- CrackBerry Abuser
01-30-12, 07:44 PM #2
- 286 Posts
smartphones are becoming the norm. the pearl was a great transitioning device, but that time is over now. the new curve 9350/60 are small and light enoigh to transistion pearl users over to a full qwerty experience.
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- 01-30-12, 07:58 PM #3
Biggest problem is the trend towards devices with touchscreens. The small screen of a Pearl doesn't give much to a touch interface.
And carriers seem to be straying from smaller-format devices, also. There weren't many carriers that took on the 9100 series.
For some folks, that's quite a shame.
01-31-12, 12:57 AM #5
- 78 Posts
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i think the pearl would be WAY too small to have a touchscreen or even powerful specs.
its been designed to be a communication tool + brick breaker tool lol
but i would like to see it continued because I do see some people still rocking that thing and they still love it.
Give it an update
- 02-11-12, 07:13 AM #6
i think that is a safe bet to make. i know very few people that still have the Pearl series. it was a good thought on RIM's part to make a more sleek/compact BB but it has pittered out with how the market is now headed. But still it was solid enough for Gerald BUtler to use for a good while, he even used his own personal BB in one of his movies he loved it so much
- 03-12-12, 12:01 PM #10
If one line has to go, I'd say it is the Curve really.
Bold for QWERTY - 2 devices, low and high end (9900/9790 anyone?)
Torch for Touch Screens - 2 devices, full touch and slider (as I said, curves would be gone)
Pearl for a classic candybar feel and tiny package. No touchscreen (and hopefully no UK keyboard as well >< )
But then again... I have a feeling all current device families may hit the sack by the time BB10 comes out.
- 03-12-12, 04:55 PM #12
- CrackBerry User
04-15-12, 01:13 AM #13
- 42 Posts
I have yet to make the transition to a smartphone (I'm on these forums b/c of my Playbook), but I've been seriously considering getting a BB to pair up with the Playbook.
I don't want a touchscreen and I'm not a big fan of a QWERTY keyboard on a phone/device that I don't intend to be typing much on. The Pearl is perfect.
If there isn't another non-QWERTY option in the next few months I'll probably pick up an old one... at least it will be cheap, but I do think there might be a market for it still. The Pearl Flip would be nice too, though I won't hold out hope for two Pearl options.
Or they could come out with a new line and call it something else, so long as it was a similar form factor. Bah.
- 04-15-12, 12:12 PM #14
- 04-16-12, 03:15 PM #18
I certainly hope the Pearl series isn't gone for Good,
I really Hope RIM pushes BB10 with the Curve, Bold, Torch, London lines and after gaining traction in the market place they get back to looking at different form factors
I REALLY Believe their are key markets that a full featured Pearl and Style could do well in, the Style died because it was a Sprint only phone, like COMEON! the Pearl just didn't have what that form factor needs.
the Pearl form factor needs to cater to the music junky, the uber athlete, it isn't the techy phone, but the sleek communication and entertainment device.
- 04-19-12, 06:34 AM #19
For the cheaper markets, I could see the product doing all right. But with the iPhone 3GS still out there, I see the new Pearl only doing well until the market is penetrated by Apple.
If this device would be released in North America, meaning Canada and the States, it would be a failure, garunteed. I could see success only in the other world markets.
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- 04-19-12, 07:22 PM #20
The iPhone is big, not huge, but big, so people carry the iPod nano / Shuffle for music, and don't bring their phone.
The Pearl has the potential of fitting in the Middle, and RIM doesn't need to be the ONLY product, the PlayBook still sold, just not at iPad numbers, and a Pearl still could sell, just not at iPhone numbers.
Every phone doesn't need to be the top seller, just fill niche markets that can use more.
- 04-19-12, 07:57 PM #21
i miss my old Pearl, i loved the size and Suretype. i was actually discussing this with a friend the other day...if i can find a nice unlocked 9100 sometime, id love to sport that thing around. a pearl with the trackpad, not the trackball? 3g? yes please! now i really kinda want one...
also, i think a refreshed 9100 type phone might go over well with the curve in emerging market.
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- CrackBerry User
04-19-12, 10:25 PM #22
- 93 Posts
why? Why? WHY???...
I am morning the lost of the Pearl series. I bought a used 8120 on CraigsList so I could learn how to support BlackBerries at work. It was love. Well after a week of getting used to the keyboard. I love the SureType. Yes, I think they should continue to develop it for those entering the SMART phone market. It got me hooked. Now I am a devoted BlackBerry user. I tried an Android for a week and turned right around and sold on eBay. It didn't give the me the options like a BlackBerry (I am a control freak). I also got a 9100. Loved that phone too. I'd get another if they would put one out. BlackBerry. Are you listening??
- 04-20-12, 07:05 AM #23
The iPhone might not have the music player locked down, but with it's ipod lines it does. Odds are, people that want the niche market your talking about already have an ipod or nano. In this day and age, if you really wanted a music player, why go through the trouble and pay for a data plan with it?
Agree to disagree. I just don't think this is where RIM should be allocating ANY of their time right now.
- CrackBerry Newbie
05-01-12, 08:40 PM #25
- 4 Posts
The Pearl 9100 is great. I tried the new Bold and sold it - didn't like the keyboard (I have large hands) and found the touch screen a bit pointless with a full keyboard and trackpad. I went back to the Pearl 9100 as I love
- the compact size
- Suretype is amazing once you are used to it ,
the keys are larger than any other Blackberry
- it works great as a phone/email/text/twitter/etc machine ONE HAND ONLY !
In combo with a Playbook it is perfect...
I would love to see a new version of the Pearl 9100, not everyone wants to walk around with a small bathroom vanity mirror attatched to their ear all day.....