Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: xjemloux
Blackberry Curve 8520
Advantages: its surprisingly easy to use, does everything i want it to.
Disadvantages: for me, none so far!
A few months ago I gave in to the pressure of buying a blackberry phone. Now my review is not going to delve into every technical detail - this is mostly going to be my personal experience from using my own blackberry phone - as we all have different uses and expectations from our mobiles.
Firstly, from a mobile phone I like to be able to take pictures - not necessarily fab ones as I do have a digital camera, I like to be able to send texts, make calls easily and store and play music, and last but not least access my facebook account.
I opted for the cheapest blackberry I could find brand new - knowing nothing about the phone really except for the price. Buying the Blackberry 8520 purely for the price as the other blackberrys available were extortionate prices. I bought the phone in phones 4 u for £150, this including £20 top up credit.
The phone comes boxed, including a charger, usb lead, and booklets including a basic manual and instructions on how to use the phone, a battery and headphones.
I tend to leave myself to my own devices to work out a new phone - and I did with this one to.
The phone itself is black, with a qwerty keyboard and a generously sized screen. Above the screen it proudly boasts that this is a Blackberry phone. Using the phone for me was pretty easy - especially as my previous Nokia mobile had a qwerty keyboard so this was something I didn't have to get used to. Above the screen is a LED light, which flashes to notify you of any thing coming through to your phone from social networking sites, emails etc. Navigating through the phone is done with a track pad .. otherwise known as a little square situated slightly above the qwerty keypad which is sensitive to the touch, by gently gliding your finger or thumb across this in the direction required you can work your way throughout the phone's options and simply press this wonderful button to actually access them.
Now all I really understood about blackberry phones before I bought mine is that they are quite popular with 'business' people due to email access etc. However this was of absolutely no interest to me so I really can't comment.
As for actually ringing people and receiving phone calls though , you know that thing that PHONES still do these days despite all their high tech savvyness, I have no complaints. By finding somebody in the phonebook or dialling a number I simply press the green phone to ring someone and the red phone to hang up. Adjusting the volume whilst on a call can be done on the side of the phone as there are two mini humps which act as a volume up or volume down - this is convenient as you don't have to take the phone away from your ear if you are having difficulty hearing someone or want somebody to be a little quieter, by feeling around the phone you can find these two mini humps and press either to adjust the volume. Ringtones can be changed either to one of the standard 'ring ring' tones the phone provides or with your own tones you put onto your phone.
Texting is something I do quite often too, and now I'm used to a qwerty keyboard it literally takes me seconds to text. Although I do have quite chubby fingers and the buttons are quite small this doesn't stop me texting at a speedy rate, I do have the odd hiccup and press the wrong button but it is really easy to use and text off.
When registering my phone and after having a quick glance at the books that came with the phone I quickly learnt about the blackberry appworld where you can download apps to use on your phone, some free and some you have to pay for. Really though there was only one app I really wanted and that was the facebook app. By downloading this app to my phone any goings on on my facebook including tags, inbox messages, wall posts and comments etc all notify to my phone and I know this by the led light flashing and seeing the Facebook logo on my homepage. I can just use the usual internet though to access facebook if I wanted to which is handy.
This flashing light also indicates when somebody has text me, rang me or messaged me on blackberry messenger.
Blackberry messenger is actually another app which can be downloaded. It is very similar to msn messenger where you add contacts and can have conversations - however it is all via your phone. When you download this you get yourself a blackberry 'pin' this is what you give to people for them to add you as a contact on blackberry messenger and vice versa. It is a handy app, quite convenient too as sometimes it's just quicker than composing a text message and saves you ringing somebody if you don't actually want to chat. You can also see when a message you send has been delivered or read as it either shows a tiny R or D next to it.
There are many other apps you can purchase however I'm fairly basic in what I use so can't comment on any others.
The phone itself though does have an alarm clock, calculator, phonebook, a camera, bluetooth, calendar and games, amongst other things.
The camera is not the best camera being only a 2.0mp and with no flash but like I said at the beginning of my review I have a digital camera, I just use the phone to take the odd picture which turns out fairly OK.
Battery life is pretty good and I use my phone all the time whether it be texting, ringing, or on the internet or using one of the apps. My battery lasts around 2 days depending on how much I am using it.
The usb lead it comes with allows you to transfer pictures and music etc which is a feature I use often to have my funky ringtones and to change my wallpaper to nice pictures of my twin boys etc.
Despite me saying before I'd never buy a blackberry I really like this phone. It does exactly what I want it to and access to everything I need is simple to use - on top of this it's a trendy and 'with it' phone too. I havn't really had any problems with the phone and I've had it since last Christmas (touch wood) but although my first thoughts were that this phone was just for buisness like people for accessing their emails etc it can just be a personal phone, which if wanted, can provide a lot of fun too.
Summary: actually quite a good phone, with lots to offer which i am still yet to discover
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