The Blackberry Pearl 8110 is the first Blackberry phone I have owned and I must say that I am more than pleased with its performance and reliability. Before purchasing this phone, I had been accustomed to the standard flip-phone type of cellular phone, so using the Blackberry did take some getting used to.
One of the things that I did not like about the Blackberry Pearl is the SureType being enabled. SureType is a technology that comes into play more when you are sending text messages or e-mails. It allows your phone to guess what you are typing out. For instance, you type “he” into the phone and the words “hey or hello” may come up as options to choose. It is supposed to save time while typing on the phone, but I found it as a nuisance (I actually hated the phone after first purchasing it for this very reason). If you do not like this technology, you can change it to multitap, which is the typical way of typing on a cell phone.
Changing the input to “multitap” instead of “SureType” can be quite tedious until you get to know the layout of the programs and options available on the Pearl’s interface. You will have to play around with the telephone in order to get to know the layout.
The battery life on the Blackberry Pearl 8110 was exceptional when compared to other cell phones that I have used. After charging the phone for about five hours, I was able to go almost two days on that charge. During that time, I used the phone frequently for making and receiving calls, text messaging, and mobile internet usage. This was far better than any phone I have used before.
Something that was of upmost importance for me was the need for the phone to be durable and be able to withstand above normal wear and tear. My full time job, photography business, and travels can take a toll on a cell phone. The Blackberry Pearl 8110 was not as durable as I would like it to have been, but it was a decent phone in that category. The silver plating around the edges did chip off very easily which is something I think should be improved in future Blackberry devices. Although some of the plating on the outer surfaces of the phone did chip easily, the actual infrastructure and effectiveness of the phone was not compromised. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the Pearl 8110 and will definitely consider purchasing more Blackberry devices in the future as I am already looking toward purchasing the Blackberry Tour 9630. There are a few kinks that should be worked out and I am sure that Research in Motion (the maker of Blackberry) is in the process of improving the Pearl and other devices. I would definitely recommend the Blackberry Pearl 8110 to anyone interested in a great smartphone with unlimited capabilities.