"Review from an owner of over 15 smartphones."4.5 starson by michaellines003
Pros: Great Screen, Email Support, Features and size.
Cons: Micro SD Slot under battery, cannot transfer videos over bt.
Summary: I've owned almost every high end smartphone, and this one takes the cake. I've had the Treo (600, 650, 700p&w), BlackBerry 8700c (and 8703e) 7500 series and the 7100 series. I've also owned the motorola q, and about 5 windows mobile based smartphones. This is by far the best smartphone I've EVER used, and definitely the most affordable. For years I'd been in a bind, do I go with the ultra stable BlackBerry OS and forgo the multimedia features and other extras of the other smartphones? Or do I pick a device that does everything under the sun but crashes about twice a week (and has sub-par email support?) As a result of that dilemma, I was back and forth between the treo and blackberry for a long time. I went back and forth between the 8700 and 700 at least three times and finally settled on the 8703e because my treo refused to stop crashing. Then I stumbled across the Pearl. I have to admit, in the store I wasn't too sure wether I'd like it. Size wise it was wonderful, this phone is actually thinner then the Razr when shut. My problem however, lied in the sure type keypad. While it offered the familiar qwerty layout I wasn't sure about having two letters per key. I was wrong. I'd say 299/300 words are guessed perfectly and typing on it is very easy. All in all the is an incredibly thin, small, stable, feature-packed smartphone with a brilliant screen.
Nice Job RIM!