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Research In Motion (RIMM), the Canadian telecom equipment maker is on a tear. Blackberry Pearl is already a monster hit for the company, and is being picked up by folks who typically didn’t care much for the Blackberry devices. The company announced Pearl’s more sedate and […]

Research In Motion (RIMM), the Canadian telecom equipment maker is on a tear. Blackberry Pearl is already a monster hit for the company, and is being picked up by folks who typically didn’t care much for the Blackberry devices. The company announced Pearl’s more sedate and grown up brother, the 8800 (full keyboard) and it is already flying off the shelves.

Having tried the Pearl, courtesy of T-Mobile/RIM for over a month, I have come to love its SureType feature, and its minimalist footprint. The camera, while not the best is still good enough to capture life moments. For last week or so I have been playing around with the 8800 (thanks to TeleNav) and my initial impressions aren’t too good.

The battery life is not all that great, and I really don’t care much for the new keyboard which feels cramped and lacks the tactile feedback of the older models such as the 8700. The voice quality, however is much enhanced despite being on a Cingular network. (Read Walt Mossberg’s excellent review of 8800.)

I am more inclined to opt for Blackberry Pearl at this point, but would love your feedback. If you are a Blackberry Pearl owner, share your thoughts. If not, which of the two devices do you think might get your Dollars, Pounds, Euros and Rupees. (PS: I am using the popular GSM/US models, and the names and model #s might vary with country/wireless networks.)

  1. But I miss having a GPS chip in Pearl.

    • Pankaj
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  2. I love my Pearl, but I do find it a little annoying at times. I have had a number of occasions when I have had to lever out the battery to reset it – either because it has stopped receiving e-mail, or (most recently) because it had locked itself in upper case and my password is lower case…

    On the other hand, the small size is a major plus point and with SureType the keyboard isn’t a drawback at all. Only the iPhone might tempt me away…

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  3. I’ve had a Treo, BigBerry, and now, the Pearl. I love the Pearl. It completes me. After 24 hours I was a SureType convert and I don’t know how I ever carried around the larger models.

    The best thing about the Pearl is that I can read emails when I need to, but the smaller size actually PREVENTS me from sending long-winded emails. Which is nice. I can respond briefly to critical messages but the longer replies can wait until I’m at a computer. And I can get back to my non-desk life a little more…

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  4. Om what happened to the Nokia E61? To answer your question (coming from a Nokia E61 fan) I would pick the Pearl. I have friends with it and they gush over it constantly.

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  5. I would pick based on how much I can lighten my briefcase. I don’t take many pictures, but I can’t live without my music and my GPS for business travel. With those two considerations, I’d go with the 8800. I have been using it for about 10 days now and I’m very happy with the switch, I also took my iPod and stand-alone Garmin unit out of my briefcase.

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  6. I’m curious about your Nokia too! An E61 owner told me he does 3+ hours of calls per day, plus constant email. Still, he’s only charging it 2-3 times a week. I was very jealous; the Pearl’s limited battery capacity is its only weak point compared with my old Blackberry. After using the Pearl for a few months, I’m not sure I’d ever want a bigger phone.

    BTW, judging from the Google Apps discussion over at calacanis.com, RIM needs to keep an eye on Gmail. It seems I’m not the only one who’s ditched POP + Blackberry’s email client for Google Apps + Gmail mobile client. Was thinking the other day that if I no longer depend on Blackberry for email, my next phone could be from any manufacturer.

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  7. Om, R has had the Pearl for months and he loves it. In fact, he got a second one for his India line. It is so small that it fits in a pocket – something the older blackberries did not do. He’s added on SimulScribe and that’s made him a convert for life!

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  8. 8800 is better than the Pearl

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  9. I like Wi-Fi functionality and operator-independence that comes with it. Neither Pearl nor the 8800 offer that.

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