Review: BlackBerry 9670 Style
BlackBerry App World 2.0 is preinstalled on the Style. The peformance of the App World interface has been dramatically improved. It is much faster to use and browse through applications. RIM says there are more than 10,000 apps in there, which is more than the average user needs. One new thing worth mentioning is that in order to use App World, users have to set up a BlackBerry ID. Creating a BlackBerry ID adds a step, but allows users to sync apps to their desktop and across handsets if and when they need to change BlackBerrys.
The Bluetooth functions of the Style worked perfectly. Pairing with headsets, speakers, other phones and PCs was a snap. Call quality through mono Bluetooth headsets was good. Quality of music through stereo Bluetooth speakers was pretty solid. Passing files back and forth between other handsets or computers was not a problem.
The 9670 has a really nice analog clock on the external display. I couldn't find any way to switch it to a digital read-out. It's great when indoors for checking the time. Press any button and the external display lights up and shows the time. It's more difficult to read outside, however.
Alternately, you can set the Style in "bedside mode". This essentially assumes that you're going to place the Style on a nightstand within arm's reach when you're in bed. It will show the clock and let you interact with the alarm. Bedside mode can also be activated when the Style is charging, which means the clock is visible any time the Style is plugged in.
The Style is pre-loaded with BlackBerry Maps and Sprint's navigation service. The latter offers voice-guided, turn by turn directions, and does a good job at it. Google Maps for BlackBerry is also available, however it doesn't offer voice guidance or turn-by-turn directions. It will provide directions from point A to point B, but only in list form. It is capable, however, and works well. Google Maps also works as a good search tool if you want to find stuff nearby, and is a free download.