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Review: BlackBerry Pearl

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Some incorrect information...

by everythingsablur    Nov 5, 2006, 5:33 PM

Just clearing up some of the issues noted in the review.

  • The MP3 player can in fact shuffle tracks, unlike Eric's claim that it can't. To shuffle tracks, either Play All or Play Folder, then hit the Menu button and Shuffle is one of the given options, as is Repeat. You can see the icons at the bottom of the media player UI, though I'll admit it would be nice to just click them instead of going through the menu.
  • Yes, Themes do change the current system font, but did anyone consider that, gee I don't know... fonts are part of the theme? Sure I'd love it to save my font preference, but I understnad that a theme designer has a font in mind during design. How else is it suposed to look the way they intend it too?
  • The MUCH easier way to find an SMS message in the Message List is to hit Alt-S to quickly switch to the SMS Inbox. Alternatively, you can click Menu, then View Folder and select whichever folder you want (presumably SMS Inbox).
  • The UI is more like DOS than a phone? DOS was pretty command line, and this isn't command line at all. Bad analogy. It's clearly not fine tuned for the trackball, but let's not go into hyperbole and imply we might as well hand type commands. At worst, the UI shows the BlackBerry's roots as text based and linear as too many things are based on long text lists.
  • There is a Keylock that you can activate without using the application, or without using the Mute Standby. Simply hold down the * key for a few seconds. I have no idea how you missed that since it is very similar to many normal phones.
  • I haven't had any issue with the rubbery keyboard sheathing. Was your device made in Mexico or Canada? I've seen reports of some of the Mexico-made Pearls missing a few bits of foam and padding here and there. /shrug My Canadian-made unit still feels fine after a couple weeks of key mashing.

Anyway, is the Pearl perfect? No, far from it. It's actually rather quirky. The UI needs some work to bring it up to speed with the freedom of movement a trackball provides. The multimedia players should be seperated to work independantly. I find it's pretty easy to bog the device down while multitasking. But in spite of those gripes, it is an excellent phone (strong signal, sounds pretty loud and clear, good battery), BlackBerry push email is so lauded for a reason, and the hardware design is fantastic (apart from the sheer fingerprintiness of the device). Overall I'd say it's a very nice version 1, with all of the quirks and caveats you get with version 1.

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