The Blackberry 9720 features a 2.8 inch touchscreen, QUERTY keyboard and the classic Blackberry look. The simple design and easy to use functionality show that this is a smart phone clearly aimed at first time smart phone users. The 9720 also includes all of the features that users have come to expect from Blackberry including BBM Voice.
This Blackberry is very easy to hold in a single hand. Thanks to the QUERTY keyboard you can type quickly and accurately without a lot of effort. The touchscreen allows you to navigate your Blackberry 9720 using a single finger. The screen uses 214ppi which gives it crystal clear clarity.
The BBM shortcut key allows you to go straight through to BBM conversations with the click of single button. BBM conversations are also free over WIFI when you use BBM voice. Removing the back plate of this smartphone is easy due to the opening at the bottom. Once the plate is removed you can take out the battery. This will allow you to access the SIM underneath. The Blackberry 9720 has a surprisingly powerful 806MHz processor with 512 MB Ram. This allows you to play movies without any loss of quality or lag time.
The appearance does capture the classic Blackberry look. However there is definitely room for improvement and phone does appear a little dated. The rubber strip that encompasses the Blackberry 9720 looks a little cheap. The keyboard is constructed from matt plastic which again gives the phone a slightly budget look. The microSD card slot is a useful addition but it could have been done better. The slot is at a strange angel which means that is difficult to tell whether or not you have inserted the card properly.
While the Blackberry 9720 isn't the best smartphone on the market, it does offer surprisingly good value for this price range. The 9720 has a slightly dated look and design features such as the surrounding rubber strip can make it appear cheap. On the positive side the Blackberry is easy to hold and use. The relatively simple interface and touchscreen will appeal to first time users. Where the Blackberry 9720 really excels is with its powerful processor and very clear looking screen. Overall the Blackberry is good choice if you are looking for something more advanced than a basic mobile phone or android but don't want to pay for a premium smartphone.