RIM didn’t just slap a lid on its most compact smart phone. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip was intelligently designed, featuring a clever dropped hinge that makes the device comfortable for typing and stable while taking pictures with the 2 megapixel camera. The 320 x 240 display is sharp, and the new OS 4.6 runs (wich included Dataviz to Go) runs smoothly on this clamshell. The Flip’s SureType keyboard is bigger than on the original Pearl, and it’s smart enough to recommend words after you’ve tapped just a couple of letters. Built-in Wi-Fi for fast surfing and making calls at hot spots; a welcome 3.5mm headphone jack; and a beefed up browser and media player solidify the Pearl Flip as one of the hottest smart phones of the year.