RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Included in the box you will find:
• Pearl 8130 handset
• 900 mAh battery
• AC Adapter
• USB Data Cable
• Leather pouch
• 3.5mm stereo headset
• BlackBerry Tools and VZAccess Manager CD
The 8130 is a small candybar phone, and when we say small we really mean it. Those familiar with BlackBerries who have not held a Pearl are almost always taken at just how small it really is. The device is so light and narrow that it fits very well into the hand. The phone is all plastic, and the Verizon variant is a bright sliver, bordering on white, with bright chrome sides. Sprint and Alltel’s 8130 is a deep amethyst with darker chrome trim, and a red variant is expected on Sprint in January.
Those familiar with the Pearl 8100 will notice the 8130 is slightly heavier, though just a bit narrower and skinnier.
|Model||Dimension (Inches)||Dimension (mm)||Weight (oz)||Weight (Gramms)|
|Blackberry Pearl 8130||4.20" x 1.97" x 0.55"||107 x 50 x 14||3.40||96|
|Blackberry Pearl 8100||4.20" x 2.00" x 0.57"||107 x 51 x 14.5||3.16||90|
|Palm Centro||4.22" x 2.11" x 0.73"||107 x 54 x 18.5||4.20||119|
|HTC Touch||3.97" x 2.34" x 0.55"||101 x 59 x 14||3.99||113|
SureType keypad has been slightly reworked. Whereas the original was angular, there is a slight curve to the keys and it is now slightly larger. While the camera is still on the back is is moved to the left side, with the mirror in the middle and flash on the right. The camera button on the right side has moved up a bit, and on the left side the voice command button has moved slightly down to accommodate the microSD slot.
The front of the phone features a speaker at the top, with a status LED to the right. Below that sits a 65k color TFT LCD screen. It is plenty bright, though we would like to have seen it a bit crisper, as the resolution is only 240x260 instead of a more conventional 240x320. Still, we had no problems reading it even in direct sunlight.
The keypad takes up the bottom half of the phone. It is a 20 key SureType keypad, meaning it is laid out in QWERTY format but most keys have two letters on them. It is small and cramped, and try as we might we just couldn’t type with any kind of speed. There are four keys and a trackball above it: Send, Menu, Back and End.
3.5mm headset jack at the top, followed by the miniUSB charging/data port, microSD slot and finally the voice command button. They are all crammed within the top 2/3 of the phone, and we would have liked to see the microSD slot occupy the empty bottom portion and the voice command button moved up. We found ourselves constantly inadvertently launching the voice command, which became rather annoying, and feel that if the button was moved up this would be less of an issue.
The right side is simpler, with a volume rocker up top, the camera key near the middle and a lanyard loop at the bottom. An oddity we noticed is that, at rest, the volume rocker does not do anything, meaning that the ringer must be controlled through the profiles option. The top of the phone has a single button, a speaker with a line through it. When in a call it will mute the microphone, but instead of putting the phone on silent it actually toggles standby mode when the phone is not in use. The bottom simply has a tiny hole for the microphone.
Flip the phone over and you will find the 2 megapixel camera.It is at the top, and sits inside a black trim which sits inside achrome trim that wraps around the top and incorporates the standbybutton. Below this trim is a small slit for the speaker. At the bottomof the phone is the battery door clasp, a flush silver button flankedby two gold accents. The gold is a bit out of place on the phone, butit looks good enough that most users won’t realize that they areactually connectors for a desktop dock.