Blackberry pearl trackball not working properly

 

research in motion (rim) throws away its suits and ties with the pearl, a delicious little multimedia smartphone that—surprise!—just happens to be a blackberry. slimmer than a closed razr, it is the first blackberry to ship with a camera and music/video players. this little gem is guaranteed to become a winner with the young and mobile.

as thin (0.6 inches) as a closed razr v3m and as narrow (2 inches) as a standard candy-bar phone, the pearl is very easy to slip into your pocket. it also looks extremely stylish, in black with chrome accents. blackberry partisans will immediately notice one major difference: after six years, rim has ditched the scroll wheel in favor of a glowing trackball set right below the screen. that's a bold move, but give it a chance; i really like it. not only is the trackball well positioned for one-handed use, you can finally move the cursor horizontally without resorting to a key combination.

the 240-by-260 screen is very bright, much like the screen on the blackberry 7105t . of course, something had to go to make the pearl this tiny, and it was the keypad. not only does the pearl use rim's hybrid suretype keyboard, which puts two letters on each key and relies on predictive text to guess what you meant to type, the keys are really, really small. i definitely felt more comfortable typing long e-mails on the motorola q or nokia e62 . but i got used to the pearl over the course of a few days. though i wouldn't write a full-length article on it, i could reply to e-mails without stressing.

Blackberry pearl trackball not working properly

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 smartphone. Announced 2006, September. Features 2.2″ 65K colors display, 1.3 MP camera, Bluetooth.

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research in motion (rim) throws away its suits and ties with the pearl, a delicious little multimedia smartphone that—surprise!—just happens to be a blackberry. slimmer than a closed razr, it is the first blackberry to ship with a camera and music/video players. this little gem is guaranteed to become a winner with the young and mobile.

as thin (0.6 inches) as a closed razr v3m and as narrow (2 inches) as a standard candy-bar phone, the pearl is very easy to slip into your pocket. it also looks extremely stylish, in black with chrome accents. blackberry partisans will immediately notice one major difference: after six years, rim has ditched the scroll wheel in favor of a glowing trackball set right below the screen. that's a bold move, but give it a chance; i really like it. not only is the trackball well positioned for one-handed use, you can finally move the cursor horizontally without resorting to a key combination.

the 240-by-260 screen is very bright, much like the screen on the blackberry 7105t . of course, something had to go to make the pearl this tiny, and it was the keypad. not only does the pearl use rim's hybrid suretype keyboard, which puts two letters on each key and relies on predictive text to guess what you meant to type, the keys are really, really small. i definitely felt more comfortable typing long e-mails on the motorola q or nokia e62 . but i got used to the pearl over the course of a few days. though i wouldn't write a full-length article on it, i could reply to e-mails without stressing.

There was a time when anyone looking to a BlackBerry to deliver their mobile email was going to have to carry a fairly large and not too pretty device around, and know that while their pocket computer was good at email it wasn't good at much else. No music playback and no camera, for example. The combination of staid looks and feature-deprivation was enough of a double whammy for some to avoid the BlackBerry altogether.

Then BlackBerry maker Research In Motion decided it could do more. It started adding features to devices and making them prettier too, in a bid to appeal to out-and-out consumers and those business people who like a bit of style. So, this year we've seen the arrival of the QWERTY-keyboarded Curve and, just before the that, the candybar style BlackBerry Pearl .

There still are the larger format devices, and most recently of all I reviewed the 8820 , which I've been using thanks to RIM ever since penning the review back in August. But with the Pearl 8120 I think I am going to switch allegiance. The original Pearl didn't quite do it for me. I hated SureType (which I'll get to properly in a couple of paragraphs), and the features on the device just weren't good enough to keep me happy.

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

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