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tennisguyak
01-19-2009, 12:16 PM
My phone has been messing up lately and my contract ends in 3 days so I can buy a new phone now and I get a $50 credit towards a new one. What I have now is a flip phone and I want to buy a basic smartphone or blackberry. My parents said I can only spend the $50 so I've been looking at the Palm Centro Smartphone (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=3805) and the Blackberry Pearl (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=3296)> I want something with free or cheap internet access and I wanted to know if internet is free with these phones. Also, I would use it alot for listening to music and watching video. I watched some videos about both and I really like how the blackberry has so many different features and the regular headphone jack, but I think the Palm has a bigger screen and its a touch screen. I also liked the google maps feature but I don't know if its free or not and I probably won't use it if its not free.

So basically which one of these has the best media features, internet and email features, and having a document editor like the Palm is pretty important too.

Any suggestions?

tennisguyak
01-19-2009, 02:25 PM
anyone?

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dave333
01-19-2009, 03:06 PM
Blackberry: If it's good enough for Obama, it's good enough for you.

Polaris
01-19-2009, 03:29 PM
I have a Blackberry Curve. Don't know much about the Pearl.

Z-Man
01-19-2009, 04:09 PM
I have a Pearl. It's held up well for about a year. It hangs up and has a few glitches here and there, but I think most smart phones do. It does pretty well with Internet, although I think an IPhone might surf better. Unlike the larger Blackberries, you have to double touch to make some letters kind of like texting on a normal phone. Not as good as a larger blackberry for hammering out emails, but it works for me, and I'd rather have something small. I haven't used a Palm in ages, so I don't know about their phones. The Pearl is decent.

tennisguyak
01-19-2009, 05:48 PM
I've read more about the phones and I think I'll get the Palm Centro because it has built in free GPS (Google Maps) and the media interface is supposed to be better).

ThugNasty
01-19-2009, 06:31 PM
I've read more about the phones and I think I'll get the Palm Centro because it has built in free GPS (Google Maps) and the media interface is supposed to be better).
I have heard that the keypad of the palm centro is very annoying

tennisguyak
01-20-2009, 04:36 AM
I have heard that the keypad of the palm centro is very annoying

Yeah I've heard the same. I'll just have to check it out in the store. Its got a touch screen though, but I'm not sure if you can text on it. I'll just have to wait and see.

origmarm
01-20-2009, 05:06 AM
I would HIGHLY recommend the Pearl. I have two! One for work and one for me. This is my 7th blackberry now, always for work up till now but with the smaller form factor the pearl took over from my Nokias of old as my personal phone also.

Google maps can be downloaded for free and installed free on your pearl also. I use it a lot. The keyboard is better than the Palm but you have two letters per key so there is a learning curve

To answer your specific questions:
1) The mail on blackberry is BY FAR the best you will use.
2) The internet is ok, full html but not fantastic on the small screen
3) The media features are ok, it will play MP3s and Video fine. Again the screen is limited due to size
4) Camera is passable but nothing more

As an aside, be careful with the models, the Pearl 8100 is the old model. Ideally you want the 8120 as this has Bluetooth and Wifi. You can get an 8110 which just has the Bluetooth in it (no Wifi), personally the Wifi is worth it. The 8120 and 8110 also have a standard headphone socket (unlike the 8100) and a better camera (if you use those things).The flip (8220) is a disaster, two people I have known that have one have BOTH broken the flip inside 3months.

Reviews that I feel are complete and fair:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-devices/review/2007/11/27/RIM-BlackBerry-Pearl-8120/p1

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-devices/review/2008/03/07/Palm-Centro-Smartphone/p1

They are UK based but it shouldn't matter much for the gadget itself

Good luck, Orig

tennisguyak
01-20-2009, 05:54 AM
I would HIGHLY recommend the Pearl. I have two! One for work and one for me. This is my 7th blackberry now, always for work up till now but with the smaller form factor the pearl took over from my Nokias of old as my personal phone also.

Google maps can be downloaded for free and installed free on your pearl also. I use it a lot. The keyboard is better than the Palm but you have two letters per key so there is a learning curve

To answer your specific questions:
1) The mail on blackberry is BY FAR the best you will use.
2) The internet is ok, full html but not fantastic on the small screen
3) The media features are ok, it will play MP3s and Video fine. Again the screen is limited due to size
4) Camera is passable but nothing more

As an aside, be careful with the models, the Pearl 8100 is the old model. Ideally you want the 8120 as this has Bluetooth and Wifi. You can get an 8110 which just has the Bluetooth in it (no Wifi), personally the Wifi is worth it. The 8120 and 8110 also have a standard headphone socket (unlike the 8100) and a better camera (if you use those things).The flip (8220) is a disaster, two people I have known that have one have BOTH broken the flip inside 3months.

Reviews that I feel are complete and fair:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-devices/review/2007/11/27/RIM-BlackBerry-Pearl-8120/p1

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-devices/review/2008/03/07/Palm-Centro-Smartphone/p1

They are UK based but it shouldn't matter much for the gadget itself

Good luck, Orig

Ok, but the verizon site and several other websites I looked at with the 8130 say nothing about wifi. I think its most likely because you have the European version. (You're in the UK right?).

I also have to ask about the other free apps on a pearl. I found this website (http://www.palmloyal.com/addons.php?name=News&file=article&sid=17990) about the centro and I'm really intrigued by all the different free programs you can install onto it.

origmarm
01-28-2009, 04:26 AM
Ok, but the verizon site and several other websites I looked at with the 8130 say nothing about wifi. I think its most likely because you have the European version. (You're in the UK right?).

I also have to ask about the other free apps on a pearl. I found this website (http://www.palmloyal.com/addons.php?name=News&file=article&sid=17990) about the centro and I'm really intrigued by all the different free programs you can install onto it.

Apologies it has taken me a while to get back, I've been busy at work unfortunately.

Ok so for the models the 8130 is a model that you guys have that we don't have over here. In summary:
- 8110 - Bluetooth and GPS - No WiFI - European/US GSM version
- 8120 - Bluetooth and WiFI - No GPS
- 8130 - Bluetooth and GPS - No WiFI - US GSM/CDMA version

The 8110 is the GSM version of the 8130. The 8110 is the same phone as the 8130 basically but it's TriBand which means it works everywhere but on some US networks (notably Verizon). The 8130 is the CDMA/GSM port so it works on all US networks but will not work in Europe/Abroad. If you go here:
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrypearl/
Select all the models at the bottom and hit "Compare" you will be able to see the differences under the "Wireless" section at the bottom.

As for the applications, there are a few out there but most are paying as you rightly point out. The blackberry is not going to be your best choice for 3rd party apps generally. Crackberry.com has a decent start here:
http://crackberry.com/download/free-software
There is also an app store on there under the downloads link at the top.

Good luck, Orig

Marc The Shark
01-28-2009, 07:03 AM
I have a blackberry Pearl and I love it! The only other phone I would get is an Iphone...

LuckyR
01-28-2009, 12:56 PM
I use a Treo, but in your particular situation I would recommend the Blackberry. There was once (upon) a time where having a Palm product was the best alternative. However those days are long past. The Palm Corp for whatever reason has been unable or unwilling to update their OS to take on the Blackberrys and IPhones of the world, so at the current time there are only two reasons for using one: having a decade's worth of data in Palm format that you want to continue to have access to (my personal reason) or desiring to access the huge, huge amount of freeware written in Palm OS.