Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MOBIL'S Handhelds

The flip phone, which comes in black or red, measures 101mm high by 50mm wide by 17.5mm deep and weighs 102g. It features a 65,536-color, 128 x 160-pixel external display and front-facing 2-megapixel camera, while you get a 65,536-color, 240 x 320-pixel TFT display on the inside. As part of the Pearl series, you get the SureType keyboard (groan) and trackball navigator. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 also comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an external microSD expansion slot.

Moving onto features, the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS/EDGE) Pearl Flip 8220 offers true world roaming, a speakerphone, smart dialing, and background-noise cancellation. Wireless options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support. There's no GPS, but the BlackBerry Maps application is onboard to at least provide you with maps and text-based directions.

Supported e-mail solutions include BlackBerry Enterprise, Microsoft Exchange, IMB Lotus, Novell GroupWise as well as POP3 and IMAP4 accounts. There's also an attachment viewer for Word, Excel, PowerPoint files, PDFs, and JPG images.

When you're done working, you can enjoy MP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG4, WMV, and other music and video formats with the built-in media player. In addition, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has a 2-megapixel camera with flash and video-recording capabilities.

In all, there aren't a whole lot of surprises, as the smart phone keeps very much in line with the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120. T-Mobile in the US has just announced that it will be selling the 8220 at US$149.99 with a two-year contract. As with all RIM devices, those in Asia will have to wait for a local operator to start offering one for sale, so keep your eyes peeled.

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