The new BlackBerry Pearl from Research In Motion (RIM) will arrive on the shelves of select Cingular Wireless stores from December with an exclusive look and new features, including a Cingular-exclusive Push to Talk (PTT) capability and a GPS-based wireless navigation service.
The BlackBerry Pearl is the first BlackBerry handset to come with a digital camera, multi-media capabilities and an expandable memory slot, while continuing to provide the full BlackBerry experience.
Beneath its sleek and stylish exterior, which measures just 4.2" x 1.97" x .57" and weighs only 3.1 ounces, the BlackBerry Pearl is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled mobile device. The built-in 64MB flash memory is now expandable with a microSD card, giving users plenty more storage for music, pictures and videos.
Cingular's Push to Talk service includes "availability" icons, quick group calling and the ability to easily switch a PTT session to a regular wireless voice call. BlackBerry Pearl customers can use the Cingular Push to Talk service to stay connected with individual colleagues or friends, or set up groups for wider communication. The Blackberry Pearl comes with a dedicated PTT button on the left that facilitates each PTT call. In addition, the Cingular service offers standard PTT features such as call waiting, contact alerts, and voice messaging to anyone in their contact list.
The GPS-based wireless navigation service provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions on the BlackBerry Pearl with TeleNav GPS Navigator and an optional Bluetooth GPS receiver. TeleNav GPS Navigator can be used in vehicles or while walking and offers 3D moving maps. Just like an in-car navigation system, the 3D maps turn, move and stop as the vehicle does the same, while also displaying a realistic image of the streets the vehicle is approaching and streets they are passing. Users can also pan and zoom the map to view surrounding streets. Other features include Biz Finder, allowing users to look up a business or place of interest, and Fuel Finder, providing nearby locations with the lowest gas prices.
The BlackBerry Pearl from Cingular is also the first wireless device in the U.S. to include TeleNav Maps, a free application providing access to non-GPS static maps and step-by-step written driving directions.
The BlackBerry Pearl includes phone features such as Speaker Independent Voice Recognition for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones, and call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and call forwarding. It also features a speakerphone and Bluetooth 2.0 for use with hands-free headsets and car kits. BlackBerry Desktop Manager synchronization via Bluetooth is also supported.
With a high resolution display sporting 240 x 260 pixels and built-in light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts the screen and keypad brightness for optimum viewing in outdoor, indoor or dark environments the BlackBerry Pearl also features a supple, responsive trackball for vertical and lateral scrolling.
The built-in 1.3 megapixel digital camera comes with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom, integrated with e-mail, MMS or BlackBerry Messenger applications. Photos can also be set as caller ID images, and can be transferred between the handset and a computer using the included USB cable.
The BlackBerry Pearl comes with a media player and includes a stereo headset jack. MP3 and ACC music files and MPEG4 and H.263 video files are supported.