Pros The size it's awesome, the screen looks really vivid, the camera is actually pretty dcent, blackberry os is fast and easy, I LOVE THE DEDICATED MEDIA KEYS.
Cons really the only con is the wierd 2 key's per button but i adapted in half an hour, and it's not even my phone
Summary my mother had been perfectly happy with her Motorola RAZR V3xx then it broke while i said that she should get a replacement she thought that maybe another phone for a replacement was better she was getting tired of constant flipping, then while perusing she saw the <A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/motorola-slvr-l7-black/4505-6454_7-31313329.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody;1r"/>Motorola SLVR L7 and it was love at first site, but it has been 3 years with the phone and it had been in and out of the workshop quite a few times, and it wanted like every other good phone to retire, but my mom wouldnt give up the sleek device for ANY smartphone out there nor a simple phone, she was in love with the design of the screen and key's in one place but she was adamant against a blackberry's wideness, even though my dad tried to "wow" her with his torch(which just for the retrospect is a very decent phone) it seems her poor SLVR would never get to retire ENTER: blackberry pearl it had the same design the same dimensions (more or less) plus it was a very modern phone it was love at first sight all over again and the SLVR didnt mind it had had a good run, now it's been a week my mom is reluctanl using my old unlocked blackberry bold trying to get the feel for the blackbeery os and be ready for the pearl when it comes out officially, of course weve used a model and my mom wouldnt leave the store, but now all's well's that ends well
Pros Even slimmer than previous Pearls, 3G, super fast, bright display, capability to play YouTube videos, optical trackpad
Cons Battery life
Summary I've been a Blackberry Pearl 8100 user the past two years. I loved my little Blackberry, but recently it had started to lock up and display some other worrisome behaviors indicating it needed to be replaced ASAP. I had been dragging my feet on replacing it because while I love Blackberrys, I wasn't sure if I wanted the bigger size of the Bold 9700 or the Torch. I won't go into all the pros of a Blackberry in general, as I'm hoping you're already familiar with the common features (great email, messaging, business use, etc.).
I'm so glad I waited. This little phone has all the capabilities I was looking for in the Bold or Torch in a much slimmer package. Granted, it does have the weird keyboard with 2 letters per key--however, I had no difficulty adapting to it with my first Pearl--and I can type faster than some of my friends with a full keyboard (and I've gotten pretty skilled at one-handed typing without having to look). I love the 3G and faster processor--it blows my old Pearl out of the water! The screen and operating system are also sleeker than my old Pearl. While it doesn't have the new OS the Torch came out with, it's supposed to be upgradeable in the future--a nice option to have, and I'll have to wait to see if they've worked out some of the kinks that most people seem to have with the Torch. The optical trackpad seems even easier than the trackball to use, and based on my trials with the Torch in the At&T store, it's much easier to use than the touchscreen of the Torch (again, I'm so happy I went with this phone).
It's nice to finally be able to watch YouTube videos, and even TV channels (if I wanted to pay for it--it comes loaded with MobiTV). It also comes loaded with AT&T Navigator and Visual Voicemail; 2 other services which seem cool but I didn't try out as they are also additional fee services.
Other thoughts: Memory is adequate, camera is decent (better than my old Pearl). The phone looks and feels really awesome in the hand--with a rubberized grip around the back edges. It requires a different charger than my old Pearl (a slight inconvenience), but has a multi-use charger with USB and AC plugs which is pretty cool. The text messages have the option to appear as bubbles with their history intact, much like iPhones; I like it!
The only drawback I've encountered so far is the battery--if I'm continually on the phone, playing with all its capabilities, I can drain the battery in less than a day. However, with normal use, it can last a couple days. I think this is pretty standard with most modern smartphones.
It also doesn't come with a leather pouch (which I used religiously with my old Pearl). So far, I've just been using the standard key lock and slipping it in my pocket/purse. I haven't had any "butt dials" so far!
SUMMARY: If you're a Blackberry user or want to be, get this phone if size is important to you (if you want it small enough to easily fit in a pocket). If you like bigger screens, consider the Bold 9700 or the newest curve (9300). Other than size/keyboard layout, I think these phones are pretty interchangeable. I think the Torch still has too many kinks to be a reliable phone.
Pros Easy to use and simple to learn for new users
Cons Broke very easily from simple day to day useage. Charging port broke after 4 months on one and just over a year on the other. RIM does not back its product, all they will tell you is that they have sold both the phones and the warranty to 'your' carrier,
Summary I also have the BB Storm, but will not purchase anothe BB product again, the phone is of poor quality, and the repairs to fix the ports cost more than the phone itself....How is this possible??
Pros really like this phone and everything it can do . the size is a plus!
Cons not happy that when i wear my sunglasses its very hard to see the screen, i have tried looking at other models and it seems to happen to these only, i have looked at a few now and is the same on all of them. i have oakleys and they are pollarized.???