Review: BlackBerry Pearl Flip
The Flip definitely has some strengths and weaknesses. It is the multiple-messaging master you expect it to be. Email, SMS, MMS, IM: it has all the bases covered. There's no doubt you'll be reaching out and touching someone with the Flip.
The form factor itself is a big change for RIM, but I am sure it will be a mostly positive one. Despite its girth, the Flip is likely to find plenty of users who prefer the clamshell style.
The weaknesses all come in the media department. The software for the music player, camera/video camera and gallery are bare bones and less-than-intuitive. The camera takes passable pictures, but music playback was stale.
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More importantly, the sound quality of phone calls was not great, certainly not up to the standards set by previous RIM devices.
If you're looking for a phone that does messaging first, and phone calls and media second, then there's nothing wrong with the Flip. If media playback is super important to you, you're looking at the wrong phone.
CTIA Fall 2008
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