So I purchased the pearl 8100 about two weeks ago, and then realized that the day before the 8120 was available on the primer site for business users, so I decided to return my pearl and go with the 8120 (wound up running me $200).
In all honesty, best decision I have made.
I had the 7130c for almost 2 years and had no problems with it at all, it was a GREAT PHONE. If anyone is looking to buy one, I have one in mint condition with a screen protector and rubber sleeve on it. Enough self promo, now off to the review..
(keep in mind that I am comparing the 8120 to the amazing 7130c) Overall:
Smaller phone by far, now has WiFi, and has a still and video camera Pros:
The camera is much better than the one on the 8100, and has the newest OS 4.3, which is a small step up from the old pearl OS. The Browser is now amazing, with the pearl moving a mouse instead of the ancient blue box that highlights things at random. The calander, e-mail, and text messages now have a more clean professional look to them. In summary, Small size, great features. Cons:
Will probably remain expensive for a long time (just like the first pearl did). Video camera is not that great. Personally feel like it is slower than my 7130 when navigating through menus. Speakerphone does not sound as good as 7130, but sounds much better than 8100 due to a second speaker being added (look under battery cover). Phone calls sound great like always from blackberry, although I liked the call quality a little bit better on my 7130 (but I think I can deal with it
). Overall, no major cons with this phone, it is great in many aspects, and may have small things that would bug some people, but honestly there will always be something.
I purchased the full body skin for this device from invisibleSHIELD (google their website, or put a .com after their name
) and honestly i am impressed already. Just installed about 5 hours ago, and then took the pictures which are now posted. They say that within 24 hours (after it sets up) many of the "imperfections" vanish, and within a few days it will essentially look flawless. I will post pictures tomorrow night after the 24 hour mark, and then in a few days and update this review (I found online it was hard to find a review of this product for the pearl, so I took the chance and just did it, but hopefully this will help new potential buyers). Right now: feel of the phone is more rubbery than plastic, and you really cant see it on there, unless you are looking for it an inch away from your face, and the "imperfections" have already vanished significantly since I installed it. http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w...9/DSC01687.jpg http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w...9/DSC01690.jpg http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w...9/DSC01689.jpg http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w...9/DSC01688.jpg