• Price: depends on contract

  • Company: RIM (BlackBerry)

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

Clearly focused on the consumer market, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is a petite and good-looking smartphone. The Vodaphone version comes with Telmap navigation software and a special Facebook function.

Smartphones have gone from being corporate toys to office essentials for many workers, with internet access and the ability to pick up and to compose emails being critical elements. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion deserves much of the credit for the whole idea and it's pleasing to see RIM continue to enjoy success in this arena.

With the launch of the slimline BlackBerry Pearl 18 months ago, a bid for the fashion-conscious user became part of RIM's gameplan, with increased multimedia functions and the availability of BlackBerry handsets in colours other than its standard slate grey or petrol blue.

So it was that we found ourselves smitten with the purple BlackBerry Pearl 8120 when it came in for review back in November 2007.

A red BlackBerry handset soon followed, and the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 comes in a fairly muted pink should you dislike the shiny black finish of this Vodafone model. (Girls: the pink is cute, but I wouldn't trade it for the purple 8120.)

With the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 we really wanted to know not whether there was such a thing as a prettier BlackBerry, but whether the superb Telmap navigation software worked just as well on the smaller screen of the Pearl as it does on the BlackBerry Curve handset.