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BlackBerry 8820 review

7.3/10 AVG.

  • BlackBerry 8820
  • BlackBerry 8820

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The BlackBerry 8820 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

One of the trademark Blackberry functions is the Blackberry Messenger, a sophisticated IM client that works like AIM but better. Why carriers lock that feature down and force customers to use their inferior version is beyond me. Blackberry owners take great pride in communicating with their own messaging system, and if you purchase this model from AT&T you will NOT have such luxury.

I start with this point because I am a Blackberry user and an advocate, and it’s bad enough that carriers lock out BB’s GPS capability and make you buy theirs, but don’t mess with a staple like the Blackberry Messenger.

Okay, let me dial it back. The 8830 is an excellent device, boasting a full Qwerty keyboard and most of the technology that has made RIM the choice of business and political types, such as push email, which allows you to receive emails directly to your phone (often before they reach your PC). This model also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with AT&T’s proprietary “Push to Talk” feature; all good, useful features that people will use.

So why no camera? Why isn’t this business device running at 3G speeds? These are questions without good answers, but when compared to the Curve and the Pearl, you may, in this particular instance, want to view the entire line of Blackberries before deciding.

Operating system
312 MHz
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...


The BlackBerry 8820 is RIM's first foray into integrated Wi-Fi, and sometimes it even works. The 8820 is nearly identical in every way to the well-received 8800: same form factor, same 4.8-ounce weight, same OS, same trackball navigation system. The only difference is the iPhone-like addition of a W...

- Christopher Null, Wired

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BlackBerry backs up the 8820 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

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Screen Size

The BlackBerry 8820's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

312 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.


This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 22 days standby time.

BlackBerry 8820 Specs

Release date July 17, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Storage 64 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 6.6 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.6 x 0.6 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry SureType
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect, GroupWise
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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