CSL Blueberry QT II BB8300 review
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By Tan Ming Sin
01 May 2012 - Here’s a review on the CSL Blueberry QT II 8300. The main feature for this phone is that it offers both the QWERTY-keyboard and touchscreen, it is dual-sim supported and the recommended retail price is RM299. Read on to find out more about it.
At a glance:
+Touchscreen & QWERTY-keyboard
+Small and light
In the box:
-Charger (USB power adapter & Car adapter)
CSL is rather generous in what they are bundling with the phone. You can directly have the pouch and the screen protector, so you don’t have to search for these extras unless you want to personalize it. They also come with the car adapter for your convenience.
The Blueberry is easy to hold onto. It is both light (102grams) and slim (12.5mm). The 63mm width allows you hold the phone in your palm easily. On the front of the phone, you will find the 2.6-inch display screen and the QWERTY-keyboard. Below the screen you will find the four function keys; call, menu, back and end call. The round panel in between all the function keys is the enter button. The volume rocker is located on the right of the phone. You will find the Camera at the rear of the phone along with the LED flash and speaker. Note that there is no lock key for this phone. Your only option to lock the phone is to go under setting and have the lock timer set. I’ve not realised the importance of the lock-key right till I used this phone myself. Most of the time I will end up running some applications when I leave it unlocked in my pocket.
An extra point to the above mentioned convenience, the Blueberry supports dual-SIM card. You can directly swap the SIM cards under setting.
The 2.6-inch display screen has 320x240 pixels. It uses TFT for backlight and supports capacitive touchscreen.
The camera at the rear of the device supports up to 3.2-megapixels. However, the quality displayed on the screen is only up to the supported display size (320x240 pixels on 2.6-inch screen). You will need to transfer the pictures to your computer/laptop to have a better view on the pictures.
The Blueberry uses 312MHz processor running on MTK OS - a proprietary platform for CSL devices. I find that the User-Interface (UI) is unresponsive especially right after I unlocked it (lock from timer). It took me some time to swipe across the pages and get to the apps I want.
Since the device is running on its proprietary OS, there isn’t much that we can get from it. You can’t download apps or games unless it is MTK supported. However, the Blueberry is pre-installed with BB Messenger, Facebook, Yahoo Apps, MSN, Twitter, Foursquare and Skype. There is also Opera Mobile for browser.
Overall, the phone offers entry-level specs and software. Considering that it is priced at RM299, you may want to give it a try.