Transitioning to a Smartphone With the BlackBerry Pearl Flip


Blackberry Pearl Flip

Blackberry Pearl Flip

Editor’s note: With this post we welcome Rachel Murray to the WebWorkerDaily team. Rachel has been building web sites for more than 10 years, and currently manages the online presence of a nonprofit in the Boston area.

I’ve only made the transition from a “regular” mobile phone to a smartphone recently. I had been able to hold off up until now, but then the trusty Razr (s mot) that I had for three glorious years just gave up on me. After a heart-to-heart with the sales rep at T-Mobile, “we” agreed that perhaps I should try the BlackBerry Pearl Flip (s rimm) for the new contract price of $50 (as opposed to the Razr for $20). I didn’t want to be a slave to yet another device, but he showed it to me, and it actually looked like a regular phone.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is like a secret smartphone. I think that’s why I like it so much. Here are some other reasons the Pearl Flip makes a great transition smartphone:

  1. If you’re used to flip phones, you’ll love the comfort of the flip.
  2. The design makes it more comfortable to hold than the comparatively bulky iPhone (s aapl).
  3. It handles email brilliantly, and multiple email accounts are no problem.
  4. Basic functions are a snap to use: texting, adding/editing contacts, taking photos are all pretty straightforward.
  5. The keyboard and trackball are surprisingly intuitive for me as a new Blackberry user.
  6. The apps are decent…not mind-blowing, but decent. The NYTimes app is excellent for news in a pinch, and Google Maps (s goog) is great as well. The UI of BlackBerry AppWorld is not as satisfactory as Apple’s (s aapl) App Store, but it’s still good enough for me.

As a new BlackBerry user, I have to admit it’s not all sunshine and roses. There are still so many things to learn about it yet, but I’m fine with that. When I’m ready to make the step up as a power user, I’m sure the Flip will help me get there.

Have you tried the BlackBerry Pearl Flip?


Rachel Murray

I did. The iPhone was appealing, but I’m a loyal T-Mobile customer and didn’t want to unlock the phone just to have it. Besides, everything I’d read about it and have seen from friends and colleagues who have it, it’s a great computer and not so great phone, which is the opposite of what I’d wanted. I really wanted to like the G1, but I hated the feel of the spring keyboard. I’d even tried a T-Mobile Wing for a few weeks when it came out a while ago, but it felt like a PDA. I really wanted something sleek and small. Nothing had come close to this… and the Blackberry interface was intuitive to me.

As for being a slave to another device, I’m referring to having my email attached to me at all times. I’m lucky to work in an environment where it’s okay not to check email 24/7. I checked it at home and at the office, but at least could leave it alone during my commute or while in meetings. I knew once I got a smartphone, that wouldn’t be the case anymore. And I was right, mostly. Now I have to be more disciplined and not bring it to meetings, and not take it out while on the train. But that’s a story for another post.


Did you consider any other smartphones?

What are the devices that you are a slave to? re: “I didn’t want to be a slave to yet another device, “

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