Curve Goes on a Diet
The BlackBerry Curve line of phones have got to be one of the most popular BlackBerry phone here in the Philippines, given its very affordable price point among BlackBerry smartphones, every Filipino people who wants to jump in the BBM bandwagon can easily do so.
Being an 8520 user for more than a year now, I envy how the Curve 9220 comes with the BlackBerry 7.1 OS, the OS alone will be enough reason for me to upgrade to the 9220. Aside from the speedy OS that is one of its major feature upgrades, you can also notice how much slimmer the 9220 has evolved making it feel lighter. It’s also a plus that they have decided to move the dedicated media button to the side of the phone (between the volume adjustment buttons) instead of on top, to avoid accidental playback of media files that could drain your battery without you knowing it.
I’m really not sure why BlackBerry is flaunting its built-in FM radio that is included in OS7 as one of its major features when my previous mobile phones have had that feature since I was in high school, but it’s a great addition nonetheless. The 9220 takes more acceptable photos with its 2MP camera now but is still lacking camera flash.
Thanks to its bigger 1450 mAh battery, the battery life of the 9220 is surprisingly good and could last you an average of two day’s worth of regular phone usage coupled with occasional BBM, web browsing and social networking application usage.
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is definitely made for the Filipino people. With our endless urge to be always “socially connected” nowadays, the 9220 can no doubt fill in that urge. BlackBerry made sure that being connected is one thing that you’ll never miss with the 9220 (even without 3G support) with its BBM dedicated button, together with BBM connected apps, you can make sure that you can always share what’s happening to your life instantly.
Plus: BB 7.1 OS, nice ergonomics, improved battery life, cheapest BlackBerry phone
Minus: Tiny low pixel density display, poor camera output quality, no support for 3G
Bottomline: The BlackBery 9220 is a good entry-level phone for people who wants to have access to BBM and other RIM apps together with basic email and business related stuff.