Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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For people who want a solid reliable phone with BUTTONS
Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: simons614
Blackberry Curve 8520
Date: 13/02/12, updated on 13/02/12 (40 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use, quality interface design, good internet access and free messanger service.
Disadvantages: camera not for photography enthusiasts
Ok, having tried a few samsung touch screen phones, and having got fed up with the 'over sensitivity' of such phones - I looked around for a decent phone with buttons. I went into my local carphone warehouse shop and chose an 'entry level' blackberry 8520. It cost £110 which was a bit more than I wanted to pay
for a phone but it seemed to meet my needs.
I've had it about 2 weeks now and i can honestly say that it is the best phone I have ever owned.
The buttons on the front are a little bit small for me but adequate. There is a nice tracker pad 'joystick/mouse pointer' thing in the middle which is beautifully responsive and accurate.
But what has really impressed me is the user interface. Its just so well designed. Its simple and
logical and within a few hours I was flying around all the features it has.
You have what is called a 'home screen/area' where you can place all your most used functions
- like dialling out, text messaging, emails , calendar , camera etc. Then there is a more extensive
menu comprising of nice simple clear 'icons/objects' - set out rather like the iphones menus.
It has a real quality and refined feel about it and above all - the tracker pad and buttons are in my
opinion superior to 'touch screens' which can be way too sensitive.
My wife has just purchased a sony erricsson that is driving her mad , mainly because its just trying to
be too clever and asking too many questions and offering too many options.
This phone doesnt need to impress you with fancy software, it impresses you in a different way , in
a quality, reliable, works every time kind of way.
Besides an intuitive and easy to navigate interface and input method - my other main concern with a phone is a decent internet browser, and that's exactly what i got. Its probably the fastest browser I have ever used on a mobile phone - again its easy to use , but what stands out is the speed it renders pages - it has a really fluid swift feel to it.
On the downside though, I have to pay an extra £5 per month on top of my orange dolphin package
of £10 per month. But for that extra fiver i have unlimited , fast internet access.
You have to pay this five pounds to activate the blackberry, but its worth it.
Another thing is that the camera is basic, good but basic. So if you are obsessed with how many
mega pixels you have then wouldn't choose this model of phone.
I think I am now an official blackberry convert. I think I now 'get' the blackberry thing.
Summary: Brilliant, quality smart phone
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