We’ll save the pleasantries – I’m back. But more importantly, the Pearl has been listed by PC World as one of the most innovative products in 2006. PC World compiled a list of “intriguing, often useful, and sometimes surprising” products, and the Pearl was able to slide in at lucky number 17.
“We’ve seen business-oriented smart phones and multimedia phones, but the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 brings those two worlds together and backs everything up with RIM’s network, which is still the best for always-on connectivity. The sleek Pearl ($350 from T-Mobile) adds a 1.3-megapixel camera, an audio player, and a video player to the usual BlackBerry features. Caveats: The unit lacks a full QWERTY keyboard, and its trackball navigation and compact keys can be awkward.”