The 8800 combines the Pearl’s glossy styling and trackball navigation with all the familiar BlackBerry features – notably that QWERTY keypad, of course, but also the user interface – and then included a built-in GPS facility that integrates with Blackberry Maps and email, so that it’s easy to get and sending directions. Other clever bits from the Pearl include the light sensor that automatically ups the brightness in dark environments.
Obviously missing: a camera, 3G, HSPDA and WiFi. All of those would represent a drain on the battery, of course, but RIM says some or all will be along later in future models. The keyboard feels a tad cramped, especially by comparison with the BlackBerry 8700.
• Nice try, but needs 3G and/or WiFi to be really competitive
TFT, 65K colours, 320×240 pixels
Quadband GSM, Bluetooth 2.0, USB
Talk time 5h
Media player, full QWERTY keypad, push email, built-in GPS with BlackBerry maps
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