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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review

BlackBerry Pearl 8130

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Standby screen and Main menu - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Standby screen and Main menu - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
The 8130 of course runs on the BlackBerry platform, using version 4.3. There are plenty of customization options, something we always are pleased with. The user can change everything from the background wallpaper to the font style and size to rearranging the main menu. At its base it is very similar to Palm OS in that users can create custom folders and file applications as they wish. However, its implementation is very different and for a new user it is overwhelming and takes some getting used to.

The default standby menu is simple, featuring five commonly used items along the left side.  They are Messages, Browser, Media, Options, Calendar and Applications.  The standby shortcuts can be customized by rearranging the top five applications in the main menu.  There are different themes will change the layout as well, for instance the user can have icons on both the left side of the screen as well as the bottom.  Choosing Applications or pressing the BlackBerry key brings you to what would be considered the full menu.  Other basic information such as time and date, signal strength and battery life is also displayed on the home screen.

The trackball is used for navigation. Initially it is set to a very high sensitivity and precise movements require more concentration then it should, but once we found the sensitivity setting it lowered it the user experience increased greatly. To user can press on the trackball to select an item. Though the ball rolls in all directions the user cannot move diagonally through the applications.

One thing that annoyed us to no end was the constant confirmation it required. Every time you do something it asks if you are sure you want to do it. For instance, simple things like turning the flash on take multiple key presses just because you have to confirm that you actually want to turn it on. This is found throughout the phone, and is even more frustrating than it sounds.


Phonebook:

As expected from a smartphone the Address Book on the 8130 is full featured. Each entry 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 spot for a webpage and a notes section. Users can search for contacts by both first and last name, and as you start to type a number the Pearl 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.

Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review
Phonebook - RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review

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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display240 x 260 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 312 MHz, Intel XScale processor
GB RAM
Size4.20 x 1.95 x 0.55 inches
(107 x 50 x 14 mm)
3.40 oz  (96 g)
Battery900 mAh, 3.66 hours talk time

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