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Blackberry Pearl vs. SE W810i

by oo3menace / March 21, 2007 5:15 AM PDT

I am a cingular customer currently not held in a contract, I can cancel at anytime without fees. I have a decision to make between upgrading through cingular and purchasing a Sony Ericson w810i ($75 after rebate, +2yr srvc) or privately purchasing a Blackberry Pearl ($150 used for 3 days, owner upgrading to treo).

I know these two phones come from different worlds, one being gadget oriented and the other being a professional(ish) device.

I currently do not have a data plan for internet usage with Cingular.

I currently own a SE z500a for over 2 years. Outdated "smartphone", kind of beat up, could use an upgrade.

I'm not so much a gadget person per se, as I don't own an MP3 player but wouldn't mind the dual functionality included w/ the 810i.

Talk time initially played a key role as the w810i has a spec of 8 hrs to the 3 w/ the pearl. I've done some searching and found little coplaints on battery life with the pearl however.

I'd just like to see what the owners of these phones might have to say about their likes/dislikes of these devices.

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W810i beats out Pearl
by blaine100 / March 21, 2007 5:16 PM PDT
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by oo3menace / March 23, 2007 12:25 AM PDT
In reply to: W810i beats out Pearl

Thanks so much for the links. I really think it's just going to come down to if I want to renew my contract or not, or how much I want to spend for a new phone. Both phones are getting decent reviews and have similar capablities. Thanks again.

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W810 seems good
by carter250 / April 11, 2007 3:08 PM PDT
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My friend has the W810 and he's prety happy with it. good reception, good features and pretty fast menus. Never had a blackberry so i'm not sure how the pearl compares.

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if you don't mind rebates
by gamedreamer / March 23, 2007 8:17 AM PDT

You can actually get the w810 for free with a cingular upgrade if you don't mind rebates. There is the $75 cingular rebate and there is a wirefly $50 rebate.

I was looking at the w810i as well. My wife changed her mind and wants a motorola product......but I've researched that w810i so much that I'm probably going to get it for myself. The pearl looks nice, but I am never getting a crackberry.......

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Its like apples and oranges
by myth90045 / April 12, 2007 1:53 AM PDT

I dont think that you can put these two phone in the same category. the pearl is main function is push email/wireless data/ with a sprinkle of multimedia.
the SE 810 is mp3player (hence the walkman branding), picture phone 2.0mp, with a dash of WAP built in.
I say if you are an SE person, and it kind of looks like you are, go with the 810. If you hold it, the 810 has plastic-y feel to it. but it is built well. It works great as an MP3 player if you so choose to use it as such. the included headphones work well, i say better than the head phones that come with the ipod. the W810 is customizable with different themes / wall paper / ringtones for free that you find on the web. Battery life, is as good as most SE phones. I had to charge mine every 3-4 days if that.
The pearl has a great build, the keyboard for texting is a little tricky to master, but once you do it is a breeze. the camera on the phone is ok, comparable to some 1.3mp cameraphones out there. Push email and the internet are ok, but i would prefer a bigger screen. You can put movies and music on the phone. there are programs for free that will convert the movies for the bb format. Themes are available but some of the really good ones you have to pay for.

all in all it depends on what you want. I have had both, each for different reasons. If i were to choose, id go with the SE W810i. its a great phone and i think you would like all the features that it has to offer.

as a side note: One cool thing i have found on most SE phones I have used, including the W810 is the bluetooth presentation program. I have bluetooth on my mac laptop. I paired the SE and the laptop and I used my phone to control the mouse. I can click on programs, start itunes or anything just like a wireless mouse. I thought that was a cool feature. but im kind of a geek!! haha

Hope this helps!!

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by carter250 / April 15, 2007 2:00 PM PDT

myth90045, thanks for the good reply. I'm still torn but your post definitely helps. Reading all the reviews is making my eyes crossed.

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