Love it or hate it, the flip BlackBerry Kickstart is on the way, and there’s lots to say about it. The Wi-Fi model is currently dubbed the BlackBerry 8220, with the BlackBerry 8210 covering the GPS variant. In terms of construction, the Kickstart is showing off the same recessed trackball and large keys that had been eyeballed back in April. Previous worries about bulky size have been promptly thrown out the window – it’s apparently small enough to fit in your pocket like any other flip, despite the slight additional thickness.
One surprise is the replacement of microUSB taking over the old miniUSB current BlackBerrys have. Rumours of the BlackBerry Javelin getting the same treatment would show an ongoing trend for future BlackBerrys, but does make me wonder why the BlackBerry Bold didn’t start all of that off… As for how this new contender will fit into the larger scheme of things, some comparison shots against other flip phones (rather than other BlackBerrys) do a good job of contextualizing the BlackBerry Kickstart’s market position. Can’t wait for it? Rumour still has it that T-Mobile will be packing the Kickstart in September for $49.95. In any case, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what OS 4.6 has to offer.
* Clamshell / flip phone form factor
* Quad-band radios: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (no 3G)
* 240 x 320 internal LCD (think Curve/8800 display flipped to portrait)
* 160 x 128 external display
* 2 megapixel camera
* 3.5mm headset jack
* externally accessible microSD card slot
* OS version 4.6
* “Next Gen” SureType keyboard
* 8220 will feature WiFi; 8210 will feature GPS