Accessory Review: Innov 8 Systems BerryBUDDY Cradle for the BlackBerry Pearl 8100

By Gary Mazo on 13 Dec 2007 01:45 pm EST
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BerryBUDDY Cradle for the BlackBerry Pearl 8100

Take Charge of your BlackBerry Pearl 8100 with Style!

One of the things I have always wished my BlackBerry came with was a desktop cradle. Back in the days of Palm handhelds and Windows Mobile devices, I often found the cradle as a great accessory – it looked cool as well!

BlackBerrys ship with a wall charger and a USB cable – which are both functional, but lack the ability to really support and charge the BlackBerry at the same time. I know I have knocked my BlackBerry off my desk more than once.

Enter Innov 8 Systems and their BerryBUDDY Cradle for BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Available from ShopCrackBerry.com, this sleek looking Cradle for the BlackBerry Pearl is stylish, functional and very well designed and made. It might just be the perfect solution to your BlackBerry Charging needs.

New Kids on the BlackBerry Accessory Block

Innov 8 Systems seems to be a newcomer in the world of BlackBerry accessories. Their web site offers information on their products (which seem limited to the Berry Buddy.) 

The "Official" Word on the BerryBUDDY Cradle: The new BerryBuddy from Innov 8 Systems has been hailed as 'the new dawn in mobile phone technology'. The concept being to create a desktop cradle which compliments the smartphone in both form and functionality.

This unique cradle is designed and manufactured to the very highest specification using an injection molded ABS construction and the very latest in electronic technology making it both light in weight and extremely robust.

BerryBUDDY - empty

An elegant combination of flowing curves and clean lines and finished with a distinctive "jet black" coating.

With USB connectivity, power and sync LED's and both PC and Mac compatible every last detail has been carefully considered to support the smartphone.

  • Hi-gloss black finish
  • For home or office use
  • Sleek modern design
  • Charge and sync at the same time

Design

BerryBUDDY

The concept of the BerryBuddy is quite simple – to provide a secure place to both charge and connect your BlackBerry to your PC or Mac.

The BerryBUDDY is made of a very solid feeling plastic with a “Piano Black Lacquer” finish.  It is a reverse “V” shaped cradle. The BlackBerry sits nestled in the front of the charger.

BerryBUDDY

A mini USB plug is at just the right spot – so you just slide the charging port into the mini USB port on your BlackBerry.

BerryBUDDY

The BerryBUDDY is designed with two mini-USB ports underneath – one for attaching the included USB cable to the PC or Mac and one for attaching the AC power cord. In some ways, this seems like overkill since the BlackBerry can charge from the USB cable. There may be times, however, when you just want to charge the BlackBerry and not have it connected to the PC – so these two ports give you that option.

[ Editor's Note: The 8100 BerryBUDDY will not fit the Pearl 8120/8130 as is. I contacted the manufacturer to check the status, and here was the response: "We have an adaptor in production shortly that will be included with all new BerryBUDDY Cradles from January that will allow the 8120/8130 Model to be used with the BerryBUDDY. The adaptor will also be available from our resellers as a spare in case existing Pearl customers upgrade to the Pearl 8120/8130. The adaptor simply allows the 8120/8130 to sit in the cradle supported at the base, this is due to RIM changing the position of the USB port on the side of the handset." ]

Ease of Use

It doesn’t get a whole lot easier than this device – just plug in the charger and/or USB cable and then slide in the Pearl into the charging port.  The Pearl is held very securely in the charger and angled in a perfect way for the user to still be able to use the device.

To remove the BlackBerry from the cradle, just slide it to the right and it comes right off.

Limitations
There are a couple of limitations of the BerryBUDDY that are important to point out.  First, if you use a case for your BlackBerry, you will have to remove the BlackBerry from the case before charging. The fit is quite tight and there is no room for any extra bulk.

That brings me to the second limitation; the BerryBUDDY cannot accommodate a BlackBerry using an extended battery. Since extended batteries protrude from the back, they device becomes too “thick” to slide into the charger.

Overall Conclusions

The BerryBUDDY from Innov 8 Systems is a great accessory to add to your current stable of BlackBerry goodies. It is sleek, well made, functional and very simple to set up and use. As long as you don’t mind taking your BlackBerry out of its case and as long as you don’t use an extended life battery, this would be a great addition to any BlackBerry user’s desktop.

BerryBUDDY Review Summary:
BerryBUDDY Cradle for the BlackBerry Pearl 8100
Ratings

Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Functional
  • Well-made
  • Easy to set up and use

Cons:

  • Doesn't permit charging of extended battery

Buy Now:
Purchase the BerryBUDDY for the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 from ShopCrackBerry.com.

Reader comments

Accessory Review: Innov 8 Systems BerryBUDDY Cradle for the BlackBerry Pearl 8100

10 Comments

They already have one on the way bro , seen it over at BlackBerry Cool, and I agree excellent review of a great product

I have pics of the new Curve one coming out (looks the same..but for the Curve). :)

We'll have it in the store as soon as we can.

I am going to get one of these for my 8320 when it comes out. I will get the Seidio 1500mAh extended battery, which can be used with the regular Curve door. That way I can use this cradle AND have an extended-life battery. w00t!!

Between Politicians, Attorney's, and Marketing people, it is sometimes difficult to identify which is the most sleazy.

However, with statements like "the new dawn in mobile phone technology" I am voting for the Marketing people.

It is a piece of injection molded plastic!!!!

yeah, i like that the reviewer through in the "official marketing lines"...manufacturers of all products use that kind of lingo. i have a feeling if they quit using it that people might not buy. it's expected

oh well, great looking product regardless.

Be kind to those who flood the market with the same crap over and over, they wouldn't do it if we didn't buy it!!!

I like the idea, even though it is the 100th different one i have seen. It is smooth looking and all, and i would be interrested, but can it fit an 8130???

The BerryBUDDY now fits the 8110/8120/8130, i got one for my 8120, looks great, it has a small adaptor that sits at the base of your handset, still keeps the great looks of the cradle!