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BlackBerry Pearl 8110 review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, October 27th 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

BlackBerry 8110 review

M obile phones are used for business purposes more and more often. A growing group of consumers carries a business model in addition to their personal mobile phone. The requirements for business devices are usually more complicated than those for regular handsets. The 'on the road' aspect is gradually becoming more important. Employees, out of the office a lot, still want to be able to check their ever changing agenda or answer Emails. This requires mobile internet among other things, and a correct synchronization. There are various models of different brands available, however, BlackBerry is considered to be the leader in this field. Thanks to the extensive compatibility and the fact that BlackBerry specializes in business use.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110 review

 

BlackBerry 8110 smartphone test

BlackBerry 8110 smartphone test

First impression of the BlackBerry Pearl 8110

Thinking of a BlackBerry phone, you'd likely picture a mobile phone of a larger size than average. The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 however has a modest and handy size (4,2 x 1,9 x 0,5 inches), yet all thinkable functions are available. The BlackBerry 8110 cell phone we tested has a nice blue colour with a few shiny silver accents. Personally, I find its look too fake for this kind of business phone, and it also gives the back some sort of plastic appearance. Therefore, I prefer the black version which is also available. Furthermore, a QWERTY keyboard is visible on the front with a TrackBall to scroll through the menu functions. The BlackBerry Pearl 88110 handset is delivered including a battery charger, a data cable, a headset, manuals and Blackberry software.

BlackBerry Pearl review

BlackBerry Pearl review

TrackBall & QWERTY-keyboard

The striking front of the BlackBerry contains not only the standard buttons for the menu, answer and end a call, but also a QWERTY keyboard and a TrackBall. The TrackBall is a small ball placed in the centre of the phone to operate the menu and various other functions. Especially when using the Internet, where TrackBall serves to operate the mouse cursor, it works very conveniently as well as faster than using the well-known arrow buttons or a joystick. The QWERTY keyboard works a tad different than what we are used to from other phones. Since the size is compact and the buttons have not been made too small, some buttons carry two symbols. The T9 function lets you work swiftly with them. If you are using a second phone next to the BlackBerry, you will have to make a mental switch. However, if you practice a while, you will soon get used to it and you will be able to use the keyboard with great ease.

 
 
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