There it is, the BlackBerry Pearl. I was quite excited about this, but now I’ve lost interest. Sure it has a camera and internet (I don’t think it has wi-fi which is a dissapointment) and looks nice. But it has a 1.3 megapixel camera. My phone bought 2 years ago has that, and only 64 mb of storage as standard doesn’t sound good to me. It’s easy enough to buy another mini SD card but then what do you do with the 64 MB one? The one I got with my o2 X3 (benq) is sitting in the box doing nothing much.
Here are the official tech specs:
- 240 x 260 65k color display
- 1.3 megapixel camera with flash
- 64MB flash and microSD
- Media playback with MP3, AAC, MPEG-4 (h.263)
- Trackball (i.e. the pearl in Pearl)
- Bluetooth 2.0
- SureType keyboard
- quad-band GSM / EDGE
- 4.2 x 2.0 x 0.57 inches (107 x 50 x 14.5mm)
- 3.1 ounces
Also just thinking of the fact that it won’t be available on pay as you go and instead only on a 2 year contract I don’t need bothers me a bit (if I was interested in one).
Oh well, this isn’t the only new phone to come out recently, take a look at the LG Black Sapphire.
This has the same old 1.3 megapixel camera as the BlackBerry, but it looks so much nicer. The whole interface and general look of it is minimalistic and sylish. LG are pretty good at doing that.
It looks super thin and also looks like it has MP3 playing buttons on the front of it, in the red style of their Chocolate phones.
Ok in fairness to the manufactuers, 1.3 mpxls must be the maxiumum you can get from the small lenses that go into these phones. My reasoning behind this? The Nokia N93 has a bigger lens and produces 3.2 mpxls. I might be wrong. Maybe the technology is there to do it but there isn’t enough demand for really good quality phone cameras so that the standalone camera market can stay afloat.