ever take the time to learn the suretype its actually a very nice way to key in things. i use that on my storm 100x more than the regular keyboard.
5. JordiE (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Aug 2008)
Yeah I had the BlackBerry Pearl a year ago and I was flyin on SureType! But I ended up switching to the HTC Touch and I still use the 20 key QWERTY Board. But I am going to upgrade soon and do you think I should get the Pearl Flip, Touch Diamond, or Touch Pro?? I am on Alltel by the way =) Thanks!!
4. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)
Uh.. Rly? Another BlackBerry... Hmm. Why would anyone buy this phone..?
6. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
This guy is so boring in the video. It sounds like he's just reading a sheet of paper
7. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
I don't even have to see the video and I know who you're talking about LOL He does sound very boring unlike the other guy