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BlackBerry 9720: Pros and Cons

BlackBerry OS 7.1
Marvell PXA930
no
512 MB / 512 MB
2.8 inch (480 x 360 px)
5 MP, 2592 х 1944 px

BlackBerry announced the launch of the 9720 smartphone in 2013. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 2.8 inch IPS display, Marvell PXA930 SoC, and 512 MB of RAM. The smartphone runs on the BlackBerry OS 7.1 operating system. The IPS display of this phone has wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction and better contrast and black levels. This phone has only one rear-camera (5 MP, 2592 х 1944 px) on its back for photos and videos.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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BlackBerry 9720 specifications

BrandBlackBerry
Name9720
Model9720
Release date2013

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.23 oz
Dimensions4.49 x 2.6 x 0.47 inch
Colorsblack, blue, pure pink, purple, white
SIM typeMini SIM

The weight of the BlackBerry 9720 is still considered to be lightweight and portable.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionBlackBerry OS 7.1
SoCMarvell PXA930
CPUTavor MG1 806 MHz
GPUno

The BlackBerry 9720 comes with BlackBerry OS 7.1 out of the box. The Marvell PXA930 CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size2.8 inch
Resolution480 x 360 px
Multitouch supportyes

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

Memory, storage

RAM512 MB
Internal storage512 MB
Memory card slotmicroSD

512 MB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. The needed RAM amount for good performance depends on factors. These include the OS, the apps, and the services you use. If you use your smartphone for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32GB may be sufficient for your needs. You can expand the internal storage of the 9720 (512 MB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera5 MP, 2592 х 1944 px
FlashLED
Selfie camerano

You may have budget limits. Or, you may prioritize other features over a multi-camera system. If so, this single camera setup can be a good choice. The 9720 comes with a basic camera setup and lacks any advanced features.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv2.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

Compared to modern 4G and 5G networks, 3G networks are much slower. This BlackBerry phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. You can use Bluetooth to connect your 9720 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 1450 mAh

The Li-Ion 1450 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The 9720 smartphone has an accelerometer.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this BlackBerry phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • lack of autofocus
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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