The Blackberry 8100 was RIM ‘s first consumer-oriented GPRS device, sporting a 2Mpixel camera and the SureType keyboard layout. It was originally available in either black or white, depending on the operator, and was immensely popular (although, truth be told, only in a few markets, and it took a while for RIM to refresh the model).
Here’s a nice little icon for the 8100, if you’re so inclined:
Notes on the original 8100:
- Able to send entire phonebook as
Phonebook.vcfto a Mac from Bluetooth preferences (nice).
- Does OBEX transfer of camera images (even nicer, even if it can’t do a batch transfer).
- USB storage mode (complete with option to encrypt contents of memory card, which turns it into a very nice “pendrive” for carrying documents around securely).
- Battery won’t last more than 2 days (whereas older models lasted up to a week).
- Won’t let you e-mail photos (only MMS them), which is kind of silly.
- Does not support browsing through Bluetooth File Exchange.
|Apr 26||BlackBerry Pearl 3G revealed: two keypad styles and 802.11n WiFi||There goes SureType and all that made the Pearl excellent. Seriously now, it was better for me than a QWERTY keyboard, so I’m curious…|
|BlackBerry Pearl 3G video hands-on||Speedy.|
|Mobility Today||A small gallery|
|BlackBerry Forums||more photos, size comparisons with conventional phones.|