The screen has a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels and can display 65,536 colours. The problem is that you can’t fit a whole heap of text on a screen this size, which in a way defeats the purpose of a mobile email client. But the 6822 is a compromise between having a standard phone without the BlackBerry email facility or having a Blackberry device which is twice the size or bigger.
As a business handset the 6822 offers plenty of connectivity features with built in IrDA and Bluetooth 1.0, as well as having an option for a USB cable. It supports HSCSD, GPRS Class 10 and EDGE for those lucky enough to have access to an enabled network.
The calendar, along with your contacts can be synchronised with Outlook and you can also synchronise your notes and to-do lists with your PC. Pretty standard features these days on a business handset. Besides the BlackBerry email support the 6822 also allows you to use SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4 email services.
There is a small caveat with the 6822 on Orange – if you want to use the BlackBerry email service you have to set up your own BlackBerry server. Orange will provide you with the software needed at a fairly steep price depending on how many handsets you’re going to use it with. Oddly enough, it gets cheaper the more handsets you want to connect, but I presume Orange has calculated that it makes the server application costs back in increased network charges.
A server licence for 1-5 handsets will set you back £800, while for 6-15 handsets this is reduced to £450. Add to this the monthly cost of £35 per handset for UK only usage or £53 per month for world wide usage. All prices exclude VAT. The good news is that the handsets are free, but so are most handsets these days.