BlackBerry Pearl lacks hardcore business appeal


The BlackBerry Pearl is a sleek, stylish phone, with plenty of multimedia features. If I was choosing a smartphone for personal use, I would give the Pearl serious consideration. Business users should be more cautious of the Pearl.

It's easy to be sucked in by the unit's small size, slick styling, and vivid LCD, but the cramped keyboard and highly-limited Office viewer will frustrate heavy e-mail and Microsoft Office users. In the following photos, I'll show you why.

By Bill Detwiler

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...