BlackBerry Curve 9220 Review: The Smart Phone for People On-the-Go

The Curve 9220 is one of the latest phone models from BlackBerry Limited, formerly Research In Motion Limited. This quad-band smart phone immediately caught my attention when it was released in May 2012.

As a tech-loving person who’s always out and about, this Curve model suit me really well. What I really enjoy about this phone is its simplicity. It’s a QWERTY phone, which makes it easy for me to type messages quickly. I can easily search for things or type stuff without having to press the same button multiple times just for a specific letter to display.

It also has most of the features I need in a mobile device. It has a decent quality camera (2 megapixels at 1600 x 1200 resolution), Internet access (either via WI-Fi or mobile data), and basic apps (MemoPad, Calculator, Voice Notes Recorder, Tasks, Alarm Clock, and the like). I love that I can check my e-mail, create schedules, surf the web, and even listen to the radio. I can even load MP3s and videos to entertain me during the rides to and from work, as the phone supports MicroSD cards of up to 32 GB. That’s a LOT of music, movies, and pictures! However, that additional storage space was completely up to me, as the unit only comes with 512 MB of internal storage.

This is also a very secure mobile device. I love that I can set a password to protect my phone from prying eyes. The unit automatically locks itself after a set amount of time, or I can manually do so whenever I wish. A cool feature is its Message On Lock Screen, where I can enter my name and other pertinent information. When the phone is locked, that text can be seen easily. Should I lose my phone, that information may help the finder return the unit to me.

Unlike other more famous mobile operating systems, the BlackBerry OS 7.1 isn’t as open to third party applications. Still, there are plenty of options in the BlackBerry World store, including Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox.

I can only think of two things I dislike about this unit: poor battery life, and its navigation in the built-in browser app. As a person who loves listening to music, taking pictures, and going online, I think this phone just doesn’t have enough juice to keep up with me. Granted, the Curve 9220 has built-in features that try to save power, such as the Battery Saving Mode, and Auto On/Off.

Perhaps, the thing that annoys me the most is that I’m always having a difficult time using the Browser. Not all websites are built for mobile, so the tiny text and difficult navigation style in a tiny 320 x 240 screen really make no sense to me. It’s great for quick Google searches, but serious surfing is practically impossible.

If you need a phone that actually does what it advertises and don’t mind taking a charger with you all the time, then the BlackBerry Curve 9220 might just be the phone for you too. This unit retails for PhP 6,900 from online gadget shops like KimStore. It also comes free at Plan 299 from Globe, which is how I got mine.

Published by Imelda Luzviminda Malabonga

Imee is a twenty something journalism graduate currently residing in the Philippines. She has a diverse set of interests, ranging from the logical to the artsy. Although her day job is as a writer, her main interest is music. She has been performing on stage since since age 6 and currently sings for an alternative band based in Makati.

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  1. I’ve always wanted to buy a smart phone. blackberry was one of my choice, but i got discourage because I can’t customize it as I want. and its battery life is poor.