The BlackBerry 9000 was officially announced by Research In Motion this morning, and within minutes I was on the phone to my mobile contract provider, arranging the return of the Pearl 8110 I’d just ordered. Even though the 9000 won’t be out until Summer, it’s still worth waiting for, in my opinion.
Or is it? Do you prefer the 45g-bar-of-chocolate-size of the Pearl 8110, or the BlackBerry Maps featured in the Curve 8310? Let’s take a look below the jump at the key features of the three feathers RIM has in its cap…
Pearl 8110: 107mm in length, 50mm wide and 14mm thick, it weighs 91g.
Bold 9000: 127mm in length, 66mm wide and 12.7mm thick, it weighs 133g.
Curve 8310: 107mm in length, 60mm wide and 15.5mm thick, it weighs 111g.
Pearl 8110: 240 x 260 resolution, the screen is 38mm wide and 40mm in height, with 65,536 colours.
Bold 9000: 480×320 resolution.
Curve 8310: 320 x 240 resolution, the screen is 50mm wide and 37mm in height, with 65,536 colours.
Bold 9000: A new OS for the BlackBerry family, version 4.6 is reported as having a few new software changes in addition to the new 3D, translucent aesthetics, including DocumentsToGo, for easy reading and editing of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents; iTunes integration; full html email support and rich media is supported in the browser.
Pearl 8110: 64MB of inbuilt storage, with microSD expansion supported.
Bold 9000: 1GB of inbuilt storage with 128 MB Flash, there’s also support for up to 16GB of memory via the microSD card slot.
Curve 8310: 64MB of inbuilt storage, with microSD expansion supported.
Pearl 8110: With a 2.0-megapixel camera, it features an LED flash, and also records video.
Bold 9000: With a 2.0-megapixel camera, inbuilt flash and 5x digital zoom, it records video at 480 x 320 resolution, and can geotag your photos as well. New software for managing photos and video include the Roxio Media Manager plus Roxio Photosuite, for editing.
Curve 8310: 2.0-megapixel camera, 5x digital zoom, LED flash and also records video.
Pearl 8110: Play music and video, shuffle songs, and even transfer your music easily from iTunes with the Media Sync feature. Roxio Media Manager allows for CD ripping, converting and transferring of files to the handset. No FM radio.
Bold 9000: Videos can be played in a full screen mode at 30fps, and you can listen to music with the inbuilt dual speakers or headphones via the 3.5mm jack, which offers an equalizer with 11 preset filters. iTunes compatibility included also.
Curve 8310: As with the Pearl, MP3, AAC and WMA file formats are supported, and still there is no FM radio.
Pearl 8110: No Wi-Fi, however it has Bluetooth and a GPS receiver, and…no 3G.
Bold 9000: HSDPA! HSDPA! HSDPA! Tri-band to be exact, plus integrated GPS and Wi-Fi.
Curve 8310: Bluetooth, GPS receiver, Wi-Fi and no 3G.
Pearl 8110: Up to 15 days’ standby time, and 4 hours of talk time.
Bold 9000: Due to the HSDPA modem and applications’ processor located on one chip, the battery life has been extended to 13 days’ standby, and five hours of talk time.
Curve 8310: Up to 17 days’ standby, and 4 hours’ talktime.
Availability and Pricing
Pearl 8110: Out now, it’s available on networks T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 in the UK, with prices starting from £20 for a 12-month contract.
Bold 9000: Out in the Summer – not even Research In Motion knows the exact date – the pricing is as yet unconfirmed.
Curve 8310: Out now, it’s available on networks T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 in the UK, with prices starting from £20 for a 12-month contract.