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BlackBerry Pearl 8120 review

8.8/10 AVG.
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8.8/10
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The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
312 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl has proven that the company can indeed produce devices that appeal to consumers. The Pearl is the most phone-like BlackBerry device that we've seen thus far, with the look and feel of a regular mobile handset. While the user interface could use some improvements in the eye c...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn
CrackBerry

The Pearl 8120 is a nice improvement over the original Pearl 8100. The keyboard does not feel as soft and squishy, and the device has the added benefit of WiFi. OS 4.3 has some nice new added features such as video recording and the L theme. The basic camera on the device has been bumped up to a 2.0...

- David Boyd , CrackBerry
Wired

What RIM's aversion to 3G is we'll never figure out. With version 8120, RIM updates its beloved Pearl smartphone with Wi-Fi but still omits a 3G radio and, oddly, GPS, the latter of which can be found on both the 8110 and 8130. The shell is virtually identical to older Pearl models, and functionally...

- Christopher Null, Wired


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BlackBerry released the Pearl 8120 on October 4, 2007.


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BlackBerry backs up the Pearl 8120 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 260 pixels resolution.

Processor
312 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
990mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 990 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

Pearl 8120 Specs

Overview
Release date October 4, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM 32 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.48 W/kg
Body: 1.39 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 990 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Black Emerald, Blue, Frost, Indigo, Sandstone (white and pink)
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.0 x 1.4 cm (4.2 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 91 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 260 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type SureType / 20-key
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry SureType
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Blackberry Desktop Software
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 8120

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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

The most phone-like BlackBerry device

from MobileBurn

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl has proven that the company can indeed produce devices that appeal to consumers. The Pearl is the most phone-like BlackBerry device that we've seen thus far, with the look and feel of a regular mobile handset. While the user interface could use some improvements in the eye candy department, it offers plenty of benefits, specifically to users for whom the Pearl is their first smartphone...

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The RIM BlackBerry Pearl has proven that the company can indeed produce devices that appeal to consumers. The Pearl is the most phone-like BlackBerry device that we've seen thus far, with the look and feel of a regular mobile handset. While the user interface could use some improvements in the eye candy department, it offers plenty of benefits, specifically to users for whom the Pearl is their first smartphone.

I think that the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is a great handset, and now has the multimedia features to contend with the rest of the mid-tier market. The trackball is extremely easy to use, and offers a break to aching thumbs everywhere. The SureType text input, while slightly daunting to someone already familiar with iTap and T9, is great for users who are currently uncomfortable entering text on a mobile, and goes a long way towards making that an easier task. I give the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 a 'Recommended' rating, with the hopes that RIM soon does something to set the multimedia features apart, rather than just maintaining the status quo.

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CrackBerry

Nice improvement over the original Pearl

from CrackBerry

The Pearl 8120 is a nice improvement over the original Pearl 8100. The keyboard does not feel as soft and squishy, and the device has the added benefit of WiFi. OS 4.3 has some nice new added features such as video recording and the L theme. The basic camera on the device has been bumped up to a 2.0 megapixel camera that takes crisp clear photos when you have good lighting conditions...

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The Pearl 8120 is a nice improvement over the original Pearl 8100. The keyboard does not feel as soft and squishy, and the device has the added benefit of WiFi. OS 4.3 has some nice new added features such as video recording and the L theme. The basic camera on the device has been bumped up to a 2.0 megapixel camera that takes crisp clear photos when you have good lighting conditions.

The device overall is very good. I am having some difficulty adjusting back to a SureType device after having been on a full QWERTY for over a year. It is not a fault with the 8120, just a fault with the user. Current owners of the Pearl 8100 should be able to transition into this device smoothly.

Not everything with the Pearl 8120 has been covered in this review. I covered some of the basics of setting up the device, and tried to anticipate what questions might be popping into your head as you read the article. If there is something you still want to know, post a question in the forums and let’s talk about it. Until then, thanks for reading, and keep on crackin’!

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Wired

A solid upgrade to hold you over until a 3G version arrives

from Wired

What RIM's aversion to 3G is we'll never figure out. With version 8120, RIM updates its beloved Pearl smartphone with Wi-Fi but still omits a 3G radio and, oddly, GPS, the latter of which can be found on both the 8110 and 8130. The shell is virtually identical to older Pearl models, and functionally very little here has changed. Aside from some minor interface tweaks (woo, new icons!), the trackball-and-two-letters-per-key experience is fully intact. The big news, of course, is the addition of Wi-Fi, and RIM seems to have finally gotten the kinks worked out of its 802.11g implementation; we didn't encounter any of the troubles we experienced with the BlackBerry 8820 last year. If you dig the BlackBerry's mature email features (who doesn't?) and can handle the whole bi-character key setup (and we know many who don't), the Pearl 8120's a solid upgrade to hold you over until a 3G version (fingers crossed) arrives...

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What RIM's aversion to 3G is we'll never figure out. With version 8120, RIM updates its beloved Pearl smartphone with Wi-Fi but still omits a 3G radio and, oddly, GPS, the latter of which can be found on both the 8110 and 8130. The shell is virtually identical to older Pearl models, and functionally very little here has changed. Aside from some minor interface tweaks (woo, new icons!), the trackball-and-two-letters-per-key experience is fully intact. The big news, of course, is the addition of Wi-Fi, and RIM seems to have finally gotten the kinks worked out of its 802.11g implementation; we didn't encounter any of the troubles we experienced with the BlackBerry 8820 last year. If you dig the BlackBerry's mature email features (who doesn't?) and can handle the whole bi-character key setup (and we know many who don't), the Pearl 8120's a solid upgrade to hold you over until a 3G version (fingers crossed) arrives.

WIRED Camera upgraded to 2-megapixels plus flash and video capability. Software is somewhat better at word detection and correction; even works well with odd, multi-word URLs. Crazy loud speakerphone. Very sensitive mic offered exceptional call quality in our tests. Very fast battery charging, and nearly nine solid hours of talk time in our benchmarking. Stable Wi-Fi implementation.

TIRED Pearl keyboard still not for everyone. Lack of 3G is absurd. No GPS.

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User Reviews


My Blackberry Pearl 8120

I bought this incredible device in August 2010, initially, it was hard to set-up the wifi and it did not play youtube videos. However, after I re-booted the system and gave it a bit more time, it pretty much allows me to do anything i want. It plays videos on youtube at fast speeds, i can go on faceboo...More
I bought this incredible device in August 2010, initially, it was hard to set-up the wifi and it did not play youtube videos. However, after I re-booted the system and gave it a bit more time, it pretty much allows me to do anything i want. It plays videos on youtube at fast speeds, i can go on facebook anytime, the camera is unreal, the signal is fantastic even though it works on the previous edge network and it is just a great phone overall, for the price, im telling you, it does everything. Recently, I got a BBos 5.0 Theme and it looks and runs just like the Bold 9000 along with BBM IT WORKS WONDERS. This RIM smartphone along with my Ipod were the two best purchases in my entire life. Less

blackberry 8120

I have this phone and love it, works like a charm, easy to text on and good quality camera, aswell it looks professional for teens without being too geeky

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