REVIEW: BlackBerry 9220 a.k.a. Davis, BlackBerry for Beginners

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Continuing the series smartphone with BlackBerry OS 7, 9200 RIM launched or to be better known by the codename Davis. In the new BlackBerry lineup, Davis is a smartphone with a price tag of the cheapest. From that alone we can expect there will be some features of the BlackBerry OS 7 is reduced, or even eliminated. Then, if Davis is still worth to buying?


Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm, 102 gram, full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, a plastic material; 3.5 mm audio port and the lock button on the upper side; volume control, mute buttons and convenience keys on the right side; microUSB port and the fuel on the left side.
From the physical appearance it self, Gemini legacy can be felt directly in Davis. Her face looks so similar and differ only in the 4 main buttons accompanying the trackpad. Three multimedia control buttons on the upper side it was on the Gemini, is now changing a single lock button.

For those users BlackBerry Gemini who intend to upgrade the device to Davis, the first thing to know is how the "poke" to open the back cover has been turned into a slide.


TFT, 65K colors, 320 x 240 pixels, 2:44 inches (~ 164 ppi)
Have the same dimensions like those of Apollo Davis did not make the screen capable of displaying images as well as the BlackBerry 9360 series. Because Davis has only real screen resolution Gemini level that automatically not as good as the Apollo screen shows the sharpness of detail, especially on the object when enlarged (zoom in).

You certainly do not expect Davis is a touch panel screen like most other new BlackBerry is not it? Because if so, you must be prepared to be disappointed.

Operating System

BlackBerry OS 7.1 Bundle 1137 (v7.1.0.337, Platform
In contrast to his predecessors from her family BlackBerry OS 7. Users can immediately feel the latest version of OS BlackBerry OS 7.1 without having to do the update.

The advantages of this latest version include Mobile Hotspot, WiFi Calling, BlackBerry Tag, improved features in BlackBerry Maps, FM Radio and auto suggestion in the universal search feature. The bad news, the user must accept the consequences of reduced and even removal of the opportunity to feel some of these advantages for a cheaper price.

Automatically only the last 2 points that can be felt maximum by Davis user.

Camera Photo

2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, Geotagging
Being in the lowest castes latest generation of BlackBerry make Davis into the final sequence, especially in several key features, one of the cameras. Davis has the ability to capture static images in the size of 2MP resolution only, not like others who have a 5MP.

Not only that number of features are also simplified. Choice of scene modes for example, if the others such as Apollo and the Bellagio have up to 11 choices, the only available option for Davis is Auto and Night.

Camera Results

With the limited resolution of 2MP and limited features, users can not expect a lot of the cameras Davis to produce quality images. Users will often find the noise in shots of Davis, especially during the lighting conditions are not supported. Plus, Davis has no flash for at least help when needed.

Video Recorder

Maximum resolution VGA (680 x 480), 2.6 x zoom
In line with the camera features photographs, some video recorder capabilities are also removed at Davis when compared to the previous version, including image stabilization.

Connectivity and Browser

GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPRS, EDGE; Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
One of the benefits of BlackBerry OS 7.1 on BlackBerry Tag feature that uses NFC (near field communication). Unfortunately you will not find in Davis.

Users should also be satisfied by the data path 2G to surf through the service operator. But if possible, you can use WiFi to surf faster.


Li-Ion 1450 mAh (J-S1), Battery Saving Mode
Despite losing several factors of the brothers, but Davis did have its own advantages which can not be matched another new BlackBerry, even by the most expensive such as the Dakota though.

Davis provided the greatest power battery, 1450mAh. Compare to Apollo's 1000mAh battery powered or battery-power-type JM-1 used 1230mAh Dakota, Jennings (Torch 2), the twins Monaco and Monza also Orlando.

With non-touch screen is also not wide and the specifications of the inferior, that much power can certainly give the breath a lot longer than other BlackBerry.

Barely there, Davis has a Battery Saving Mode feature that automatically adjusts the settings on Davis to maximize battery power remaining.


512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
Compared to its predecessor which is a Gemini, Davis would have meant an increase in performance with a RAM memory support two-fold greater. Unfortunately for the storage media users must add a microSD external memory is not available in the sales package.

Social and Messaging

BBM version 6.1, push email, social feeds
As with other smartphones of the latest generation of BlackBerry, Davis is also equipped with the latest updates BlackBerry Messenger promising air-fuel experience more enjoyable. Especially with the increasing number of applications connected to the fuel available in App World.

Not only fuel, was also present social feeds, allowing users to monitor the Apollo latest updates from your friends in the BBM, Facebook, Twitter, GTalk and Yahoo Messenger through one application.

Media Player and FM Radio

Audio formats:. Mp4,. M4a, .3 pg, .3 GP2,. M4v,. Avi,. Asf,. Mp3,. Wmv,. Wma,. Flac,. Ogg,. Aac,. Amr,. Wav,. Mid ; video formats:. mp4,. m4a, .3 gp, .3 GP2,. m4v,. avi,. asf,. wmv,. wma; Image formats:. BMG. jpg,. gif,. png,. tif,. WBMP; FM Radio
To measure mid-end phone, Davis supports video and audio formats are quite diverse. And like other such new Curve 9360 (Apollo) and 9380 (Orlando), Davis also has a FM radio feature as an alternative to the current playlist mainstay of entertainment began to seem boring.


BlackBerry seemed pretty confident with the two superior service BlackBerry Messenger and Push Email in real time, so it was only by relying on this alone could sell their products on the market. Davis one of the proofs, in the time of its competitors with the 3G support is in the range of the price tag of under one million, Davis instead restricted to the 2G network.

But it can not be denied that the fuel and an exclusive chat application capable BlackBerry-style push email that famous still some people an excuse to keep using a BlackBerry and turned away from other operating systems are on the rise. So predictable that this product is not likely to repeat the success of its predecessor, the BlackBerry Gemini.

• The latest BlackBerry OS version 7.1
• Fuel 6
• Push email capable BlackBerry-style
• Fares with BlackBerry OS 7
Battery durable

• To the extent 2G Network Connection
• Without a touch screen


Network          : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Type                : TFT, 65K colors
Size                 : 320 x 240 pixels, 2.44 inches (~164 ppi pixel density) - Touch-sensitive optical trackpad

Type                : 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm / 102 g Keyboard, QWERTY

Fixtures           : Vibration; Polyphonic(64), MP3 ringtones
Output             : 3.5mm jack audio
Speakerphone  : Yes

Internal            : 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
External           : microSD, up to 32GB

3G                   : Unavailable
EDGE             : Yes
GPRS              : Yes
WLAN            : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth        : v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared           : Unavailable
USB/Port        : v2.0 microUSB

Primary            : 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels
Secondary       : Unavailable
Video Record : Yes

Type                : Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (J-S1)
Standby           : Up to 432 h
Talk Time        : Up to 7 h

OS                   : BlackBerry OS 7.1
CPU                : Single Core, 800 Mhz Processor
Browser           : HTML
GPS                 : A-GPS support
Messaging       : SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Java                 : Unavailable, Other Features: Stereo FM radio with RDS - Organizer - Document viewer -  Voice memo/dial - Predictive text input

Multiple SIM  : Unavailable
Video Player   : H.264/H.263/MP4 player
MP3 Player     : MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC Player
Audio Record : Yes
TV                   : Unavailable
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February 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

a good low-end phone. main reason i bought it is because of the keypad. unfortunately, there are quite a couple of issues with it - mainly very limited apps on BBM world. In fact, the good ones are not even free :(

August 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I am completely impressed! Keep stuff like this coming.

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