In a feeble attempt to take the solar glare of the spotlight away from the iPhone T-Mobile and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced a new version of their popular BlackBerry Pearl, in you guess it, white. Don't they realize that white iPods (and phones) are so 2006?
They've also dropped the price from US$199 to US$149 with a 2-year contract and US$50 mail-in rebate.
Features of the BlackBerry Pearl include:
- 240×260 screen
- 64MB built-in memory
- Quad-band GSM with EDGE
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- Instant messaging
- Push email
In its defense the BlackBerry addresses several of the iPhone's limitations (more on them soon), namely an expansion slot (microSD), tactile buttons for texting and corporate/enterprise level email.