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  1. BB10fan's Avatar
    09-08-13 12:24 AM
  2. birdman_38's Avatar
    That's actually a really nice looking Bold/Curve/Q5.

    Wait, what is it again?
    09-08-13 01:11 AM
  3. eldricho's Avatar
    Kinda looks like a Q5 but with legacy trackpad and such
    Looks very nice indeed!

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    09-08-13 02:26 AM
  4. EffBee87's Avatar
    Looks great but I'm holding out for the blue version

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    09-08-13 11:56 AM
  5. epyon52328's Avatar
    Funny I really hated the look of the 9720 in Black but I kinda like it in white. It's funny cause I feel the opposite way about the BB10 phones.

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    09-09-13 09:39 AM
  6. FrankIAm's Avatar
    That's actually a really nice looking Bold/Curve/Q5.

    Wait, what is it again?
    Something that never should have happened.
    09-09-13 05:13 PM
  7. David Murray1's Avatar
    Something that never should have happened.
    If it turns a profit for BlackBerry then why not? Are you American - opinions of BB are not the same all over the world.
    09-11-13 10:07 AM
  8. BB10fan's Avatar
    White 9720

    UK
    BlackBerry 9720 White | Pay monthly contract | Pay as you go| Mobile phones | Orange

    One touch Multicast updates all social media at once
    Fast, accurate typing on new Qwerty keyboard
    Discover and share thousands of apps at Blackberry World
    5 megapixel camera, image stabilization and 4x digital zoom
    Share photos straight from screen
    Listen to FM radio like never before
    BlackBerry 7 OS version 7.1
    WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    Quad band
    Assisted, Autonomous GPS
    512MB RAM
    2.8-inch touch panel display

    Designed to take what you do with your phone to another level, the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone helps you do everything you need to - and then share it instantly so youre always involved with everything your mates are up to. And with multicast theres no need to say it more than once. You can update social media and messenger apps with one touch and they will all appear together - instantly.

    Fans of fast, hassle-free texting will like the classic BlackBerry keyboard which has been re-spun to help you type even faster, more accurately and with the minimum of effort. BlackBerry World comes with all the latest apps, including the next level of BBMBBM 8, which features BBM Voice1 and BBM Channels.

    And you even get suggestions for new apps based on past purchases, which when you consider how easy it is to share Blackberry Apps with your friends, makes this something youll be sure to return to again and again. With Blackberry its all about making sharing fun and easy.

    You can even share apps over Facebook and Twitter. Talking of which, the 5-megapixel camera has a neat new feature which allows you to instantly send photos from the screen, straight after youve taken them. No more searching through galleries just one touch and you can email it, BBM it or pop it on social media.

    Finally, a nice extra for music buffs often overlooked on smartphones. The FM radio. Now, not only can you listen to all your favourite FM radio stations from anywhere and get your friends to tune in too via BBM profile updates. Cool.

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    09-12-13 01:11 AM
  9. BB10fan's Avatar
    India
    BlackBerry 9720 hands-on and first impressions | News & Video Reviews of Gadgets at BGR India

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    The BlackBerry 9720 looks like a device from a year or two back, having taken cues from the Bold and Curve series of smartphones. There are generous amounts of plastic in use, most likely to keep the price down, but as a result the device feels very light in your hands. The serrated back cover ensures good grip too.

    On the top you will find the audio jack and unlock key, the volume rocker and play/pause buttons on the right, a micro-USB button and a dedicated BBM key on the left and the speaker grille at the bottom. You wont find the premium-ness that has come to be associated with recent BB10 devices, but for its price point (Rs 15,990), the phone doesnt exactly feel very cheap either.

    Moving to the keyboard, we found typing quite comfortable as the keys are placed with ample amount of space in between. The phone offers both touch and type experience, sporting a 2.8-inch (480360 pixels) display. For a traditional BlackBerry device, the display does a decent job at best, but after using large screen devices, this display felt a bit too small.

    Powering the device is an 806MHz Tavor MG1 processor supplemented with 512MB of RAM that offers decent levels of performance. Swiping across screens and opening and closing apps were smooth enough. The device includes a 1,450mAh battery which the company claims will survive through up to 7 hours of talk time and 18 days of standby time, though we would wait till our review to pass any judgments on either of them.

    In terms of its photo-clicking abilities, there is a 5-megapixel EDOF (Extended Depth of Field) rear camera included with add-ons like image stabilization and 4X digital zoom. The camera also includes a Snap and Share feature that lets one share a clicked photo to any of the social sites or BBM.

    To the software front then, which is frankly the 9720s talking point. Though on paper it runs on a dated BB7.1 OS, it has been modified with aspects carried over from BB10. For example the device can be unlocked by swiping up on the screen, and the unlock screen also features a shortcut key to the camera. A unique feature included on the device is the Multicast, which is essentially an app that lets you broadcast a message over Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn from a single window. The FM Radio too gets a sharing option, letting you share what you are listening to over BBM. The messenger app also features BBM voice, which essentially lets you make voice calls over 3G or Wi-Fi.

    To conclude then, the 9720 brings back the traditional BlackBerry experience at a much pocket-friendly price. Though some would be happy to see a new sub-Rs 20,000 BlackBerry smartphone, what remains to be seen is if the larger section can be convinced to opt for a device running on an older OS, when BlackBerry itself is focusing most of its efforts and marketing on BB10. Stay tuned as we put the device though its paces in our extensive review.

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    09-14-13 02:04 AM
  10. BB10fan's Avatar
    India
    BlackBerry 9720 smartphone launched in India at Rs 15,990 - Indian Express

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    BlackBerry announced the launch of its new social BlackBerry 9720 smartphone in India, priced at Rs 15,990.

    The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a spacious BlackBerry keyboard with keys for optimal typing, a 2.8'' touchscreen and trackpad for easy navigation.

    The device runs on BlackBerry 7.1 OS, which features an updated interface that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera from the lock screen, as well as additional enhancements.

    Available in a variety of vibrant colors, the new smartphone comes packed with all of your favorite social apps.

    The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone builds on the incredible success of the BlackBerry 7 OS. The 9720 is absolutely stunning and provides an ideal choice for urban youth and customers who are looking to upgrade from a feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve smartphone to an affordable, easy-to-use smartphone with rich messaging and social networking connectivity, said Sunil Lalvani, managing director for India at BlackBerry.

    The device features a dedicated BBM key and BBM Voice.

    The latest version of BBM, which features BBM Channels, will also soon be available for download on the BlackBerry World storefront, said the company.

    The smartphone also integrates BlackBerry Balance technology, which separates work from personal content on the smartphone, supporting the needs of the enterprise and the BYOD customer.
    09-17-13 01:17 AM
  11. BB10fan's Avatar
    UAE
    BlackBerry 9720 Plan in UAE | Handsets | Mobile | du

    Enjoy it with 1 month free Social BlackBerry service for just AED 799

    BlackBerry 9720 in white is exclusive to du.

    Customers looking for a smartphone tailored to meet their social media desires need look no further than the new super social BlackBerry 9720 smartphone, which is available from du with a month of free Social BlackBerry service a special offer exclusively for dus pre-paid customers.

    Designed for a premium look, the new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone takes everything you enjoy in a feature phone, a starter smartphone or existing BlackBerry Curve smartphone, to the next level and comes packed with all of your favorite social apps to let you spark the conversation.

    The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone will be available from du shops on 24 August, for just AED799. Pre-paid customers who buy the smartphone before 21 September will enjoy 30 days of Social BlackBerry service from du for free. After 30 days, customers can continue to enjoy the service for just AED1.5 per day.

    Our customers are very social media-savvy, and the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone is designed to meet their desire to stay socially connected. Our special offer of 30 days of Social BlackBerry service completely free of charge gives customers buying the BlackBerry 9720 an incentive to experience the new smartphone at its best, said Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Commercial Officer, du.

    The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a spacious BlackBerry Keyboard with distinct keys for optimal typing, a 2.8 touchscreen and trackpad for easy navigation, offers generous battery life, and numerous enhancements including:

    BlackBerry 7 OS The new BlackBerry 9720 comes with BlackBerry 7 OS version 7.1, which features an updated interface that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera from the lock screen, as well as additional enhancements.

    BBM The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a dedicated BBM key that makes it quick and convenient to access the globally popular mobile social network, and with its BlackBerry Keyboard, messaging your BBM friends is easy and accurate. The latest version of BBM, which features BBM Channels, will also soon be available for download on the BlackBerry World storefront, letting you tune in and connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups you are passionate about.

    Built-in FM Radio With the BlackBerry 9720 you can listen to local FM stations, and automatically let your BBM friends know what station youre currently listening to.

    Multicast to Make Yourself Heard in an Instant The refreshed BlackBerry 7 OS lets you quickly type your message once and post it simultaneously and instantly to your friends on BBM, Twitter and Facebook. You can even snap a picture and post it to multiple social networks all at the same time, right from the camera app.

    Discover New Possibilities With access to BlackBerry 7 apps and games on BlackBerry World, the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone can make you more productive and better informed, and keep you well connected and thoroughly entertained, while on the move.

    Smart for Business Too With BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, the BlackBerry 9720 offers superior business productivity features with market-leading mobile device management, application management and security, and is a very cost-effective solution for any organization.

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    09-20-13 01:41 AM
  12. BB10fan's Avatar
    9720 Owners’ Reviews
    BlackBerry 9720 mobile phone - On Various networks | The Carphone Warehouse

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    I was stumped between the Q5 and the 9720. After looking at various reviews the 9720 won, due to the fact you can access the battery. I also felt more towards this phone due to my old faithful 9300 had just been overworked and worn out. It was easy to setup and use. I love the fact it has a more powerful camera, not bothered about the touchscreen, however I am getting more used to it. (I've been so used to a mouse).
    It does everything I want it to. Ideal for my business use. It’s light, user friendly and great clear screen. My partner has a touch screen top of the range smartphone, which I love to play on, however to be honest I prefer this one. Would I recommend it? Yep.

    This really is an excellent buy. Whilst not using the latest operating system it is nevertheless a very attractive phone. The new keyboard is easy to use, the combination of touch screen and keyboard an important feature. My second Blackberry.

    Had several BlackBerry's, and always upgraded.
    This phone is great for calls, text, email and also Facebook and Twitter and pictures. BBM groups are great, we have a family group where we all share pics daily, (folks aren't on Facebook and like to see their grand daughter!).
    If you just want to stay in touch with people and don't need a fancy phone, but want one that's easy to type on and can handle bumps and knocks then I can highly recommend this phone.
    Add a case to it and it's a wonderful device.
    If you've never tried BBM voice calling then give it a go, the clarity is unreal...my family now all call each other this way as we have poor signals where we live.
    Not the most advanced phone but I love mine.

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    09-22-13 10:35 PM
  13. BB10fan's Avatar
    9720
    BlackBerry 9720 is Last BlackBerry 7 Device - N4BB

    During a Q&A session, we had the opportunity to speak with BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders. In regards our questions regarding the longevity of legacy BlackBerry OS and developer support for the platform, we learned that the current to market BlackBerry 9720 smartphone is the last device to support legacy OS.

    Interestingly, BlackBerry OS has seen nearly double the apps even since the BlackBerry 10 launch. However, the 9720 will be the last iteration of BlackBerry 7. Developers will still be able to develop for the BlackBerry 7 platform, but in terms of its continued support by BlackBerry, that much is still left unknown.

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  14. BB10fan's Avatar
    9720 Review - India
    BlackBerry 9720 review | NDTV Gadgets

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    Earlier this year, BlackBerry unveiled the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones that run on BlackBerry 10 OS, the company's brand new mobile operating system. However, BlackBerry did mention that it will continue to sell phones that were based on its legacy OS, BlackBerry 7 OS.

    It's worth pointing out that the Canadian device maker was able to increase its market share in emerging markets like India, South East Asia and Africa by selling cheaper devices running its legacy OS at a time when it was being ditched by customers in mature markets like the US and Europe with the rise of Android and iOS. It priced the BlackBerry 10 devises much higher, positioning them in the premium segment, so new devices based on older versions of its OS were perhaps part of its strategy to take care of the budget and mid-range segments.

    The BlackBerry 9720 is the first among these devices. Unlike previous BlackBerry OS 6/ 7/ 7.1 devices, the 9720 doesn't identify its target segment with a prefix such as Bold or Curve. That's probably because we're unlikely to see any high-end (Bold) devices running legacy operating systems. Instead we're likely to see only economy phones in the segment.

    We received the review unit of the BlackBerry 9720, and have put it through its paces since. Will the 9720 be the much needed saviour to pull the younger crowd back to the brand as BlackBerry goes into crisis mode? Is it the best low cost device for people who need a phone with a hardware keyboard? We try to find out in our review.

    Design/ Build
    The BlackBerry 9720 looks pretty similar to the new BlackBerry Q5 except for the hardware buttons that sit immediately below the screen. The phone is available in Black and White variants, and we got the latter colour option as our review unit.

    The BlackBerry 9720 features a touchscreen as well as a hardware (QWERTY) keyboard. Just like the Q5 the phone is a bit less curved and features a hard plastic keyboard.

    The front of the BlackBerry 9720 features a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 35-key keyboard, notification LED and a visible sensor, sitting above the display. The phone provides the auto-brightness feature as well, so it could be the ambient light sensor that's visible, though with the touchscreen, a proximity sensor would also be fitting. The four usual hardware keys for accepting calls, accessing the menu, going back, and rejecting calls are placed below the display along with the optical trackpad.

    Interestingly, the BlackBerry 9720's display panel and the hardware keys are all Black in colour contrasting the phone's White colour.

    Just like the BlackBerry Q5, the keyboard on the 9720 is arranged in a more linear fashion (than the previous curved keyboards seen on the Curve series) and the keys are well-spaced out. The keys offer good tactile feedback and are large enough for convenient and quick typing. The keys provide solid tactile response, with a 'click' feel and sound, offering a great typing experience. This is a major plus point, as the hardware keyboard is one of the biggest USPs of this device.

    The BlackBerry 9720 features a black-coloured rubberised frame in the middle that also houses some hardware keys and ports. It also helps to make the device easy to grip.

    The right-side of the 9720 houses the volume rocker keys with a mute key sitting between, and a camera shortcut key that can also be programmed to perform other functions.

    The Micro-USB port and a shortcut key that launches BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) by default are located on the left-side of the 9720. The 3.5mm headset jack and the Screen lock key sit on the top.

    The BlackBerry 9720's back features a removable plastic cover that sports a rubberised texture and a design featuring ribbed lines. The silver-coloured BlackBerry logo is embedded in the middle. The back sports a 5-megapixel camera and an LED flash.

    We were not happy with the 9720's back cover, as it did not fit securely on the phone, and felt like it will fall off any moment. We're not sure if this issue was just limited to our unit, and the flaw becomes our single biggest gripe with the build quality of BlackBerry's latest entry-level handset.

    Display
    The BlackBerry 9720 sports a 2.8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 360x480 pixels, boasting of a pixel density of 214ppi, and providing some decent viewing angles.

    The 9720's display offers good sunlight legibility and text, images and videos appear sharp and clear. However, with its small display, the 9720 is clearly not targeted at people who primarily use their phones for watching multimedia content.

    The touchscreen of the BlackBerry 9720 offers a responsive and smooth touch experience, which we did not experience any problems with.

    Camera
    The BlackBerry 9720 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera that comes with an LED flash.

    The BlackBerry 9720 camera app offers different scene modes including auto, face detection, portrait, sports, landscape, party, close-up, snow, beach, night and text.

    The 9720's camera is fixed focus, which makes close-up and macro shots seem flat. We'd have preferred an autofocus camera instead, offering more options. It's good enough for taking a quick picture and sharing it with your friends via email and social networks.

    Pictures taken with the BlackBerry 9720 outdoors in daylight were decent, but the ones taken indoors and in low light conditions were grainy and lacked detail.

    The video mode allows you to shoot VGA resolution videos. Videos shot through the phone were of average quality. There's no front camera on the 9720.

    We expected a device in this price range to sport a better camera, and the BlackBerry 9720 disappoints in this regard.

    Software/ User Interface
    The BlackBerry 9720 runs BlackBerry's legacy OS, BlackBerry 7 OS (version 7.1). If you've used a BlackBerry Curve or Bold device before, than you'd be at home with the 9720's software.

    The interface offers a homescreen, a status bar that also offers quick toggles for settings when tapped (or clicked), a notification pane and an app drawer that arranges app icons in various panels.

    The build of BB 7.1 OS that comes with the BlackBerry 9720 also features a different BlackBerry 10-style lock screen that has a camera shortcut icon. You can swipe up to unlock the screen.

    Universal search is integrated with the OS, so when you type the name of a contact, app or any other keyword when you're at the home screen, the BlackBerry 9720 offers relevant results.

    The OS comes with social networking apps like Twitter and Facebook, and Documents to Go and Foursquare. The popular BlackBerry Messenger, which is a major USP of BlackBerry devices, is also present.

    It's worth pointing out that you'll need to activate a BlackBerry service plan to access email and BBM on the BlackBerry 9720. Even Facebook and Twitter access require the service to be activated, though some additional tweaks can get them to work with certain data plans.

    There's also a new app on the 9720 called Multicast, which allows you to post a status update on multiple social networks in addition to the usual Social Feeds app that brings updates from all configured social networks including Twitter, Facebook and BBM.

    The BlackBerry 7.1 OS also comes with Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality for sharing the phone's Wi-Fi connection with other devices.

    We tested BlackBerry Bridge with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and found that it works well. You can connect your PlayBook to the Internet via the phone or control it through the Bridge app's touchpad, and manage and reply to emails, messages and BBM messages, and manage calendar entries through the PlayBook.

    Overall, BlackBerry 7.1 OS looks and feels primitive compared to modern smartphone operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows Phone (or for that matter, even BlackBerry 10 OS). The Canadian smartphone manufacturer would do well to abandon the legacy platform altogether, following the current Android example of recent iterations available even for entry-level devices.

    Though BB 7.1 OS supports multitasking, apps offer limited functionality and except for chat and social networking, it doesn't offer any unique or value-adding capabilities. Notably, the native web browser doesn't come with Adobe Flash.

    Performance
    The BlackBerry 9720 is powered by an 806MHz Tavor MG1 processor and has 512MB of RAM, apart from 512MB of built-in storage that's expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. While BB 7.1 OS doesn't need high-end hardware to run smoothly and third party apps are not that demanding, we feel that BlackBerry could have added more memory for smoother multitasking.

    The overall experience of navigating through the BlackBerry 9720's interface was satisfactory and we didn't see the spinning clock or hourglass in our use. However, opening multiple tabs on the web browser slowed down things and you'll still see a lot of checker-boarding while browsing graphics-heavy websites. Also, installing certain apps requires the phone to restart, leaving you disconnected for about a minute.

    The BlackBerry 9720 is responsive otherwise, and we did not experience any lag while opening apps, navigating the menu, and even playing games like BrickBreaker.

    We were not able to play HD (720p and 1080p) clips on the BlackBerry 9720, with formats like MOV and MKV not being supported natively, though some formats like AVI and low-resolution MP4 did play fine, in standard definition.

    The speaker outlet on the BlackBerry 9720 delivers good quality sound at high volume levels, thanks to the placement of the speaker outlet.

    Call quality was very good and the phone is able to latch on to cellular networks even in weak signal areas.

    The BlackBerry 9720 also includes FM radio functionality, which users in India would appreciate. The phone doesn't include NFC functionality however, not too surprising at this price range.

    The BlackBerry 9720 comes with a 1,450mAh battery, and in our usage, it lasted us a full workday. We charged the phone in the morning, and with medium to heavy usage, including 1-1.5 hours of phone calls, synching two email accounts, playing some music, gaming, taking some photographs, receiving Twitter notifications, and using BBM and WhatsApp chat, the phone lasted a good 10-11 hours.

    It's worth pointing out that we had turned off Wi-Fi and auto-brightness, and the phone was hooked to a 3G network with the screen brightness at the highest level. Altering these settings might help in running the phone for a longer duration, depending on your usage pattern.

    Verdict
    The BlackBerry 9720 is a decent hardware QWERTY keypad smartphone, but unlike its BlackBerry 10 siblings, it does not deliver when it comes to multimedia consumption, and offers a primitive operating system compared to Android, BB10, iOS and Windows Phone based smartphones.

    BlackBerry has obviously tried to reduce the price point of touch-enabled hardware QWERTY phone with the 9720, prior to which, touch functionality was restricted to the Bold and Torch series smartphones.

    The 9720 sports a better screen than the Curve 9320, but it enters the market much after. At a price of Rs. 16,000, the 9720 is overpriced if you look at its hardware specifications and feature set. We also don't like the 9720's flimsy back cover.

    It becomes a difficult to recommend this phone to anyone who is not looking for a QWERTY keyboard and doesn't make heavy use of messaging features majorly, simply because of what's being offered by other handset makers at this price point.

    However, if you're a messaging junkie (though BBM is on its way to Android and iOS), like the comfort of a hardware keyboard coupled with a touchscreen, and don't want to spend too much, this phone's a pretty good option for you, excluding a few outdated Android devices.

    If you don't need a touchscreen, the Curve 9320 is a good alternative and is priced around Rs. 2,000 less. If you don't need 3G, then the Curve 9220 is the cheapest BB 7.1 OS-based phone available, at about just Rs. 9,000.

    Price: Rs. 15,990

    Pros
    Good physical keyboard
    Decent battery backup

    Cons
    Runs the outdated BB 7.1 OS
    Less memory (RAM) affects performance occasionally
    Overpriced in India

    Ratings (Out of 5)
    - Design: 3
    - Display: 3
    - Performance: 3
    - Software: 2.5
    - Battery Life: 3.5
    - Value for Money: 3
    - Camera: 2.5
    - Overall: 2.5

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    9720 Review – India

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  18. Coffee Shampoo's Avatar
    Looks very pretty in white

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    10-13-13 03:16 PM
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    9720 Review – India

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    10-19-13 12:20 AM
  20. Pete The Penguin's Avatar
    White phones always get dirty quicker. Though it does look sweet.
    10-19-13 12:31 AM
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    9720 Review

    11-03-13 08:44 AM
  22. mondi_00021's Avatar
    looks really nice. it's a cross between 9320 and a Q5
    11-03-13 08:56 AM
  23. Anonymous2039's Avatar
    That was an interesting video. Yeah, sort of a cross between a Q5 and a Curve. It was interesting seeing the perspective of a schoolgirl like her. She barely even talked about the phone itself, but talked mostly of all the neat things she could do with it and everything she had on it.

    I was happy to see that BlackBerry Messenger is still popular among kids in England, where I presume that girl is from.

    Her video only had 29 views though, and it wasn't even that bad for who made it.

    Edit: Only ten years old. It kind of makes me wonder if she should be really posting these videos.

    Q10 and Canadian all the way! Q10SQN100-3/10.2.0.1791
    11-03-13 09:15 AM
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    9720 Review
    Blackberry 9720 Review - Thinkdigit Reviews

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    BlackBerry has been clarifying time and again that with BB10 around, the reports of OS 7’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. And the proof of the pudding lies in eating it, clearly. With the new 9720, BlackBerry is back to appealing to the “BlackBerry Boys” crowd. Just to prove what they were saying, the company launched the 9720 in the Indian market. Will it work? Maybe.

    Build & Design: More of the old school charm
    The design cues have been taken from the previous generation of Curve phones, so much so that you will be hard pressed to actually identify any difference from afar. The only real difference is the straight-line keyboard with flatter keys, instead of the curves and angles of the previous gen. Below the screen sit the traditional bunch of keys - call connect/disconnect, the optical trackpad, Menu and Return. The trackpad is actually a bonus, because the touchscreen itself ensures you can take care of a few tasks. But unlike the BB10 phones - the Q5 and the Q10, the OS 7.1 isn’t the slickest for an all-touch usage scenario, and the trackpad becomes more than a necessity.

    The right side spine has the volume rocker, the play/pause key as well as the convenience key that can also be used for activating the camera and subsequently for shutter control.

    The battery cover has a nice soft finish to it, which helps immensely with the grip. The white colour finish has a self-design, which feels good in the hand.

    A well built phone, that doesn’t show any signs of “cheapness” or rough edges. My only problem with this device is that it feels a tad too similar to the previous Curve series BlackBerry smartphones. And for someone who wishes to be seen with the latest design’ smartphones, this just won’t cut it. A slightly refreshed design, closer to the BB10 smartphones, would have been just lovely. But, at the moment, you will be at pains to inform people that this is a new BlackBerry, and not just an old one.

    Display: Good things come in small packages
    It may just be a 2.8-inch real estate, but the screen itself is IPS - brilliant colour reproduction, natively very bright and text readability is very good. Because of the limited real estate available, you will realize that despite the excellent tendencies of this screen, it is not ideal for prolonged multimedia use - something the Q5 is a tad better at.

    The only niggle is that visibility in bright sunlight isn’t as good as we hoped it would be, mostly because of the reflections. At auto brightness, the problem is solved to a large extent, but if you prefer keeping the brightness levels low, sunlight usage brightness sweet spot is actually at 80%, and no less.

    Keyboard: Takes cues from BB10 phones
    While the rest of the package may have stuck to the package the older Curve phones offered, the keyboard has received a welcome change. Not that it was bad earlier, but the relatively flatter keys and the straight-line row layout means the experience has become a lot better. I personally find that the keys are a tad on the smaller side (maybe I have been spoilt by the BB10 phones), but once you get used to this keyboard, typing at quick speeds will be like a walk in the park. The key travel is good, and the feedback is assuring and consistent, although it feels a tad soft. But that is because the 9720 doesn’t have a metal chassis.

    OS 7.1 performance: Well, it is still around
    The OS 7.1 UI is very well known, and that remains as is. We will not get into the debate about whether BlackBerry should have made a few sacrifices for the children and sent this phone out with the newer BB10 OS. The highlight still remains the mail client and BlackBerry Messenger, and they work just like earlier - smoothly.

    For the social networking animals, there is the new app called Multi-Cast, that will simultaneously post an update on BBM, Twitter and Facebook. Apart from that, you have the standard selection of social networking apps to choose from, and with the focus shifting to BB10 as far as app development is concerned, do not expect too much more to happen for OS 7.1, even though BlackBerry may want to convince us about the contrary. Not a very powerful processor paired with 512MB of RAM, but for the apps that OS 7 still sports, it is pretty much in line with the requirements. We don’t think you will have enough running in the background ever to actually have the OS come to a crashing halt. Facebook and Twitter in the background, while you are checking the mails? Easy as you like. For the usage it is meant for, and the demographic it is targeting, the 9720‘S hardware isn’t an overkill. Battery life is good enough for a day, when used as a primary phone, with 3G connected all the time, running the BIS plan for social networking, BBM and emails.

    Buy or not buy?
    Buy this, if all you want is an affordable BlackBerry phone. In the age of the flashy smartphones, this brings a warm change of subtlety and specific purpose. Not meant for everyone, particularly those who want a spec focused device. But those who do need it, the 9720 will perform competently. Pretty much like a well oiled machinery.
    11-20-13 11:37 PM
  25. BlackberryCanada's Avatar
    Wow ! Love the white one !

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    12-08-13 09:28 AM
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