CNET First Look
The VeryKool Black Pearl is a bargain at $230This budget-minded unlocked Android smartphone packs a lot of value.
Hi, I'm Sarah Mitroff of CNET and this is a first look at the Verykool Black Pearl. If you never heard of Verykool before, you're not alone. The brand hails from San Diego based company, InfoSonics, which make affordable unlocked phones that can be used nearly anywhere in the world. Its premium model, the Black Pearl cost $230 but doesn't sacrifice a lot for that price. This android handset has an all-lacq exterior and smooth matte, rounded back cover. Size wise, it's about as big as the Samsung Galaxy S4, but not as thin. It weight 5 1/2 ounces which gives it enough half to feel sturdy in your hands. Remove the back cover to reveal the battery, micro SD and full-sized dual sim cards slots. You have to take out the battery to swap out any of the card, which is a huge minus in my book. There's a volume rocker on the left side of the phone, which has raised knobs that are easy to press. On top, you'll find the power button and had phone jack. On the bottom, there's a micro USB port. For a budget phone, the Black Pearl has a nice screen. The 4.7-inch diagonal HD 1280 x 720 display looks crisp, colorful and bright. It's also easy to read in direct sunlight. The phone is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and while it looks like the vanilla version of the OS it has a few applications. One of them allows you to pop out a webpage from the browser into a smaller window that can hang out over your home screen or other apps. Verykool also included a few third party apps such as a notepad, a video player and an advance set of app where you can manage the sim cards on the phone. There's an 8 mega pixel camera on the back with an LED flash. While it has auto and manual focus, the camera struggles to take clear close-up shots while landscape photos and angular portraits turned out better. The camera can also record 1080p HD video, which looks sharp. Inside, the phone is packing a 1.2 gigahertz processor, which is slightly smaller than competing phones but still performs well. Opening app is still as fast. The Black Pearl handles normal games well. It doesn't have support for LTE. So, depending on your carrier, browsing websites and downloading apps can be slow, but this has something to do with processor. The Verykool Black Pearl may not have top of the line up-to-date specs but at $230, it's a great value for its price. If you're in the market for a budget buy of smart phone, it's definitely worth the look. You can read my full review on CNET.com. I'm Sarah Mitroff and this has been the first look at the Verykool Black Pearl.