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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Phone, Black (T-Mobile)
 
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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Phone, Black (T-Mobile)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.2 inches, 2 inches, 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 3.04 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2 x 0.6 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000ID10JE
  • Item model number: 8100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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This major update to the popular 7105t brings the BlackBerry experience to a whole new level. The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl is not only thinner and lighter, it also sports a memory card slot, a music player, and voice dialing. Other features, such as Bluetooth 2.0, EDGE high-speed data, and the popular SureType keypad make this a complete mobile office solution. And of course, legendary BlackBerry push email is fully supported on the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl.



The SureType keypad makes the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl's diminutive size possible.

Learn more about the handheld. You can also see it in 3D.


A 1.3-megapixel camera is housed in the back.
Design
Like the BlackBerry 7105t, the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl is a departure from the form factor of previous BlackBerry devices. This BlackBerry handset is far more phone-like, and RIM's engineers have managed to fit a QWERTY keyboard onto the handset's slim frame. Each button on the keyboard shares two letters and the unit automatically determines which letter is the intended one based on what it predicts you are trying to spell. This unique predictive text technology, known as SureType, makes the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl's handset's diminutive size possible. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your typing speed.

The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl sports a large 240 x 260 screen that supports over 65,000 colors-- plenty of real estate to view your e-mails, Web browser content, messaging sessions, and attachments. The venerable BlackBerry trackwheel has been replaced on this model with an innovative four-way trackball placed below the screen. On the rear of the handheld, you'll find a 1.3-megapixel camera and a self portrait mirror. The handheld's microSD memory card slot is located inside the device, behind the battery. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset, as well as a mini-USB port for data connectivity.

Calling Features
All the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl. The handset's speakerphone makes it easy to use the device hands-free, or if you prefer, you can use a wireless headset via the BlackBerry 8100 handheld's built-in Bluetooth capability. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book (limited only by the unit's 64 MB of internal memory) are also included. Any of the phone's 32 included polyphonic ringtones can be used to create caller-specific ringers, so you can know who's calling without having to look at the handset. More ringtones are available from T-Mobile's t-zones mobile Web service. A new feature, speaker independent voice dialing, allows you to call contacts with the sound of your voice. No prior voice training is required; you can just say a contact's name to call them.

Messaging, Internet, and Tools
While the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl is a different kind of BlackBerry device, it still delivers the legendary BlackBerry e-mail experience. With BlackBerry service plans from T-Mobile, you can receive e-mails instantaneously from up to 10 e-mail accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your e-mail. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new e-mail arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing e-mail attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has a BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry handheld calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees, and more, all on your BlackBerry 8100 Pearl. Users without BlackBerry Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop Software.

Use the BlackBerry 8100 handset's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports, and more--all at fast speeds, thanks to support for T-Mobile's EDGE high speed data network. Instant messaging and wireless messaging are also built into the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl. The handheld supports AOL, Yahoo, and ICQ instant messaging, as well as SMS text messaging. MMS messages can be received and forwarded.

The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl ships with a number of tools, including a calculator, a calendar, an alarm, and a to-do list.

Imaging and Entertainment
The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl really kicks the fun up a notch with the inclusion of a 1.3-megapixel camera that features an LED flash and white balance controls. How about some music? The handheld's music player supports playback of your tunes in MP3, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+ formats. The handheld is also compatible with Java application and game downloads (available via the t-zones service).

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry 8100 Pearl weighs 3.16 ounces and measures 4.2 by 2.00 by 0.57 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time and up to 360 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies. The phone comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Product Description

You'll be amazed at the small, sleek form factor of the BlackBerry Pearl. It's like no other BlackBerry. But it's more than just a new look. This BlackBerry delivers everything its predecessors delivered and a whole lot more. The BlackBerry Pearl offers new features never before seen in a BlackBerry like, a 1.3 mega pixel camera, voice recognition, and an MP3 player to name a few. Try it for a few hours and you are hooked!


Customer Reviews

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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some tips and thoughts October 14, 2006
I have never used blackberry before this one. I was looking for a cellphone with multimedia capabilities and with which I can check my email. BB Pearl fit that profile very well. I did read some reviews before getting it. Most of the reviews were very positive with one concern that was raised in some reviews that voice quality was not as good as reviewers expected. It was a concern to me but I thought that I could always return it if I noticed voice problems.
Here are some of my impressions from three weeks of use:
* Voice quality is excellent (I am in twin cities on t-mobile network). I haven't taken it outside the metro area or to another city yet. So, I don't know if that would effect voice quality
* I agree with couple of other reviewers that speaker phone is not the best quality. I only expect to use it on rare occasions.
* Phone paired easily with my samsung and motorola blue tooth headsets. I also have a stereo overhead bluetooth headset and when I paired the stereo bluetooth headset it worked great. It is amazing how clear other side sounds with a good quality stereo bluetooth headset.
* The back cover of the BB pearl seems to be made of flimsy plastic and I am afraid that if I removed cover too many times it might break and I will have to buy a replacement cover. When you open the back cover, you will see the battery. Underneath the battery are two slots. One for sim card and one for the micro sd card. You have to lift the latch and then insert the cards and close it. I am concerned that if I am not careful these latches to secure the cards may break. Seems to me a bit over engineering on BB's part.
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130 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all possible worlds September 19, 2006
I think the Pearl is terrific. I was so hooked by the description that I went out and bought it on the first day it came out and have been enjoying it for a week now. Having used a 7100 for the past three years I have always disliked the size; too big to comfortably fit in your pocket and annoying (not to mention geeky) to clip to your belt loop. At last, a Blackberry with a reasonable form-factor! I immediately bought a 1GB microSD to put in it and am thinking of it as a day-to-day ipod replacement. Finally I can go on a short trip and bring a single device for communication and entertainment.

Agree with the other reviewer that the speaker phone is not the best quality but with the other advantages (size, style, color, audio/video/camera, email, calendar, etc.) I find it hard to knock the experience. Best phone I have ever had.
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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great phone with e-mail September 16, 2006
I have had the Pearl for a few days now in both the US and Europe. The phone clarity is great. The size is perfect to drop into your pocket, smaller than my friends Razor. The phone is very small and great as a phone. Battery life is great - four days and going strong on the first charge. The web browser is great, though I miss my Sprint fast connection on my Treo. T-Mobile needs a faster data connection. The pictures are great with the 1.3 megapixel camera.

The email is typically Blackberry. I even have my personal POP (normal e-mail) e-mail and it works as well as my corporate email. As an e-mail reader, it is really clear and easy to read. Easy to get to e-mail. But replies have been tough as I learn to type on the keys. I think they are too small for much of a reply.

Overall the Pearl is a great phone, with a wonderful way to read e-mail. If I want to send a lot of e-mail, this is not the phone for you. But if you want it all in a phone smaller than the Razor, this is a wonderful package.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Have used the Pearl for almost 2 weeks now. It's my first Blackberry.

Pro:
1. Powerful functionality. Email and ability to sync with Outlook. Despite its cool factor, it's still a blackberry at heart, and does everything other blackberry do.
2. Size. It's small, light and thin. Occasionally I put it into my shirt pocket and almost couldn't tell it's there. I don't like have a phone on my belt, so this is the only blackberry for me.
3. SureType. Takes a little to get used to. But overall it's quite accurate. Not as fast as the full keyboard on my bf's 7xxx Blackberry, but I still managed to type without looking at the keyboard most of the time. As one reviewer mentioned, it's a phone first, then email. If you want email with phone capability, go for the 8700.
4. Excellent screen. Easy to read even under sunlight.
5. One hand operation. With the trackball, I can type email with only one hand, while I am walking. Could never do that with the 7xxx. And I always have trouble with the thumbwheel on 7xxx as the wheel would slide off to the next object on the screen just before click it.
6. Battery is pretty good for a phone this small and with such a big and bright color screen. I usually charge it every 2 days. (I average about 1-2 hours on the phone every day.)
7. T-Mobile service is better than I expected.(I wasn't expecting much.) Not very good at penetrating buildings, etc. But overall had decent coverage as long as you don't go to rural area much.

Con:
Lots of software bugs! Here a few things I noticed:
1. The phone will stop ringing for no apparent reason. When this happens, if I go to Options and switch to other ringtones, it won't make any sound at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Phone is very compact with nice screen and keypad
The pearl is one of the smallest smart phones out there and is very fun to type with and it only takes a few days to get used to it and get fast. Read more
Published on March 29, 2009 by Wires
1.0 out of 5 stars P.O.S.
1.0 out of 5 stars P.O.S., March 15, 2009
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The pearl is one of the, if not the worst, cell phones I have owned in 10 years. Read more
Published on March 15, 2009 by Nobody
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardware failures
This is the worst piece of hardware I have bought. Both my husband and I bought one of these. Both have hardware failures. Read more
Published on January 20, 2009 by Violet
1.0 out of 5 stars Blackberry is Junk
I have two Blackberry devices on my plan. The 8100 and the 8130 and both have had the USB connections break. Read more
Published on January 15, 2009 by Blaine Tate
2.0 out of 5 stars useless..
I only had this phone for a year and experienced soo many problems with it. From numerous dropped calls, battery life only last 1 day if u use the internet alot or listen to music,... Read more
Published on January 14, 2009 by moncj66
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone but some quirks
This is the first phone I've had of this kind (s'appelle "smartphone"), but the battery life is bad when using for email, texts, calls, browsing, etc... when using all day. Read more
Published on September 29, 2008 by B. Arntz
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy into the hype. This "smartphone" is a dumb buy.
If you have not yet bought a Pearl, then don't. I've had this almost two years and I can't wait till my contract is up so I can chuck this POS into a recycling box! Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by Photochic
1.0 out of 5 stars Small, great when new, design flaws
This phone is great out of the box. After putting google maps and opera on it you almost would think it is a nice little phone. Read more
Published on August 26, 2008 by Ty
4.0 out of 5 stars Very usable and takes decent pictures
I've had this phone since October of 07 and it's held up very well to the abuse I've put it through. Read more
Published on July 6, 2008 by J. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars No On/Off Switch
Who was the idiot that decided to leave out an on/off switch? As a result, whenever there is a problem, you have to remove the back, pull out the battery, wait, reinsert the... Read more
Published on June 21, 2008 by J. Miller
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