Phone Review: BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Short Review
  • Make/Model: Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220
  • Data: EDGE, Wi-Fi
  • Network: GSM 850/1900 (There are European/Asian versions)
  • Size: 3.98” x 1.97” x 0.69”
  • Carrier: T-Mobile
  • Weight: 3.6 oz
  • Display: Internal is 240 x 320 TFT, external is 128 x 160 TFT (262k colors)
  • Form Factor: Clamshell flip with external display
  • Memory: 128 flash; The hot-swappable microUSB comes w/ 256 MB, and accepts 16GB
  • Notable Features: smooth external display with email/message previews; myFaves; voice notes; voice dialing; push email; stereo bluetooth; 2 MP cam with LED flash and 5X digital zoom, which can be controlled with the trackball. It also captures video.
surprisingly music-friendly; external play/pause button; stereo bluetooth, standard headphone jack; UMA capable; unique form factor; slick new BB interface; more compact than other BlackBerries; still has the BB office apps that keep executives aboard, but feels like a fun phone.

no GPS; weak web browsing; some lag here and there.

If you're looking for a strong messaging device that works with a variety of communications platforms, the cap does not disappoint. Make calls over Wi-Fi, and provides excellent call quality in adverse environments. Almost any type of text communications platform available today is accessible on the lid. However, without 3G and a real browser, do not expect to be navigating at night.

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