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RIM BlackBerry Style Review

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RIM BlackBerry Style Review
The RIM BlackBerry Style 9670 does the BlackBerry name proud with above average call quality, though it was not quite as good as the Curve 3G 9330 we recently tested. Callers said we were clear and crisp, but there was a slight “in the cave” tone to our voices. Still they were impressed overall and rated us an 8.5/10. To us they sounded pretty clear, but that cave effect was also present. We could also hear ourselves in the earpiece a bit, but we’d still rate it an 8/10.

The battery is rated at 5 hours of talk time and 13 days of standby. There once was a day when BlackBerry devices ruled the smartphone battery realm, but sadly this is over. While it should be enough to get the user through a day of heavy use- which is a fine accomplishment for a smartphone and something we rarely see with Android or webOS- the device will definitely need to be charged overnight, unlike the Curves of days gone by.


Conclusion:

After some time with the device, Style really is a good name for the 9670. As is often the case with stylish, things they usually lack in substance, and the BlackBerry Style 9670 is no exception. For those more concerned with a cute, flip phone, the Style is a very good, functional option. For the heavy users the constant opening and closing will wear on them, and for the tech savvy BlackBerry OS 6 doesn’t do much to bridge the growing gap between BlackBerry and Android/iOS. Still, there is a definite market for those wanting a phone like this, and while RIM is losing out on the edge of technology, BlackBerry devices are still well put together, easy to use and in general hassle-free. The BlackBerry Style may be lacking in many areas, but for the less demanding smartphone user it is definitely worth a look.


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Software version of the reviewed unit: 6.0.0.248

Pros

  • The flip form-factor is done well this time around
  • Great keyboard
  • Crisp display
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Camera and video performance is lacking
  • Web browser is still sub-par
PhoneArena rating:
7.5
User rating:
8.6 7 Reviews
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posted on 04 Nov 2010, 07:33

1. relle19 (unregistered)


first

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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