Blackberries from RIM tend to be large, wide and heavy compared with conventional mobile devices - after all, as PDAs they are expected to do a lot more than make phone calls. They have become essential accoutrements for many workers who need on-the-hoof internet access and to create and receive emails away from a laptop or PC. However, the Pearl 8110 might be just the ticked if email is high on your list of priorities but you do no want the "luggability" factor of a conventional Blackberry.
Available in black, red or pink, the 8110 is a PDA that has become fashion-aware. It is almost identical to the Blackberry 8100, but with the addition of GPS satellite navigation, and not far off the feature set of the 8120, though without the WiFi. For all you road warriors out there, the GPS supports turn-by-turn directions with the addition of a location-based service such as AT&T Navigator.
Another addition is a Facebook application: should the allure of telling the world how you are and what you are doing be irresistible, this applet will provide hours of fun. Updates and notifications arrives as a tiny F for Facebook icon.
More seriously, the 8110 is a quadband device (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS/EDGE) for international roaming and there is a microSD card slot for additional memory - essential for taking advantage of the 2 megapixel camera with 5 x zoom and video recorder.
In short, the 8110 is a good-looking PDA for the more consumer-minded user - if you need all the bells and whistles of a Blackberry but enjoy a life.
The 8110's battery is good for a PDA - rated at 4.5 hours of talk time and up to 15 days on standby.
- GPS satellite navigation
- 2 megapixel camera with zoom
- Quadband GSM roaming
- Facebook application