An update to RIM’s classic entry-level smartphone – the Pearl is due to hit the shops next month. This version, the 9105 maintains the form-factor of the original pearl but with important improvements and updates. Now all-black with non slip rubberised sides the 9105 most notably drops the unique qwerty-like (but one of a kind layout) keyboard in the european edition in favour of the more familiar 12-key alphanumeric keyboard common to most candy-bar phones. Also new to Pearl is the optical trackpad which replaces the glowing trackball that gave the Pearl its name.
Inside it’s the usual blackberry-pie of goodness with a nice sharp 360×400 pixel screen, Bluetooth, WiFi including ‘g’ and ‘n’ variants, GPS for navigation and photo tagging, 3.2Meg camera with autofocus & flash, support for micro SD cards upto 32GB in size plus improved media and social stuff.
With RIM’s typical build quality this compact smartphone looks pretty good if you fancy a well made smartphone and don’t want the size or flashy factor of a touchphone.