RIM BlackBerry Pearl Review
Blackberry phones are well developed as means to exchange messages. All RIM phones have standard or hybrid QWERTY keyboards thus offering the fastest way to type a text. They are popular mainly due to the e-mailing system, which is probably the best mobile e-mail model.
Setting up your personal email is done in just a few steps. If you are using a popular mail server like (Google) Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc, you’ll be able to pass the setup, just entering your username (together with @domain) and password. If the Blackberry can’t recognize the server you’ll be asked to enter the email settings such as IMAP or POP3, incoming and outgoing servers by your own.
In order to deliver you push email with any email system you use, the Blackberry gets the email from your inbox, and transfers it through their mail system and the new message will be pushed to your phone messaging inbox. You receive it just as it is with text messages.
Sending a new message will be indicated as if it was sent by your own email, and when you check its sent box (from a computer for example) it will be saved also there. Deleting an email from the phone will ask you if you want to remove it from the phone memory only, or also from the mailbox.
A very convenient option is the visualization of text messaged as dialogs and by opening one, the rest with the messages from/to the same number are displayed above and below it.
The phone comes with the installed T-Mobile USA version of Instant Messenger, which supports the popular ones AIM, MSN, Yahoo! and ICQ. For us it is a very useful application so as it enables the users to contact people online thru EDGE connections.
Connectivity and Data
Blackberry Pearl is a quad-band GSM phone, which makes possible to use it adequately in the GSM networks of all continents with no coverage problems. It supports EDGE data and thanks to that is capable of comparatively fast e-mailing and Internet connection. However, it does not feature a faster 3G network of the newer generation.
The phone supports the last (2.0) version of Bluetooth for connecting to wireless accessories. You can easily connect to headphones or a car kit – the most often used devices. Information transfer (photos, etc.) is also feasible, but unfortunately it does not support the A2DP profile, making it impossible to listen to a stereo recording via the Bluetooth.
On the left of the phone there is a mini USB port. Being a standard port, it can easily be used for a charger or a cable belonging to other devices. It is also the place to plug the computer cable. Our phone arrived with Blackberry Desktop Manager Version 184.108.40.206 (July 26 2006). This is the standard software with the Blackberry phones, offering a well-developed synchronization.
In our case we set it to synchronize with Outlook because, when using a Windows Mobile phone, our ActiveSync also synchronizes with it. The Blackberry software transferred all our information from the computer into the Pearl very fast and without any errors at that.
The software allows for installing applications on the phone as well as backing up. You can work with multimedia files transferring them (manually) to or from the device. In case you are using a memory card you can view it as a separate (mass storage) device, provided that the computer operating system supports that.
As a whole, the computer software provided with Blackberry Pearl made an excellent impression on us.
We are rather disappointed from the internet browser of the Blackberry Pearl. It is just too plain. Capable of visualizing full HTML pages, it works in “One Column View” only and adopts the pages to your screen, ruining their original look. Although it is pretty usable, it’s not a pleasure to browse image-rich pages with it. Obviously, RIM did not adapt the browser to the Pearls’ trackball which would have allowed not only vertical, but horizontal scrolling, similar to the one on S60 phones.