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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

If some­one ever tells you that Re­search-In-Mo­tion is los­ing its bat­tle against iOS, An­droid and Win­dows Phone smart­phones, show them the new Curve 9220. The suc­ces­sor to the hugely pop­u­lar Curve 8520, the Black­Berry Curve 9220 has enough mus­cles to gain the com­pany some smart­phone brownie points.

OUTER SHELL

The Curve 9220 has got the sig­na­ture Black­Berry look –brand­ing on top, a 2.4-inch dis­play above a five-key row and a well spaced QWERTY key­board. The 9220 is slim­mer at 12.7mm against the 13.9mm on the Curve 8520. The mu­sic con­trols on top panel have been re­placed by a 3.5mm jack and lock key.

BAT­TERY POWER

While most smart­phones hardly last a day, the Curve 9220 has a big 1450 mAh bat­tery that eas­ily lasts close to two days with av­er­age use. The ab­sence of touch and 3G helps the bat­tery re­tain its juice.

BBM LOVE

Only Black­Berry Mes­sen­ger users can tell you how much they are ad­dicted to the mes­sen­ger and how apps like What­sapp can’t re­place BBM. Mak­ing the BBM ex­pe­ri­ence even bet­ter, RIM has added a ded­i­cated BBM key to the left panel. BBM is now linked to so­cial net­work­ing sites with Face­book and Twit­ter up­dates show­ing on the BBM Sta­tus too.

IN­NER STRENGTH

While there are a few mi­nor changes to hard­ware, the 9220 is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent de­vice from in­side. It is the cheap­est phone to run the lat­est Black­Berry 7.1 op­er­at­ing sys­tem. There is a drop down no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar at the top that shows pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions like missed calls, mes­sages, emails, so­cial net­work­ing up­dates, etc. The main menu is again di­vided into favourites, fre­quent, downloads and me­dia. Face­book and Twit­ter are pre­loaded on the phone along with se­cure email and web brows­ing sup­port. RIM hasn’t dis­closed the pro­ces­sor on­board, but it def­i­nitely is faster than the 8520.

BLACK­BERRY 9220

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Price:

` 10,990

Specs:

2.4 inch dis­play; 2 MP cam­era; 512 MB in­ter­nal, 32 GB ex­pand­able mem­ory; EDGE, Wi-Fi, 102 gm; 1450 mAh bat­tery.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? A wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the Curve 8520.

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