Overview: Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 ~ Cell Phone Reviews

Overview: Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220


Written on 9/17/2008 03:13:00 PM by poison_ivy

Blackberry has always been known for their QWERTY phones. In fact, whenever you see a QWERTY candy bar phone, you’d most probably mistake it for Blackberry. So it would come as a surprise for most Blackberry users to know that RIM will be introducing a Blackberry Flip phone. The Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 is RIM’s fist clamshell phone.


The Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 has a similar keyboard design and layout as Blackberry’s Pearl line. The Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 has a sleek design with a chrome-finished frame that almost reminds me of a Nokia flip phone. The Pearl Flip 8220 features two high resolution LCD screen, an external one and a 2.6 inch internal screen with 65k colors.


One of the things I’ve liked on the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 is how RIM made sure that the external screen will be extensively used. The external LCD screen will allow users to view incoming text messages and emails even without opening the phone, a feature that only few flip phones have.

You would expect that since it is a flip phone, the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 should naturally have a phone pad, but like I said, Blackberry is the pioneer in QWERTY phones so don’t expect them to let go of that feature easily. Instead of a phone pad, the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 features a SureType keypad, much like its Pearl brothers. Users who aren’t familiar with SureType keypads would find that there’s a learning curve involve before you could text faster.

You’d think that right now, RIM should be making 3G as a standard in their Blackberry phones but no, RIM decided not to put any 3G on the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220, something which they would probably regret considering that 2G is slowly being phased out in most countries. The lack of 3G is however, offset by the built-in WLAN.

Because the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 did away with its “business look”, maybe in order to cater to a younger crowd, RIM should add a lot of multimedia features on this baby. So what do we have: 2 megapixel camera, a media player that can play MP3, WMA, and AAC+, a video player that can play DivX, WMV, Xvid, and 3gp, Bluetooth A2DP profile, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an expandable microSD slot.


No doubt avid Blackberry fans would feel insulted that RIM decided to revamp their good old Blackberry design. Whether the flip phone design on the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 will be welcomed or not, we’ll only know for sure once the product is released later this Fall.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous |

    gsmallover.com had a good deal that made it cheap enough for me to get this phone not only for myself, but for my daughter as well. she's 13 and thinks she absolutely needs a phone. it's nice to be able to get a hold of her when i need to now. this phone is a good starter phone in my opinion. it's not too high tech but it's still a really nice phone.


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