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RIM BlackBerry Style Review

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Like the Torch, the BlackBerry Style features a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. Judging from the results they share the exact hardware. Indoor images, even in excellent lighting conditions, were grainy and low light images looked pretty bad. Outdoor shots in bright sunlight still seemed to be overcast and at full resolution grain was evident as well. While the background and less vibrant colors have a haze to them, bright tones were oversaturated which produces an unnatural contrast. The camera interface is the same as the Torch, which is to say the same as the Storm 2. It offers no manual adjustments and a handful of preset scene modes, like sports, party, face detection, etc.

Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review

Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Style


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Low light with flash - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Style Review

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Video recording is nothing spectacular. For starters, the BlackBerry Style 9670 can record at the now modest 640x480 pixels resolution. The results were as you’d expect from a VGA recording. Video was generally smooth enough but there was some jaggedness and overall it’s passable as YouTube quality at best. Options are even sparser as you can simply turn the flash and autofocus on and off.

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We’ve always been pretty fond of the BlackBerry music interface and the Style 9670 is no exception. It is simple, yet easy to use with all the basic features you’d want. The included stereo headphones were predictably mediocre. The video player was able to handle MPEG4 videos up to 800x480 just fine, but could not recognize any higher than that. This is slightly better than what we experienced with the Torch, which struggled to play files even at 640x480. We wish RIM had utilized the front screen better for media. The music player can be quasi-controlled with the Style closed; while the album art isn’t displayed, generally the volume keys will temporarily bring it up as the sound is adjusted, and the convenience key serves as a play/pause button. There is no way to skip tracks though, which is a disappointment. Capacitive front buttons would have been a nice addition. Videos (including SprintTV) are simply paused when the flip is closed, they cannot be viewed on the front at all.

The music interface of the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
The music interface of the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
The music interface of the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review
The music interface of the RIM BlackBerry Style - RIM BlackBerry Style Review

The music interface of the RIM BlackBerry Style



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posted on 04 Nov 2010, 07:33

1. relle19 (unregistered)


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posted on 04 Nov 2010, 22:16

2. gord888 (unregistered)


I don't know how you came to the conclusion that the browser is sub par. RIM makes the best browser out there... Highest compatibility with html5 and css3, most consistent layout, and most efficient.

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Display360 x 400 pixels TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.78 x 2.36 x 0.73 inches
(96 x 60 x 18.5 mm)
4.62 oz  (131 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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