Design is one of the factors taken into account to differentiate phones from their competitors. So, with this as a guide, does the China-made 9800 stand out or fall by the wayside?
The 9800 phone sports an unfortunate product model monitor. In this case, the phone is implied to be based on the Blackberry 9800. In this case, however, the manufacturers deviated from the standard Chinese copy formula and created a phone with a semi-original design. In fact, one could almost say that it looks good?
Here are the basic specifications of the 9800 made in China.
With a thickness of 9 mm (0.35 inches), it is one of the thinnest phones to have been launched from China.
Input is via its full QWERTY keyboard with raised keys, but the display isn’t touchscreen compatible.
Including the battery, the weight of this phone is 115 grams.
The total measurements are (LxWxH) 113x56x9mm.
The screen size is 2.2 inches, it has a resolution of 240×320 and is made of TFT.
This phone is unlocked, with access to any of the 4 GSM bands.
Dual SIM card ports, including dual standby, are built in.
It comes built with CE standard PCP plastic for its outer casing.
Internet access from phones via WAP 2.0 and GPRS.
Standby battery life is 70-90 hours in standby mode.
More programs or games can be installed by downloading and installing Java applications on the Java platform.
Extras include: a camera, a camcorder, an e-book reader, an analog TV receiver, an FM radio, and an MP3 and MP4 player.
Multimedia includes: MP3 player/ MP4 player/ camera/ digital camcorder/ e-book reader/ TV with analog reception/ FM radio.
It comes bundled with a faux leather case that includes an extra battery to extend battery life an additional 20 hours on standby.
Here are some of my opinions on the pros and cons of the Chinese 9800 phone.
The design is downright impressive with nicely rounded edges, a very slim profile, and a weight that is close to zero.
For both protecting the phone and extending battery life, the included phone case is a great deal.
The pre-installed apps are useful and nice to have, and with the ability to add more, your phone can have a lot of extra features.
Although it lacks flash, the operating system is very well built and very easy to use.
The QWERTY keys are lifted off the phone and are easy and intuitive to press.
One would assume that a phone looking like this would be much more expensive than its $73 price tag.
Not having access to faster internet options (3G or EDGE) means browsing is slower than many people would like.
The screen would have been much better if they had made the size a bit larger.
This phone, although it goes by the name of the Blackberry 9800, goes in its own direction in terms of design and managed to create quite an attractive and very useful phone.