BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip Review

blackberry-8230-titleYou wouldn’t believe the looks I got while using the BlackBerry Pearl Flip at CTIA Wireless. Most were of surprise, others bordered on disgust, others still were closer to curiosity. Even the RIM people gave me weird reactions – “Really? You use that?” Still, I reassured everyone that my regular BlackBerry was a Bold, which was met with many a sigh of relief. One of the some common complaints for the Pearl Flip have been a cheap-feeling construction, the oddly recessed trackball, how the flip jutts out the rear, and overall size, but after using the Pearl Flip from Telus off and on almost since launch, I can say I’m not that disappointed with it. It wouldn’t replace my Bold in a million years, but the 8230 does have a few things going for it. Since the BlackBerry 8230 just came out on Alltel and we’re expecting it on Verizon soon, we thought it might be worth checking out.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip

By Research in Motion

8230 (CDMA with 3G)

8220 (GSM with Wi-Fi)


  • New, flush keyboard style works well
  • Form factor appeals to a new crowd
  • External LCD offers new functionality


  • A tad on the bulky side
  • Recessed trackball takes getting used to
  • Video doesn’t take advantage of full screen


Available Features

Camera (2.0 MP)

Media Player

Video Recording

BlackBerry® Maps

Wireless email




Corporate Data Access


Size and Weight

Height: 3.98 inches (101 mm)

Width: 1.97 inches (50 mm)

Depth: 0.69 inches (17.5 mm)

Weight: 3.6 ounces (102 grams)


Internal Display: High-resolution 240 x 320 color transmissive TFT LCD

External Display: High-resolution 128 x 160 color transmissive TFT LCD

Font size (user selectable)


Light sensing screen

Camera & Video Recording

Camera: 2.0 MP camera (JPEG encoding) with flash, digital zoom

Video Camera: Depending on the amount of built-in memory available for use, a third-party microSD card may need to be properly inserted into the BlackBerry smartphone to enable the video recording feature

Battery & Battery Life

BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220

  • Standby time: 14 days (336 hours)
  • Talk time: 4 hours
  • 900 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell

BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8230

  • Standby time: 9 days (216 hours)
  • Talk time: 3.5 hours
  • 900 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell

BlackBerry Maps

Preloaded with BlackBerry Maps

Data Input & Navigation


SureType® QWERTY keyboard

Keyboard backlighting

Voice Input & Output

3.5mm stereo headset capable

Integrated earpiece/ microphone

Built-in speakerphone

Bluetooth® v2.0; headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported

M3, T4 Rating for hearing aids

Media Player

Video format support: MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.263, WMV

Audio format support: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA

Ringtones & Notifications

Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones

MP3 ringtones

Vibrate mode

LED indicator


Bluetooth v2.0; headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported

Keyboard Security

Password protection and keyboard lock

Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server

FIPS 140-2 Compliant (FIPS Validation In Progress)

Optional support for S/MIME

Wireless Networks

BlackBerry Traffic: 800/1900 MHz CDMA 2000 1X Networks1

CDMA 2000 1 x EV-DO Support

Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM/

GPRS and EDGE networks

North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks

North America: 1900MHz GSM®/GPRS networks

Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks

Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks

EDGE networks

So those are the specs, but let’s get to the review proper…

  • Richard Thompson

    i want to get that phone

  • Amy

    I have that phone, I love it.

  • Jesse

    you should get that phone. i love it too. got mine from about 4 months ago. it’s attached to my hand. i never set it down. the buttons are super easy to text on. the phone looks great and works great.

  • Devon

    I have this phone and I hate it. This phone sucks. My first one that I got had it turned on, and with in 2 hours it fried the hard drive in itself, then I got a new one, and now it will just shut off, when it wants to, my clock won't hold the correct time. You have alot of steps to go thru just to get to a missed call.. I just hate this phone, I would never recomend this phone for anyone to buy. It's a pain in the butt.

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