Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Great Entry-Level Smartphone
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300
Member Name: Boris93
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300
Advantages: Good price, physical Qwerty keyboard, push email, BlackBerry Messenger,
Disadvantages: Terrible camera, small screen for browsing, small internal memory
The BlackBerry Curve 9300 is a reasonably compact phone that feels good in the hand. It's built mainly from plastic, and the back has a nice rubbery grip that helps to prevent dropping the phone whilst mashing away at the full Qwerty keyboard.
I bought my Curve unlocked from Carphone Warehouse and put my old O2 SIM card in, but if you are going to make use of push email, web browsing and BlackBerry Messenger you need to be on a specific BlackBerry plan.
The keyboard takes some adjusting to if you've previously used phones with larger slide-out keyboards but once you get used to it you can touch-type emails and text messages very fast. I did try a BlackBerry Bold before I bought the Curve and it is worth noting that the Bold has a much larger and comfier keyboard but I decided for me the extra expense was not worth it.
The camera is very lacklustre, only 2 megapixels and no flash, but is useful for taking quick pictures, but if you're going on holiday this won't replace a digital camera. The low-res screen is useless if you're going to be watching videos but does the job for calls, texts and emails.
The phone comes with BlackBerry 6 OS software that I personally absolutely love. My favourite feature is the universal search: rather than having to sort through long lists to find what you want you just start typing at the home screen and the phone will search through your entire phone for contacts, messages, documents, applications etc. Another useful feature is the drop down list of any new notifications and the next three appointments in your calendar.
As a BlackBerry the phone has a 'convenience key' on either side of the phone, these can be programmed to open any application in the phone, from Voice Dialling to Calendar to Messages. It also has a small LED above the screen which will flash red to tell you you have a notification or yellow when the battery is running low.
One thing I don't like about the phone is the lack of internal memory. The phone will not allow you to save applications to the SD card and there is only 250mb of internal storage. I have only installed a few apps and now have very little space left, and all of my documents and media has to be stored on a microSD card.
Summary: Overall this is a nice phone, but is pretty much just for messaging and calling, not games or films.