Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
Newest Review: ... able to work via the laptop. A lot of the time though, when it was too busy, the Blackberry came into its own. It was connected up to our n... more
A huge success and increasingly a way of life for some
Blackberry Curve 8320
Member Name: Bellroyd
Blackberry Curve 8320
Advantages: So convenient and easy to use too
Disadvantages: Can start to rule your life if you let it
I have been a fan of the Blackberry ever since they came out; the one that I now have is a Blackberry Curve - one that I got on demo from our Network Service Provider at work. We got 3 to try out and for a while, the 3 of us were the envy of our colleagues.
Of course, technology proceeds apace and new model follows new model and now these are no longer considered to be Top Banana models as they once were.
For business purposes, my needs were and are straightforward. I am not one to crow about features I don't need or seek to make use of them just for the sake of it.
In my job, I travelled up and down to London a lot of the time and spent a lot of time on the train. Normally I could get a seat and was able to work via the laptop. A lot of the time though, when it was too busy, the Blackberry came into its own. It was connected up to our network at work and it was very easy to log in and out of your folders and files as well as catching up on emails and the like. Synchronisation was also a breeze once you had mastered the settings.
I for one was happy to trade off the 24hr availability downside to having a Blackberry with the obvious upside of being able to work pretty much normally on the move and optimise my productivity.
I love the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity which signal permitting is very reliable. Less impressive was the camera. I think it's only about 2 Megapixels which isn't really good enough for anything but the most basic photographic representations.
Packaged with my Blackberry from RIM (Research in Motion) was the USB cable to allow you to connect to your laptop - handy for charging up, for example. Also flat and round pin adapters to allow you to use 2 pin plug sockets. Also, the Blackberry User Tools disc - never used by me because those nice people in IT set it all up for me.
This is no longer a top of the range model, but I am quite happy with the features available to me on this one. I notice that these days, the market seems to have changed and it's young people that you see flaunting them and it's no longer just texting - it's these infernal social networking sites. Nobody seems comfortable talking to each other these days. Too many Apps - not enough real life.
I suspect there are a good few dooyooers who prepare and post their reviews using their Blackberry too. I am not at that stage yet.
It's a very useful tool, but don't let it take over your life. Don't be a saddo - these should never be seen on a beach!
Summary: You have to admire both the product and the extent of its success