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If you're reading this, you must already be tempted to purchase an Apple iPhone. All I can say is: do it.
Perhaps you own another Apple product, such as an iPod, and then you will understand these products are a thing of beauty as well as a worthy investment.
I purchased this phone (knowingly) a few weeks before the iPhone 4 came out so obviously that model will eliminate some of the disadvantages of the 3GS, but I'm still thrilled with my choice.
The battery life with the 3GS is abhorrent and subsequently a charge is needed on average twice a day, but I do use it constantly and with apps that probably contribute to the rapid depletion. More moderate use will likely lead to a daily charge - not ideal if you're going out and don't have somewhere to charge. Thankfully only a simple USB cable (as used by iPods for example) is need to connect to a computer to charge (though mains charging is much faster).
Asides from the poor battery life, I have no complaints with the phone. It's easy to use, intuitive, sleek, lightweight, and compact. I've purchased a hard case as I'm quite clumsy and didn't want to cause any unnecessary damage as reportedly the phone is quite fragile.
The most likely reason that people buy this phone is the brand, and this is certainly why I purchased it. After owning several Blackberry's previously I was nervous about no longer having an actual keyboard. However after an hour or two I was well under way, and the screen is actually easy to grapple, several functions on the screen such as pinching will become invaluable.
The menu system is simple, and customisable. I recently upgraded to iOS4, which has improved functionality (internet reports suggest this worsens battery life), and increased customisable options. The excellent facility is the App store, which contains a wide ranging free and pay for applications, as well having iTunes available on hand so no need to necessarily carry an iPod at the same time.
The internet works well on the phone, though a little slow if no 3G signal is available. The browser is adequate, but flash is not supported. Not a problem I've encountered so far, but I'm sure there are multiple websites that you wont be able to use.
Signal can be quite patchy with the phone, but of course this is as much the network as the phone itself. The camera is quite poor (3.2MP), and no flash is provided - but both these features are improved with the iPhone 4.
Overall, this is a phone worth getting if you want to look quite trendy, and aren't quite ready to fork out the money required for the newest model! Otherwise there are probably many Android smart phones that will provide the same capabilities at a lower price.
The Blackberry Curve 8520 is a great smart phone for those who are new to the Blackberry family, or the smart phone era in general. Simple to use, and with basic features, the phone is ideal for someone without the confidence to more advanced functions.
The phones battery life is adequate, using the phone constantly, and using data/internet services will obviously cause quick depletion, but otherwise the phone could last a couple of days.
The phone itself is quite tidy, small, and as described fits in the palm of your hand. The keys aren't excessively sized, so those without finesse might find it takes a little training to get used to. Thankfully the phone lacks the trackball that dogged some Blackberry's, and the replacement touch pad is intuitive. Other buttons on the phone can be customised to allow ease of access to the most used features.
Wi-fi and Bluetooth are available on this phone, and both work adequately, if not a little confusing to initially establish.
The menu system, and application are standard to Blackberry's, and as ever are easy, simple, and customisable. A limited range of applications are available to download, but the phone is quite slow at handling complex ones such as Facebook and Twitter for Blackberry.
The obvious disadvantage of this phone is the complete lack of 3G support, which can make loading of webpages irritatingly slow, and YouTube will not work without perpetually stalling. If you have high demands of internet usage, this isn't the phone for you.
The camera on the phone is average, so if you're looking for high quality, again this isn't the phone for you.
Overall, this is a phone that I would recommend.
A friend recommended this phone to me, and I was quite interested as I had purchased smart phones previously, although this was the first phone I purchased that wasn't a Nokia.
I don't use this phone for business, it's entirely for personal use, and I would feel entirely disconnected without it! I don't believe this age you need to have a Blackberry for business, especially if you like to be connected to the wider world!
The really positive is that it allows instant access to social networks, the web (and not just the wap) and has the push-email capability. It has wifi and bluetooth connectivity for connecting with friends. There is an application store so you can download lots useful applications, some free, some charge.
The phone is perhaps a little chunky in comparison to some other phone models, but does come with a great holster, which increases the bulkiness, or a small rubber case. The phone is quite robust, I'm quite careless with phones, but this one when dropped hasn't been damaged.
This phone has a 2mp camera, I believe this isn't the best camera in terms of phones, but then again you can use your digital camera! There is a wide range of features in the phone, like music player. But no radio support. The phone can open email attachments like office documents, but still can't open .pdf files, which is a little frustrating.
The keyboard is clear, and well lit, and the buttons are well laid out, and easy to use. The phone is good looking, and has a good quality screen. The text size is adjustable, and menus can be customized, for example high contrast if you need that!
This phone for me has a couple of downfalls. Firstly, battery life. I use this phone continuously, and the battery will become depleted quite quickly. I do charge this phone every night, and if going away, you will always need to remember the charger! Secondly, the trackball can stop working occasionally. If it becomes dirty, it becomes unresponsive, and it is quite annoying to get working again. Finally, the signal seems to cut out quite frequently, and doesn't return quickly, but that is quite possibly the network that I am with, and not the phone itself.
Overall I've had this phone for approximately 12months and it is the first phone that I haven't become bored with quite quickly, which I think is an important feature as you will be using this phone on a daily basis! If you were to get this phone, it would probably be best to get a spare battery and keep it charged just in case.