With all the hype about Android it might seem like there aren’t other interesting handsets coming down the pipe. But as we reported last week with the new BlackBerry Storm, there are still many handsets to consider. All mobile phones are not created equal nor does one size fit all needs – despite what the Apple hype machine would have you believe.
This week T-Mobile launched the first BlackBerry flip phone, called fittingly enough, the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220. What is noteworthy about this smartphone, obviously, is that it has the usual features of the BlackBerry Pearl, but with the popular flip design.
“The flip phone remains the vastly dominant and preferred design for mobile phones in the United States,” said Leslie Grandy, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “Being the first company in the U.S. to offer the unique BlackBerry experience on a flip phone is a huge benefit for T-Mobile customers.”
The best of both worlds design means that you can use the keyboard for texting and typing, while the ability to flip it protects the 2.4-inch internal screen (320 x 240 resolution with support for 65K colors). For that reason this handset is one that is good for work and play, and clearly Research in Motion has decided that the BlackBerry isn’t just meant for nine to five any longer. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is a quad-band handset with support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi networks, including international roaming.
This is notable as the phone includes multimedia recording and playback, a 2.0 megapixel digital camera with digital zoom, stereo Bluetooh support and best of all a memory card slot so you can easily transfer files – including music and video to the handset.
Other key features include:
- Wi-Fi-enabled (802.11 b/g) supporting Wi-Fi calling and fast Web browsing
- Support for Unlimited HotSpot Calling, offering unlimited nationwide calling over accessible Wi-Fi networks
- An enhanced SureType keyboard for text messaging, picture messaging, instant messaging, personal e-mail, and corporate e-mail
- Media management software included on the BlackBerry Tools CD, which allows transfer of music files including sync of desktop iTunes music files