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BlackBerry Pearl 8130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of BlackBerry Pearl 8130. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the portability and camera. The durability and GPS navigation also get good opinions. Many are less positive about the size and sound, while there are some mixed opinions about the price and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Pearl 8130

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of BlackBerry Pearl 8130 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the battery. The portability is also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the camera and size. There are mixed views on the price and design.

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88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2016

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Expert review by: Everett Potter (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Pearl 8130 (Sprint)

 

Bundled with Sprint's multimedia offerings, the pocket-friendly BlackBerry Pearl 8130 is a fun phone and a smart buy.

Speedy data ; Good call quality ; Supports Sprint TV and Music store ; Integrated GPS

SureType takes getting used to ; Video quality is pixelated and blurry ; Can't listen to Sprint Music tunes while multitasking

Despite the lack of Wi-Fi capability, we highly recommend the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 for Sprint. This slim smart phone juggles multimedia and push e-mail well, and unlike the Verizon Wireless version of this handset, you can watch TV and download tunes...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Narasu Rebbapragada (pcworld.com)

BlackBerry Pearl 8130

 

The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 (aka the Pearl 2) is the second version of the popular phone that fits a modified QWERTY keyboard into a standard candy-bar design. Available for Sprint and Verizon CDMA networks, the 8130 adds built-in GPS, a video camera,...

Unique standard- and smart-phone hybrid ; Great for e-mail and Web surfing

Keyboard can be frustrating ; Keyboard can be awkward

Version two of this consumer/business hybrid phone works for moderate amounts of e-mail and Internet text input.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Pearl 8130 review:

 

A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed the Verizon Wireless RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 and found it to be a true gem. Luckily, Sprint customers don't have to sit back, seething with jealousy, since the carrier offers its own version of the RIM BlackBerry...

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 adds built-in GPS, EV-DO support, and video-recording capabilities. The smartphone's Web browser is also improved, and it has a 2-megapixel camera. Sprint's version supports the carrier's various mobile entertainment...

The BlackBerry 8130's SureType keyboard takes some acclimation. Video playback isn't the smoothest, and the various wireless options can take a toll on the battery life.

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 improves on an already-impressive smartphone with the addition of GPS, video recording, and 3G support.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review

 

With GPS navigation, a better camera, and blazing 3G connectivity, the Pearl 8130 is one of the better smart phone bargains.

GPS Navigation, High-speed EV-DO data, Sharp 2-MP camera

Couldn't play WMV files, Audio for video clips doesn't play over stereo Bluetooth, Multimedia functionality needs improvement

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Pearl 8130 - pink (Verizon Wireless) review: BlackBerry Pearl 8130 - pink (Verizon Wireless)

 

Everyone say it with me now: "It's about flippin' time." The CDMA version of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl is finally out, and though it's been a long wait (the original, GSM version debuted more than a year ago), we have to say it was worth the extra time.

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 keeps the same sleek design of its predecessor but adds built-in GPS, EV-DO support, and video-recording capabilities. The smartphone's Web browser is also improved, and it has a 2-megapixel camera. The device's messaging...

The SureType keyboard takes some acclimation, and call quality could be slightly better.

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 improves on an already-impressive smartphone with the addition of GPS, video recording, and 3G support.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

RIM BlackBerry 8130 Pearl (Verizon)

 

In many ways, the Pearl 8130 resembles the 8100. The lightweight handset feels exceptionally well balanced in the hand, weighing just 3.4 ounces and measuring 4.2 by 2.0 by 0.6 inches (HWD). The Verizon model comes in silver with smoked chrome sides,...

3G data speeds. Enhanced media features and Web browser. Optional GPS. Capable camera

SureType keyboard is largely a personal preference. No document editing. Verizon version lacks V Cast music and video support

RIM upgrades its successful Pearl for Sprint and Verizon customers. The 8130 gets some of the latest technology, including a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, and 3G data speeds, while keeping all of the original Pearl's virtues intact.

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Pearl 8130

 

EV-DO mavens will be happy as clams with these high-speed, media-enhanced versions of RIM's most popular consumer BlackBerry.

Expert review by: Joni Blecher (letstalk.com)

BlackBerry 8130

 

There's a good reason why everyone has been buzzing about the BlackBerry Pearl being available for Sprint and Verizon Wireless: It's the first BlackBerry device that has done an amazing job at integrating cell phone functionality with the company's...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Review

 

The original BlackBerry Pearl marked a shift in philosophy at RIM. Until then the name BlackBerry had been associated with the corporate world, but the Pearl set out to bring the power of the BlackBerry service to the consumer market. It was a hit by...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: twhatley (brighthub.com)

Review of the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Available from Verizon Wireless and Sprint

 

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry, have been marketing the appeal of their popular Blackberry 8130 smartphone to more than just business professionals. Everyday people are enjoying the features of the Pearl 8130 from Verizon Wireless and Sprint. In this...

Jan, 2010