Pinkberry is the new Black
As a member of the female population, I enjoy a number of things that don’t pertain exclusively to being a girl. I love video games, gadgets (as if writing on this site couldn’t make that point obvious) and all things tech related. Hell, I even love power tools – I’d much rather get a new power tool than a new pair of shoes. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy girly things like massages, gossip or the color pink.
Where I take objection to the whole “girl = pink” equation is when consumer electronics and gadgets are slathered in a coat of pink to “appeal to the female demographic”, well, it makes me want to punch a marketing executive.
Next in the long line of “girlifiying” gadgets is the new Blackberry Pearl 8130 in a pretty, pretty pink color. So, I’ll be calling it the PinkBerry (yes, I’m aware of the frozen dessert treat of the same name, but just work with me here) for purposes of this review.
The PinkBerry, according to the company, is equipped with the same communications features and wireless broadband connectivity as the original and makes it easy to perform essential tasks away from the office, such as managing e-mail, and connecting instantly to the Internet. It also lets customers take pictures, listen to music, watch videos, and more. In addition, the device includes built-in navigation to support the location-based application, VZ Navigator, so customers can get turn-by-turn directions to wherever they want to go.
For taking photos and video, the PinkBerry sports a 2 megapixel camera with flash and 5x zoom, is able to record video, and comes equipped with advanced media player and enhanced desktop media manager software – allowing users to manage music, pictures and video between their PC and BlackBerry Pearl .
The PinkBerry…err…BlackBerry Pearl 8130 is available from Verizon Wireless for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.