First Look: RED BlackBerry KickStart 8220

By Kevin Michaluk on 6 Aug 2008 12:07 am EDT
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Our pal Jibi just posted some new images and screencaps of the KickStart taken from RIM's 8220 Device Simulator. We've had a good notion that come commercial release the KickStart will be available in a multitude of colors and the images above show the first real departure from the black-on-black KickStart we've been looking at in our Hands On Review.

I'm not sure how I feel about the shade of red... it's definitely nice, but it still seems like that professional/corporate shade of red we've seen before from RIM. I want to see how the KickStart looks when decked out in some crazy BRIGHT colors. You can click on over for some more KickStart shots and a peak at RIM's version of My Location. And stay tuned... Part III of our hands-on KickStart review is coming up soon.

Topics: Devices

18 comments

SurrealCivic

this is one sexy phone..

joepocky

I can't wait until Verizon releases it in silver. LOL.

Runell A

I have to say... that is one sexy shade of red.... imagine a curve in that colour

RobGom

Woa, from having a red 8310, this is looking like a mighty tempting phone. I never would have considered going back to a flip phone, but this looks too damn shweet! Not sure bout the suretype deal a ma jigger. I need to fondle it for a while.....that's the best way to find out.

Nice Direction RIM, keep it up and get the Bold out already!

eMpTy43

Anyone hear rumors of Verizon is going to carry the KickStart? If so does anyone know if they are going to carry the 8220 or 8210?

Anyone have CONFIRMED details of Verizon carrying either of the KickStart models and when they'll be released?

joepocky

No word yet, but if they do release it (and it goes along with the current model numbering scheme) it will likely be the 8230 with GPS (locked down of course).

raelssur

I like the looks of this blackberry and would consider buying it. Any idea when T-Mobile will start selling it?

djsflynn

I'm quite honestly surprised by how good this thing looks! At first I had doubts about the KickStart's form factor, but this pic is turning me around.

However, as this looks to be perhaps be the most 'mainstream' BlackBerry yet, I'd say that RIM needs to do TWO things to seal the deal.

1. Massive marketing. Don't leave it to the carriers, RIM, get out there and make stuff happen yourselves. At the moment, at least here in Australia, all the carriers tend to bury the BlackBerry on their site in the 'Business' section, you won't find any of them promoted as a personal device. RIM needs to really kick-start this (no pun intended) (okay, a little one)

2. 'My BlackBerry'. That's just my made-up-on-the-spot working title for 'Mobile Me'-style service which RIM needs to implement as part of the above. Unite is NOT the answer. Mobile Me is a good if Apple-centric model for RIM (apart from the awful execution!): Web-based email, diary, to-do etc, with push-sync to your BlackBerry and pipes for other clients.

saechavarry

Looks nice, im liking the red!!!

matt11475

Love the color of GARNET! Should be great timing for college football season! Just needs a cool Seminoles wallpaper to be perfect! lol ;~)))

URUTUM

i gotta say... i'm liking it more than what i thought!
very sexy red! how much!??

Mike Contuzzi

Not sure I like the idea of a clamshell BB - looks like it would be a good choice for the kids but not for professional use.

Anonymous

for my nieces. I hope it comes out for AT&T so I can get it for them. They need new phones and are always texting.

baykine

the color on the new kickstart/pearl looks nice. maybe they will do the same as they did to the pearl and make different colors for it. looks good though....from a marketing stand point, this color would be great for the ladies.

markymarks50

T-Mobile will launch the kickstart in September only they are now calling it the 'London.' I don't know why, it was T-Mo's decision not BB.

raz spaz

this is actually a very good looking phone. today, whats going to impress people is looks and this phone has looks (only the red tho)

mab4285

Looks decent...My only complaint is that the talk and end keys are on the top, and the BB key and ESC key are on the bottom, considering the talk and end keys are typically on the bottom with other phones (or on the outside, curve, pearl, 8800). Just a little bit of an annoyance.

mab4285

Looks decent...My only complaint is that the talk and end keys are on the top, and the BB key and ESC key are on the bottom, considering the talk and end keys are typically on the bottom with other phones (or on the outside, curve, pearl, 8800). Just a little bit of an annoyance.