The smartphone's 2-megapixel camera took OK pictures. There's a bit of shutter lag, so more often than not, we ended up with some blurry images. Colors were also a bit washed out. The smartphone offers downloads to Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr, so you can upload photos to these social networking sites. Other apps that ship on the handset include Documents to Go, five instant-messaging clients, and Visual Voice Mail (additional costs involved); the Pearl Flip also supports BlackBerry App World, which you can use to download more apps to the device.
The Pearl Flip features a full HTML Web browser, which is clunky to navigate compared with the competition, but Verizon's 3G network proved to be reliable and speedy here in San Francisco. CNET's full site loaded in 44 seconds while CNN's and ESPN's mobile sites loaded in 8 seconds and 13 seconds, respectively. The smartphone's GPS/A-GPS was also impressive as it found our position within in a minute and did an accurate job of tracking our location and providing directions via VZ Navigator.
The RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 features a 900mAh lithium-ion battery with a rated talk time of 3.7 hours and up to 9 days of standby time. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip offered 5 hours of talk time in our battery drain tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the Pearl Flip 8230 has a digital SAR rating of 1.23 watts per kilogram.