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    Discussion About Pearl Flip

    Basically, my question is "Why all the HATE for the Pearl Flip?" - more specifically, why do so many hate the Flip; yet the Curve seems so widely loved?

    Looking over the specs at pdadb, it would appear that the Pearl Flip is basically a flip-phone formfactor "Curve 83xx on steroids"

    Let's compare the 8230 and the 8330:

    CPU: 8230 - 312MHz xScale PXA272 / 8330 - 225MHz MSM6550
    Memory: 8230 - 128MiB RAM,128 MiB ROM / 8330 - 32MiB RAM,32+64MiB ROM
    Screen: 8230 - 240x320 2.4" / 8330 - 320x240 2.4"
    OS: 8230 - 4.6.1.xxx / 8330 - 4.5.0.xxx (officially speaking)

    So the Flip bests the Curve 8330 in all aspects except screen size, where the devices are equal. Yet it has the reputation of being somewhat less than a real BB device. Yes, it feels a bit cheap; so does the Curve IMHO (the Storm FEELS like I think a device should - has some weight to it). The keyboard may be an issue for some, but as a guy with relatively big fingers, I LOVE the large SureType keyboard. The keys are HUGE!

    The Flip SEEMS like a device that would be popular, but going by comments on the net you'd think it was the plague. Is this just a sad side effect of the device being unfortunately branded as a Pearl-family device? Surely, there's a huge market for flip phones; and one would think such a device as the Pearl Flip would be HUGE. Would the Pearl Flip perhaps have done better had it been put under the Curve brand, or even just called the "BlackBerry Flip"?

    I guess the purpose of this topic is to stimulate discussion about a topic that has puzzled me since the day I walked into VZW to check out (and ultimately buy) the 8230. You all should have heard the VZW guy trying to talk me out of it. Told me as a Storm owner i'd hate it. Funny, I LOVE it as a backup device - sometimes i'm going to be doing a dirty job, or watching dirt stock car races; and i'm NOT taking my Storm to the local dirt track for a night of racing. The Flip is GREAT for that, and best of all, it's still a REAL BLACKBERRY!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by Dave12308; 09-29-2009 at 08:45 PM. Reason: Fixed my grammatical error.



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    Looks like it could create a lively discussion, it would be interesting to see it develope.

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    Form factor is what kills it for me.



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    I agree Dave my wife is dying for one. Loved her 8130 just didn't like the "brick" phone look. I myself owned a pearl for a little while and it was a great phone I actually miss how easy it was to hold and talk on

    Great topic

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    I agree with John form factor is deal breaker as is suretype



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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkast View Post
    Form factor is what kills it for me.
    Yes, but think of it from the perspective of someone who would normally use a flip phone if BB devices weren't so awesome.

    If you aren't averse to the flip phone formfactor, what is there to hate about the Flip? It seems more of the negative comments I see are about raw power rather than form factor, as if the Flip is underpowered compared to other flip phones. It's almost like people don't understand that you can't stick a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM into a flip phone and not get stuck with heat and battery life issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlevy73 View Post
    I agree with John form factor is deal breaker as is suretype
    The funny thing is, SureType SEEMS like a dealbreaker until you actually use one, and realize that in multitap mode, you can almost type as quickly as with a real keyboard (since it doesn't have to cycle through as many choices as a traditional phone keypad in multitap mode).

    I think the first thing I did with my flip was I disabled SureType.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave12308 View Post
    The funny thing is, SureType SEEMS like a dealbreaker until you actually use one, and realize that in multitap mode, you can almost type as quickly as with a real keyboard (since it doesn't have to cycle through as many choices as a traditional phone keypad in multitap mode).

    I think the first thing I did with my flip was I disabled SureType.
    Yep on my old pearl I used only multitap and could pound out an email almost as fast as I can on my tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave12308 View Post
    Yes, but think of it from the perspective of someone who would normally use a flip phone if BB devices weren't so awesome.

    If you aren't averse to the flip phone formfactor, what is there to hate about the Flip? It seems more of the negative comments I see are about raw power rather than form factor, as if the Flip is underpowered compared to other flip phones. It's almost like people don't understand that you can't stick a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM into a flip phone and not get stuck with heat and battery life issues.
    I agree Dave the specs speak for themselves. It's like saying does the corvette have more horsepower than a Lexus. Of the course the answer is yes but some people just don't like the look of a corvette. Same goes for the Flip. Some people will never like flip phones just as some well never like touchscreen phones. It really comes down to a matter of preference.

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