WES 2010: Hands-On With the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 “Traditional Keyboard”

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BlackBerryCool is here at WES 2010 and Matt Cameron and I are representing the site. The first device I’ve used while here is the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, and I thought I would put together some impressions and pics for everyone.

With the BlackBerry Pearl 3G in my hands, the first thing I’ve noticed is that the delete key is in the bottom left corner, where I assumed the shift button was. This isn’t a major difference; just the first thing I noticed.

On most phones that have a three-letter per key layout, the delete button is in the middle section of the phone, above the keyboard. It’s usually on one of the shortcut keys, or it may have a dedicated key for it. I have seen this sort of arrangement before on the Motorola V3 Razr and Sony Ericsson w810i,

This is a shift away from a QWERTY-like keyboard, as most users are used to searching for the backspace in a location -above- where the keys are being implemented.  The delete key is large, though. It runs the predictive-text SURETYPE software, so it’s up to date, and uses the dictionary languages that are built in.

The camera is similar to the Bold 9700, with 3.2 megapixels. The Pearl 9105 seems slimmer and has more roundness and curved edges about it, compared to the older versions. The device was in a solid black color, but no doubt it will have a different paint job, depending on the carrier. Running through the software and surfing the web, it felt just like the speeds of the Bold 9700, so much zippier than the old Pearl!

The other specific thing that I didn’t get to try out, but was mentioned frequently is that it has the 802.11n WiFi capabilities.  

Let me know what you think. What do you want to read more of, or less of?

I’m really just flying by the seat of my pants!

  • Olfedo

    Does it have WiFi Calling or as T mobile calls it UMA?

  • AaronBradford

    UMA is something a carrier can turn on and off, so if T-Mobile decides to turn that feature on, it's not a RIM decision, really. If your enterprise server also has the new BlackBerry MVS 5.0 software (also announced this morning), you can make wifi calls.

    To repeat, it does have Wifi b/g/n.

  • Guest

    Do you think if you took them apart you could change keypads ?