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When I first got my blackberry curve I loved it! I had never owned a smart phone before it has to be said. So I loved the ease of receiving emails and being able to surf the net as and when I needed it. However, I have found that it does freeze quite a lot, which seems to be a similar problem with my partners blackberry too. Also it seems to reboot itself frequently with no warning. It doesn't seem to have much space for applications. However, I will state that it is quite an easy phone to use. I was able to adjust myself to it quite quickly, and even my mum that calls it a raspberry and a blueberry can find her way around my phone. Overall, I do like my blackberry, and think I will most definately stick with one when my contract is up for renewal. Its just a shame it has got those couple of hiccups, as I do get annoyed with it occasionally. One last thing, the blackberry chat is a very good money saver!
I just got this phone on Monday and I have never had a better phone!
1) It is a smartphone, and therefore has many many applications. On some phones I would deem these as unnecesary but I can actually see myself using some of these. E.g. Maps, Wi-fi, Voice notes to go, Password keeper and of course Blackberry Messenger (I will talk more on this in a moment). It is also very beautiful for a smartphone, it is slim and has an easy to use QWERTY keyboard.
2) Installing the disk onto my computer was very easy, and now I can link information between my computer and phone very simply. My last phone had software provided too, but it was much fiddlier and the menus were not nearly as simple.
3) The ability to check e-mail, receive texts/calls, check facebook/myspace, surf the internet etc all on one piece of technology is great, I love being able to have all these capabilities in my pocket
4) The ball/clicker is fantastic. If you are deciding between smartphones, this is a pro that does not feature on any other model. It makes navigating through menus, contacts lists etc. pleasant rather than having to (as I used to have to) click repetedly to move down a list
5) Speed dial. I would not usually put this as a pro for a phone but it is a different concept to other phones. I have never used the speed dial option on my previous mobiles because I would always struggle to remember who I had put down to corresspond with what number and in the end it was always quicker to scroll down my contacts list. However with the QWERTY keyboard it is actually a very convenient idea, because you assign a contact to a letter, e.g. If I want to call Adam, I can assign A to his name, then hold down A whenever I want to ring him. Remembering letters for names, as opposed to numbers is a God-send.
6) Blackberry Messenger. I mentioned this before but this actually needs a whole point dedicated to it. I have several close friends with different types of Blackberrys and it saves me many, many texts from my contract allowance by using this application. It is instant messenging, for those who don't know it, but between Blackberry users only. To add contacts you must exchange your Blackberry PIN number (given to you when you get the phone) which is and 7 letter/number long combination - seriously, pinging BBM IM's back and forth becomes very addictive!
There are many other reasons to buy this phone, it has a good camera, screen resolution and music playback capabilities. However I do not want to exercise your reading patience any longer, if you are considering getting this phone, or indeed any Blackberry, go for it because I assure you, it is impossible to be disappointed!
The ONLY con, and I mean it is a very small one, is that I have many contacts with nicknames, e.g. Bell and the phone will not connect their nickname to their facebook page/details as it will with those with their full name, first and surname. Therefore I have some contacts who don't have a photo next to their name but who cares?
Before i go on you must understand a few things. I am a woman, I am not a gadget addict...BUT i love my blackberry.
Ive never had a blackberry before and heard they were clumsy, the keyboard was hard to test and type with and overall they were more of a fashion accessory. Mine came free with work so i thought id give it a go.
What i use mine for- Mainly work use. I phone and text people in the same way i ever did. The keyboard is not at all an issue after a couple of days of getting used to it. What has changed from my previous phones is that now i can easily send and receive email. This has made my life so much easier. Less trips into the office and much more convenient.
Features- A lot of the functions are activated using the centre rollerball. The screen is big enough and the graphics are clear. There are so many extra features such as media,maps and isilo that i have never used and probably never will. Im sure if i was more into gadgets i would have used this more.
The bottom line- This phone does exactly what i want it to do. It's battery life isnt great (i have to recharge every night) but i use it a lot and i dint mind charging it whilst im in bed. The Blackberry has never let me down. If a fool like me can use it anyone can!
I've had this phone for about 3 months. It's the first blackberry I've owned and I wouldn't go back to my old phone now (a Samsung).
The good points: great internet connection in most places (95% of the time, I'd say). The calendar is really easy to use and great for reminding you of those little things. This is the first phone where I've actually bothered to use this function, and I think this is primarily down to how easy it is to use. The qwerty keyboard is great as opposed to regular mobile phone typing set-ups. It took me a while at first to get used to it, particularly the punctuation side of thing. Once you've got the hang of it, it's really not an issue at all.
The phone comes with a USB charger, which is great for the office. There's no need to take your charger to work with you, which is sometimes a pain. This has happened to me before, and I think the USB charger is a briliant solution to this problem.
The bad points: the phone is sometimes quite slow. Mine has frozen on 2 or 3 occassions at pretty important times (once in a meeting when I needed to access quite an important number). There's a little egg time that comes up on the screen and refuses to budge. This is frustrating. I've had to reset the phone a couple of times by taking the back off and removing the battery.
A minor bad point: the lack of games! If you want a phone with a good selection of games on it without having to download/pay for them, then this phone could be a problem. It has 1 proper game. If you spend long amounts of time on trains and planes (like I do), then you'll get bored quickly!
I've always loved owning a Blackberry, but as RIM face more and more competition from competing products they've had to become more innovative with their designs and product offerings.
I have previously owned a 7290 and an 8700g, both great phones with the famous Blackberry addictive email quality thrown in. If you get the right tariff with unlimited data you can do all the instant messaging, email and web surfing (slow web surfing) that you can manage.
The 8800 and 8300 (Curve) were released around the same time, I had a choice between getting the 8800 which had Wi-fi, or the 8300 that had a camera.
I was excited to get the Blackberry 8300 in September 2007, it has the full keyboard familiar to most Blackberry users (yes, some do not have full keyboards, but most do). The striking difference for those that have used previous models is that the clickwheel has gone. That took some adjustment for me, my thumb would almost permanently be attached to that clickwheel, scrolling through messages, playing games and clicking through web pages. The trackball that has replaced it is actually better in my opinion, but I didn't think so for a couple of weeks! It scrolls pretty much where you expect it to and it lights up when it's dark.
Other cool things about the 8300 include the media features. You can play back avi files, mp3s and view photos. Audio playback can be through the phones internal speaker (quality as poor as you would expect) or via a standard headphone socket. The phone also features a 2MP camera. Storage for all this stuff can be handled by a micro SD card, I have a 4GB one in mine and I am constantly taking pictures with the phone. I don't bother with the Blackberry desktop software, I just attach a USB cable and with mass storage mode enabled you can use the phones SD card as if it were an external drive on your PC, just drag and drop photos onto your PC or music onto your Blackberry.
You can install Google maps or Blackberry maps onto the 8300 and connect it to a GPS receiver via Bluetooth. Of course I would actually suggest buying the 8310, 8320 or 8330 if that is your aim, as they have a GPS receiver built in.
So I definitely recommend this phone, whether you want to take out a Blackberry data plan or not, if only for it's phone and media features. But be aware that the other Curve models have more features (GPS, Wi-fi for instance) and that newer Blackberry models (Storm, Bold) take these things to a new level.
To mention the call quality, it seems much better to my ear than my friends phones that include Samsung and Nokia models.
I'm still happy with this phone 13 months after purchase. It has had the occasional freeze or unexpected switch off, but I can live with that every 6 weeks or so!
Featuring a liquid silver finish, clean lines and soft edges, the BlackBerry Curve 8300 smartphone is the smallest and lightest BlackBerry smartphone ever to come with a full QWERTY keyboard.
It's packed with incredible features, including a camera, BlackBerry Maps, a media player, expandable memory, Voice-Activated Dialing, tethered modem and trackball navigation. Plus you get all the core functionality you've come to expect in a BlackBerry smartphone - email and text messaging, instant messaging, web browser and advanced phone functionality.
The BlackBerry Curve - it's your connection to everything that matters.