I know that the BlackBerry Pearl is the greatest thing to happen in the smartphone industry since the thing right before it that was the greatest thing to happen in the smartphone industry, however, I am kind of in a grumpy mood so I am going to list 5 things that suck about the BlackBerry Pearl.

  1. No digital video capture — Seeing how it took forever for RIM to even come out with a CameraBerry one might think that when they finally did, they would have offered features, I don’t know, maybe like every other cameraphone of similar price have.
  2. No cross promotion with Pirates of the Caribbean 2 — The name of the frigging ship was the Black Pearl. The name of the smartphone is BlackBerry Pearl. It doesn’t take a marketing genius to figure that one out.

  • Verizon doesn’t carry it — I know that the rest of the world uses GSM but most BlackBerry sales happen right here in the U.S. and Canada. Last time I checked there are more CDMA users, in the U.S. at least, than there are GSM users.
  • Low-rez digital camera with a crappy flash — I just bought a 2.0 megapixel digital camera for $14.95 for crying out loud. Why in the world is the resolution so low on the Pearl? Also, if you are going to use one of those new LED flashes to save on the battery life great. It does, however need to be a bit brighter than a birthday cake candle.
  • Memory card is behind the battery — Do you think that government facilities that say you cannot have flash memory of any kind in the building make an exception for miniSD cards that are cleverly hidden behind a battery? If you want to stick it behind the battery cover, fine… Just don’t make me have to reboot my device because I want to swap it out.