BlackBerry Pearl 3G unboxing video and first impressions

BlackBerry Pearl 3G Video Unboxing
By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Jun 2010 11:00 am EDT
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Hands-On Unboxing Video and Kevin's First Impressions of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G and going the SureType lifestyle

Bla1ze already posted a great BlackBerry Pearl 3G review up here on the CrackBerry blogs (check it out if you missed it), but I just had to follow-up with a little unboxing video of my own. Bla1ze's Pearl 3G came as a review loaner unit from Rogers, so it actually didn't have the same packaging and stuff in the box that you'll get if you buy one of these devices for yourself. Having been jonesing to try the new Pearl out for a while now, I went down to my local Rogers dealer on Thursday evening (June 3rd) and picked one for myself and have been exclusively using the device for a full three days now. I recorded the unboxing video on Friday afternoon, halfway through the first day of use, and followed up Saturday and Sunday putting the new Pearl to everyday use. Keep reading for the unboxing video and some first impressions.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G unboxing video and first impressions

My Quick Impressions after using the BlackBerry Pearl 3G for a few days....

It's been a pretty interesting few days with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G to say the least. First the disclaimer - I have never been a BlackBerry Pearl user nor a real SureType user. The original BlackBerry Pearl 81xx candy bar I've used for a total of 7 minutes in my life. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip I used just long enough to pump out a review on it when it was still the pre-release BlackBerry "kickstart." And even on my BlackBerry Storms, both the 9530 and 9550, I've always gone for either the full qwerty in landscape or the narrow full qwerty in portrait. Suffice to say, having to really use SureType after being such a full qwerty guy for so long has been an experience.  Let's go through this..

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G Hardware Reactions

Size - It's really small. It's really light in weight. These are both good things, making it very pocketable and very much like that little cell phone you may have used to own before entering the world of smartphones (or if you were an original Pearl owner you're going to feel it's just perfect). To be honest, for me it almost feels a little too small and lightweight compared to my BlackBerry Bold 9700. I like to carry around my device in my jeans or jacket pocket. The 9700 is small enough that it doesn't get in the way too much, yet big enough that I always know where it is. I've been finding with the Pearl 3G that I sometimes am losing track of where the phone is on my body. In the hands, the device is pretty small. I'm not a big fan of the skin that comes with the device, but think using a slightly thicker hard/soft skin might help with the overall feel and grip. I think some people will simply love the size of this device. Others won't. That's why RIM is a believer in making different form factors - hopefully one of their devices will fit you like a glove.

Speed - It's fast. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G really is the Bold 9700 shrunk down. It's snappy to use. The WiFi seems quick. Everything on it seems quick. I've been very, very, very happy with the overall speed of use of the operating system. The fact that it performs so well despite its tiny size really makes me really look forward to the components RIM will jam into the next generation of full qwerty. 

Battery Life - I really had two question marks to answer that would determine whether the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a device I can use longterm or not - battery life, and whether I can really get used to SureType. The battery life on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is OK. Using it full days Friday, Saturday and Sunday (off the charger at 6am to 7am, back on between midnight and 1am) the Pearl 3G managed to make it through each and every day. On day one, Friday, I put the device through pretty heavy "normal" use. Tons of phone calls, lots of web browsing sessions, and I installed a few apps, including Twitter which checks for updates pretty regularly. On the Friday I basically hit "red" just as I went to bed. It was a close one. Saturday and Sunday were quieter days on the device, and I went to bed without hitting yellow. I think for average consumers, you should be ok making the day. If you're a more hardcore user, which may include you if you visit a site like CrackBerry.com on a regular basis, then you may not be totally happy with battery life. It definitely doesn't match the 9700. You could always run the device on Edge, in which case you can go quite a bit longer, but that's something I think most people would rather not have to worry about. Conclusion: I think if I had to I could live with the battery life on the Pearl 3G, but I'd rather not have to worry about it at all so have a feeling I'm going to be a BlackBerry Bold 9700 user again soon.

Other Hardware Stuff - Everything else is pretty good. I like the display resolution - the 360 by 400 is quite nice actually. The first thing I did was change the default font size to 7 from 8 (I might even go down to 6) because it's crisp and clear and you can view a ton of messages in your inbox when you shrink the font a bit. For general web browsing the resolution is decent too. The camera seems to work pretty well, and I've been very happy with voice call quality. It's an all around great performing device.

Let's talk about using SureType on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Let's start with the conclusion. SureType isn't bad. It's actually quite good and it didn't take me long to get used to it, but that said I'd rather have a full qwerty.

The traditional SureType keyboard on the Pearl 3G places two letters on each button, except for M and L which each have their own key (and my brain keeps thinking the delete key should be where the L key is for some reason, which is a bit frustrating). To use SureType, you really just put your faith into the software. In SureType mode, you just hit a button once for each letter you want in the word you're trying to spell and the software pretty much knows what you want to type and will help you autocomplete words or pick from the drop down list of words it thinks you're trying to spell.  That probably sounds a bit confusing, but once it's in your hand it really isn't. When you're doing things like passwords, it kicks back to multitap mode, where you simply tap once for the first letter on a button, and twice for the second letter. That ensures you don't mess up too badly when doing more complicated bits of text entry.

If you KNOW HOW TO SPELL WORDS and type in nice complete phrases that are fairly devoid of slang and crazy uses of random punctuation and capitalization, then SureType is really quick. I've known SureType people in the past who are quicker on it than they are on a full qwerty, which I can understand how that is the case (especially as words auto complete you save yourself some keystrokes). You definitely need to pay attention to what you're typing on SureType more than you do on a full qwerty though. With a small keyboard like the Pearl 3G you need to watch what buttons you're hitting as you type and you need to watch what's happening on the auto suggestion/completion side of things. Similar to typing on a touchscreen, you need to engage your brain a little more in the typing experience vs. a full physical qwerty. But if you pay attention and don't make any typing errors, you can really hum along.

However, if you're not a great speller or don't have perfect dexterity as you're typing what you want to spell out, it's easy to run a mess on SureType... and when you do you spend a lot more time fixing your mistakes vs. on a full qwerty where if you mess up a letter you just keep pounding out your message. My SureType skills really went downhill when I was out a friend's birthday party on Saturday night. With both a little less focus and dexerity (as a result of drinking Campari of course), I had to re-type and explain myself on more than a few BBM messages I sent because the autocompleted words were not the words I meant to type out. Moving around the keyboard is simply more of a dancing act as well. On a full qwerty you have a caps key on both the left and right side of the keyboard. On the Pearl 3G it's only the right hand side. Doing words mid sentence with caps (especially with words that start with M or N or J -- close to the caps key) are a bit of a pain in the butt. Doing the @ symbol for email addresses is also a bit of pain. And as mentioned above, it's a little tricky when you want to write messages that are less than perfect in form. Typing out a BBM to my gf with a phrase like "you're looking HOT tonight BaBy!!!!!" is just way too much effort on a Pearl 3G compared to a full qwerty. The other issue is that you have to teach SureType all those swears and slang terms you like to use. I really wish RIM would just include them by default. 

If you read between the lines above, the conclusion I have come to is that SureType is actually a little bit backwards for the target market of the phone. The Pearl 3G is geared towards consumers, who tend to write messages with a lot of slang, a lot of short form words, and a lot of WeIrD capitlization and punctuation (I'm this type of person). For formal writing, aka business/professional type message typing, the Pearl 3G really is awesome. But when writing messages where I'm injecting my personality into the writing (slang, weird punctuation, etc.), then I find SureType takes more effort then I really want to put into it.

So just like the battery, I could easily get used to SureType and live with it, but in a world where I have a device like the Bold 9700 that is still pretty darn small and gives me that full keyboard ease of typing, it becomes much harder for me to want use the Pearl 3G. In all honesty, I REALLY wish RIM would have taken a closer look at the keyboard on teh Palm Pixi before they went ahead and finalized the keyboard design on the Pearl 3G. The Palm Pixi's full qwerty keyboard is tiny, but is awesome to use, and I'm pretty sure RIM could have fit a keyboard like that onto the Pearl if they wanted to. That would realllly take the device to the next level for me. And heck, they're already taking the Palm Pre's form factor with the Bold slider, so why not borrow the Pixi's design for the Pearl's keyboard. :)

Closing Thoughts for Now

After three days of use, you should really take this write up for what it's worth.... in complete. I'm going to try and stick with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G for a bit. Maybe with time my SureType gripes will disappear. I guess my big hesitation here is that SureType sort of requires you to bend your behaviour to the way it works best, whereas I prefer a situation where the device/os will bend to how I want to use it. But I'm willing to bed, so who knows, maybe once I get flexible with SureType it'll become a better solution for me than a full qwerty ever was.

Overall, I think the BlackBerry Pearl 3G really is an awesome update to the original BlackBerry Pearl 81xx series, packing a ton of performance into a small form factor. I think there are literally millions of soon to be BlackBerry Pearl owners out there who are going to be extremely happy to call this device their own. 

76 comments

antdagod

its all about android phones every other phone. i use to to have a lame bb but i am now a droid owner and happy about it. i'll put my droid up against your bb any time and watch me utterly destroy you lol.
i know this is wackberry.com but i don't give a, my only reason for coming here is to laugh at you dumb ass bb users and talk shit about how much better android phones are lol. i will continue to come here and preach the word of android simply because i can and because i know you all hate that lol.
but the truth is the truth, get a android and you'll forget all about a bb. the list of things androids can do that a bb can't is just shamefull, it use to be cool to have a bb now its just sad lol. i know some people have to have a bb, their job requires it but if you're not one of those persons and you have a bb then you're a clown.
the droid alone is better than every single bb out and lets not even talk about the nexus 1, droid incredible or the new evo 4g and the list is growing. just wait until you see the line up of phones that android are getting ready to release, its going to blow your mind.
R.I.P RIM and iphone, its a new king in town lol. p.s. im aware of my typos and poor grammar but this is a commet on a internet website and not a college essay, im not being graded on this so spare me the various "you have poor grammar comments" android is the best, what else can i say? haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

TannerSD398

Obvious Troll Is Obvious Man. This Is Crackberry, A BLACKBERRY SITE. Your Welcomed To Your Own Opinion.

But This Whole Android And iPhone Thing Needs To Stop. Your Not Contributing Nothing To The Blackberry Community.

JasW

This troll got what he wanted -- the entire first page filled with responses to his agitation.

jussimple

Its funny to me that no one else noticed that his post is a direct carbon copy of the post in the OS6 thread. He's not even trying. I wonder how many other places he posted this. Any case, its a ploy at antagonism. He achieved it. Moving on now...

lpstreetsoldierm

Stop bitching over a phone. BB users have a BB because they CHOSE to get it. Go do something meaningful with your life, or at least attempt to.

webmastir

yes we know android is better, which is why im moving soon, but did you really have write an entire page of stupid pointless babble just to get across what you could've said in two words? "get android." ?

elwea

I like bb. droid you like, do not judge others, you are a fan boy just frustrated.

elwea

I like bb. droid you like, do not judge others, you are a fan boy just frustrated.

Ryoohk

go spred your crap else where.

us BB users like to use are phones for what there made for not to just run app and play all day, we use ares for work.

nereuszeer

Nice to see that you are just copying/pasting this comment across a ton of blog posts. Glad to see Android has made you so creative. And what do you expect on a BB site? Users are here because they like BB for whatever the reason. Go troll somewhere else no one cares about you. If we wanted Android we'd get one and wouldn't go preaching here about it.

Spawn12

Hey douchebag i have an Android handset...in the UK we have the HTC Desire....yeh sure its great, very fast and looks nice...but has it made me forget my BB9700??...NOPE it hasnt..as much as i like the Android platform...i still use my BB9700 more...dont know why but theres something about the BB that i cant quite figure out.

So yeh of course the Android is great blah blah but personally it doesnt even come close to my BB...personally dont give a care if it destroys my BB...what im and i would imagine most people are interested in is whether or not it is any good as a daily business device...at the moment id give the BB a thumbs up and the Android a thumbs down.

But really douchebag posting what you just did makes you look like a retard.

antdagod

thanks for the complinment. also good way to fake it, when all else fails JUST LIE ABOUT IT, i like your stlye but your lies mean nothing because if you indeed had an desire then you would have forgot about your bold 97whatever.

infinus


I think Google has really zombie your little brain...
Man....
Android is very dangerous....
I don't want to be like him after buying android...

Spawn12

Really??..wow you sound like an apple fanboi in all honesty.

Ive used plenty of devices for the past 5 yrs or so and i have to say nothing and i mean nothing comes close to my BB...now i know what really bothers you because i have a Desire Android and i dont see all the fuss with it..in fact its sat in its box gathering dust...ill either give it away or sell it, thats how much i think of it.

Sorry but Android has a looooonnnng way to go before it gets anywhere close to RIMs market share...and numbers dont lie fanboi lol.

And if you dont want to be called a douchebag then stop acting like one you muppet.

weblou

You just made ALL droid users look bad bro..... I think they should remove that phone from you before it loses value.. Im assuming your what 18 -19 years old?? Virgin right? Leave at home with your mom yes? Here's tip...get a life before you get a phone ;)
Maybe if you do that just maybe your highlight of the day wouldn't be tell people ". i'll put my droid up against your bb any time and watch me utterly destroy you lol."

Thank god most droid users here are not like

puffski

Bahahah LOVE iit !!(Virgin right?!) Everyones entitled to their own opinions but that guy seems like a genuine douch bag! Everyone has there own preference of device, don't trash others just cuz they don't have an android you fool ! Bahaha grow up !

weblou

seriously lol... i know maybe the virgin things was pushing it but wtv lol... I don't understand why people claim that this is the best or that is the best.... what's best for someone maybe the worst thing for someone else. At the end of the day there just phones that are here to make our lives easier. The way this guy speaks is like he has dreams of him and he's droid taking over the world lol..... Like I said some people just need to get a life.

pineypl

I have used a Moto Droid for a bit and it does not compare to a BB for those who are really into business email, and professional use, 'nuff said.

You like Android, good for you, go use it and be happy, most of us here like BB, we use BB and we are happy.

Bye.

skynny70

You must have a sweet life if this is how you spend your time.

shacknews

Is your life really that bad now?

I know being confined to a wheel chair must be tough, but resorting to becoming an internet troll to get your kicks is just stupid and you feel the same way at night wondering why your life is in this spinning circle of which you cant change.

Go for a stroll on your wheel chair if that makes you feel any better. Go rap too.

Posting the same thing on an internet forum is something people with mental and health problems do.

Nobody cares if you're alone and have fabricated a story about being shot 5 times.

Get a life 2 cent.

infinus

I think some BlackBerry owner stole
Your girlfriend or some valuable possession...
You come here and say same repeated stuffs...
...
You love attention...
Don't you.

Calm before the Storm

Hey copy and paste boy! get a life!! As you know, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon processors just shipped and guess who they are going to? You'll be back! By the way, why are you such an Android yourself? Mindless.

unbreakable

Phones are like fads, ppl go with what ever is hot at the moment. Android now, what's next? You say it yourself antdagod. It was RIM and then APPLE. You said it all. I have a BB by the way and enjoying.

unbreakable

Phones are like fads, ppl go with what ever is hot at the moment. Android now, what's next? You say it yourself antdagod. It was RIM and then APPLE. You said it all. I have a BB by the way and enjoying.

krgronbach

Can't you revoke this DOUCHEBAG's account or something??

danageplan

Droid keybo = epic fail nothing beats a full bb keybo, check out kevins hierarchy of smartphones and realize your droid is an overpowered buggy piece of shit.

SamManning17

Then you realize your a total moron with a wannabe iphone hahha incredible is made to compete with the 3gs which came out a year ago cool the 4g will take a long time for the android platform to touch haha the thing I like about blackberrys is that they aren't trying to be the iphone or android and they are still successful stop coming on here and wasting your time use your android as a dildo while you look at the mew iphone later

vx1

looks pretty good, I am still 9700 heavy hehe can't get into the 2 letters per key
but definitely looks cool :)

Garet070489

Wow the BB Pearl 3G looks cooler than I expected! Sense you have two I'll be happy to take the other one, and I could test it for ya! ;)

bobaloo

SureType took me a while to get used to on my storm, but it's really great for me now. I can use full layout or SureType interchangebly for the most part. when I have to enter passwords or lots of proper nouns is when I will switch to landscape full layout. Oh, websites too.

Also, for caps, you can press and hold a button and the letter will capitself for you. I rarely hit the caps key unless I want to delete a character after the cursor.

lastly, SureType learns as you go. and for things it gets confused on, there's the autotext and dictionary which will certainly make a big difference for a permanent Pearl user.

antdagod

is everyone loving my android campaign? lol i hope so because it will continue. why? BECAUSE I CAN and BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ALL HATE IT LOL!

bobaloo

actually, it made me laugh. I mean, you're not going to sway me one way or the other, your delivery is clearly juvenile, but it was still funny the first time I read it.

i do wish you'd change it up a bit, though. Copy/paste the same old thing is boring!!!!!!!!

Solid B for funny on the first post of yours I saw

D- for effort after that

lewisc1979

My bowel movements are wittier, funnier, and make more sense than anything you have to say. Perhaps Android has an app that can make you as cool as my bowel movements. On second thought, probably not.

Ryoohk

look cool but i'm just not a fan of the smaller keyboard.
i need my full qwerty :P

pkcable

Don't feed the you know what. ;)

deterrent

looks great, hope crackberry goner have a pearl giveaway :)soon.

bobaloo

bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

I'm not positive if this is you, but judging from the punctuation, song titles, age, and dialect, I'd be surprised if it's not

http://www.datpiff.com/profile/antdagod

In any case,

you are a

laaaaahooooooooooo..... zaaaaaheeeerrrrrrrrrrrr

enjoy everyone!

xolanir

Love the new styling and functionality of the phone. Looks really good.

@antdagod - just cos you think you can rap, doesn't make you a blogger dude. Everyone wants to be a "g". You're about 10 yrs late in the game homie, even the "g's" traded the hood street for wallstreet. Go back to school and get a real education otherwise you'll be mixtaping it for the rest of your life dude!

bellxx

I love this phone been waiting years for a power pearl and want it in white!

antdagod

haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa i had to go to http://www.datpiff.com/profile/antdagod and see who this ANTDAGOD clone is. at first i thought it was some fake bullshit one of crackberry addicts fabercaited but it is indeed REAL LOL im sorry (not to sorry) to say but no, that is not me only similarities i share with that guy is the name.

i might be a lot of things but i am not cripple lol or whatever or black, nothing against black or cripple people (im not rascist adleast i don't think i am) but i do like myself some good ol rap music and from what i heard that guy is pretty good i'll be sure to go back and listen entirely.

seeing it is that he raps and makes songs or whatever he probably has a bb which is LAME (rappers love to rap from their bb) hey, antdagod my cripple freind lol you need to get yourself a droid anyone will do.

i thought ANTDAGOD was sort of a unique name with the spelling and all i guess nothing is oringinal might have to change it to ANT THA GOD or ANT THE GOD to stand out. anyhow lets not get side tracked from the topic at hand and that's android destroying bb

danageplan

No push notifications.
No encryption
and no compression, have fun getting anal raped on data charges as the datapocalypse aproaches.

braydonluvspink

I like this phone but like my bold 9700 betttteeeerrrrrrr

John Yester

Wow "God the ant" That's pretty scary!.....................

antdagod

"god the ant" i like it or maybe GODDAANT lol

xolanir

*yawn* dude this is getting boring. You are like 3 hours ago man. You and your droid sound like you have "little man syndrome". First go grow a pair of descent ones before you can come play with the big boys and try to have a pissing contest. Your rant is doing nothing but showing you how tight of a community BB owners are. So please do us a favor and keep playing with you cyborg, cgi wanna be phone and we'll pretend like we care about what you think. Nuff said "g"!

bobaloo

bwahahah.

Great sleuthing, danageplan.

reading his tweets cracked me up.

I thought finding his rap CD site was funny, but those tweets are pure gold!

inhert716

You must really be a loser if you have nothing better to do with your life then too troll and start arguments

thynameisjamar

I see there is definitely no need for moderators in the comments section. It seems like the user and abusers massive can handle the "riff-raff" all on our own haha! And @antdagod, if your end up still doing mixtapes @ 30 trying to get a deal, your life is #outofcontrol...

davidnc

Why don't you get a life and shut your piehole , seems like you would be surfing with that great phone of yours if you had one then instead of posting here so you really dont have one ,,, pppprobably , hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, But I have to admit your post are very entertaining hahahaha

puja_g

I want this phone so bad! But knowing my luck, RIM will produce another pearl 3g with better memory a few months after this one comes out, lol. So I think I'll just wait @_@

tumer

Wow you have an android wow so your a forty year old virgin then ?

tumer

What happens if google starts charging these companies to use there android software then what ?

Cyrilmak

You sir make me laugh hard. BlackBerry's destroy any other platform when it comes to what a PHONE is supposed to be used for: Communication. That simple. Now Piss off please.

tino6003

Anybody know when RIM will put out anything worth looking at? I mean seriously all there doing is taking a piece of terd and polishing it and expecting us to buy it! the Slider looks nice, but Blackberry 6 looks like something from the 70's, the Clamshell Blackberry? whose idea was that? Dumbass! Hey RIM its 2010, get with the times! If the EVO would come out for at&t, i be quick to jump ship!

HTC_Droid_EvO

This shot in his hand looks cluncky and kinda lame...but I have seen other shots of this phone and it looks pretty good esspecially the 2 tone colors, they should try that more often with out over-doing it.

rynbeed

Can't wait for this to come to Verizon... It's going to be my "vacation" phone. For in-between terms and when I take trips; Small, looks cool and has all the bells and whistles. Perfect for still having all the nice things BB offers without taking up all the room in my pocket.

The Bold will be for during the school term when I need to pass around heavy emails, documents, will need a bigger screen and full keyboard.

Plus ever since I experienced it on the 9550 I have been a huge fan of SureType. Will be cool to have that on one of my devices again. Once I got into it SureType was way faster then the full qwerty for me.

converteddroid

First the Bloods and Crips and now this!? LMAO

What an exciting life some people must lead, to have so much time to come to a site that in no way helps or needs them and and troll around. I guess some people just need attention after being abandoned by their parents. And as for the spelling comments, these comment boxes have spell check. Obviously you just can't spell.

BluCheze

New iphone came was revealed and it is much better than this. Bye RIM!

tnewton3

It looks pretty sweet, I have been close to switching to the pearl many of times and the new one makes it that much harder to deny. What can I say I like a smaller phone on one hand and I like the 9000 on the other.
But with the 9800 within a month of release there is no way anything will make me stray.
Good review Kev.

kwkid

Thanks for the excellent review Kevin. As the Pearl was my first BB, and I still carry fond memories of it, I am glad to see such an unbiased review and open commentary. Keep posting and I'll keep reading.

DrLouie

Thanks Kevin. Are you going to give this one away as well? That would be great.

psychotron

Really like the look of the phone, but just.. can't.. use a BB without a full keyboard. Just can't. I know it'll never happen, but I'd love to see a Curve with the same color fade. I can always dream.....

dariuscuh

Naw, I just wait and see what the Storm3 have to offer, by the way great video kev. =)

bgwavrder

Gotta disagree with Kevin on this one. Great phone for the girls. Not so sure about someone with big hands even though it is a sure type phone.

justineporter

I love the look of this phone, and a Pearl was my first BB. I played with this new phone at Telus last week, But I just can't see myself going back to not having a full keyboard..

geojim

Well, I know this is a Pearl review, but the "Android is Great" injection caught my attention. Cause over the last few years my collection of phones includes at least every major OS--iPhone 3G, Palm Pre, Sprints Android Hero, every BB sprint has put out since the 8800, and I currently have the Tour...I always returned quick to the Berry.

Well, I was interested in the EVO--the screen size and several of the Apps, WiFi Tether, 4G. So last Friday, I got my ear in an EVO, but still have my Tour...After doing a lot of reading and knew I could do the "root" thing and launch wifi tethering, just to get away from the 29.00 up charge from sprint. My phone plans and bills where about 190/month--Simply Unlimited Everything, and a wireless card...Out of almost six thousand minutes a month, only about 800 where prime time. So, upgraded the data card to the EVO, put both phone on the 1500 min share, simply everything data, add the 10$ EVO data up charge, I am at 139.00/month for both phones...

Quick review--Pro: screen size and resolution, Browser, neat Apps(Google Sky and Maps Navigation),another cool app: Craigslist, hands down it blows away what I did using Viigo on the BB (Viigo was my favorite and most used app) Wild WiFi 4G tether--all great. Cons: but....the battery sucks, the thing is very lonely when unplugged and dies quickly--yes I have tried all the power management techniques turn this off this on ,etc...but GPS? now my weather update doesn't work!!! Heck, Jobs made this a cornerstone in his keynote yesterday, and their is a lot of truth to this. In time, it will evolve--battery tech, app tech for power management. And the most frustrating thing, when in sleep mode, you have to reach up to the top and press this small button to bring alive...argh!!!

So, in closing, my Tour is always at my side, fully charged to take on the whole day plus more, ready to send and receive emails messages at BIS lighting pace with the tactile full qwerty keyboard, that I can long press L key to call my LoverGirl, or touch the O key to access options. Ready to work with efficiency, but longs for a day off and a killer Browser while the EVO sits in the Truck Tethered to its Mom, the Mac's power supply, yet provides Wild 4G WiFi and comes out to play only a few times a day.

Sorry, if off topic from the Pearl, but after reading comments it felt like the right place, just as each platform has its place, and each platform does something well and each needs to be improved. I am a happy Sprint customer, have been for over 12 years--Originally Nextel--plus they have been the only network to provide 3G where I live. And, soon I will be upgrading the Tour to the Sprint Bold...aka Tour2???? An Ear in both Boats....

The Consigliere

Man, I've got to admit that I'm liking this new Pearl so far. I don't think I'd actually get one for the simple fact that at this point I'm just too used to the full keyboard of my 8310 so for me it's going to be the 9700 but if I could swing it I'd definitely do what rynbeed suggested & get this AND the 9700 that way I'd have the size & power of both worlds! IF only!! Anyway, enough wishful thinking, can't wait to see another review of what this thing can really do.

malkalv88

At first I scoffed at a candy bar BB phone. Now after seeing this, I would actually buy this phone. Its very functional and powerful too. Still gotta give the nod to the white Bold though. X-DDD

dazzle8900

what is up with the prick going on with android? woo wee he has a android phone lets see how long he has it for bb has been out for years with no faults and android is fresh so there is faults to come sure if you go on some websites the nexus 1 has come down in price for what cause its not selling and thats probably why there moving to samsung,lg,motorola and etc because they cant sell HTC you wouldnt see nokia or blackberry to of the best out there just wait and see what bb has to come starting with the 9800 slide come on bb o nearly forgot android maybe on a high at the min but wait for bb 6 and windows 7 u wil see android dropping like flies BB 4eva

dazzle8900

i liked the pearl 3g video until kev started to bring in his white 9700 so when are you putting this up for comp lol i want it in white now looks nice with the chrome u no u want the pearl now lol GOOD WORK KEEP IT UP

soo007

i owned a pearl 8100 and 8120. both were beautiful phones. on the 8120 i've written a 10 page paper using word to go using multitap. i am a big fan of suretype but i do faster with multitap. i can't wait for this phone for t-mobile.

hl

I like my Pearl. Until VZ gets the iphone (if they do), I'll keep my 2+ yo 8130. I like the new styling and wish VZ would get this. I can't image how difficult it would be to go back to qwerty typing (like my keyboard!) after getting so used to using SureType!