Blackberry Style 9670 – Review

Blackberry Style 9670, the new smartphone from RIM, is a bold step in a market chock-a-block with touch screen models. The Style 9670 smartphone is an extension of the BlackBerry product line – in a new form factor.  The device can be described as a combination of earlier BlackBerry features added with a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad in a flip design, all packed in a trendy clamshell form factor. This design is claimed to be the best and a unique innovation from RIM. The most appealing aspect of this model is that you can further customize its looks and functions by installing the accessories of your choice.

Blackberry Style 9670 is a sleek clamshell phone that can be flipped opened and stands at 175.5 mm when opened.  It is approximately 96mm (L) x 60mm (W) x 18.5mm (H) when closed and weighs around 131g only. The smartphone comes with dual display screen which comprises of external screen and a main internal screen. The external screen is 2-inch wide with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and, most of the times, displays a large analogue clock. It pops up a preview of incoming e-mail or text message, before returning to the clock.  You discover a large 2.7-inch, 360 X 400 pixels TFT LCD internal screen on flipping open the Style.  The TFT screen supports around 65000 colors. Blackberry Style 9670 is unique in the sense that it is a touch free device.  Introduction of track pad replaces touch screen in Style which provides users with trackpad swipes instead of touch gestures on the screen. Once you flip open the phone, you will see a full QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad. The device comes with other great features including GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5 MP camera capable of video recording, internal memory of 512 megabytes and   8GB microSD card.

The Style 9670 is shipped with BlackBerry OS 6, making it the second handset after BlackBerry Torch, with RIM’s latest mobile OS. Only difference being that Style has a slower processor with 528 MHz speed when compared with 624 MHz of Torch.

The Style 9670 features integrated e-mail accounts (BBM, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Windows Live, Google Talk and IM clients) into a single inbox. It also offers a choice to see messages in separate mailboxes. BlackBerry Style 9670 carries forward the legacy of strength in messaging as in earlier releases of BalckBerries.

On the social networking front, the Style comes pre-installed with official Facebook, MySpace and Twitter applications. You may customize the way the official apps integrate with BB6 using Apps available in BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry 6 boasts of enhanced WebKit-based browser and also supports multiple open tabs at a time. The Style provides excellent speed over Wi-FI and is equally good when area is under good network coverage.

BlackBerry Style 9670 offers excellent battery life with its 1150 mAh Lithium ion battery pack. The fully charged battery can stay live upto 264 hours when kept on standby mode and offers the talk time of over 5 hours.   The complete charge of a battery can serve non-stop music entertainment for over 14 hours.

The Style comes in two vivid colors, Royal Purple and black with elegant dark chrome accents.

Here is a quick comparison of Style 9670 with other available models with similar features:

Model BlackBerry Style 9670 Samsung Epic 4G HTC EVO 4G RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650
Operating System: BlackBerry OS Android OS Android OS BlackBerry OS
Screen Size: 2.7 inches 4 inches 4.3 inches 2.4 inches
Screen Details: 2.7-inch, 65k-color 360×400 TFT LCD main screen; 2-inch, 320×240 TFT LCD external display 800×480, 16.7m-color Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen 800-by-480 TFT LCD capacitive touch screen 360×480, 262k-color TFT LCD screen
Camera: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Megapixels: 5 MP 5 MP 8 MP 3.2 MP
Camera Flash: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Memory Type: Micro SD
802.11x: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Browser: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Form Factor: Flip Phone Slider Candy Bar Candy Bar
Network: CDMA CDMA CDMA CDMA, UMTS
Bands: 850, 1900 850, 1900, 2600 850, 1900 850, 1900, 2100
High-Speed Data: 1xRTT, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A 1xRTT, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A, WiMAX 1xRTT, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A, WiMAX 1xRTT, UMTS, HSDPA, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 331 MB
Processor Speed: 624 MHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 528 MHz
Keyboard: Yes Yes No Yes
Continuous Talk Time: 5 hours 17 minutes 7 hours 24 minutes 6 hours 16 minutes

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