BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 (Alltel) review: BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 (Alltel)

We were able to pair the smartphone with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset and the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is compliant with M4/T4 hearing-aid devices.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 is equipped with a 3.5-millimeter jack, so we plugged in our Bose On-Ear headphones and enjoyed good sound quality when listening to various tracks, ranging from hip hop to classical. We also checked out a couple of MP4 video clips, and performance was a bit mixed. For the most part, playback was smooth, but there were a couple of occasions where the picture got choppy and sound was interrupted. The smartphone's smaller display also makes it less than ideal for longer videos. The smartphone's 2-megapixel camera took decent photos. Images were clear with nice definition; our only wish would be for a little more richness in color.


We were impressed with the clarity of photos, but colors were just a bit washed out.

While we're disappointed by the lack of Wi-Fi, Alltel's EV-DO network did an admirable job, loading CNET's full site in 50 seconds and bringing up CNN and ESPN's mobile sites in a blazing 9 seconds and 11 seconds, respectively. The smartphone's GPS took a little while to get a lock on our position. We waited up to 10 minutes for it to find our location, and while BlackBerry Maps provided accurate turn-by-turn directions, maps were slow to render onscreen.

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 comes with a 900mAh lithium ion battery with a rated talk time of 3.5 hours and up to 9 days of standby time. The claimed 3.5 hours isn't very high, but fortunately, the smartphone beat the rated talk time in the battery drain tests by 2 hours. According to FCC radiation tests, the Pearl Flip 8230 has a digital SAR rating of 1 watt per kilogram.

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    BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 (Alltel)

    Part Number: BBPEARLFLIP8230BLKALL

    As Reviewed: $129.99 with a two-year contract.

    Similar model available starting at $19.99 with a two-year contract.

    Quick Specifications See All

    • Talk Time Up to 210 min
    • Technology CDMA2000 1X
    • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
    • Service Provider ALLTEL Wireless
    • Weight 3.6 oz
    • Sensor Resolution 2 pixels