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BlackBerry Pearl 8100c Phone, Red (AT&T)
 
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BlackBerry Pearl 8100c Phone, Red (AT&T)

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.21 inches, 1.96 inches, 0.57 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: 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000O1D36S
  • Item model number: 8100c
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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This major update to the popular 7105 brings the BlackBerry experience to a whole new level. The BlackBerry 8100c 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 8100c Pearl.



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Design
Like the BlackBerry 7105, the BlackBerry 8100c 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 8100c Pearl's handset's diminutive size possible. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your typing speed.

The BlackBerry 8100c Pearl sports a large 240 x 260 screen that supports over 65,000 colors--plenty of real estate to view your emails, 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 8100c 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 8100c 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. The unit comes with built-in ringtones, and more ringtones are available from Cingular's MEdia Net mobile Web service.



See the 8100c Pearl in detail (black version shown).
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 8100c Pearl is a different kind of BlackBerry device, it still delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With BlackBerry service plans from Cingular, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email 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 8100c 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 8100c 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 Cingular's EDGE high speed data network. Instant messaging and wireless messaging are also built into the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl. MMS messages can be received and forwarded (Cingular messaging charges apply).

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

Imaging and Entertainment
The BlackBerry 8100c 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 MEdia Net service).

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry 8100c 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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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price... April 23, 2007
Pros:

- Sleek enough to be perceived as a regular cell phone and yet comfortable for browsing and mail checking

- Highly intuitive OS and Menu

- Track ball is a welcome change

- Nice screen

- All the typical blackberry functionality available.

- A lot of other features that can be expected from a smartphone, such a camera, MP3 player, Calendar, PC sync, etc...

- This quasi-qwerty keyboard takes a day or two to get used to but the "suretype" software works sooooo well that you will be amazed. In about 90% of the typing I do on this phone, It works just like a normal qwerty keyboard. Entering names and web addresses at times requires manual intervention, otherwise the software takes care of everything. You have to try it to believe it.

Cons:

- Supports only EDGE. 3G is definitely faster and it becomes strikingly painful when you are trying to do a lot of information searching in a small period of time, mostly when you are on the road. But for the most part, it does its job

- Battery life. Nothing to brag about but then I heard that other phones in the category have worse battery performances. So, I guess I will have to live with it. I am sure if I search the web, I can find articles on how to minimize battery usage. On less than moderate use, it lasts about 2 days.

- The headset that comes with it is a joke. And the headphone jack is not a standard one. So, if you actually want to use it as an MP3 player, you have to purchase the converter for the jack for $15 approx and then use your headphone with it. I personally view this as a very cheap tactic.

Overall, it is a great phone.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so phone. July 1, 2007
First, the call quality is very good- much better than my Motorola SLVR v8. If you're looking for a good phone, with a few extra "smart phone" features, this is a good choice.

Some observations after owning this phone for 2 months:
1) SLOW. Everything about the phone is slow from the applications to the AT&T EDGE network. This is NOT a 3G phone, and it shows.
2) The size is great, small and lightweight
3) The software that syncs with your computer (I use a mac) is very good.
4) Scratches easily. The phone is plastic, and the color (including the fake metal) rubs or chips off.
5) It requires a blackberry data plan from AT&T. It is VERY expensive, and probably not worth it. If you complain enough to the AT&T reps, they will give you an unlimited smart phone plan for a quarter of the price.
6) You will want to install additional software like Google Maps.
7) The battery is not very good
8) The the media player is poor
9) The ringer is very quiet
10) The keyboard is very easy to use, after you get used to it.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the Phone - Be Cautious of Amazon June 7, 2007
First, I really like the blackberry pearl. It is great phone that gets great reception and has a lot of useful features. However, the real reason I am writing a review is to alert you that that phones may be refurbished even though they say new. After I received my phone, I was having weird security issues (i.e. not allowing out-going calls, password protection, etc.). I worked with the blackberry administrator for my firm and he said it was due to the fact my phone was refurbished. I contacted amazon, and after a few rounds of emails, they finally admitted that due to a problem with the vendor the phone was refurbished. Amazon never made any effort to contact me before this to alert me that the phone they sold me was refurbished. I am currently in the process of trying to get a "new" phone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great looking device, but not all I hoped for June 9, 2007
I had been researching the Pearl for a month or so before I decided this was the phone/device I was going to buy to replace my regular cell phone. While the Pearl performs well, it has its quirks. The phone has frozen up on me a few times. Nothing major and never when it was urgent or important. Usually while browsing the web. I have figured out the reason for the freezing of the phone (at least in my situation) is because of the web page content that is trying to load onto the phone. There is either too much Java script for the phone to handle, or simply too many graphics. You can change the settings of the phone to avoid this, but I find that to be a pain for only a hand full of sites I've had issues with. And sometimes, they load correctly. Typing on the phone does take some time but after enough practice (and patience!), you will be comfortable with it in about a week or two. Navigating through the phones options/settings is a bit confusing. Pairing with other bluetooth phones has been a problem. I have not been successful at this. However, pairing with a bluetooth headset has been no problem. Overall, it's a great little device. Don't expect it to work like your home computer and if you have big fingers, the typing may be an issue. One odd problem was the AC Adapter/Charge for my phone began to melt one night. Not a pleasant experience. But after contacting Cingular, they shipped a replacement charger at no charge. Other than that, and the previous mentioned quirks, I would still recommend this phone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Pearl
I was looking for a basic phone to use in emergencies pretty much and this phone fits the bill. I don't have a data plan (I got that instead for my wifes Curve as she needs to... Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by S. Jimenez
2.0 out of 5 stars Half a BlackBerry with half the satisfaction
I am not impressed with my Blackberry Pearl 8100 from AT&T. I wanted to step up a notch in smart phones from the Motorola SLVR and this was the best deal at the time. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Mike A
2.0 out of 5 stars This phone has a few issues.
I've had this phone a little over a year now, and I'm not impressed with it. My experiences with the Pearl are as follows. Read more
Published on May 8, 2008 by lennus
2.0 out of 5 stars Great form factor, unimpressive performance.
Its been now 7 months that I've owned this phone. When I saw it for the first time, I was impressed by its look and the innovative new keyboard style and the track ball. Read more
Published on April 14, 2008 by Albin Antony
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
I'm a total novice and this Blackberry Pearl has been much easier to use than I could have hoped for. Read more
Published on January 24, 2008 by tkdtko
2.0 out of 5 stars Good phone, lousy pda functions
I have had this phone for about 4 months. The size is very good and it feels good in the hand. The phone and PTT functions work very well. The e-mail works as advertised. Read more
Published on December 15, 2007 by David C. Sweet
4.0 out of 5 stars Converted non-BlackBerry believer
I was the one to make fun of people addicted to their BlackBerrys, now I am one of them. The Pearl is the perfect size for all that it holds, it has great features and an awesome... Read more
Published on December 7, 2007 by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN TOOL!
This phone is perfect for "adults" who need a smartphone but want the features of an I-POD. In my line of work I spend alot of time alone taking readings, so I like to listen to... Read more
Published on September 24, 2007 by all4kids
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go Wrong
I was skeptical buying a phone from Amazon and if anyone else is do not worry about it. I bought this phone from Amazon and it was exactly as advertised. Read more
Published on July 29, 2007 by Jeffrey T. Speer
5.0 out of 5 stars Red is Beautiful
Awesome little phone, emailer, browser, etc. It's like having a tiny computer in the palm of your hand. Read more
Published on June 24, 2007 by SRQ Guy
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