BlackBerry has manufactured a number of handsets under its Pearl series. The primary Pearl handset is a perfect and reasonable choice for the first-time smartphone buyers. The RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 is one of the handsets manufactured under this series and has it well-accepted by the consumers in the market. It also offers an alternative to the customers in the market looking for a smartphone with its clamshell design. The smartphone is a basic device lacking various features like world-roaming capabilities and it also has a low definition camera, but it still offers its users with the BlackBerry e-mail experience and also has various other useful features –just available in a smaller, cheaper package. The Pearl Flip might not suit every user but it is a great phone to be purchased by the first time smartphone or BlackBerry users.
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 has been incorporated with GPS and 3G functions but you won’t find Wi-Fi functionality within it. The handset also provide additional features like the Documents to Go option that helps in better e-mail service and a more enhanced camera quality. The device is beautifully designed with a chassis that has dimension of 101 x 50 x 17.5 mm and it weighs 102 g. Thus, you can easily flaunt with this stylish handset carrying it in your hand and it also slips down your pocket comfortably.
This BlackBerry flip phone is attributed with a display unit of 2.6 inches that has a screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The device also has a secondary external 65K TFT display sporting 128×160 pixels resolution. The gadget is also laden with a half-QWERTY keyboard. Pearl Flip has a built-in camera of 2 mega pixel that lets you capture images at 1600×1200 pixels resolutions. It offers onboard memory of 128 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM. The handset is further fitted with a microSD card slot that supports external memory card up to 8GB.
The built-in 2-mega pixel camera of the phone clicks standard pictures. There is a bit of shutter lag, so as a rule, they ended up with some blurry images. The smartphone also offer downloads to Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr, so you can upload images to these social networking sites directly from your cell phone. Other apps that incorporated on the handset include Documents to Go, instant-messaging clients, and Visual Voice Mail (additional costs involved); the Pearl Flip also supports BlackBerry App World, which you can use to download more apps to the device.
The Pearl Flip is also equipped with a full HTML Web browser, which is clunky to steer compared with the competition, but Verizon’s 3G network proved to be reliable and speedy. The smartphone’s GPS/A-GPS feature was also impressive as it was apt and quick to locate our position within a minute and did an accurate job of tracking our location and providing directions via VZ Navigator.
The RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230has been powered with a 900mAh lithium-ion battery that gives talk time up to 3.7 hours and up to 9 days of standby time.