wow...i have never been so disappointed in a blackberry until i got my hands on a pearl.
the extra goodies that it does is not worth the hassle that it gives.
to power up
to receive a phone call (the phones hour glass rotates, but dont ring which means its getting the signal)
loading pictures...when it dont freeze
basically anything will make this phone freeze it seems like.
i had to pull the battery at least 4 times a day for it locking up when i do the simplest of tasks.
the speaker is anemic, and hard to hear...and it sounds like poop. its tinny and cheap and volume is horrid.
the size...very comfortable phone
camera is cool
media player is a nice feature...when it wasnt taking forever to load the next song
earpiece volume is good and loud.
reception was good and stable.
screen is nice and clear
trackball is different, but a vast improvement
just my 2 cents...a pearl is not worth it. ill stick with my 8703. i reset it once a week if that, and that depends on how hard i use other applications...not by using one.
Latest software before TIM (Cingular .71) fixes all the hourglass issues. Seido battery covers fix 99% of build issues. This has been my best BB ever. Media player got rid of my Ipod with 2 gig card. I agree however that at first blush it is/was a dog.
yea i noticed the battery life for a gsm device was quite poor. 1 hour of standby with no useage dropped to 90%. end of day with light use it was down to 65. my CDMA 8703 ends the day with more use at 60% on average and i can get away with every 2 days charging it
It's definitely not a perfect device but so far, it's a good compromise for me. Since this is my first BlackBerry device, I guess I'm a bit more open minded. Wasn't too fond of the 8700 series form factor and I wanted to wait out on the 8800/8300 series till they get more firmware updates.
Do agree about the battery door cover but it's something I'll deal with for now. Haven't had any software issues though. I've done the battery pull a once just to see how much memory I get back but so far, it doesn't seem like I'm affected by the drain yet. Rarely see the hourglass too unless I'm scanning through pictures on the device and memory card (not a huge deal). Can't complain too much about battery life either considering the size of the device and battery. Usually talk for about an hour over a BT headset plus receive and send approximately 30 e-mails/SMS a day. With that kind of usage, it's good for about 36 hours (unplug in the morning and I would need to plug it in before going to sleep the following evening).
Guess my experience is a bit different since the Pearl I purchased came with the .73 OS already installed.
I've had nothing but good experiences with my Pearl as well. I bought the extended battery and door. I'm a pretty heavy user and I can easily go 72 hours with lots of email and talking on the phone. I only charge every other night.
While its definitely not built as rugged as my Razr that it replaced (never thought I would describe a Razr as "rugged") its not cheap and flimsy to me.
No issues with battery life for me. Its work and home for me, so its on 24/7. I use a BT headset all day, 20-30 messages a day minimum. I've left the browser on with a page loaded for 4 hours one day, kept using the phone for other stuff because I forgot about the browser, and it was at 75% by the end of the day.
Of course, my reference point on Battery life was my Razr, which coughed and wheezed from one charger outlet to the next. 1/2 day without needing to charge up was a bonus with that POS.
Obviously, as soon as I post about how stable my Pearl has been, it took the poop of no return. Was writing an e-mail and it just froze. Popped the battery and the screen went gray. Occasionally after a battery pull the hourglass would show up only to turn gray again.
Tried wiping and reinstalling the OS. No go. Returned it to at&t today and they gave me a new replacement since I've only had the phone for a week. This time it's a Cingular branded black model instead of an at&t model. Came with .71 installed instead of .73. Hopefully, this one will be a keeper. *vigorously knocking on wood*
And geez, I've only been using a BlackBerry for a week and I felt naked while my Pearl was out of commission. No phone calls, no e-mails for 12 hours ... I felt stone age. I guess that's the whole "CrackBerry" addiction thing, huh?