Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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~ * Brilliant Blackberry! * ~
Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: xd-o-n-z-x
Blackberry Curve 8520
Disadvantages: Nothing too major!
~ * Looking Good!! * ~
This Blackberry is very attractive - it has a very 'professional' and expensive look, and I am proud to show it off. I was actually ashamed of my old phone, and used to cringe every time I brought it out as it was so old, but I love this one. I love how up-to-date and modern it looks. The phone is also quite strong - it looks strong and it has survived a few 'drops'. Previous phones would switch themselves off whenever I dropped them which would sometimes lose all of my contacts and text messages etc, not this phone.
~ * Welcome To The Homepage! * ~
The home page is good as it will put the icons of the programmes you use the most, so that you can click straight on them.
~ * How Can I Move Around? * ~
Rather than have up and down buttons, this Blackberry has a not sure what they are called but it is like a button where you have to 'scroll' up, down, left and right - this is your mouse.
~ * Chat Away * ~
One of my favourite applications on the Blackberry is the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) - it's a lot like MSN except it is for mobiles. I like this, because providing I have paid my internet bill, I can chat to my friends for free, which saves a load of money (from texts and phone calls).
~ * What's The Texting Like? * ~
One thing I like about the texting on this Blackberry is the fact that like an 'instant message conversation', you can see your previous conversation with that certain person. This is good, because you know sometimes when someone texts you, you forget what they asked (if they asked lots of questions) in the text and so when it comes to replying you could not answer certain questions. This phone is good because you can see the text message they sent you while you writing a reply. This is also helpful when people text you answers such as 'yes. I don't know' and you don't know what the question was, but with this you can see the previous conversation and think 'ahh I know what they mean!'.
~ * Say Cheese! * ~
There is a good camera on this Blackberry. I never really took pictures on my previous phones, however because the quality of the photographs on this Blackberry is so good, I like to take a lot of photos with it. In fact, this phone has actually replaced my digital camera. Before, I would carry my phone and my digital camera around, whereas now, I can just carry my Blackberry around and I have two-in one. This Blackberry is great for taking photos and because my Blackberry is linked up to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, I can take a photo and click on 'send to...(Facebook, Twitter etc), and it will instantly upload the photo to my account. Whereas when I used to take pictures with my digital camera, it would take hours to upload the photos from the camera to the computer, and then another long length of time to upload the photos from the computer to Facebook. So this Blackberry is definitely great for taking pictures and easy to upload to your accounts - this also saves loads of time.
~ * Is Is Easy To Text? * ~
This Blackberry has a 'qwerty' keypad - that means that the 'letters' are laid out like those on a computer keyboard. At first, I thought that this was great as I thought 'wooo I won't have to press number 1 three times to get a 'C' now' and thought that it would be easier. I have actually found that it makes it a bit more difficult. First of all, the letters are very close together and so if like me, you have chubby fingers it is sometimes quite hard getting the letters you want up.
Another thing with the keypad is that with my previous phones with the normal 'keyboards', I could text with one hand, which was good if I only had one hand free. But with this 'qwerty' keyboard, I have to have two hands which is a pain, so if I have something in the one hand I have to put it down so that I can use it to 'text'.
~ * Can I Access My Emails? * ~
You can access your emails with the phone. Just link up your phone to your email account and away you go. I did do this in the beginning as I thought that it would be a good to be able to see my 'home' emails whilst I was out and about. It was useful, however I am signed up to so many 'newsletters' that I was receiving no end of emails a day, and so it became annoying. However, if you only receive one or two 'proper' emails a day, then I would definitely recommend it, especially to business people. Now, I just go onto the internet on the Blackberry and log into my email using my internet provider's website - it takes a while but I do find it useful, especially if I am waiting for an important email.
~ * Can I Go On Twitter and Facebook? * ~
I am a huge Facebook and Twitter addict, so imagine my delight when I found out that I could go on them both on my Blackberry. The websites are much quicker on this Blackberry compared to previous phones I have had with the internet. I love this feature because it means that I can keep up to date with everyone and keep in contact with everyone on the go - whereas before I could only go on Twitter and Facebook when I was at home on my desktop computer. I actually use this phone more like a laptop than a phone. In fact, since I have had this Blackberry, I go on my desktop computer less, which has got to be a good thing, as before I would sit for by the desktop, whereas now, I can do the same things on my Blackberry whilst walking.
~ * What About The Actual Phone? * ~
Phoning people is very easy; simply look for the number in your contact list, or type the number and press the green 'dial' number and away you go. The phone is very clear and quite loud - in fact it's so clear it feels like the person is right there with you, that's how good it is.
~ * Any Bad Points? * ~
One annoying thing about using Facebook on this phone, is that the Facebook chat doesn't work very well - I can send a message but it takes forever to receive a message and ends up freezing my phone a lot when I am on it, which is really annoying.
Another thing is that sometimes the phone doesn't let you know all of your face book notifications - so sometimes when you look on the computer you have lots of notifications that your phone doesn't tell you about. It doesn't happen a lot though, just when you have a very popular moment with Facebook.
The phone freezes quite a lot which means that sometimes I do have to pull the battery out and restart the phone completely, which is annoying as it takes a few minutes.
~ * Ooh I can See That! * ~
The screen is large and you can easily read the text. With certain features such as websites, you can 'zoom in' so that the text is bigger and so easy read.
~ * What's The BBM Chat Like? * ~
The BBM chat is brilliant though - it's fast, quick, easy to use and cheap to use too. I would definitely recommend this. In order to chat to people, you have to let them have your 'BBM number' which you can easily find by going to your 'set-up' icon.
~ * Ooh You're Flashing!! * ~
If like me, you are one of those people who are forever checking their phone, just to see if anyone has texted you, then you will be pleased to know that the phone will flash a colour when someone has texted/face booked/tweeted you. This is good because it means you do not have to keep checking your phone. I get really excited when I see my phone flash. I think that this feature actually helps me concentrate better in college. Before I would be constantly checking my phone to see if 'so n so' had texted back, whereas now, the flashing will instantly catch my attention. You can also change the colour of the flash to each person. For example, red may be your best friend and blue may be your boyfriend etc.
~ * Is It Easy To Get Around? * ~
The phone is very well laid out. I'm not the most technical person, but I can easily find my way around the phone as everything is clearly labelled and easy to find. Whilst I recommend reading the instructions, I didn't really need to as everything is so easy to understand. An example of this is the 'volume settings' - with previous phones, I always struggled to remember how to put the phone on silent and how to get there. However, with this phone it is really easy to change the settings. There are lots of volume settings on here too - you can have silent, vibrate, low, medium, high etc.
~ * What About The Internet? * ~
In order to get the internet, I have to pay £5 a month (I am with Orange). When I top up I have to pull the battery out and then switch the phone back on (it takes a few minutes to load up and switch back on.)
~ * What Kind of Features Does It Have? * ~
The phone has lots of different features. A lot of the features I use include the camera, BBM messenger, Calculator, Tasks and Alarm Clock. The features are easy to find and are especially handy, e.g the calculator when I am trying to add things up. I can also reply on the alarm clock to wake me up - with other phones I haven't' always been sure that they will wake me up, but this one does perfectly.
Features include: internet, music, games, Facebook, Twitter, emails, alarm clock, calculator, music, voice recorder, Wi-Fi, calendar, 3G as well as Word to go (as well as few other Microsoft Office features, but 'phone versions' of them.
~ * How Can I Protect My Phone? * ~
A case is a must have for your Blackberry as the outside is prone to scratches. There are many cases available for sale (try Amazon.co.uk). I find that that case really does protect my Blackberry and stops it getting scratched - it also means that my phone looks different and fashionable every so often (because I can regularly change the different cases).
~ * Charging The Phone * ~
When I first bought my phone, the charger was in 'bits' - it wasn't broke, but the parts came separately so I had to 'set up' the charger myself - connecting bits here and there. Whilst it was straight forward, I did think that it was a bit silly they couldn't put it together for me.
On the plus, this Blackberry charges very very quickly. The battery can be dead, and it will be fully charged within about 25 minutes, whereas with previous phones it would take a couple of hours to charge fully if the battery was flat.
The battery does tend to go quite quickly - depending on how much I use Facebook and Twitter (this tends to suck up all of the energy). If I am on Facebook and BBM a lot, I tend to have to charge my phone every couple of days.
~ * What About Memory? * ~
The phone has great memory - I can store loads of photos (probably have around 50 stored on my phone at the moment) - without a memory card. My last phone would only store 5 picture without a memory card.
~ * Anything Else? * ~
The phone switches on really quickly - so you can start texting within a couple of seconds.
I would definitely recommend this Blackberry!!
Available for around £130 from Orange Shop.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Summary: A great first 'smartphone'
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