Sprint BlackBerry Style 9670 hands on

By on October 22, 2010 at 3:49 PM.

Sprint BlackBerry Style 9670 hands on

As you can clearly see, no, we didn’t snag the royal purple BlackBerry Style, but Sprint and RIM were nice enough to hook us up with a steel grey (also known as black) unit, and we’re up and running. After a quick Enterprise Activation, the emails are flowing like wine. But there are no beautiful women instinctively flocking like the salmon of Capistrano — yet. Here are some of our first impressions on the device we exclusively showed the world way back in April:

  • It’s not as big as we figured it would be. The BlackBerry Style is a little thick, but not overly hefty, and definitely manageable.
  • The keyboard is… not as great as we hoped, and expected, it to be. It’s good, more than usable, but it feels a bit like the Torch’s keyboard — not enough travel tactility. Maybe we’re spoiled by our Bold 9780, but even though the keyboard isn’t as good, it’s most probably better than your current phone’s QWERTY keyboard, so that’s a plus.
  • The screen is just what you’d expect; you don’t really notice the fact it’s a lower-than-optimal resolution due to the fact that the screen size is much smaller than on the BlackBerry Torch. Also without a touch layer, the display looks a little thinner and sleeker. Colors look good, crisp, and clear.
  • The external display by default when closed is a clock, and when you receive messages, you can simply page through them without having to open the handset, just like on the Pearl Flip. Definitely a nice feature.
  • Here is what we’re not in love with in our limited time with the Style… talking on the phone. With the device flipped open, the ear speaker doesn’t fit right against your ear and face. It’s on a diagonal angle because the phone’s hinge sits under the body of the phone. For example, instead of the hinge forming a straight V-shape, the flip part sits under the main part of the phone, and this recessed hinge design doesn’t offer the most comfortable phone talking experience. We’ll let you know if we get used to talking on it more in our review.
  • The camera is pretty decent, seems as if it’s the same sensor as the one in the BlackBerry Torch and the BlackBerry Bold 9780.
  • There is a non-button in place of the left convenience  key button and it’s kind of irritating. Not because there is anything wrong with it, but because it looks like a button would work there, and you’re left with only the right convenience key as a result. [Update: it’s the cover for the microSD slot]

All in all, for a $99 (with contract) BlackBerry smartphone rocking 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5 megapixel camera, BlackBerry OS 6, a QWERTY keyboard, and more, it does feel like an improvement over the Curve series in many ways. Especially for the younger, hipper demographic, the BlackBerry Style doesn’t feel too much out of place in that context. We just wish Sprint and RIM would have launched a slightly less expensive BlackBerry data plan (just email and BBM) with the Style — those high schoolers, and their parents, wouldn’t be able to resist the new 9670. It goes on sale October 31st on Sprint.

Click on over to our BlackBerry Style 9670 hands on gallery!

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Sprint makes BlackBerry Style 9670 official, October 31st release for $99

By on October 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM.

Sprint makes BlackBerry Style 9670 official, October 31st release for $99

Sprint and BlackBerry have finally gone and made the BlackBerry Style 9670 official as of this morning. In case you’re forgetting the specifications on the device we first showed to the world, here they are… a full QWERTY flip phone rockin’ BlackBerry 6, 624MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The BlackBerry Style will also come in two colors on the nation’s first 4G carrier — steel grey and royal purple, just like we reported. If you’re looking for the purple variant, it won’t go on sale until “early November” but we’re sure most of the general public will be gunning for the grey handset anyway. As far as price, it’s just like we said — $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and new 2 year cellular agreement. Full press release is after the break, folks! More →

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BlackBerry 9670 Oxford internal overview

By on August 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM.

BlackBerry 9670 Oxford internal overview

The red-headed step child of the BlackBerry device family is launching relatively soon on Sprint (and probably Verizon), and we have got our hands on a nice overview of the product in case you had any unanswered questions. Quick recap? It’s a clamshell QWERTY flip device with a CDMA radio, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5 megapixel camera, 240×320 external display, 360×400 internal display, and optical trackpad for navigation. If you loved the Pearl Flip but hated the SureType keyboard, this might be a nice compromise, though it’s going to have to sit pretty low on the price scale for it to fly.

Click on over to our BlackBerry 9670 Oxford overview gallery!

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BlackBerry 9670 clamshell coming to Sprint soon, not a Verizon exclusive?

By on August 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM.

BlackBerry 9670 clamshell coming to Sprint soon, not a Verizon exclusive?

While we had heard that the BlackBerry 9670 — you might remember its first public appearance — was created solely for Verizon Wireless as an exclusive, that all seems to have changed. We have independently confirmed that the BlackBerry 9670 clamshell will be hitting Sprint in the next “couple months.” Additionally, multiple sources have confirmed with us that they are in possession of Sprint-branded BlackBerry 9670 devices. We are not sure on an actual launch date, but we’re thinking it can’t be too far off now that units are in the wild.

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BlackBerry 9670 unveiled, CDMA clamshell device!

By on April 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM.

BlackBerry 9670 unveiled, CDMA clamshell device!

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With rumors and rumors of a clamshell BlackBerry device going back ages, we finally have some confirmation on the phone, and in a big way, too. Not only do we have the first photos ever of this BlackBerry 9670, and not only is it the first BlackBerry clamshell ever seen (we don’t really count the Pearl Flip), but it’s also running the first ever photos of OS 6.0 (on a device). We’d love to tell you all about this brand new BlackBerry device… after the jump! More →

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