A sleek and stylish BlackBerry with excellent instant push e-mail features, WiFi access and a fresh looking flip design.
BlackBerry 8220 features at a glance:
- Dimensions: - 107x 60 x 15.5 mm
- Weight: 111g
- Battery: - Capacity: 900mAh
- Display: - 240 x 320 pixels/2.6 inch (Main) - Secondry 160 x 128 pixels (Secondary)
- Network: - GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
- Camera: - 2 mega-pixels (auto-focus) - 5 x Digital Zoom - LED Flash
- Video: - Video Recording - Supported formats: MP4, 3GPP, H.264 & DivX
- Music: - Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA
- Ringtones: - Monophonic - Polyphonic - MP3 - AAC
- Messaging: - SMS - MMS (with video) - E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange, BlackBerry) - Instant Messaging (Yahoo! & Google Talk)
- Memory: - Phone Book (unlimited) - Dialled Calls - Missed Calls - Received Calls - 75MB (internal) - microSDHC (external)
- Call Features: - Hands Free - Caller ID - Voice Dialling - Push to Talk (PTT)
- Connectivity: - microUSB - 3.5mm Audio Connector - Bluetooth (2.0) - Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g) - GPRS Class 32
- Features: - Office Document Viewer (Word, Excel) - PDF Document Viewer - Texas Hold'em, Klondik & Sudoki Games
With the BackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, RIM has another winner on its hands, and after spending some time with the new polished interface on this lightweight flip phone, we have to say we like it even more than the standard candybar Pearl, which is a tall order. The phone isn't the prettiest, in fact we found the shell to be a bit goofy looking. But as soon as we turned it on and so the rich contrast on the bright screen, as soon as we typed on the wider, more solid SureType keypad, we knew that this would be a compelling device. The interface is still bogged down with long, textual menus, and the Web browser won't win any iPhone converts, including Wi-Fi calling and more messaging options than you'll find almost anywhere else. Plus, it upholds the BlackBerry's great battery life reputation, though we would have given up an hour or two of talk time for some 3G networking.
The 8220 is basically like the other Pearl devices (the 8100, 8110 & 8120) except that it's a clamshell. It's fatter as a result, and we find that the clamshell form isn't ideal for using this kind of keypad. It's also heavier than the other Pearl phones. But it does have the advantage of a larger internal screen. It's equipped with BlackBerry Maps too, but it doesn't have a GPS receiver.
Basically, if you like the BlackBerry Pearl series, but prefer the clamshell form factor, then this is the BlackBerry for you. Personally, we feel that the whole of the Pearl series is looking rather dated now, and we'd steer you in the direction of the 8900, which is a cracking phone with a full QWERTY keyboard.