BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (AT&T)
Manufacturer: BlackBerry Part number: Pearl 8120 (AT&T)
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CNET editors' review
price range: $146.76
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 03/12/2008
- Released on: 03/13/2008
The good: The RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 for AT&T brings Wi-Fi to the slim smartphone, along with an improved Web browser and a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. The handset also has integrated Bluetooth, strong e-mail capabilities, and solid multimedia features.
The bad: The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 lacks 3G support and GPS. The SureType keyboard still requires a learning curve, and there was a slight background hiss during phone calls.
The bottom line: The addition of Wi-Fi and other enhancements make the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 a nice upgrade, but we couldn't help wanting a little more from the smartphone.
Ok phone. Ok service.
by soccerbum1188 on May 10, 2008
Pros: Small phone that functions well.
Cons: SureType is a JOKE!
Summary: First, the phone is alright. The only thing I really don't like about the phone is the "SureType" function. It's a joke! It actually makes it harder to ...
Summary: First, the phone is alright. The only thing I really don't like about the phone is the "SureType" function. It's a joke! It actually makes it harder to text. The Blackberry functions do help organize the things I need to do.
Now to get started with AT&T. AT&T neglected to tell me that blackberries require a "unique" data package - what that means is its more expensive. Without out it there is no internet or MMS without it. At first I simply signed up for a pay-per-use account. They have now retracted that and require the purchase of a data package. 50 bux a month...NO THANKS!!!
Thank AT&T for helping decide to terminate my service after my contract is up!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazing sideloading speed!
by stvY on March 17, 2008
Pros: High Speed USB, Wi-Fi capable,
Cons: no 3G, GPS, poor camera performance
Summary: Other than Wi-Fi capability, the biggest upgrade from 8100 to 8120 is USB sideloading performance. The 8120 has a brand new USB chip from Cypress Semiconductor which enabled the transfer ...
Summary: Other than Wi-Fi capability, the biggest upgrade from 8100 to 8120 is USB sideloading performance. The 8120 has a brand new USB chip from Cypress Semiconductor which enabled the transfer rate over 15MBps. It takes less than 70 seconds to sideload a 1GB file from PC to 8120.
Here is a link that compares the sideloading performance of 8120 with Iphone, SE W910, and RAZR 2.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
The worst phone I've ever owned
by GeneralStan on December 22, 2008
Pros: Bright, pretty screen. Many features
Cons: Horrible, clunky interface. Abysmal phone lock dials 911 regularly. Track ball loses funcionality very quickly.
Summary: Worst of all is the horrific flaw in the keyboard lock. Obviously, cannot put this device in a pocket without locking the phone, since the easy to push buttons will ...
Summary: Worst of all is the horrific flaw in the keyboard lock. Obviously, cannot put this device in a pocket without locking the phone, since the easy to push buttons will do all kinds of crazy things (I've accidentally forwarded the entire contents of my message box to the first person in my address book more than once). To prevent this from happening, RIM included a key lock function.
BUT, and this is a BIG BIG BIG But, that key lock includes an emergency call feature. Good, so you can call 911 without unlocking the phone, right? WRONG. It is so easy to dial 911 on accident that I do it several times a day. This is a very very bad thing! I always get a call from 555555 (apparently 911's callback servce) asking me if there was an emergency. The answer is always no.
That along with the trackball that gave out early in my third month of owning the phone makes it so I have to wrestle the track ball through layers of menus to get anything at all done makes using this thing an exercise in futility.
At first, I was wowed by all the things this nifty gadget could do, the internet, the email, etc, etc. As I began using it though, I realize dwhat a clunky and horribly designed piece of junk this thing really was. To do anything, you have to maneuver your way through more options than you really need. To figure out how to change settings is an adventure in its own right. It seems like it could do anything you wanted it to, if you can find your way through four and five deep menus, yielding literally millions of menu options that lose any but the most savvy user.
All in all, its a well featured phone whose tricks are hidden behind horrible menus with a trackball that doesn't function and it calls 911 for you in your pocket. I would avoid.
Phone is only as good as its service.
by jchoi721 on April 9, 2008
Pros: Excellent phone, great interface, push email is great
Cons: AT&T service is just Horrible...reception is so inconsistant indoors
Summary: I am a firm believer that a cellphone is only as good as its provider. Loved the phone when I purchased it but had horrible reception problems. Customer care does ...
Summary: I am a firm believer that a cellphone is only as good as its provider. Loved the phone when I purchased it but had horrible reception problems. Customer care does not care and just tell you that they will put in a request. Nothing happens. This is the same reason why alot of people are not getting the iphone...If you are going to get this phone, get it with another provider. Phone is GREAT.
Funny how CNET works
by webterractive on March 13, 2008
Pros: Wifi, Powerful, Overall Good
Cons: Price (Unlocked)
Summary: Its funny the iPhone is garbage compared to the Blackberry but its a pretty high scoring phone on CNET's reviews. Just like Macs with 2 USB ports, but notebooks ...
Summary: Its funny the iPhone is garbage compared to the Blackberry but its a pretty high scoring phone on CNET's reviews. Just like Macs with 2 USB ports, but notebooks with 3 are just shy of the "Industry Standard" 2.
1 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: BlackBerry
- Part number: Pearl 8120 (AT&T)
- Description: The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone is designed to help you do everything you want with your life. It comes complete with advanced phone features, multimedia, digital camera, video recording, Wi-Fi capabilities and expandable memory. And it offers the full BlackBerry experience - email, browser, text messaging (SMS and MMS), instant messaging, organizer applications and more. It's small, smart and stylish.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Bar
- Integrated Components Voice recorder,
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 0.6 in
- Height 4.2 in
- Weight 3.2 oz
- Technology GSM
- Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System BlackBerry Handheld Software
- Input Device(s) SureType QWERTY keyboard,
- Phone Navigation Buttons Trackball
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM)
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice dialing,
- ROM 64 MB - Flash
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC,
- Sensor Resolution 2 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 5
- Camera Light Source Flash
- Type LCD display
- Technology TFT
- Display Resolution 260 x 240 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Display Indicators Bluetooth indicator,
Missed calls indicator,
Alarm clock indicator,
Voice message waiting,
- Connector Type Headset jack,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 240 min,
Standby - up to 360 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter,
- Also Included 64 MB