BlackBerry Curve 9220 Review

RIM Philippines sent CTB a review unit of its latest addition to the BlackBerry lineup in the country, the BlackBerry Curve 9220. The Curve 9220 is RIM’s latest offering for its entry-level Curve lineup yet it carries the latest version of the company’s proprietary mobile platform, the BlackBerry OS 7.1. Announced back in April, the BlackBerry Curve 9220 finally made its way in the Philippines a month later, and RIM Philippines brought the handset here in Cebu in June. This handset is marketed to appeal mostly for young smartphone users and teens alike, or as its category suggest – the Curve 9220 is for “entry-level” users. I have had so many quick encounters with BlackBerry devices in the past and I must admit that this is the first time I dated a BlackBerry phone, so I guess I had enough time to see myself what this handset has to offer inside and out. Anyhow, CTB’s full review of the BB Curve 9220 follows after the break.
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The Build

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 measures 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm and in real world, it means it could sit comfortably in the palm of a typical Asian user. It’s not too big, nor too small – just an average-sized handset. In the frontage is the usual BB signature, that is the QWERTY keyboard; and the 2.44-inch display is just right above the row of useful keys namely (from left): the Send key, Menu Key, the Optical Trackpad, Escape Key, and End/Power Key. The phone’s earpiece speaker is just right above the screen beside the Notification LED. (more…)

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RIM to Launch BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE with 1.5GHz 2-Core Processor, 32GB-Only, and OS 2.0

It’s nearly two years now since RIM launched the first BlackBerry PlayBook and even though the Canadian BlackBerry maker announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress that a successor will be out anytime soon, the company didn’t actually release a new slate more than a year since then. Despite of that, a second iteration of the enterprise-friendly tablet still receives much anticipation, at least for some loyal BlackBerry fans in an excited state of getting their hands on BB PlayBook OS 2 which is believed to offer a glimpse of the BlackBerry OS 10 in early 2013. Interestingly enough, the new BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to launch on July 31st, thanks to a leaked document that may or may not make RIM proud of. But hey, do RIM really still has to hold off from making announcements for that big day?

Anyhow, the screenshot above says enough how imminent the launch of the new PlayBook is. And if you’re a bit curious what RIM will bring unto the table, the new BlackBerry PlayBook will sport notable specs upgrade such as the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, support for 4G networks such as LTE and HSPA+ (so most likely, there are two models to launch) and of course the PlayBook OS 2.0. It would be the same 7-inch tablet, but a bit slimmer at 9.7mm compared to its predecessor. This time around though, only one storage option is available and that is, just 32GB. And the price? The report says it will retail for $550 which is $50 lower than the 32GB version of the first-gen PlayBook. (more…)

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Research In Motion Adds More Affordable BlackBerry 7 Phones in the Philippines

Just a couple of weeks ago, Research In Motion (RIM) have officially launched its two newest BlackBerry Curve devices in the Philippines — the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and Curve 9320.

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 was first announced back in April followed by the Curve 9320 in May, but both devices actually made its official land fall in the country late last month. So basically, telling you about these handsets here on CTB is a bit delayed, but I’ve already told you why. Despite of that, let’s have a quick look what these phones really have to offer, inside and out!
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 are very identical in the outside, both featuring a 2.44-inch display and a QWERTY keyboard. There’s really nothing to boast from its innards, just that these phones are typically entry-level yet offer the core BlackBerry experience. Both devices run on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.1 that offers new great features such as mobile hotspot, FM Radio, and an improved battery performance; plus those social features you’d always experience on BlackBerry like BBM, Social Feeds, Facebook, Twitter, and other web-enabled functionalities. You can’t expect much on multimedia of these phones, but in any case you need to capture moments along the way – perhaps the phones’ camera would suffice. (more…)

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