Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: novagirl291
Blackberry Curve 8520
Date: 11/01/13, updated on 16/10/13 (84 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish and has a few good features
Disadvantages: Freezes, poor camera
I chose the Blackberry when I was due an upgrade on my vodafone contract. I must admit that I instantly picked this one because it was lilac, pure and simple. How stupid was I?!
My Lilacberry, as it is now known in my house, is great for messaging my friends who also have a Blackberry as you can easily contact them through BBM. This is like an instant messaging service and is a great way of communicating.
I like that a Blackberry has a QWERTY keypad as I find that much easier when texting. Please do try out the keys if you are thinking of getting one of these phones though as they are really small and when I was first using it I as pressing 2 keys at a time leaving some writing looking like I was fluent in gibberish.
I am often on facebook or twitter so downloaded those apps straight off. I also do my banking on my mobile phone. The Blackberry app world is easy to use except when, for no reason at all, after upgrading the apps when it was requested, my app world symbol disappeared from the menu screen! This can be a common problem and was fixed in the end by a bit of Googling ,lots of rebooting and even more swearing.
The phone comes with an inbuilt 2MP camera which is fine if you have a steady hand and lots of natural light and not really interested in getting a quality finish. If not, the pictures come out very blurry and dark and unsuitable for anything. There is no light or flash on this model of phone which greatly reduces the chance of getting a good shot. It is, however, easy to share any photos with a click of a button either through facebook, twitter, text, e-mail or whatsapp.
I personally find that the battery needs charging everyday as I use the internet alot but officially it has up to 408 hours standby time and up to 270 mins talk time. This is fantastic and possibly a redeeming feature of this phone.
There is one main annoying issue with this phone that I have found. Every now and again it likes to test your patience and freeze on you. The touchbutton that you use for navigating around the phone will stop working and the clock loading symbol will continually show. You either have to wait an age for it to finish what it wants to do or take the battery out and wait for about 10 minutes for it to reboot.
The phone is very durable. I have dropped it lots of times and the screen has never damaged. (This may just be down to luck.) There is a rubber surround to the back of the phone which possibly helps though. Having said that though, there is also a rubber button to the top of the phone which you have to press to unlock the phone. This was simple enough for about 4 months until it ripped half way off any I had to repair it with superglue. my Lilacberry doesn't look so good now from the top.
There are lots of other features to this phone too like an FM radio and MP3 player but I've never needed to use that so can't comment on how good it works.
Calls are easy to make with a touch of a button and you can store alot of information under each contact name. These phones were particularly designed for business people who need to communicate in a variety of ways. I did set up the e-mail feature at one point which was very easy to do. I would get a notification everytime an e-mail hit my inbox ~ I soon deleted this though as I get about 100 e-mails a day. (really must soon that out!)
You can pick these up now brand new for around the £80 mark but I suggest putting that money towards something else.
In summary, I wouldn't purchase a Blackberry again and will definitely be looking at a phone that is more suitable for my needs next time without just going for the colour. Stupid, stupid mistake.
Update : It has now completely broken!
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