Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: purplekimmy
Blackberry Curve 8520
Disadvantages: Bad connection, quite
When my old phone renewal came up, I knew what phone I wanted, a Blackberry Curve! I have studied phones, googled good ones and sorted through all the possible ones I could get through Virgin and the Blackberry was defiantly the one I wanted!
It arrived and I was so happy, it didn't come with any instructions which caused many problems, thankfully due to the joy of Google I worked out a few things it could do and after working out how to text, phone, get on the internet and set up emails I was sorted with my great phone. Well for a little while anyway, until I worked out just how terrible the Blackberry actually is.
Yes, it looks smart ish and the querty keyboard is so much better than having to press each key numerous times to get to a certain letter, so irritating. The keys however are tiny and take a bit of getting used to; it is far too easy to press too many buttons at once and have to start the text again.
The black square about the letters is a kind of scroll button, when it feels like it though, this would freeze up and not work sometimes, without this working it is impossible to actually get the function any other way. There are moulded buttons either side of the phone that you can choose what function goes with these, for example when the phone first arrived, the camera function was on the left hand side, one quick press and the camera was working. I soon changed this to the Facebook function as I used that more often than the camera.
The camera is terrible it has a 2 megapixel camera and I think this is worse than a kid's camera. The video option is just a waste of effort, unless you are in bright sunlight, outside the pictures are dark and not in focus, if you manage to get something in focus, the zoom will soon put an end to that, I never managed to get a zoomed picture to look half decent. The zoom only works once in a blue moon and the picture could be lost by the time you managed to get it working.
The Bluetooth option was more difficult than most of the exams I have ever taken. It spent so long trying to pair up with other phones I lost interest, even when the phone was next to it, it could however pick up random phones from people walking past on the street!
I used Facebook on my phone when the connection would let me, 99% of the time it would say there was not enough of a connection to use the internet, while all my friends were happy in Facebook land! So that proves the phone lies a lot, it did work out from my contact list, who I also had on Facebook and used their profile picture in my contact list, a bit Big Brother like but birthday alerts would be sent via Facebook too.
The phone actually being used as a phone was ok, mediocre at best, there is no volume option and any outside noise made it impossible to hear anyone on the other end. You can phone out but make sure you are not outside, anywhere near outside, anywhere near any kind of noise at all. In the end the Blackberry was only really used as an alarm clock, some of the preset tunes were ok, most of them were very lame though.
The phone is very resilient, I have dropped it numerous times and it even has a dart hole in the front but it still works fine, well as fine as it manages to work. It plays songs uploaded onto it ok, nothing too amazing though, It has a radio but I could never get it to work. I have now passed the Blackberry onto my son as I have upgraded to the iphone 4s. Yes I feel bad that I have given him such a horrendous phone but he isn't paying for it so he can't complain.
I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone, my son is 16 and even he has had enough of it. It also doesn't have the snake game which I was not happy about! Numerous times the alarm chose not to come on, even when set. I have a slight OCD when it comes to alarms and have to have more than one set at a time, just in case...good job as the Blackberry would chose when it wanted to work. Also if you put the phone on silent or just vibrate, it would still go off with tunes or message alerts, because it felt like it!!!
Summary: Anything else is better, even two cans and a bit of rope is better