BlackBerry Pearl 8120
- Main screen has been reduced of clutter
- Maps built in aren't that good
The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 updates last year's model in all the right ways and offers more than enough wow without being too flash.
Price$ 659.00 (AUD)
RIM's sleek-looking BlackBerry Pearl has been given a makeover, re-emerging as the much improved BlackBerry Pearl 8120.
The BlackBerry Pearl was a big hit when it came out towards the end of 2006. Building on the buzz around smartphones that maker RIM had built up with its solid e-mail access devices, the consumer-focused Pearl fulfilled many tech fans' expectations. Some people were disappointed at the mere nod to camera phones with just a 1.3Mp sensor but, in general, the Pearl delighted most who encountered it.
A year on and RIM's sleek-looking BlackBerry Pearl has been given a makeover, with a new purply-blue handset for those who like to ring the changes (a black version is still available). More importantly, our tests prove that the refinements to the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 aren't just cosmetic.
For a start, you now get Wi-Fi as well as GPRS and GPRS/Edge connectivity. In the office, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 quickly found two or three Wi-Fi networks that we could log on to if we chose.
The BlackBerry Pearl 8120's main screen has been reduced of clutter with a selection of five main applications -- Messages, the secondary e-mail in-box setup for this trial, a dual SMS and MMS alert, Calendar and Address Book. Below this is the standard BlackBerry icon which you click on to access the more familiar BlackBerry screen.
As before, it's a breeze to get online and to send and retrieve e-mail. Prompts appear when needed -- and only then. Most helpfully, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120's wireless radio icon now pops up to Manage All Connections. You're asked whether you want to turn on the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Mobile Network or turn on the lot in one go.
For times when you need to get a handle on where you are, the Pearl has Maps built in. While no match for the detailed and more localised WhereIS Maps of the latest BlackBerry Curve, it's nonetheless a useful inclusion for anyone travelling long-distance and needing to get a fix on where they are.
This BlackBerry Pearl 8120 does multimedia far better too: the 2Mp camera (with 5x zoom selectable via the central rollerball navigator and automatic flash) produced some surprisingly good snaps, even in low light. The memory is now expandable too, via microSD card. Slot one in and you'll be able to capture video to it (you still only get 64MB flash memory onboard).
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Huawei go big on AI, announce Mate 10 + Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei's flagship tech trickles down to mid-tier with new Nova 2i smartphone
- Sony Bring Xperia XZ1 to NZ
- Incipio Adds Pixel 2 Cases To Roster
- Survey: 20% of Aussie Apple users wouldn't switch to Android for a million dollars
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Opinon: Life after KRACK
- Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review
- How to download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTGraduate C# DeveloperNSW
- CCProject Manager - Office Expansion ProjectNSW
- FTDigital Producer | High Profile Website | 6 Month ContractOther
- FTReporting AnalystQLD
- FTProject Manager - PLMOther
- TPSales Representative/Account Manager - Global CorporationNSW
- FTProgram Director - TelecommunicationsOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst (x2)NSW
- CCSQL Server DeveloperQLD
- FTEnterprise Application AdministratorQLD
- CCSharePoint DeveloperACT
- FTSenior Software EngineerNSW
- CCMobile DeveloperNSW
- FTJunior IT Admin CoordinatorACT
- CCSolution Engineer - RF/HFC - TelcoVIC
- CC.Net DeveloperNSW
- CCPartner Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTSoftware Developer - Banking SolutionsOther
- FTPython Developer - FinTech/TradingOther
- FTSystems AnalystsOther
- FTProject Manager - Software Development ProjectsOther
- FTSenior Solutions ArchitectNSW
- CCJunior / Mid level Hogan Technical Consultant - BrisbaneQLD
- CCJava Developer- API &Micro servicesNSW
- CCOracle Identity and Access Management AdministratorNSW