The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 debuts as the first BlackBerry device to feature a clamshell (flip phone) design. The device boasts many improvements over other smartphones in the RIM Pearl series, with upgrades in memory, design, and modem options.
Phone Size and Appearance
A sleek 4 inches by 2 inches (and a relatively thick 0.7 inches deep), the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has a glossy, minimalist appearance. Weighing in at 3.6 ounces, the 8220 has both an internal and external display screen and is available in black or red with a glossy finish (note: available colors are carrier-dependent). Users may appreciate the contrast between the bold coloring and the sparse chrome trim.
Device Screen Size and Features
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220.s external display screen is 128 x 160 pixels and has 65,536 colors on which you can view images from the device.s front-facing camera (2 megapixel, with flash and video recording capabilities). A high resolution 240?320 pixel Transmissive TFT LCD display screen is located on the phone’s interior. The display screen allows for customizable user selected font size and provides backlighting. The screen also features light-sensing capabilities.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 features background noise cancellation and supports Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones as well as MP3 ringtones. A built-in media player allows users to play music and video in MP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG4, WMV, and other formats.
Voice Input and Output Functions
Device features Bluetooth 2.0 technology with A2DP support and supports headset, hands-free, and serial port profiles. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 also features a built-in speakerphone and an integrated earpiece/microphone. The device is also 3.5 mm stereo headset capable.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 offers access to a myriad of email options, including Microsoft Exchange, Novell Groupwise, BlackBerry Enterprise, and IBM Lotus. The device also provides users with access to POP3 and IMAP4 email accounts.
The 8220’s “Push Delivery Technology” enables users to be notified immediately of incoming messages. Users have the option of saving up to 10 personal and work email addresses which will all be automatically updated. An integrated attachment viewer makes it possible for users to access Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files as well as
PDFs and JPG images.
Device comes with 128 MB flash memory, but supports expansion via microSD cards.
Other Connectivity Options
SMS and MMS are supported and the device features quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS/EDGE) connectivity. Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) access is available via the 8220’s included browser. The device also features a RIM wireless modem and tethered modem capability.
Users may be disappointed with the lack of GPS capabilities (which are included in a few other phones in the Pearl series), however, the new offering of BlackBerry maps provides text and map options for navigation support.
Users can expect to get approximately 4 hours of talk time from the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220’s 900 mAh Li-ion battery. Standby-time is about standard for the BlackBerry Pearl line at 14 hours.
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Pros
Dual Transmissive TFT LCD display screen with backlighting and light-sensing features
-Addition of BlackBerry maps provides users with a unique navigation support option
-Vast email client offerings make the device incredibly convenient for work and personal text and file communication
-Built-in media player supports a large array of video and audio options
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Cons
-Lack of GPS option may leave some users disappointed, despite the new BlackBerry Maps feature