|The BlackBerry Pearl 8230 smartphone, with its voice-dialing and speakerphone hands-free features, is a good choice for smartphone lovers. This BlackBerry smartphone supports BlackBerry App World, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and other instant messaging services, providing the world of social media at your fingertips. The 2MP camera of this BlackBerry flip phone, with zoom, flash and video recording capabilities, allows you to capture your memorable moments that can then be viewed on the external as well as internal high-resolution color display of the BlackBerry Pearl 8230. The SureType QWERTY keyboard of this BlackBerry smartphone enhances the typing speed, for sending mails and messages. The built-in GPS capability of this BlackBerry flip phone will help you reach your desired destination, with helpful turn-by-turn directions.|
|Carrier||BELL Atlantic Mobile|
|Family Line||BlackBerry Pearl Flip|
|Storage Capacity||128 MB|
|Network Technology||CDMA2000 1X / EVDO|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD, MicroSDHC|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||900 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 210 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 216 hr|
|Display Technology||TFT LCD|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.6 in.|
|Display Resolution||240 x 320 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
Average review score based on 171 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This is a good value if you are looking for an entry level Blacberry phone. It's battery life is quite good, and the trackball makes navigation through its menus fairly easy. It has a wide range of apps and features many would find desireable in a phone. It has a decent internal memory, but shines better with a large capacity memory card. It has a visually clean and sleek appearance. as well as a compact form. You can drop it your pocket or a belt case and have quick easy access to all its features. The speakerphone is loud, clear and true to life sounding. The only downside is texting can be difficult if you are not used to "double tapping " the keys to change letters and numbers. Otherwise, it does what it is supposed to do.
This phone is an awesome phone! I recently switched from a droid eris to this phone and love it! It has all the apps on blackberry app world! Great Battery life! Internet is good on it! The sure type keyboard i love the most. If you are thinking about getting a droid but still want to keep a blackberry get this phone it does everything that a droid does only 10x better!! the phone is also very slim and has a great feel! Blackberry did a great job on this phone! A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (:
This is my first review. I would give this phone a 3 star rating. To those who wanted to experience Blackberry for the first time, this would be a great phone. One of the major downside is the processor. It lags sometimes, even when i wanted to make a phone cals, the first 3 digits usually appear all 3 at once as the phone process ( if you understand what i mean, it's hard to put it in word ). I would rate it as mediocre, but then, it has some other features that other flip phone might not have - WIFI and UMA. I save a lot of data by using WIFI. I don't really use UMA that much though; in fact I never used this features. the learning curve of using this phone is about 2 - 3 days, it has a very different kind of keypad. I don't really like to use the Dictionary ( auto - text ) as my mother tongue is not english, so i prefer to use the multitap type feature. The first few days, you'll get annoyed with the keypad, but once you've mastered it, it works like a charm.Taking pictures with this phone is not recommended, and there's 2 vertical line on the sides of the screen when in camera mode. The lines are also clearly visible on my friends 8220.
conclusion : It's an "OK" phone, and is recommended for girls as the flip feature makes it easy enough to be stored inside the purse.
Pros : WIFI ( save a lot on data ), battery life is ok compared to other Blackberry Phone, Small compact size, offers most of the features smartphone.
Cons : slow processor leads to lags, low quality pictures from camera, need to spend few days to learn how the keypad functions ( typing ), and the web browser experience too, mainly because of the small LCD.
Phone works well but seems to be cheaply made. Reminds me of one of those cheap prepaid trac phones. The screen has a side to side movement when phone is open, and the battery door doesn't fit tight when on. It's really light weight, and seems to be hollow. All in all I would only use this phone for a back up. I think the first time it got dropped that would be the end of it.
I bought this one used, as a replacement for one that was stolen, since they are no longer made. My 1st order of business was to upgrade the OS to V18.104.22.1685 which makes it very stable (available on the Crackberry website, as is the procedure for installing it). This corrects the frequent reboot cycle in earlier OS's like V22.214.171.124, which is the latest T-mobile officially supports.
I especially like how the menus are laid out & the calandar, notes, password Keeper & calculator functions. I've also used the camera features, which are OK, but no substitute for a real point & shoot camera. As a phone, the 8220 is OK, but not excellent. However, I really like the PDA capabilities it has, since I'm a Palm TX refugee. Additionally, this phone is WiFi capable.
Unfortunately, T-mobile will not sell you a new BlackBerry without a data plan. The 8220 flip can hook to the internet via any WiFi network you have regular access to with your computer (with the same restrictions), but without a data plan. We subscribe to the @home service where any WiFi network can be used for calls without impacting your monthly minute allotment [uma connection]. Although you can try to surf the net, real surfing is pretty frustrating since the phone is so slow. Further, most sites that support BB devices do so only with limited functionality with the 8220 flip.
Although I've tried downloading several other apps to increase the phone's functionality, this has not been without frustration. You can try to read an e-book, but the constant scrolling required is a real pain. Further, I've not found a good free PDA reader.
With a bigger microSD card, you can store a lot of mp3 music, extra ringtones & photos. Using the 8220 flip as a mp3 player works OK, but it's no iPOD. Sound quality is very good, but conveniences like playlists take some effort to set up. The battery gets sucked down pretty fast when used in this mode. Fortunately, ringtones are in mp3 format, so it's easy to create some good alternates.
I've found the factory battery life to be barely adequate, but I don't talk on the phone all that much. After a number of years of use, I purchased a factory OE replacement battery from Crackberry for $15. Locally, Batteries + wanted $40 for a "compatible" battery that wouldn't quite fit properly.
Overall, although it's not a great phone, it works well as an all-around device with excellent PDA capabilities. I'd buy another.