Summary: The BlackBerry 9720 is an unfortunate reminder of just how far we’ve come in the last few years. There’s little to no reason to aspire to this, an operating system even BlackBerry has moved on from, when you could get more apps and a bigger screen with Android. It is also cheap however, and armed with a keyboard and a few basic functions and decent battery life to see you through the day.
Conclusion: If we’re to be frank and fair, simply look at the competition out there. The 9720 doesn’t stand a chance. The HTC First, Sony Xperia L or HTC Windows Phone 8S are all far better options for your cash. And if BBM is really your thing, then just download the app and let the 9720 rot. The 9720 is a below-average phone that if sold for R1000 (US$100) would almost be worth a purchase.
Excerpt: The Blackberry 9720 is a traditional-style BlackBerry running the old BlackBerry 7.1 OS and with the benefits of a touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. But the low specs and lack of apps lower its appeal.
Excerpt: What’s this, BlackBerry has release the new 9720 into the wild, which sports BBOS 7.1 and a design we became accustomed to until everything changed at the end of 2012, but why is it here now? Let’s take a look. Haven’t we been here before? Apparently not, but it’s difficult not to get a sense of déjà vu when ogling the Blackberry 9720 for the first time.
Pros: Excellent call quality, Lightweight, Great battery life
Summary: BlackBerry OS 7.1 is not dead, not by a long shot. Smartphones running the OS will very much be around, and the 9720 is just one of the many that the company says will be launched in the coming months. At Rs. 15,990, the 9720 does test your love for BlackBerry, and will pretty much carry on with what the previous series of Curve phones did - appeal to the young demographic who want a BlackBerry for BBM, or just for the keyboard.
Pros: Design philosophy carried forward from the older Curves, Good display. Pity it is so small!, Comfortable keyboard
Cons: The OS feels archaic, Doesn't look very different from its predecessors
Summary: The basics Wait what? A sequel to a four year old phone? That’s exactly what the BlackBerry 9720 is, a follow up to the 2009 9700 emailer. It’s still rocking the QWERTY keypad - and worryingly, largely the same software - but this time it’s debuting at a rock bottom price. Can this semi-smartphone become a stocking filler sensation, or is it just a sign of the hard times BlackBerry has fallen on lately? We find out in our full review.
Pros: There’s a lot we don’t like about BlackBerry’s refusal to change, but it has at least kept its few saving graces intact here. The BlackBerry 9720 is a well builtplastic phone with easy controls and a rock solid keyboard that makes blasting out messages easy - the flat rows of keys inspired by the newer Q10 layout work just fine here. Though the ribbed back case looked a bit disturbing in the white version we tested - resembling a shed snake skin - there’s no denying t...
Cons: We’ve got to be honest, this phone feels like it could have been made at any time in the last half decade. No, really. There have been touchscreen BlackBerries for five years now, and there have been BlackBerries with 480x360 displays for five years now. The five megapixel camera here seems little better than what those older models packed. They’ve come down in price a bit in that time of course, but it does feel slightly insulting nonetheless - imagine if Apple tried...
Summary: BlackBerry unveiled the 9720 , a budget touch screen smartphone running on BlackBerry OS 7.1 earlier this year , even though the company has moved to the BlackBerry 10. The phone was launched in India back in September at a price tag of Rs. 15,990. It is also the cheapest BlackBerry phone with a touch screen display and a QWERTY keyboard. Is the phone worth the price? Should you go for it? Let us find out in the complete review.
Pros: Good touch screen display, Decent build, Good keyboard
Conclusion: The sturdy build and the iconic QWERTY keypad are the high-point of the 9720. On the other hand, now that BBM is available on Android and iOS platforms, there's one less reason for users to stick with the Canadian manufacturer. Furthermore, its BIS dependability, paltry internal storage, poor camera, and dated software are major deal breakers.
Pros: Good-old QWERTY keypad; Offers both touchscreen and trackpad; Straghtforward UI; Long battery life.
Cons: Dated OS 7.1 platform; Paltry internal storage; Back-panel feels cheap; Camera is disappointing; Lacks front-facing camera.
Summary: BlackBerry 9720 was launched in India in September 2013 and it is the first device launched by the company this year which does not run on BB 10 OS. The device runs on BlackBerry 7.1 OS and according to rumors company won’t be launching any other BlackBerry 7 device. So should your buy this device? Is it worth your money? Read on to find out. BlackBerry 9720 looks similar to BlackBerry Q5 except for the hardware buttons which are present just below the display in 9720.
Pros: Design, Backlit Qwerty Keypad, Battery Life
Cons: Outdated OS & lack of apps, No Front facing camera
Conclusion: The BlackBerry 9720 delivers on its stated aim. It offers a mild upgrade option for enterprise customers still tied to BlackBerry services and not ready or willing to upgrade to BlackBerry 10. As a budget competitor for a wider audience, we're less convinced. Strong messaging credentials cannot make up for weaknesses in almost every other department.