BlackBerry Pearl – BlackBerry is a series of wireless and portable devices for communication manufactured from 1999 -2016 by the Canadian-based company known as Research in Motion (RIM; BlackBerry from 2013 on) that were among the first popular smartphones.

The BlackBerry Pearl is a list of smartphones developed by Research In Motion and was the first BlackBerry device with a camera and also, a media player. It was initially released on September 12, 2006. T-Mobile was the first U.S. carrier to remove the phone as a carrier device. The latest BlackBerry Pearl released was the 9100 series in 2010 on May 13. After this model was cleared out, RIM stopped making the Pearl series.

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The BlackBerry Pearl was the first of its kind to lose the track wheel for navigating around the display. Instead, it featured a mini trackball in the center of its five-button wide keyboard, and this was to revolutionize and navigate the device.

The 8100 was the first Pearl model made, and it came out with a 1.3-megapixel camera, microSD support for up to 8 G.B. expansion, ringtones, and a media player. This model, and the Pearl models that followed, all featured a 240 x 260 resolution display, but they upped their camera to 2 megapixels

The BlackBerry Pearl series also includes 8100, 8110, 8120, 8130, 8220, 8230, and 9100  9105 and is aimed toward business users and consumers. BlackBerry Pearl’s advertising campaign features several people, including Mariska Hargitay and Douglas Coupland.

Specifications Of BlackBerry Pearl

8100 series

The Pearl series has the following characters:

  • 33 or 2.0-megapixel camera, flashlight, self-portrait mirror for pictures, and 5x magnified digital zooming.
  • Media player supporting MP3, AAC/M4A, AMR, WMA, polyphonic MIDI, and WAV sound formats
  • Supports LTP-encoded AAC audio
  • Media player with support for MPEG-4 and Xvid, DivX, WMV, and H.263 video formats
  • Bluetooth feature of 2.0
  • Wi-Fi Access (only for 8120 & 8220)
  • UMA support (only for 8120 & 8220)
  • High-Speed Westbridge USB (8110, 8120, and 8130)
  • Address book and calendar
  • HTML Web browser
  • GPS assisted BlackBerry Maps (8130, 8230)
  • Push email
  • Voice(audio) Dialing
  • Speaker in phones
  • SMS and MMS texting messages (However, MMS requires WAP service)
  • Instant messaging
  • Supports up to 16 G.B. MicroSDHC with BlackBerry Device Software

Series 8200

However, the 8200 series BlackBerry Pearl is RIM’s first flip phone. Therefore, it is mainly referred to as the “Pearl Flip” and “Blackberry Flip” designs.

The Pearl Flip is readily available in the United States through U.S. Cellular, T- Mobile, Verizon, and Cellular South,  in the U.K. through O2, in Indonesia through Indosat, and in Canada through Rogers, Telus, and Bell Mobility. Basically, many names have known the phone, from the original codename BlackBerry “Kickstart” to the current BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Smartphone name. A CDMA version for Verizon and Alltel is called the 8230 series.

The Pearl Flip is similar to the original Pearl and utilizes the same assumptive text input as the Pearl. It has a 2.0-megapixel camera and also video recording. It is the first BlackBerry to article Wi-Fi and mobile calling in a new flip design.

  • Video – Yes
  • Internet – Yes. HTML Browser
  • Call Waiting – Yes (A Network Dependent)
  • Voice Dialing – Yes
  • Music Player -Yes
  • Bluetooth – Yes(Media files, Headset, and also, Name Card only)
  • Polyphonic Ringtones -Yes
  • Three-Way Calling – Yes (Network Dependent)
  • SD Card – Yes. 16 G.B.
  • Voice Memo – Yes
  • Games – Yes
  • Picture Messaging – Yes
  • GPS – Yes (Location chip should remain turned on for use, and you must subscribe to use V.Z. Navigator if Verizon. BlackBerry Maps will work fine without a V.Z. Navigator subscription)
  • Real Ringtones – Yes. Any song on the phone can use.

9100 series

  • This 3G line came with a 360 x 400, 2.25″ TFT display (built on 110 µm pixel).

BlackBerry Pearl – Comparison with other BlackBerry Devices

Most BlackBerry devices have a full keyboard. The Pearl uses a modified typical QWERTY pattern on a 4-row, 5-column keypad with an exclusive predictive input algorithm called SureType. However, the 9105 structures a traditional alphanumeric keypad and utilizes the SureType facility for predictive text with the option to use the conventional typing methods. The Pearl supports the entire range of BlackBerry devices and also, enterprise services.

Unlike previous BlackBerry devices, the Pearl devices include a music player, camera, and multimedia tools. It requires a MicroSD memory card to support storing multimedia files beyond the 64 M.B. provided internally.

The backlit color of the 8100 trackballs manages by a continuous range of LEDs and can change by software loaded on the phone; the 8110, 8120, and also, 8130 trackballs are lit only in white. Also, the Pearl uses a translucent trackball (the “Pearl”), which facilitates horizontal and vertical scrolling instead of the traditional BlackBerry scroll wheel. The capability to customize color also extends to the LED for notification on the top corner right side of the device. This LED will program to blink different colors depending on which contact has called, texts, or emails.


Basically, the blackberry pearl has many advantages over the former-built blackberry devices. It uses a QWERTY keyboard instead of a full keyboard, which can significantly help type faster. The devices lost their domination in 2016 as they stood no chance of competing with iPhones.

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