PcAdvisor: RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip review

PcAdvisor Writes:

"The BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip is a truly sexy smartphone. Its modern, minimalist design is sure to draw stares - from men and women alike. But it also feels light and flimsy and the shiny black external display panel, the real focal point of its design, scratches easily. The Pearl Flip also features a larger version of the SureType keyboard found on existing BlackBerry Pearl devices, and while the keyboard is admittedly better than those on older Pearls, it's still not as efficient as many of the full qwerty keyboards found on RIM devices such as the Curve 83xx and Bold 9000. Many tried and true shortcuts for BlackBerrys with full qwertys also don't work on the Pearl. And the lack of a full keyboard and questionable durability mean the Pearl 8220's not an ideal smartphone for demanding businesspeople or power users. But that's okay, because RIM has clearly shifted its enterprise-specific focus toward consumers over the past couple of years, and the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip is the company's latest attempt to woo the non-business-oriented masses. And it's a valiant effort. So, while the most demanding businesspeople and advanced users won't likely want to rush to the shop to pick up RIM's latest gadget, you can bet lots of feature-phone-users looking to make the transition to a smartphone will. The flashy device might even steal away some would-be iPhone buyers."

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