For all you Cingular fans, your wait is finally over. Cingular released their version of the Blackberry Pearl yesterday. T-mobile released this phones months ago, and I picked it up on day 1. Now, as many of you know, I have a bit of a cell phone problem. I have had 12 phones in the past 6 months, trying to find the perfect solution. I have had a Sidekick 2, Treo 650, Treo 700w, Motorola Q,Samsung E900, T-Mobile MDA, T-Mobile SDA, Nokie E61, BB 7105t, and many othes that I can't really remember.
Now, I will say, I was completely against Blackberrys for years. I thought they were too proprietary, and didn't allow much in the way of customization. Boy was I wrong. When I first caught word of the Blackberry Pearl, the first thing I noticed was the size. That had become a big deal for me. I wanted something I could slip in my pocket. I also wanted a camera and media player (I never use them, but want them there when I need them). This phone has both.
I love this phone. This is by far the most stable phone I have ever had. It has NEVER crashed on me (yeah, I've suffered through the every 10 minute crashes on my treos). The operating system is snappy, so it doesn't hang up like windows mobile phones do. My only concern before getting this phone was the keyboard. I thought I wanted a full QWERTY like the treos offer. I bought a BB 7105t with Suretype to test out the funky keyboard, and was so impressed, I decided I like it much better than a full keyboard. Having 2 letters per key makes the keys much larger and easier to peck at. And it is extremely accurate at selecting the correct word as I type. The battery is decent, and I can usually get 2 days of use between charges. It has bluetooth 2.0, a 1.3 meg camera, decent mp3 playback, and the size is perfect. It can also be paired with a GPS receiver and offers maps to show where you're going (the Cingi version offers turn-by-turn directions). So, if you're in the market for a smartphone, or already have a BB, this might be something to consider. I'm a huge fan, and consider myself quite the connoisseur when it comes to mobile phones. If you have questions about it, post them in the comments, and I'll get you the answer.