I just read an article, or review depending on how you look at it, on ComputerWorld.com about the BlackBerry Pearl and why it is the ‘smart phone of the future‘.

The trackball will become the dominant navigational device for mobile devices within two years.

The size and sophistication of the Pearl are enough to set it apart from the pack, but the namesake trackball is the piece de resistance. Think of the trackball as a 2-D scrollwheel on crack.

This is a prediction made by the author, Mike Elgan, and I think he may be on to something.

Elgan also believes that the form factor of the BlackBerry Pearl will be the size of choice for smartphones of the future and, once again, I have to agree with him.

The Pearl, at 4.2 x 2 x 0.6 inches and about 3.5 ounces, is about the size of a closed Motorola Razr — a “dumb” phone famous for how thin it is.

Future BlackBerry Pearl-like smartphones need to offer a better digi-cam, brighter flash, easily accessible removable memory, and better multimedia capability, however, the Pearl, being a ‘1.0 device’ as Elgan calls it is a great glimpse into the future of smartphones to come.