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Published On: Mon, Apr 30th, 2012

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Review: Affordable Smartphone from RIM

RIM (Research in Motion) has recently launched its most affordable BlackBerry smartphone in the Indian market which is named as BlackBerry Curve 9220. As said by RIM, this new model is the best selling phone in India and has been offered with an introductory offer where users are free to download free apps worth Rs. 2500/-

As this smartphone becomes the most affordable in its class, let us explore what all features are added to it and whether or not it could caters the general demands of its users. Read the below given BlackBerry Curve 9220 specs & price.

BlackBerry Curve 9220

Design :

RIM has been struggling since long to deliver some compelling products to its consumers. However, there were not good options other than the high end mobiles that include a lot of good features. The Curve series has already drawn exceptional attention, especially in South East Asia and India. Therefore, RIM has come up with affordable-range cell phone that can cater the requirements of its enthusiasts. The Curve 8520 that is still a hit in the market has been surpassed by the new Curve 9220 which is claimed to be faster, better built and is loaded with a series of new features.

The BlackBerry 9220 features the same layout as its predecessor – Curve 8520. It sports a 2.44 inch QVGA display below which is a row of shortcut keys with optical trackpad in the middle. The phone boasts the same old-style QWERTY keyboard with an addition of shortcut keys below it. The quality of the phone has been improved than what was found in Curve 8520, but still boasts the same plastic body. While using, you will find it solid, but you still have to keep in mind that the entire built is of plastic material. The right side of this device can be found with dedicated volume keys, below which is a camera key for easy clicking of images.

The camera has similar interface just like the early phones, but cannot launch itself if the phone is locked. The left side of the phone is packed by a microUSB card slot and a BBM key. This BBM Key launches BlackBerry Messenger directly, but is just like the camera itself. So, first you have to unlock the phone and then you can use the BBM or Camera keys to launch the program directly. The sides of the phone are encased in a rubber-like material that increases the grip as the back cover is so poor to handle comfortably. The top of Curve 9220 sports single power/lock key and a 3.5 mm headset jack. The BlackBerry Curve 9220 has become the first BB phone to be available in the market with an integrated FM radio.

If you want to swap a SIM card or memory card, you first have to remove the battery cover just like the ordinary cellphones.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Review

Display :

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 sports a QVGA 2.44 inches of display and does not provide that great resolution like the high end phones. However, with this small sized screen, you can expect the resolution to be sort of good. The screen is fine and bright, but outdoor uses could make it average. The high gloss finish used on the plastic could make you uncomfortable to view on outdoors. Still, the Curve 9220 is a fine piece to consider at affordable price tag, but it is one of the common fingerprint prone devices in the market.

Processor :

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is run by an 800 MHz processor that is coupled with a 512 MB RAM and together delivers good running speed.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Specs

Software :

This affordable phone runs on a 7.1 operating system and adds several other features to the old 7 OS. Basically, the 7.1 OS comes with BlackBerry Tag that enables the users to use NFC system for inviting friends to the BlackBerry Messenger, share apps and exchange contacts. However, all these features are worthless as users will not be able to access them due to the lack of hardware support for NFC. The FM radio has been publicized as the major feature in this phone with OS 7.1 and is something interesting for the developing markets where radio streaming is still not too popular. The FM radio works fine and includes a minimalist UI, perhaps for saving favorites.

The phone also includes Auto Suggest into the universal search. This OS automatically identifies relevant search results with the help of internet and opens them in Bing on selection. The phone features HTML 5 and the screen could make many users disappointed, especially when they will use any serious browsing. Since the screen is small, you have to zoom the screen a lot while browsing. This updated OS also gives opportunity to the users to enjoy Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi calling.

Camera :

The BlackBerry 9220 is equipped with a 2 megapixel camera at the rear. The camera has EDoF feature which RIM says is a good one for users who want to enjoy instant capturing of images. However, we found that the lack of auto focus feature on the camera would not deliver instant or good picture. Overall, the camera could perhaps be the weakest element in this device which could make it flop as many people these days demand good quality camera with autofocus functionality. The image quality of this phone is poor even if you click image in bright sunlight. So you cannot expect some quick photos when you are at indoor or at low light conditions.

Battery :

The Curve 9220 sits under its plastic hood a 1450 mAh battery that gives good backup and runs consistently for 2 days even if you enjoy heavy usage. The phone is rated as giving 7 hours of talktime backup and 28 hours of music playback. So, a heavy usage is a safe bet for you.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Price

Price :

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 price is set at Rs. 10,990 which makes this phone the most affordable in the BlackBerry family.

Pros

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 comes at a most affordable price in its class. The phone is integrated with Wi-Fi support and FM radio. It features an upgraded 7.1 operating system that provides faster speed and runs longer due to powerful battery.

Cons

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is covered with a poor plastic material and holds a very disappointing 2 MP camera without auto focus.

BlackBerry 9220

Verdict

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is a good cellphone that beats the attractive Curve 8520 which fails in several areas. The hardware of this phone is pretty good and its 7.1 operating system also gives good speed overall. The incorporation of FM and Wi-Fi are also appreciated. Overall, the phone has many flaws and will not match the requirements of high end users. Besides, if you are a BBM fanatic, then this phone could have a reason to serve you. Otherwise, we would recommend you to go with other better smartphones that are available at this price range, only if you can survive without BBM.

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