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As blackberrys clearly aren't the cheapest mobiles on the market, it is something you wish to protect from being damaged. I didn't want a flash, fancy case for mine and simply wanted to stop it getting scratched, so I found this case for only 99p on Amazon.
Firstly, there is a range of colours available, as I bought the black silicone case first, then decided I wanted to brighten it up a bit so bought another in a hot pink colour.
The case is made from silicone, which means it moulds perfectly around the shape of your phone, and is bendy enough that you can pull it around a bit without it breaking. It sits snuggle around the phone and has small holes in it so that you can access the headphone and charging ports easily, as well as having a hole where the camera lens is. The shape also changes over the volume buttons and the mp3 controls on the top of the phone, so that these are easy to use too.
Because the case fully covers the back and sides of the phone, these are very well protected from scratches. I have also dropped my phone a number of times whilst it has been in its case and had no damage or problems with it afterwards at all.
The only thing lacking in this case is the screen protection. But I have never had any problems with the screen being damaged since I've had the case, so unless you're going to drop your phone into a bag which also holds things that could easily scratch the screen, I wouldn't worry about this.
For such a low price, this case is excellent, and I would definitely recommend it to all blackberry users.
I couldnt be without my blackberry curve, and like most people, it goes everywhere with me. However, much as I love it, I am quite clumsy and drop it quite a bit. I wasnt keen on the idea of putting it into a case as I really liked the smoothness of the hansdet, but after I had droped it a few times i realised that a case was a necessity if I wanted to keep it in one piece!
I brought a hard shell case first but didnt like it- it seemed to "stick out"from the phone, so I purchased a silicone case which is far better. I like a bit of bling so I purchased a case with small diamontes moulded into the silicone around the screen.( I thought that these might fall out after a while but 6 months on and they are still stuck firmly in place.) The case protects my BB well if i drop it and the silicone means that it doesnt slide around on the dashboard of my car (as I dont have a cradle). Theonly disadvantage that I have foud is that if I chave the phone in my pocket, I cant take it out quickly to answer it becasue the silicone makes it tend to drag along the fabric a little. Still this is a small price to pay to protect my precious BB.
Clearly if you have invested your money in any kind of Blackberry a cover is essential if don't want to see +£100 or more go down the toilet after dropping the phone in the first hour of ownership. Well for those on a lower budget (less than a fiver) or not looking for anything too snazzy like a case in leather, the silicone cases are easily the best form of protection available
I should first point out that there are more colours than the black one pictured (I have a purple case for example) so you choose your favourite colour to suit your style. The fit is mostly snug, with imprints made for the side/shortcut buttons,as well as cut-out holes for your camera lens, usb port and headphone socket. The imprints for the shortcu buttons don't mould into the shape of buttons that well and you have to press them quite hard for the phone to respond.
The silicone fully covers the back and edges of my Blackberry Curve, so no matter how many times you bang or drop the phone stays intact with no scratches. It feels sturdy in your hands to the point that now, when I hold my Blackberry, it doesn't feel fragile as it does when the case is off.
However, the case itself gets dirty quickly from the surfaces you put it down on and due to the type of material it can be felt while you're holding the phone. Nevertheless for the low price you really can't go wrong here since the product does its job; the case is invaluable to me for its guaranteed protection without having to be taken off i.e. just to use the phone itself, which is very convinient indeed.
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If you have a Blackberry Smartphone a case is pretty much essential to stop it getting damaged from natural wear and tear as well as drops and scrapes. This silicone case was the original case I bought for my Curve when I first got it. It fits snugly around the phone and feels good in your hand. All of the ports and and charge areas are clearly visble and unhidden, which can sometimes happen with cases. The only bit I was slightly concerned about was the last of screen protection as I am always on the move.
This is a big issue for me personally and I have got a few nicks and scratches on the screen after just a few weeks use. This is mostly due to the screen being unprotected in my opinion. Although you can't agrue about the price really and its kind of what you would expect - a good solid phone case with the glaring fault of no screen protection!
If you not on the go all the time then I see no reason why you should avoid this case - if you are on the go then get one with a screen cover.
I felt i needed a blackberry case to protect my new curve. I like them as they come in variety of colours and can put some individuality on a rather popular phone which many people have.
Its a simple design which fits over your phone perfectly leaving holes etc where you need them for example where you plug your head phones in. It protects your phone well due to the material , its kind of thick so dropping it means theres less chance it will get damaged and its also good as liquid cant soak in .
The only slight problem is that the material means that when you put it in your pocket it can get stuck and can be hard to get back out. Getting the case in any other colour than black may also cause problems as it easily picks up dust and dirt so can become discoloured.
But for a cheap cover for your phone which does its job of protecting this is the one to go for.
The 8520 was released as a poor mans Blackberrry Bold, without the 3G and with a cheaper chip inside, however for the majority of peoples phone use it is perfect.
It feels solid and well built, Blackberry are famous for this so it comes as no suprise. The non-slip back cover proves useful, although people tend to use a gel skin or something similar to protect it.
So why go for a Blackberry? Simply put, they are the best phones for sending and receiving emails; other smart phones have the ability to do this but Blackberries are so much more efficient and easy to use. There are plenty of free apps such as Facebook etc so you can customise the phone to suit you. Battery life is good, typically 3 days between charges with moderate use.
The phone doesn't have GPS so cannot be used for Sat Nav - not a massive problem but worth noting. Being 2G, the internet is slow on the phone, but it does have wifi which can be used all over the place these days.
To summarise, this phone is not a BB Bold competitor at all, but is available at much lower price tariffs or a lower price sim free.
I recently purchased a Blackberry Curve 8520 as my old phone was sadly broken. I had wanted a Blackberry for quite some time but couldn't justify buying a new phone when my current phone was still working and quite new really.
When I got the Blackberry I felt that if I were to drop it (that's how the other phone got broken) it may well damage the phone, as it has a hard case and not a rubbery finish as some phone cases do.
The next time I went shopping I looked in a few phone shops and found that they did a wide range of silicone covers for the Blackberry. Although it wouldn't completely protect the phone if dropped, I did feel it would take the brunt of any accidents and also protect the casing from any scratches or damage.
You can get these silicone covers in all sorts of colours and designs, even covered in crystals. Usually I do go for pretty looking accessories but I just wanted something that would protect the phone and found that some of the covers looked a bit odd if they were too bright.
I have had this on my phone for about a week now and it seems to work really well. The cover protects all of the back of the phone and the sides, but still leaves you space to charge the phone, use your earphones and use the keypads without getting in the way. It also has raised silicone at the sides and top where there are additional buttons.
I was a little concerned about using a case on the Blackberry as in the past, with other phones, it has sometimes caused a bit of hassle to charge the phone or take pictures etc, but this silicone cover is perfect and doesn't need to be removed everytime you want to use the camera.
What would you do to protect your precious thing?. I mean like literally protect it?. Cover it, especially when the thing is an electronic thing, and it is your smart phone. This is my first time to own a blackberry. At the first time, I didn't really feel like having a blackberry, but after I decided to own it because of several reasons, I just realized how precious it is. It is absolutely advanced and sophisticated, and knowing the fact that it is absolutely useful and helps me a lot, I simply fall in love with it and always want to protect it. So I decided to buy a silicone case for my blackberry. I took a quite long time to decide what color that fits my phone. I didn't bring lots of money that time, so I only had to choose one of them. Since my blackberry is white, I finally decided to choose the black silicone that fits my blackberry a lot. It looks contrast and so nice.
On a blackberry, you will see seven dots in the back side which combine to form a Blackberry logo, and those dots were made from alumunium and were easily dettached if you can't keep your blackberry well. So the only way to protect it, is covering your blackberry. This was also one of reasons why I thought I really needed to buy a blackberry silicone. I had lost one of dots of Blackberry logo, and I don't want to loose the rest. This logo just give a sense of elegance, don't you think?.
One of my friend had told me that she had a problem with her blackberry cover. The cover doesn't have a hole for the headset and charger. She had lost it for once she wanted to listen to the music somewhere, she had to take it off, then she forgot where she put it. It happened because it doesn't have a hole for headset and charger. It also will happen whenever you want to charge it. But it definitely doesn't happen with this silicone, since it has two holes for headset and charger. Beside holes for those, it provides hole for the speaker, so it wont affect the quality of the sound.
It really fully covers your blackberry so you don't have to worry when it falls down somewhere. Any bumps won't harm your blackberry since the protection is great. But even if it fully covers your phone, it wont bother your typing a messege or your view of the screen. It doesn't cover the keypad and screen area. I love the black color of this silicone, because it protects my blackberry from dirt. I always find difficulties with my phone's casing since it is white and easily be dirty. But it protects mine. I almost don't see the disadvantages of this silicone, but sometimes your blackberry looks less elegant without a blackberry logo. When you use this silicone, you must be fine with it covering your blackberry logo.
I bought a silicon case for my blackberry like 2 months ago as i came across it in a shop. I got mine for 2GBP so it was a really good buy. It has made my phone much more easier to maintain.
I used my blackberry without the screen for almost 2 months and my phone looked like a disaster. The back covering of the cure is not really scratch resistant so normal use without the cover made it look very shabby. It got a lot of scratches and it had also become really loose. But now with the cover its AWESOME. The cover has two main advantages :
1. It gives the blackberry a neat and sturdy look. I surprisingly like the way my berry looks after i put the case. It is very elastic so all u have to do is just stretch it and put it over your phone. This stretching also helps a lot as it makes sure it stays on the phone. It has been almost 2 months since i put it and it had never come off on its own (unless i removed it for changing the Sim). It made my blackberry (almost) as good as new. Most importantly i havent got a scratch since i bought the case (I give you my personal guarantee).
2. I dont know if a lot of people feel this but a blackberry curve is pretty weird to hold in your hand. At least i feel weird, but one more added advantage i got from the sillicon case it that it made me feel my phone(If u get what i say) I feel a little fuller when i hold the phone (OK maybe i dint make much sense but thats what i feel). I feel sturdy when i hold onto it.
If u people feel that it is a hindrance in anyway it is not... It has openings in the case for audio jack charging and also the camera lens.
Hope it was useful
I bought a silicone case for my Blackbery Curve 8520 at HMV with a voucher I got for Christmas, It cost me 5 GBP on sale. It was meant to be 10 GBP so I thought I'd better take up the offer while it was on and save some money.
I've found, from experience, that I need to get protection for expensive phones and ipods, as I've had a few accidents with both. The silicone case is the best protection at the best price. It fits cosily around your Blackberry and has a hole for the camera to sneakily peek through. It doesn't effect audio or image quality, as there is a hole where the Blackberry speaker is, and two more where the headphones and charger and inserted, and the case doesn't reach the screen or keyboard, so no difficulties in typing or looking at the screen are created by the case. It has elasticity, as you have to stretch it around your Blackberry (easily done) and then it contracts to fit perfectly around the smartphone. My mum has a phone sleeve for her Cruve by Cath Kitson, and she has to take her's out of the case each time she wants to use it. Whereas with mine, I don't have to remove the case for anything other than removing the SIM or battery.
I've dropped my Blackberry multiple times now (twice today), on many surfaces, including slab pavement, carpet, marble and wood. On 3 or the 4 surfaces I would ahve expected to pick up my phone and find it chipped or damaged in some way, but thanks to my silicone case it is still intact! The case also allows for better grip too. I find the Blackberry to be quite slippy, but the silicone doesn't slip from grip at all.
The only downside is that I can no longer see the Blackberry logo on the back of my smartphone.