A few days ago my work replaced my aging (and ailing) Orange SPV M5000 with a sparkley new BlackBerry Pearl 8100. The M5000 (also called an XDA I think) is a behemoth in comparison to the BlackBerry Pearl, and this is probably going to be the most significant difference for me now that I’ve got the Pearl.
Update 27/09/07: OK, I started writing this post a few days ago and was planning on doing a detailed comparison of the two devices. It’s been sitting in my drafts as I’ve been a bit busy, but using the Pearl every day I’m finding it hard to come up with any real problems.
The battery life on the Pearl is brilliant compared to the SPV, as is the performance of the device (switching applications etc.). I guess you could say the keyboard is a bit small, but then everything is compared to a full size keyboard, so it’s not something to really moan about (it is a pocket telephone at the end of the day). Talking of size, it’s great to be able to slip this into your pocket without looking too pleased to see someone, and it’s remarkably light too (even given its size). I guess you could say that as a telephone it lets itself down a bit — the sound of the person you’re talking to is a bit poor.
So is that a good review? No, probably not, but in my opinion there is no competition: the Pearl kicks the SPV’s bottom!