Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Bold 9780
Member Name: DannyLove92
Blackberry Bold 9780
Advantages: Easy to navigate, qwerty keypad, plenty of features
Disadvantages: Poor battery life, temperamental
The blackberry bold 9780 was initially released in November 2010, however this phone is still perfect for all your needs today - in 2012.
The screen size is 480 x 360 pixels, ample for viewing pictures, scrolling through menus and browsing data on the internet, with easy option to minimise menus and zoom when on the internet. A handy feature is the built in memory of the most frequently used apps, menus and software, which appear as a menu for quick access.
Although it can sometimes be a little confusing as to what each symbol on the menu means (for me anyway), you soon overcome this problem, making navigation very quick and efficient; perfect for switching to video camera quickly to capture a friends misdemeanour's. The only one problem I found is as the phone gets older, the scroll pad may become less sensitive.
-Audio/video capture & playback-
Both the camera and video camera are of an acceptably high quality for recording and playing back data, at an acceptable sound level. I have never had any distortion with my recordings, especially when recording song at concerts and such.
The qwerty keypad makes texting and bbm (if applicable on your contract) a great deal easier. Furthermore, whole conversations are displayed under the contacts name and are stored for up to a few weeks; if you ever have to recall a conversation.
-Internet & downloads-
For the most part, I have found the internet to be fast and extremely reliable; uploading photos to facebook, videos to youtube and it is also extremely easy to download videos and pics to the phone itself. The blackberry app store is also on hand, whilst the apps are limited in comparison to an iPhone, most areas are covered if you subscribe and pay the appropriate fee. There are however, a few free apps, such as the copter game, which is a life saver on long journeys!
I'm afraid this is the one main let down of this product, with my phone lasting usually just over a day and a half on moderate use before it requires charging again.
In addition to the other features the phone has the standard: memo, calculator, alarm, timer, calculator etc.
Finally, blackberry as a whole have a tendency to switch off or break down for short periods of time without warning. This has happened to me on two occasions and usually requires an inconvenient trip to the o2 store. However, when the phone does work, its perfect for me (a student).
Summary: Not as good as an iPhone, but still a good smartphone thats easy to use