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RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Review

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

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Call quality was above average on the Pearl Flip.  Callers did not have any complaints except that we sounded “tinny,” and gave us an overall 7/10 rating.  On our end they sounded just fine.  Voice reproduction was natural, sound was loud enough and there was little to no background noise.  The battery is rated at a pedestrian 3.5 hours of talk time and 9 days of standby, but in our testing we achieved a very good 6 hours and 20 minutes.


We appreciate when companies break from tradition and try something different.  This is what spurs innovation and leads to advancements in the industry.  Most of these gambles don’t work out however, and the Pearl Flip falls squarely into this category.  Part of it is RIM’s fault for using cheap materials, part of it is just that a device like a BlackBerry doesn’t translate well into the flip form factor.  Either way, it doesn’t work.  The keyboard is bad, the feel is awful and there is nothing new about the RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 other than, well, it flips.

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Review


  • No butt dialing
  • Better than advertised battery life


  • Poor feel, in part due to the materials used
  • SureType keyboard is still dismal
  • Locked GPS
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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.98 x 1.97 x 0.69 inches
(101 x 50 x 17.5 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery900 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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