When it comes to phones, CDMA users don’t have many choices in India. We have covered close to hundred phones since his blog started and none of them were CDMA phones. Research in Motion, which has a love hate relationship with India has decided to launch a CDMA Blackberry in India – Blackberry Style 9670. This will not be bundled to either Tata or Reliance, but can be used independently.
Blackberry Style is the most stylish phone we have come across in the recent past. The bar style phones were popular among the smartphone manufacturers, followed by touch and type model with various form factors. What Blackberry Style presents is something unique, something stylish. If you want to show off, most people do, then Blackberry Style is the phone you should be holding.
Blackberry Style 9670 has two high resolution screens – one external and one internal. External screen is a 2-inch diagonal screen to show notifications such as text messages and missed calls. Internal screen which is 2.7 inch is your main workhorse. Both the screens aren’t touch screen, which should come as a relief in the touch screen stricken world of ours.
Input is managed through a QWERTY keyboard on the inside. This is what RIM does best and the keyboard is like any other Blackberry keyboard. Style has a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, WiFi and is loaded with Blackberry’s latest OS, Blackberry 6. Style provides 4.5 hours of talktime and 14 hours of music playback. GPS and Blackberry maps are on board and Style comes pre-loaded with apps like Poynt, TeleNav GPS and buzzd.
Like all things Indian, a lot depends on the price. Blackberry has set a price of Rs. 23400 for Blackberry Style. With the phones unique position in the less traveled CDMA world, the price might just touch the right nerve. If we just consider the features alone, Blackberry Style should be a sub-20K phone. You might want to spend the extra bucks for the style. Style isn’t priceless after all. Blackberry Style could use a price drop to become a flagship CDMA smartphone.
Blackberry Style comes as a breather with a fresh design. Sure, quite a few phones in the past came up with this idea but to introduce it again in the midst of a 4 inchers and 5 incher brick type phones, that’s quite something. Style being a CDMA phones helps the matter a lot. There isn’t much competition in the CDMA mobile handset world and Blackberry Style is bound to make some waves.
Blackberry Style should have been Blackberry Stylish
Blackberry Style’s design is so compelling and stylish that some manufacturer who is getting ready for an IPO is already thinking of being inspired by Style. You know to add to the Bling series.