The Blackberry Pearl 3G was spied earlier today but now it’s official and there’s big news. Blackberry lovers look on and ponder: the Blackberry Pearl 3G is the first Blackberry to swap a QWERTY keyboard for a 14-key standard alphanumeric keypad. Are we about to see a lot of angry emails?
There’s two version of the Blackberry Pearl 3G. The Blackberry Pearl 9100 which will be available in the US and use the same condensed QWERTY keyboard as previous Blackberry Pearl. In the UK, we’re getting the Blackberry Pearl 9105 with a 14-key phone keypad. Both feature the optical trackpad.
Losing the QWERTY keyboard is likely to be a bummer for Blackberry-toting business folk but Blackberry Messenger obsessed teenagers are more likely to be the audience for the Blackberry Pearl 9105 incarnation of the Blackberry Pearl 3G.
The Blackberry Pearl 3G also crams a 3.2MP camera with zoom into its candybar frame, build-in GPS for Blackberry Maps or Google Maps and photo geotagging and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. It’s the first time RIM has included n-standard Wi-Fi. There’s also support for microSD and SDHD cards up to 32GB.
There’s also support for BlackBerry Media Sync so you can sync you photos and iTunes/Windows Media Player music onto your Blackberry Pearl 3G.
What do you think of the Blackberry Pearl 3G? Are you happy to do without your beloved QWERTY keyboard or would you find yourself mashing the keys in misspelled frustration?
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Due May | £TBC | RIM