Blackberry Pearl

AustralianIT attempts to take the hype factor down a notch towards reality...The iPhone, after all, has an extremely high lust-after factor, and people, from the average punter to big end of town executives, can't wait to sample it when it hits Australia on July 11. Two key stumbling blocks for iPh...

Red pearl

October 28 2007

Over the weekend, I converted from my first Blackberry Pearl to a slightly newer red Pearl. I am really really pleased with the new device. First of all, the conversion was, in the end, pretty easy. I didn't have to copy anything manually over from the old device -- after the initial sync and a...

Pearl diving

September 14 2007

I am impressed. Earlier this week, my Blackberry Pearl made the famous electronics dive manuver -- out of my shirt pocket and into the dog's water dish. Knowing all the horror stories, I immdiately freaked out. I was Pearl diving two seconds later, but it was all washed up. Under time pressure...

08 for emergency

August 13 2007

So in getting back into things, I was forced to change the password on my Blackberry Pearl today. As if trying to clean the little trackball just before leaving for vacation wasn't hard enough (I don't think I really got the ball back in there right, and I cracked the silver ring around it), now I...

Pearly standby

July 17 2007

Five months into using the Blackberry Pearl, I suppose the most remarkable thing is how little I've written about it. It just works, and works well (99% of the time). I haven't become an addict, though it does seem odd that first thing in the morning, I scan my mail on the Pearl rather than walk d...

Pearlized driving

May 16 2007

During my 36 hours in Zürich, I spent a fair bit of time talking with coworkers about our various smartphone devices. And now I'm convinced I'm missing out on another benefit of the Blackberry Pearl -- GPS navigation. It's not built-in, like on the 8800, but an external GPS adapter can be had for...

After rebate, buy.com has a 1GB MicroSD card on sale today for US$3. It's even shipped free. So, do I want one for my Pearl? I can think of various upsides, especially if I want to use some of the phone's multimedia features (do I?). Downside? Probably reduced battery life. I guess for $3 I ca...

My colleague Bob noticed this announcement on the Blackberry web site... This challenge is designed for BlackBerry customers that have created their own custom BlackBerry applications utilizing the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution and accessing a Domino application. Show how your organization has...

Pearl-y gates

February 9 2007

. The Pearl has arrived. The kind people at RIM have provided me with a Blackberry Pearl loaner, which I connected up last night. First blush -- I gotta figure out how to keep my work and my personal life separate. That has been my concern with a Blackberry all along, and the initial setup c...

Pearl of wisdom

December 2 2006

As Ben Rose said to me yesterday, "the world must be coming to an end!" After a visit with vowe, borrowing from Buchan, banter with Ben, and jealousy with John.... I am in the process of acquiring a Blackberry Pearl. Beautiful design, lightweight and small, easy to use. But. I am not connecting...