What's cool about BlackBerry Curve 9220 is that it lets you experience the latest version of the BlackBerry operating system and all the new features that come with it for a very affordable price. Heck, you can even get the handset for free with Globe Postpaid Plan 499 plus BB Chat 99.
Here's what the device looks like in the flesh --
If you're still using a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and you want to upgrade to a new generation BB but you're not keen on spending too much moolah on it, then you might want to check out this hottie.
Here are five things I like about BlackBerry Curve 9220 --
1. Design - While the phone lacks the lush metal and glass accents of the more expensive models, BB Curve 9220 nonetheless comes with a cute, subdued design that I'm sure young consumers - including students and yuppies - will find attractive. I mean, just look at it. Gotta love that sexy back!
2. Full QWERTY Keypad - If you're currently using a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and you love your phone's keypad, you don't have to worry about not getting the same great messaging or typing experience should you upgrade to BlackBerry Curve 9220. The two phones practically have the same full QWERTY keypad. In fact, even the size of keys and tactile feedback are almost similar. Above the keypad, you'll find the familiar optical trackpad for navigating the user interface and the new chicklet-style keys that aren't only easier to press but also make the phone more attractive, I think.
3. Dedicated BBM Button - This key, which you'll find on the right side of the phone, makes it easier to launch the BBM app allowing you to share messages and experiences with friends and loved ones faster and more conveniently. Globe BlackBerry Curve 9220, which is free via Globe My Super Plan 499 plus BB Chat 99, comes with unlimited BBM per month -- so if you're getting the bundle I'm sure you'll be using this button a lot.
4. Great Music-playing Experience At the handset's rear, you'll find the loud speaker, which - I believe - is one of the bigger and more powerful ones you'll get on a smartphone. This speaker delivers clear and crisp sound making you want to share your favorite music tracks with friends.
5. An Updated Software Right Out of the Box! - As mentioned at the top of this post, BlackBerry Curve 9220 runs the latest version of the BlackBerry operating system. BlackBerry OS 7.1 comes with a number of innovative features like Social Feeds - which houses all updates from your social networks as well as your favorite websites - and voice-activated universal search, among many others. Of course, users will also get the latest version of social networking applications that BB fans simply love including Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry and of course, BlackBerry Messenger. Should you want to get other apps or to download games, you can always visit BlackBerry App World, which is now accessible via Wifi.
Check out the complete TP technical specifications table of BlackBerry Curve 9220.
Point for Improvement: First off, BlackBerry Curve 9220 is an entry-level release so we'll do well to keep our expectations in check. Overall, I think the smartphone offers great bang for the buck. But if I were to quote one area where I think BlackBerry scrimped a tad too much on, it would have to be the camera - both for stills and videos. So if you're getting this phone, I'd suggest that you don't expect too much from it in that department.
Now, what do you get exactly from the postpaid plan that gives you BlackBerry Curve 9220 for free?
As you can see, you can get a lot from the package so I think it's already very sulit. If you just like texting, calling, and BBMing, and you have access to free WiFi most of the time, it should be good. But the thing is, for an additional Php 401 to get Globe BlackBerry Unli Surf 999, you can already become a total BB road warrior as that plan will give you unlimited mobile surfing, Php 400 consumable for texts and calls, BB Social - for unlimited access to Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry wherever you go, and the 3G version of BlackBerry Curve 9220 - called BlackBerry Curve 9320 - for free! Think about it.
TP Verdict: The key strength of BlackBerry has always been in the area of messaging and social networking. And the pocket-friendly Globe BlackBerry Curve 9220 - despite lacking the bells and whistles of its more expensive siblings - has that. I believe that this affordable smartphone will surely grab the attention of young and budget-conscious consumers who are curious about the wonders of BlackBerry as well as the current BlackBerry Curve 8520 or 9300 owners who want to experience the new stuff that the brand has to offer. All things considered, I'm giving BlackBerry Curve 9220 8.8 out of 10 TP Stars.