After being probably the only one on the ‘net not to give the Pearl some love, Magmic’s BlackBerry Genius Jeff Bacon is back to offer a second look on RIM’s new device. This time, Jeff talks about Paris Hilton and tells you more about the Pearl (and pearls) than you’d ever want to know.
So as Iâ€™m writing this article (well before the Pearlâ€™s release mind you) it finally occurred to me why RIM chose â€˜Pearlâ€™ as the name for the device. Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s obvious to everybody now as someone has probably already pointed it out but the trackball is like a little pearl. Hopefully RIM can mass produce these guys because itâ€™s going to be hard to get your hands on one.
So did RIM produce a perfect pearl or just another wannabe consumer device? To start with, the form factor on the Pearl rocks. Itâ€™s thin, sleek and light. Itâ€™s significantly smaller than the 7100v Iâ€™ve been carrying around and the reason I had chosen the 7100v is that it was the smallest of the 7100-series devices. The screen on this thing is really sharp and clear. The device responds quickly and the EDGE network is super fast compared to the GPRS one Iâ€™ve been crawling along. The ball works well but I will reserve final judgment on that until Iâ€™ve used it for longer, but it definitely looks like a good decision. Iâ€™m left-handed so it makes it WAY easier to use my left hand to control the BB now where before that was pretty difficult.
Cameras on phones is a pet peeve of mine. Without turning this into a rant on camera phones, I will just note that I now, technically, cannot take my BlackBerry to the gym as cameras of any kind are prohibited in the locker room. So for me, the camera is one of the two big downsides of this device. The other downside (as you may have guessed from â€œThe Curse of the Black Pearlâ€) is the microSD slot location.
All previous RIM devices have been business devices without much thought to consumer friendly features. The Pearl is definitely a consumer friendly device but itâ€™s still got the BlackBerry feel. For some, this is a plus â€“ the BlackBerry has been a phenomenal success after all. I personally think this is a great Smartphone/BlackBerry hybrid and a solid effort for RIMâ€™s first consumer-oriented play. As a personal communicator/organizer it does a great job and I expect that future versions will improve as a media player.
Iâ€™d say this is destined to become a Paris Hilton accessoryâ€¦ and isnâ€™t that what itâ€™s all about?
- BACON ON BLACKBERRY