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BlackBerry Cranberry Pearl review

8/10 AVG.

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The BlackBerry Cranberry Pearl currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 26 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Blackberry Cranberry Pearl by RIM looks impressive with its sleek form and glossy cranberry finish. It looks a lot like a cell phone, which will help it to attract a wider audience than just business users. The new slimmed down construction makes it a lot easier to slip into a purse or pocket and makes it feel quite comfortable to hold up to your ear for phone calls. It comes with an exceptional 2.25-inch TFT screen that can display 65,000 colours at a 240x260-pixel resolution. It also offers a 1.3-megapixel camera with a flash and 5X zoom. Unfortunately, it is not a touch screen, but it does offers a very sharp and clear display which is great for viewing e-mails, pictures, and web sites plus many of the other great functions you come to expect with a Blackberry.

A possible drawback of the Blackberry Cranberry Pearl is the SureType keyboard. The SureType keyboard is based on the traditional QWERTY type of layout but with fewer keys. As you start to enter the letters of a word, it will present you with a list of possible words and you need to pick the correct one. For some users this could turn out to be a little frustrating and slow. The advantage to using this style of keyboard of course is to keep the unit small and compact and so there has to be some concessions to achieve this. Another unfortunate aspect to the design is that the MicroSD card slot is located behind the battery. This can be really inconvenient because you have to have to take the battery out to access it. The sound quality does not have a crystal clear sound as you would have with some phones and voices tend to sound a bit digitized at times.

Overall, the Cranberry Pearl is undeniably a significant step forward for RIM. It is a small, compact yet multi-functional smart phone. Its sleek design will make it appealing to many potential new users that otherwise may not have been interested in getting a Blackberry.

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1+ MP

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

If your Cranberry Pearl has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The BlackBerry Cranberry Pearl's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.


There is a Intel XScale processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

64 MB

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


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

Cranberry Pearl Specs

Release date May 7, 2007
Regions available No
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale
Internal Storage 64 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
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 Cranberry Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.0 x 1.4 cm (4.2 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 90 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
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 No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Blackberry Desktop Software
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Red Pearl, Pearl 8100

A Black Pearl and White Pearl are also available.
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