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      04.09.2011 23:06

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      if you can get a job lot of trackballs cheap, this phone would be great

      This phone would be great if it wasnt for the trackball keep playing up. After i went through 12 i gave up and got a blackberry storm which also had its own issues. Back onto the 8310, it was easy to change the covers, had a decent camera with flash and the gps made blackberry maps handy. The lack of wifi wasnt an issue as it has a data connection anyway and the price is quite good now. The phones easy to use and easy to set up and also has a great feature where you can block texts from anyone not in your phone book or anyone that you dont wish to hear from. Its not the smallest phone out their but its not the biggest either but the main thing is its easy to handle. The blackberry app world is good for apps, games and other stuff but can be quite expensive for some stuff.

      This phone would be a 5/5 if the balls were better but if you look on ebay you can grab a job lot cheap.

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      17.08.2011 01:17

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      LOVE IT

      In the past i have had many phones ranging from the good old nokia 3310, samsung, motorolas, and now i have my PINK blackberry curve which i love. I have brought the phone which cost just over £100 from phones 4 u, and i then have a contract sim which i pay £15 a month then an additional £5 a month for blackberry messenger and unlimited internet.

      Amazing phone always something new on there to find, with the blackberry app world: different themed backgrounds, games, chat, facebook, e-mails that come through directly to your phone and even your tesco clubcard that you can scan in the shop, train times, sport news, twitter and much more.

      The phone to look at is very stylish sleek and quite small comes with a qwirty keypad, and you use the phone as if you are on a computer / laptop, with individual letters on the keypad. To move around the phone you have a touch button at the bottom of your screen and you use this to move yourself around the phone, in the 8 months i have had this phone this touch button has broken on me but i took the phone back to phones 4 u and within 4 weeks i had a brand new phone back to me, and didn't have to pay a penny for this service.
      The phone also now has wi-fi and bluetooth so you can send photos, music etc to friends and family.

      Would not change this phone at all love it to bits especially the colour :D

      Thanks for reading
      Laura :)

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      18.01.2011 22:45
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      A great Blackberry but I am ready for an upgrade now

      I have had mobile phones in the past ranging from Nokia's, Sony Ericson Walkman (which I loved) and many more. That was until my husband got me a Blackberry 8310 many years ago now to mainly use alongside my business and for personal use. I remember he said to me, once you get used to this you will never go back to a normal mobile phone again, and those words are so true to me even to this day.

      Apparently when Blackberry first introduced their smart phones to the market they all had a blue cover and it soon got round that Blackberry's new nickname was to be called Blueberry, Blackberry soon cottoned on and changed their covers of their smart phones to black.

      I used to think Blackberry was only a 'business mans' phone but Blackberry have changed market and is now more accessible for business and consumer use, while being affordable for the type of phone it is.

      Blackberry is a nice looking phone, which looks like it means business. It measures 4.2 inches height and 2.2 inches width. The weight for 8310 is quite heavy I think that comes in at 111g. The cover is completely black, but can be changed to suit you. The front of the phone you will see a full QWERTY keyboard with sturdy keys, which enables you to write emails and SMS faster. Everything you actually have on a normal computer keyboard is on your Blackberry keyboard. The top row of buttons just below the screen are in chrome you have an phone answer button, which is in green, home screen button, trackball in the middle with a chrome circle around it, back button and call end button, which is in red.
      With Blackberry 8310 you will notice it has a large LED screen with an resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, the screen is 2 inch wide and 1.6 inch height, which I like compared to other mobile phones and Blackberry Pearl, which looks like a normal mobile phone so the screen is a lot smaller.
      With the larger screen I find it easier to read and send emails as well as typing and reading SMS messaging.
      Because Blackberry 8310 is an old model now 8310 uses a trackball instead of a trackpad like newer models, which is situated in the middle of the phone. When new the trackball is good as it enables you to navigate around with ease, however when used for a while or over a long period of time the trackball gets grubby from dust and dirt and with time you will find the trackball doesn't navigate around so easily and eventually breaks, because of this Blackberry have since then moved newer models onto the trackpad, with no known faults.

      8310 has many features such as the one and only wireless email, which you can assign up to 10 different email addresses at the same time, SMS, saved messages, calendar, address book, internet browser, call log, media, which consists of MP3 music player, videos where you can view what you have just shot, ring tones in MP3 and MIDI format, pictures where you can view the pictures that you have took and voice notes, which I find helpful to use when you don't have time to type a message or find a pen and paper. Camera with 2MP, profiles, which you can set your phone to normal, quite, vibrate, loud or off, memopad, which is a virtual post it note, tasks, which you would normally see on Outlook, maps, calculator, alarm clock, Blackberry Messenger, games, voice dialling, video camera as well as much more.

      When sending an SMS message you can have the option of keeping an copy or deleting once sent, when the recipient replies you can also see your message below theirs, which is useful as I always forget what I have said especially when you have more than one conversation going at a time.

      Blackberry Messenger is a light bulb idea for Blackberry and one I like and use often as I have friends and my husband has a Blackberry so I can message them for free 24/7. All you need is their PIN code and you can message away to one another. All Blackberry users can use this feature to another Blackberry user for free.

      Password (key lock) is optional that lets you re-type your password in 10 times before it locks you out. If you re-type your password so many times it will prompt you to type "Blackberry" before it locks you out.

      Wireless email, after all this is the primary function as to why you would want a Blackberry. Once your email account is set up I find emails to my Blackberry are instant, however when it is first set up you only receive new emails to your Blackberry and not your whole inbox like you might expect, unless you connect your phone to your computer then all emails are transferred across.
      A great feature I love about 8310 is the full QWERTY keyboard, I have seen the Blackberry Pearl in the past that is as small as a mobile phone with three letters to one button, personally I find this annoying to use so I love the fact 8310 has a full keyboard in place and still compact at the same time.

      Call quality is brilliant, very clear and very precise without having to shout as you can't hear the recipient or they can't hear you. You have an adjustable volume button on the right hand side of the phone to suit to your volume needs. I have used loudspeaker a fair few times and again sound is very clear and sharp unlike other mobile phones I have used in the past while using loudspeaker.

      Internet browsing is via GPRS, for me this means loading times are slow and I get can't connect especially when I am travelling. So I usually use this for a quick browse or to look up an address on Google while out and about. I find apps like Facebook once installed to be fast unless Facebook is down.

      Synchronising phone to PC is easy; installing the CD provided onto your computer is quick and painless, which connects via USB. You can copy across your email box(s), calendar and contacts. This doesn't take long to do, a little under or over 30 seconds depending how much you have updated on your computer before hand.
      Charging the phone is quick and easy, a fully drained phone takes about 40 minutes, which I think is fantastic. A full battery can last me up to 5 days and more until it goes to red, which is one bar.

      Your camera has 2MP, which I know it's the best camera in the world but it is good for a quick snap you didn't want to miss. On screen the picture is clear and precise although not the best when printed out but on a phone I can't grumble.

      Blackberry Maps is a function I hadn't used because I found I never needed it, but I think it is great idea to have especially when on a long walk somewhere new then you can easily find your way back. But you have to subscribe before you can start to use it. Don't think you will be getting TomTom on your Blackberry as you will be disappointed; instead you will be greeted with basic satellite navigation (sat nav for short). Like a TomTom you can use it via a post code, street name or map. Once you have your route planned it is shown on the map with a coloured arrow that moves with you in real time.

      8310 has 64MB on board to store all your files with plenty of room left. Connections on the phone consist of 1 headset jack and 1 USB port.

      The quality of the phone is brilliant; mine has been dropped, scraped over the floor and thrown around the room by my daughter. The screen has some scratches and the back cover is scratched a lot but this is cosmetic and can be made to look like new again with a new cover or a case that fits over it to protect it. My Blackberry also came with a leather case that slips in and locks automatically when in its holder, which happens via a magnet hidden in the case, if you want this to happen you have to tell the handset to do this.

      I thought Blackberry would have been a complicated phone to use but this is not the case and I picked up the workings of it very easily and without any mishaps.
      The operation system that Blackberry use for their 8310 model is smooth and has never crashed on me.
      Starting your phone up doesn't usually take long but when you do a full startup, which means the battery has been took out it does take at least 2+ minutes to re-start so not the quickest of start ups.

      Recently I have began to notice some more problems with my trustie 8310, when the phone is out of it's holder and I go to switch it on with any key the phone doesn't respond like it used to and I am having to press a key 4/5 times for it to respond and another party trick is beeping at me to say I have an email and when I go to have a look there is no email there. Other than that....
      .....I would recommend a Blackberry to anyone and everyone but be warned you will never go back to using a 'normal' mobile phone again.

      Even though I love my Blackberry, which I have had for many years I think it may be a time for an upgrade.

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        24.11.2010 10:54

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        Attractive design, excellent messaging capabilities, impressive GPS, great business smartphone

        I bought this smartphone from Ebay a little more than a year ago. Unboxing my gold Blackberry Curve 8310 was a moment to remember. It was sleek and beautiful and ready for my pocket. Small, stylish and powerful, this BlackBerry is loaded with features! It even has a GPS and mapping software for accurate turn-by-turn instructions. Unfortunately, being a noob at smartphones, I did not have a plan to go with this baby and using a prepaid sim, I was unable to access the truckload of features. Hell, I couldn't even access the MMS.

        However, I was impressed with the powerful new media manager that connects straight your PC for streamlined management. Find your media files in your own computer, and organize them for quick and easy use, even when you are half a world away from your desk.

        More features: Voice activated dialing, Bluetooth support, MP3 player, and a fantastic 2MP camera with built-in flash. Handle your email, with the built-in spellchecker. Personally, I found the camera a bit dull and the pictures it took almost came in black and white. The unresponsive 'space' button gave me troubles when typing sms, but that's probably because I bought it off Ebay. Lesson learnt.

        I really liked the instant message services BlackBerry included with Messenger, Google Talk or Yahoo! Messenger, already loaded and ready to go at your command.

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        16.08.2010 14:23
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        Where has this phone been all my life? A god send!

        I'm not going to bore you with technical jargon, I'm merely giving you my own personal opinion of this product: The Blackberry Curve 8310.

        Now, although I like to think of myself as being very good with technology, I must admit that mobile phones have always seemed scary to me, but I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of these (in red I might add)

        You'd think that one of these phones would be very intricate and complicated to master, wrong! I have found this phone to be very easy to use and I love the fact that it has a big screen so I'm not forever squinting to read my texts. It also gives you the option to choose what size your font is.

        This phone does offer a lot. You're able to do the usual text messaging and taking calls but there's tons more to it than that. You can browse the internet, store a range of media (music, videos, ringtones and pictures) you've got your calendar, alarm, calculator, memo pad, the list goes on...! You even have GPS!

        I have found the camera to be of surprising quality, there's also different effects you can add to your photos such as sepia. Now when I'm out and about I can capture each memory as it happens.

        I've never really been fond of texting in the past as I hated having to tap a button 3 times to get to the letter I wanted - it took me forever! Now with the QWERTY keyboard I can easily tap out a message in a matter of seconds. They keys are of a reasonable size and don't stick and the rollerball is a great added feature to navigate through all the menus.

        I now regularly listen to music on my phone, the sound is of a superb quality, with or without earphones. The battery life of this phone is great too, I barely have to charge it up once a week. The fact that you can charge it up through your computer is an added bonus, my phone can be charging away whilst I'm browsing the internet.

        The overall look of the phone is sleek with clean lines and soft edges, the finish is metallic and just screams quality. I would recommend this phone to anyone, my dad even has one! Though not in pink of course ;)

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        15.10.2009 23:21
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        Great buy at £140ish

        The Blackberry 8310 (in red i might add)

        Blackberry`s slogan is "love what you do" and I certainly do rushing round from 7am and returning at 10pm and all with only this little red gizmo to keep me communicating with the world.
        Battery life of an energizer bunny
        Reliable as the queen's speech on Christmas day and enough functions to keep you busy till you get your upgrade the year after.
        OH did I mention Camera full keyboard excellent internet system and a little ball thing in the middle which works like a mouse GENIUSE.
        Keep you touchy eye phone and your 85000 megapixel camera and get this especially if you're on the road allot.
        Other feature include
        Bluetooth, speakerphone, easy menu, camera, internet, and some wicked games.
        Most providers offer this phone for free and I have seen it at shops for around £140 which is half the price of the iphone and much more reliable.

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        20.08.2009 22:10
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        If you've doubted owning a Blackberry, this one will soon make your doubts a distant memory.

        I loves mobile phones. At one point I was buying one a fortnight off ebay because I was buying one, messing about with all the features, then selling it when something new came out.

        I have had the Blackberry Curve 8310 for well over 2 months now and absolutely love how smooth it is. Let me explain, when switching through applications on other phones I've found that the phone often becomes sluggish, this isn't the case with Blackberry's. If they do, it is recommended to pull the battery out and put it back in, this is known as a "quick pull."

        First look at the Blackberry, I thought, with my fingers, I'll be pressing more than one button at once, this is not the case. I very rarely, if ever, manage to hit more than one button. They're not as fiddly as you'd think.

        If you are buying one of these off ebay or second hand make sure the previous owner rings up there mobile operator and gets it de-associated with the blackberry service. It doesn't cost them, or you, anything and you need them to do it if you want to sign up in your name to the Blackberry service.

        The Blackberry service means you get your emails instantly with the email address you have chosen to associate with the device.

        The battery life of this Blackberry is nothing less than impressive. I text and surf the net a lot! and this has lasted 3 days. I do carry the USB lead with me so I can charge it at my computer but have only actually used it once.

        I am impressed with this phone from a media point of view too. I have put full length films onto it after using a media convertor, which there are loads of free ones on the net, to make it into a smaller frame size.

        Mine has an 8gig card in it which I got for less than 15 quid, bargain! I have filled it with loads of music, a few films, all my documents and I never delete any of my messages and the blackberry still says I've only filled over half the memory card.

        If you get a Curve it should come with the Blackberry Leather Pocket. This is a useful item, as one, it protects the phone, and two, when you put the phone into the case it puts the phone into standby mode which is the reason the battery lasts so long, I think

        Basically, if you've had any doubts about entering the world of Blackberry's, after using one for a few days, you're doubts will be nothing more than a distant memory.

        Highly recommended

        Oh, if you need any help with these devices, the "Crackberry" forums are a brilliant resource for information.

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        14.06.2009 14:03
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        A fantastic phone for people who have to be on the move 24/7

        Introduction
        Having been a faithful Sony Ericsson user for so long it was a difficult decision to upgrade to a Blackberry - but i needed to receive and send emails on the move - and i felt this was my easiest option. In short - i love it!

        Look and Feel/Ease of use
        This is a great looking phone, slick, and smart. It is also surprisingly light (111g) and extremely easy to use. As a typist, having access to a full keyboard is heaven and the keys for me are big enough to easily write quickly. It has a perfectly sized screen so you can clearly see text messages emails without having to squint (!) and the multitude of options are easy to navigate with the roller ball.

        Features
        It has more features than i know what to do with to be honest but these include a camera, a multi-media player, built-in GPS, expandable memory, voice dialing and BlackBerry Maps. Of course there is also email, text messaging, instant messaging and internet access. As the email function was the main reason for me purchasing the phone i was concerned about how easy it would be to set up but i need not have worried. Within 24 hours of me receiving my Blackberry, my email was set up and working perfectly. I particularly like the fact that you also don't have to keep checking your phone to see if an email has come through as a red LCD light flashes on the top of your Blackberry to let you know!

        Durability & Robustness
        I'll admit that i have accidentally dropped the phone on the ground a few times but it has shown no ill effects at all so i would say that this is also quite a robust phone.

        Battery Standby Time
        If i have charged the phone all night, then used the phone all day sending and receiving emails and text messages, by the evening, the charge has only dropped by one bar (out of five).

        Overall
        My Blackberry Curve is on a contract and for me it has been well worth it. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this excellent phone.

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          02.04.2009 23:14
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          It has made me forget about the iPhone to a certain degree

          As a long time Apple fanboy, I had loved my iPhone, but the economy took it away from me. Having to cut back found me yearning for a touch screen. An LG Cookie landed in my pocket and it proved to me that the iPhone did the touch screen thing right and all others were trying, but failing. Then I heard that Orange were doing a new Blackberry tariff. Pay As You Go, an extra £5 per month for unlimited email and internet, bargain. So I searched for a handset, wanting more than their £150 offering. I found an 8310, brand new on ebay for £115, so I bought it.

          The handset is quite bulky, but no more hard on the pocket than the iPhone. The screen is gorgeous, very colourful. The controls are great too, with that tiny trackball whizzing around the screen. One thing that I really love is the keyboard, it is small, but so much better than the iPhone's touchscreen keyboard.

          Setting up took a while, but doing the email configuration was really easy. You do it online and the settings are then pushed to the handset. Emails are then pushed to the 8310 and it all happens so fast, very impressive.

          OK, so I miss the Apple App Store, but I gain a device that is just as useful. Average use eeks out almost a week between charges. I am very happy with what seems like a bargain and has made me forget about the iPhone to a certain degree.

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            08.02.2009 13:31

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            Buy it if you need Email on the go!

            This is the second blackberry and arguably still my favourite - though the BOLD is now giving it a good run for its money!

            This should be the base phone for any business looking to impliment blackberrys into their company. This phone has a good sized screen, well spaced keys, a simple to use scroll ball system and a very intuitive menu system.

            If you write a lot of emails on the go this thing is a dream, no more annoying multi taps to get to the letter 'Z' just type like you would on a keyboard, easy!

            With a 1Gb micro SD card as standard you should even need to put any more in for most of your users, only our CEO has asked for more.

            The last thing to note is it is worth installing the very latest firmware, Blackberry have really improved the speaker and much more in this release.

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            28.12.2008 14:36

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            A great all-round Blackberry for those who like an easy interface and keyboard

            The Blackberry Curve is an indispensable tool for anybody who receives regular emails and needs the peace of mind of being able to check these while on the move. The curve synchs very quickly, often quicker than the messages appear on my gmail account on my laptop, and 'read' reports are very useful, enabling to see when certain people (on the basis that they accept the feature) have read your emails. It's easy to use, with a colourful format, and the navigational track ball is fun to use. The camera is good quality, with a built in flash (which you can turn on, off or automatic). I would probably recommend buying a small memory card for it should you wish to take photos of high quality (around 5-700KB) as otherwise you may run out of space! I couldn't live without Blackberry Messenger - an 'msn' type of instant chat that is available to anyone with a blackberry.
            However, there are still some slightly faults - I know quite a few friends who have had their recent text messages and call lists erased in the first few months of their blackberrys - if you are worried about about this, I would suggest just pressing 'save' on messages you want to keep. It can also time out - the best tip is to take the battery out while the machine is on for 30 seconds to start it up again. Also, do back up regularly using the provided USB and desktop manager software provided with the Blackberry. It's very useful and simple to use, and gives you that extra piece of mind!

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            07.11.2008 20:41
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            it is very suitable for young professional and mobile lifestyle

            This is the most high tech phone I have ever used in my entire life, it is not only very useful but it is also fun and entertaining. Some people said that blackberry is addictive and I found that it is true. Why I found this blackberry curve 8310 is addictive?

            It has 2 Mega Pixel camera with a good picture result, and it has the flashlight if you want to take picture in the dark. Not only that, you can also be creative with the effects, so you can take whatever picture you want with this camera.

            The qwerty keyboard is very useful for those who likes texting, and of course, since you can get online 24/7 with this phone, you can type and post easily with the keyboard. With the large display screen, browsing with this phone is very enjoyable.

            This phone appearance has it own attraction. It is small, it is light and it comes with many different color choices. Titanium, silver, gold and crimson red, mine is the titanium, and it was good looking. The keypad size is the only physical problem with this phone. It is too small so that it would be a little bit difficult for some people with fat fingers to type with the keyboard.

            The GPS, is one featured application in this phone. You would be able to track your BBfriends with this, and it is very useful for people who works in the road, you wouldn't get lost with this phone. The drawbacks is that this phone doesn't have the wifi, which sometimes would be very useful especially when the BB internet services was down.

            The box came with several accessories, like the headset, the charger, and the holster. The external memory can be upgraded up to 16GB, but it is not in the box. The accessories can be acquired in many phone shops so you don't have to be worry. If you want to modify your blackberry.

            I recommended this product for young people with mobile lifestyle and young professional.

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              13.09.2008 18:01
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              The Blackberry Curve 8310

              So bear with me as this is my first stab at writing a technology review but I received a new Blackberry for work a few weeks ago and I'm really pleased with it so I though I would write a review on it.
              The model in question is the Blackberry Curve 8310 Smartphone. I got mine free but with price plans available with the different service providers it can be anywhere up to £200 I believe.

              The first thing I noticed about the phone (which is what made me choose it and as you can probably tell that I'm not very technologically minded!) is that it looks good. The phone has a lovely metallic finish, almost like a gunmetal grey colour to it although it does come in a pink version too (I wasn't allowed this for work unfortunately!) It has really nice rounded edges too and in my opinion is quite sleek. It's very light weight too, just like a regular phone and apparently is the smallest and lightest Blackberry ever to come with a full Qwerty keyboard.

              The fact that it has a qwerty keyboard also attracted me. My husband has the blackberry pearl which just has the numbers keyboard and I don't like the fact that you have to always look for the keys and see which number they are on. With this phone it's a mini keyboard which makes writing e-mails quick and efficient, a very handy tool for work as I often need to respond to people in a flash when I am out of the office.

              Although the keys are small and you do have to pay attention when typing that you don't hit two buttons at once it is a great feature.

              This phone also has a bigger screen than the Pearl or other Blackberry's so it makes viewing e-mails that come in easier and in my opinion a bit clearer. The screens measures approximately 2 inches by 1 ¾ inches. This phone has the trackball in the centre which acts as the mouse and helps you to navigate around the keyboard.

              The phone itself came with a travel charger which has plug adapts for all the different plug regions around the world. These are interchangeable on the charger which means you only have to take one part away with you when you travel for business which is very handy. It also came with a USB cable so if you have a USB port on your computer you can plug it in there and it will charge up. There is a book included too that helps you out and shows you how to use the various functions of your phone. It also came with a leather case to
              I found the phone itself very easy to navigate and use but then in this day and age as we are all used to phones and the way they work a new one is never that hard to learn.

              The home screen has picture icons (such as text messages, phone book, memo pad and so on) showing you how to get to each section and when you scroll the trackball over them it tells you what each one is. The home screen also displays the date and the time, a signal strength display and also shows you when you have new e-mails, missed phone calls and text messages.

              This phone includes the basic features such as messages, phone calls, etc but also includes voice-dialling, media player, access to the web and a built in GPS. I've found the GPS to be very handy and quite detailed and is of a very good quality.

              The phone locks automatically if you leave it for a while or there is a button you can press immediately if you want to lock the phone. The first time you ever switch on your phone it prompts you to add a password which will then be used to unlock your phone.

              The phone also has a built in camera and the pictures come out just as good if you used a real camera. Also, if you ever get bored on the train on the way home (like I do) there is a game on the phone, Brickbreaker where you have to control a little ball that bumps into little bricks and breaks them, very very addictive.

              All in all this is definitely a phone I would recommend and a great addition to the Blackberry family. The battery lasts quite a long time, at least 3 days of being all the whole time and it charges in about 20 minutes.

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                14.08.2008 11:51
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                I'm slightly smitten by this thing, it's really useful!

                It's little wonder that these things become a permenent fixture to many people's hands. The Blackberry has become an invaluable tool for those in business, and I personally love mine.

                The qwerty keyboard design is at first a bit hard to grasp, but once you do you can start sending full emails with ease. Friends will gasp and how thorough the punctuation is in your text messages, as it really is similar to typing on a keyboard, just at a much smaller scale.

                The best thing about the Curve by far is it's ability to send and receive emails. Just a quick glance at your phone will tell you if you've got anything new that needs attention. The internet is easy to master with the curve too, you can access google for blackberry, and while the displaying of some websites can be a little messy, you can usually find the information required quite easily.

                The little trackball is also hard to master. It doesn't always go where you want it to at first, but like the keyboard it's something you get used to.

                The Blackberry has a little multicoloured LED light which flashes when you have a message or a missed call. The is a bit annoying at night though as if the phone's not turned off that little light is pretty bright. It can be turned off though. In fact that's the best thing about the Curve, you really can customise it in more ways than I ever thought possible on a phone. It really is a matter of if you don't like it, change it.

                The body of the phone feels robust, and it doesn't feel like any of the buttons are going to get flimsy any time soon. I do worry about scratching the silver battery cover and the screen though, simply because they are bigger than what I'm used to, so I'm more worried about putting keys in my pocket and things than I used to be.

                Of course it's not perfect, no phone is... The most annoying thing for me at least is it's inability to sync properly with hotmail. Sometimes you get all the messages through, other times you don't. Sometimes you just get bombarded with 10 messages that have been coming in through the day on hotmail. Of course, this isn't Blackberry's fault, it's hotmail's. My other email accounts work fine with it.

                The other thing that I get annoyed with is that putting it on speakerphone is a bit of a fiddle. Unless there's a magic shortcut I'm not aware of, you have to go to menu, scroll down and select it while on the phone. Not a huge issue but annoying nonetheless. Of course once you've found speakerphone, the speaker quality is excellent.

                Overall, it's got a couple of minor faults, but it really is a great phone. I'd probably get another one when upgrade time rolls around, though it's got to be said that keeping one of these isn't cheap. With orange, the blackberry email/messaging usage is £7.50 a month, and then they charge a few quid on top for data. And don't ever try to use the blackberry functions abroad! Phew!

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                  Nice all round phone for the organised person

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                  In a nutshell, Blackberry phones seemed to be on the expensive end of the market and many people who have them seemed to be pleased. So I decided to check it out.
                  The first thing you notice is the complication and a different style of use. This takes time to get used to. The roller-ball is a cross between a pointer mouse and the stylus system on other PDAs. And yes if you previously own a Windows based PDA, you will probably be looking for a stylus to poke the screen with! You get used to it. But the Qwerty keyboard more than replaces the clumsy stylus. One of the biggest drawbacks of stylus based was that the stylus was lost all too often. I personally always have preferred phones which are durable and easy to use. This after a bit of playing fits the bill.

                  One thing of concern with any PDA, is the ability of the device to multitask without crashing or slowing down. I used own a SPV which was Windows based and the major problem was calls and applications kept crashing mid-call. This Blackberry has no such problems. You can even connect the blue-tooth to any GPS and have sat-nav working in conjunction with phone and other applications relatively easily.
                  Appearance

                  Qwerty keyboard is first notable thing, with the roller ball in the middle. Silver in colour it is quite cleverly designed, permitting an efficient proportion between keyboard area and screen. It actually looks quite neat on your desktop. Volume buttons are on the side and access to voice dialling and camera are also located via quick buttons. The size of the keys are big enough for thumbs, yet small and compact enough to look tidy.
                  It has reflective tint screen when the backlight is off, and when the light comes on, it is pleasant to the eye. The battery cover is easily removable with a button at the back.

                  It has clever sized mirror at the back under the camera lens for accurate self picture taking.
                  Flashing LED (optional on/off) for coverage brings a vintage feature back on the device.

                  Watch out for holster replacing though, for there does not seem to automatic keylock unles you set it to come on in the holster.
                  Phone:
                  Messaging takes time to get used as the qwerty keyboard is direct typing. But be careful of the numbers in text as you have to press the ALT (shift) key everytime you put in a number. MMS, SMS, pictures and videos can all be utilised depending on network provider.

                  Calls relatively straight forward - call waiting, forwarding, video and conferencing. But the contact card has the abiltiy to store a vast array of features which can be incorporated when making calls. For example, the titles, names or surnames are filtered fro ease of location.

                  WIFI
                  Excellent if you have it, large screen allows you access the internet easily when out. You build a WIFI network by searching a new location with available sites. You probably have to register with the free ones, or get WEP code for others for there maybe a charge.
                  GPRS - internet accesss usually accessed here, if WIFI not available, but the phone responds quited well in receiving and sending data. With the larger screen pages are much easier to browse.

                  ADMINISTRATION
                  One of the suberb abilities of this device is the ability to manage affairs on the move. Other than mobile phone contacts, the are times when pen and paper are not at hand (outside), and most other phones do not allow speedy note making, this phone is the 'bees-knees'. Whether, you are setting up an event or conference or you have arrange things at short notice, knowing where you team are, or generally for multitask planning, this phone is excellent. As well as your diary, notepad, calender, tasks, you have your memopad where you place all your temporary infomation under one heading to be sorted out as it evolves. I think this area this phone outshines many other phones.
                  CAMERA - 2.0megapixel camera, it takes surprisingly good pictures even blown up on PC. Good for taken snapshots, and video has the usual features of night/day/luminescent/ etc.

                  GAMES: can be downloaded and brickbreaker can be addictive
                  MUSIC/ViDEOS: can be downloaded to taste.
                  RINGTONES: Not as many but again can be dowloaded. One thing however, it takes time to get used to Blackberry's profile layout and assigning ringtones. It becomes relatively easy when you know how.
                  Generally I am actually quite impressed with this Smartphone, and Blackberry truly lives up to its name. There are many other features which would make this review mega-long but all in all these phones are recommended for all multi-taskers but they are not for everyone. If you don't mind the size, and you need to use many of the features, such e-mail, memo, and bluetooth then this would be for you. However, if you just want to make calls, and SMS or even listen to music then this phone would be too complicated for your needs. But for the organiser, the internet user on the move, or the note maker, this phone is a excellent choice.

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                • Product Details

                  Featuring a metallic finish, clean lines and soft edges, the BlackBerry Curve 8310 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, a multi-media player, built-in GPS, expandable memory, Voice Dialing, BlackBerry Maps 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.