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.
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.