• Price: depends on contract

  • Company: RIM (BlackBerry)

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

As before, it’s a breeze to get online and to send and retrieve email. Prompts appear when needed – and only then. Most helpfully, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120's wireless radio icon now pops up to Manage All Connections. You’re asked whether you want to turn on the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Mobile Network or turn on the lot in one go.

We took the 8120 out and about in mid-Kent, where it quickly found two or three Wi-Fi networks that we could log on to if we chose. 02 has hitched itself to The Cloud for iPhone purposes and introduced flatrate monthly internet access rates for other contract handsets, so this is a good option if you need to get online regularly.

For times when you need to get a handle on where you are, the Pearl has Maps built in. While no match for the detailed and more localised Vodafone Maps of the latest BlackBerry Curve, it's nonetheless a useful inclusion for anyone travelling long-distance and needing to get a fix on where they are.

This BlackBerry Pearl 8120 does multimedia far better too: the 2Mp camera (with 5x zoom selectable via the central rollerball navigator and automatic flash) produced some surprisingly good snaps, even in low light. The memory is now expandable too, via microSD card. Slot one in and you'll be able to capture video to it (you still only get 64MB flash memory onboard).

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 updates last year’s model in all the right ways and offers more than enough wow without being too flash.