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RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Review

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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.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Video Review:

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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)

lol at the butt dialing.

posted on 14 Jul 2009, 16:25

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??

posted on 23 Jul 2009, 11:11

3. remixfa (Posts: 14604; 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.

posted on 31 Jul 2009, 00:17

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!!

posted on 26 Jul 2009, 01:29

4. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)

Uh.. Rly? Another BlackBerry... Hmm. Why would anyone buy this phone..?

posted on 13 Aug 2009, 18:06

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

posted on 09 Sep 2009, 15:52

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

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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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