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i remember purchasing this phone a year ago and mainly used it for Blackberry Messenger so that i could broadcast the music i was producing at the time. it''s a very basic handset with a QWERTY keyboard and a scroll pad/track pad. sometimes i had difficulty using the scroll pad because every so often it would fail on me. while i was able to successfully press and of the buttons, the scroll pad would not allow me to navigate through the menu. one thing that is useful about this phone is that the phone supports a micro sd memory card up 32 GB as well as having 256 mb internal memory which allows you to store music, photos, videos and apps. This was useful to me as i have a very large collection of music and photos. Another problem that i had with this phone is that i had to change the battery multiple times. Im not entirely sure why this was the case, but it''s cost me a small fortune in the end. The phone has a 2 mega pixel camera and also allows you to record videos therefore the quality isn''t too good. at the top of the phone there are buttons that control the media you''re listening to. these buttons give you the ability to pause and play music, and skip from one track to another. the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack so that you''re able to plug in your headphones/earphones as well as having a micro usb port so that you''re able to sync the music from your latop to your phone and vice versa.
The best feature of this phone is the 3G - it is much faster for downloads, streaming and website access than other phones made around the same time. The chrome design is stylish, and the ridged back gives a less plastic feel than the 8800. The phone itself is has a nice, easy to use software with a clear and modern design. The music player is excellent and easy to download new songs, the menu is simple to use and find favourites/recently visited. The internet has tabs, which vastly improves browsing experience, and the Blackberry Messenger app is obviously what makes the phone a firm favourite. The overall design of the phone is asthetically pleasing, with a modern design that does not look cheap. The phone is not too expensive, and is much better than other models. The features of the Blackberry is good, however it still does not compare to an iPhone or Android phone. Overall, I would recommend this phone to people as it is good value.
I have had this smartphone for over a year now and though the phone itself is in immaculate condition I have noticed its functionality isn't as good as what it was when I first brought it. This is because of a few simple reasons listed below:
- It crashes a lot
Now you don't even have to be doing much, you can simply click the unlock button and it won't unlock itself for a good 30 minutes.
- A dial appears in the middle and never moves
When you open an application, majority of the time you get a little dial appear which means its loading. The only problem is, is that sometimes it doesn't dispensary and you are forced to reset it a lot. (Taking out the battery and putting it back in)
- I have to reset it a lot
Sadly, because sometimes it goes incredibly slow I am forced to reset it, but sometimes I will have a message telling me to reset as my phone apparently needs it to function correctly.
- It turns off on its own
There has been plenty of times the past 8 months that when I go to use my phone it doesn't come on. I click the unlock button and I am still sitting there an hour later and I realize it has turned itself off.
- The battery doesn't last as long
This will be explained properly down below.
The Blackberry Curve 9300 has a 2 mega pixel camera on the reverse side of the phone, which takes decent images for a phone, though I rarely use it because I have a digital camera.
This phone is really easy to connect to Wifi if you are in an applicable Wifi zone or household. This is also useful if you are on a data plan and you want to save on using data when you are in a Wifi zone. The smartphone also offers 3G, 2G and 3G and 2G together. This depends on whether you want to save battery life. I myself have it on 3G and turn all signals off when I got to bed to save battery life and it is really effective. The battery also drains when you turn it off by the off button too. I turned it off on the night when I first got it, but it drained more battery than when it was left on.
This brings me to my next point of battery life. The Blackberry institution really big up this smartphone for its battery life, but in all honesty, as a present owner of this phone, the battery life is ultimately despicable. There is little you can do on this phone before the battery goes flat. I usually sit on Twitter first thing in the morning. Text under 30 times a day and then when I come to use Twitter before bed it is flat. I usually charge it on the night but turn all signals off to save on its life if I don't have time OR forget to charge it.
When I first brought this phone, I brought it because it was cheaper to use BBM than have a contract. I was pleased that this phone came with:
- A 2 mega pixel camera.
- 2.4 inch screen.
- A full QWERTY keyboard, just like a PC or Laptop.
- Standard open call and end call buttons.
- A middle mouse button.
- Blackberry menu button.
However, none of this is new from the previous model.
This phone is ultimately good for texting, emailing and social media. Other than that this phone is rendered useless. It has many applications including maps and GPS. I only use mine for Twitter and texting now, and it's pretty much all I can do without it crashing. I spent nearly £300 on this phone and I can't say it was worth it.
I really liked my previous Blackberry and so wanted to have another Blackberry with smartphone features that wouldn't cost very much to have on contract, which is why I went for this model.
I like being able to use Blackberry messenger to speak to my partner and friends without having to worry about exceeding my minutes if I rang them, although I have found recently that more and more of my friends and family are deciding to leave Blackberry and use other handsets, which means that pretty soon I won't be using Blackberry messenger. Considering Blackberry messenger is one of the main reasons I use a Blackberry, it means I may well decide against purchasing a Blackberry as my next handset.
I have found that my batter lasts well, and only needs charging every couple of days. However, my partner has the same handset and his battery seems to run out very quickly, although he does spend a lot more time talking on the phone and browsing the Internet and so I suppose this is understandable.
There are a number of useful apps that can be downloaded for free, however, from what I have heard, there are nowhere near as many apps available in comparison to the iPhone and Android phones. I have also personally found that a number of apps I have wanted to download haven't been available for Blackberry handsets, which is disappointing. I have also found that this handset has a fairly small amount of memory available for apps, and so if you will be wanting to download lots of apps, I would say that this isn't the handset for you.
I rarely use the camera facility on my phone, as I prefer to use a digital camera to take good quality photographs. I used this phone to take a few pictures every now and again, as sometimes it is useful when you are out and about and don't have access to a separate camera, and the picture quality isn't too bad if that is all you use it for. However, if you want a phone that takes very good quality pictures, then I would advise that this handset isn't suitable for you, particularly as the camera doesn't have a flash option, which is extremely frustrating when you want to take a photo and it is very dark with no access to decent lighting!
I have been using this handset for around 16 months now and it is still going strong. If you want a reliable and fairly basic smartphone, then I would recommend this handset. If you're not too bothered about using a handset without touch-screen and with few apps and a basic camera, then this is a reliable handset that costs a lot less than other high-tech smartphones. However, if you want to take good quality pictures and want to use lots of apps and need a phone with a battery that has a long life, I would say that this isn't the phone for you.
I had the Blackberry curve 8520 and loved it, it was my first blackberry and I loved everything about it. I still liked blackberries when I was offered this one (the 9300) on a contract in February 2012 and now a year on with a year to go, I dislike it. I still like how easy the blackberry is to use and I love the QWERTY keyboard but the couple of good points I have towards it are outcast-ed by the bad points. For starters, In my opinion the camera is not a good one, the quality is not bad but I find it very dark, in all fairness it doesn't have a flash therefore obviously you can't take pictures in the dark but even inside the house the pictures are still darker than I feel they should be. I have a 2GB memory card in it and have used about 1gb of this and I don't know if this contributes to the fact that it seems to freeze a lot of the time and also when I try and load websites 70% of the time it comes up with 'page to large to load, closing page' and then the internet shuts down. I also have problems with the battery not lasting more than a day and i'm not sure if this is because of the way I used to give it small charges etc but a phone battery should really last more than a day I think.
I've had my blackberry curve for almost a year now, and it was my first foray into the smartphone world. However, I think its about time that I moved on.
As far as phones go, its fairly easy to use, with the trackpad very responsive and natural. The phone is well made with a solid build. The apps are easy to get on, and blackberry appworld has apps for what you need, but nowhere near the amount found on android or iphone. And a lot of apps don't seem to be made with the trackpad in mind.
The wifi connects easily and speeds up the internet considerably. Relying only on the 3G network is fast in strong signal areas, but in weak areas (such as where I live) the internet is terrible. I was very dissapoined with the native broswer, as it has trouble loading web pages of any considerable size. However this is easily corrected downloading opera mini from the appstore. So overall the internet works fast.
Having had it under a year, I'm dissapointed in saying that I've had to leave it into the shops twice for repair. The first time, the trackpad stopped working, and the second time, it wouldn't charge. To thier credit, the phone was replaced with no questions asked, replaced with a new phone. All data, such as contacts, is lost when this happens, but if you regularly back it up with blackberry protect this isn't the end of the world.
Not a lot to say about the camera, decent but nothing special. Wouldn't use it to capture life's special moments.
So, a good, affordable smartphone, but far better options out there.
Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm
Release Date: 08/2010
Hmmm, I'm not an avid blackberry picker even in season - however, when the month of October arrives I ponderously seek out a mobile upgrade - last time it happened, I was in Cambridge. I remember it being a bitterly cold day in fact. The mobile phone shop's guarantee of warmth got me in, and the rest is history. Half an hour later I was 120 pounds lighter - it's one of the recreational hazards of being a 'digi-ware-fiddler.' Upgrading technology via a click seems to occur as often as I have a Sunday Roast, I don't know why? I suppose it is the thought of missing out on something inspirational or an excuse to fiddle on gadgets worth fiddling on. Not that my ex mobile failed to perform on particular tasks - just that I convinced myself a new fiddle was called for. And no, I'm not musical!
Surprisingly, when I got it out I wasn't the only person wanting to fiddle with it - friends wanted to fiddle, the girlfriend wanted to fiddle, even people who had higher spec mobiles wanted to fiddle. I suppose just to make sure their mobiles were of higher spec - That gives great reassurance, to a gadget geek, knowing that he / she has got a superior spec than anyone in his / her vicinity. I was happy, it was my first blackberry, and I like the name 'Curve' - an apt correspondence to my physicality and to my preferences in a partner. At least my Blackberry doesn't complain when I embark on a spontaneous fiddle.
Initially, I kept the plastic protective skin on to preserve its glossy beauty - face unscratched, silky and reflective. After a few days into our relationship, I unceremoniously stripped it off; well, the plastic cover started to divorce itself from the device while I was mid-fiddle. I'm not the standard Blackberry fiend who lives via his Blackberry jiggle jangle and barely exists without the warming ambient alerts sporadically going off notifying your importance. In fact, if my alerts do go off I tend to sneak up to my Curve's darkened screen ten minutes afterwards. No mobile device rules my social life or any part of my life, as it so happens. I prefer emails - and the Curve logs into them whenever I prompt it. Those who're crusaders of network sites such as Facebook - the Curve has an internal Blackberry application that'll satisfy FB fanatics - Twitter is also easy to navigate, thanks to a trackpad sensor control system enabling finger movement. Not a winner for me as I'm too deeply enamored with the QWERTY keypad, as small as the keys are, I marvel at the Curve's QWERTY good looks, her ergonomic engineering. A working mini keypad specifically designed for those of us who remember the 'Word Perfect' processors that enlightened a generation to the QWERTY. Sadly the trackpad has yet to capture my imagination - if anything the pointer mechanism dithers somewhat and within seconds freezes - naturally I adopt the trusty 'set to default' theory (turn Blackberry off and on) - so I can resume fiddling again. I find the idea that we humans touch our mobile devices infinitely more than our own partners decidedly worrying. I guess, if it was the case, no work would be done - because, everyone works on their mobile devices now don't they? Er, the Curve certainly is more tinkered to the workhorse among you - partly due to the insipid library of Blackberry App World 'tryouts'. You know, the apps that run your life, tells you when it is best to conceive - what the tide is like in Hastings, and where the nearest Post Office is? Thankfully, all the apps available have been vetted for stupidity.
My digital bubble burst after two months into my relationship with my device, when I spied ditzy kidults thumb-wagging on their Curves - I assumed the Curve was purely for people who organized. It was at this point I learned that the Blackberry Curve had forged a relationship with youngsters - Appealed to their social networking requirements. They were far more trusting on the Curve's trackpads than I, ever had been. Plus the media player is superb, thanks to decent earplugs especially designed for the Curve. Being a digital media fiend it was a pleasant addition in the Curve's repertoire of tricks. Indeed the audio codec list deals with all forms of media - and can be downloaded via a series of wireless terminals - (Wifi - Bluetooth - 3G). No Blackberries can hack into iTunes app store available for the iPhone, however, Android is a different proposition. The need for iTunes superseded the quality of media downloads and in no time at all; the iTune purchasers that drew in millions of iPhone sales, will view the technology as a dated zoetrope. In years, mobile devices will look dated - the Blackberry Curve won't. The Blackberry hasn't changed a great deal over the years compared to other brands. Everyone can identify a Blackberry model. Long gone are the days when the bankers tinkered on their fruity devices to check on up to date share-prices and communicate via the infamous Blackberry Messenger Service to other Blackberry owners doing the same thing.
A mild irk is the camera and video playback quality - 2 mp! Don't be surprised to witness the reinvention of video conferencing from ten years ago - whereby capturing quality imaging was a sideline. I presumed the concept was an advert for Lego as all those who'd partake in this format had deformed blocked faces - gender was decided via vocal tone rather than an actual visual. Yes it is endearing for those who get entertained from poor quality playbacks - Best use another device to take pictures, preferably a camera. Fortunately the Curve has a USB connector that allows connectivity via a workstation, so offloading music files directly to the Blackberry is the better option if the urge arises.
As a phone, it is the clearest yet, no muteness or distortion. The Blackberry Curve is the best when it comes down to simple communication via the internet, SMS and vocally. Another strong point is the battery longevity - up to four days. Although depends on what apps are running (Bluetooth etc) and frequency of general usage. Recommended - contract or PAYG.
I was lucky enough to receive this Blackberry mobile phone as a present, and was pleasantly suprised. My previous phone was a Nokia C3 which I had for about 3 years! I could not be bothered to find a new one so my lovely auntie done it for me. It was my first experience with Blackberry so from all the media talk of this phone I was expecting something good. First of all, I need to charge the phone daily which maybe isn't a strange thing. I love the home screen so you can easily access your messages and menu, and the buttons will never fade away like they do on some phones. It is a sleek, light phone and looks lovely, I love the fact you can buy multiple covers for it, it's like having another outfit to choose! There are a lot of options in the menu so it can be a tad tricky trying to find a setting you want to change or find a picture, etc. The slightly difficult thing about the phone is that you have to be signed up to the Blackberry network which allows you to connect to BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and use/ download apps, and it is extra cost but once you've got through that, BBM is wonderful, as long as you have other contacts you can talk to on there otherwise it's a bit pointless. I'm afraid it's all what the Blackberry is worth for, to be honest. My Nokia performed better, and on the Blackberry The web browser freezes a lot and stops. The phone is so difficult to turn off completely! It's a good gimmick for teenagers so they can stay in constant messaging with each other as it's the rage, but for people who just want a phone, not so much.
Upon First glance of the blackberry I thought to myself, it is extremely light and comfortable for a device that boasts so many great features. Prior to this BlackBerry 9300, I had has 4 years use out of Apples flagship device and decided not to further my purely on the basis of cost. All in all i do believe i made the right choice switching to the BlackBerry saving a considerable amount of money in the process.
The Blackberry is arguably the best in the spotlight of smartphones today, enabling the user to text, to make phone calls, browse the web on 3G/Wi-Fi, listen to music, record video, take photos and much more... The App world store on the device opens up the phone to being used for multiple tasks and applications focused around business/entertainment/social networks.
By choosingthe Blackberry 9300 you'll be saving considerable costs on your contract in comparison to other smartphones on the market such as the Apple Iphone and HTC models.
A few reasons why the BlackBerry 9300 may be cheaper -
This phone has a 2-megapixel camera that doesn't compare to well with the other smartphones on the market. The camera is therefore more of a novelty; a way of quickly sending snaps to friends and family quite seamlessly by email or text or the renound Blackberry Messanger.
The user interface of the blackberry in comparison to other smartphones on the market is fairly balanced. The use of the scroll trackpad can seem endlessly tiring and time consuming in comparison to a touch screen (eg. iPhone) which enables the user to quickly whizz around internet pages and applications. Switch the balance around however, the BlackBerry's messaging system is far more organised and accessible than that of the iPhone, for you can access emails, texts and BBM all through one folder or individually depending upon the preference of the user.
These are only two small features which I found to put me off the blackberry slightly, but it proves that all phones have there faults and benefits leaving it entirely based upon the users view; therefore having to review what features benefit you yourself.
A few Benefits of the Blackberry for me -
The Layout of the buttons in the Keyboard style make this phone extremely easy for texing and typing.
The status indicator that flashes when the battery is low, or if you have a message. Good for when the phone is on silent allowing the user to be still notified
Battery life is in comparison to my old iPhone, is moderatly better. A full charge will usually last me around 24 hours with that including a full days use of emails, texts, calls and use of internet and social networks.
The wide variety of options for assigning alert features for various Profiles (such as General, Silent etc) allow me to assign what is most suitable to me how and when I want it.
BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is what makes the Blackberry devices stand out from other smartphones on the market. It allows BlackBerry users to connect devices via PINs enabling the to send messages similar to texting however since it works through a data stream, the messages are sent/received instantly and its far more engaging than simply texting.
Edit DOC, XLS and PPT on the go which is very useful if using the your phone in and around the business place.
The most obvious one is, compared to other smartphone contracts, the blackberry offers the cheapest option for users.
However, the most prominent drawbacks i notcied with the Blackberry 9300 are.
The BlackBerry App World is, in comparison to that of the iPhone, very limited. I found the download speeds, installation times, and quality of these Apps were often bvery basic at times.
The reboot time of the blackberry is very long. Even when just turning the phone on and off. it seems to need to reset the whole phone for some reason?
The trackpad can take a bit of getting used to, often I found myself whizzing over the application I wanted. It can also get a tiny bit tedious when having to scroll down pages and pages with just a trackpad.
The buttons on the keypad may be a bit small for the larger hands of users.
Extras that the phone offers which do help in its appeal are -
3.5mm headphone jack meaning i could use my preffered headphones.
Built in games and social networking sites.
Standard Bluetooth connectivity(used less and less but still essential).
All in all, I think it is fair to say that the Blackberry 9300 offers a very useable smartphone enabling the user to explore all the mod cons and applications. It is suitable for every person due to the wide variety of programmes and applications. The ease of use and user interface of the blackberry puts this device miles ahead of other smartphones on the market. Overall this phone is a very good buy, especially with the 'cheap' contracts available offereing texts/minutes/data usage.
Reason and place of purchase
I got this phone for my older daughter to use a little over a year ago as she was starting secondary school and I wanted her to be able to contact me if she needed me.
We got it on a monthly contract from virgin, as we already have a contract with them for our phone, tv and Internet we got this for £10.00 a month (has now gone up to £10.21) and that includes calls, texts and bbm (blackberry messenger) and the handset was free.
As my older daughter has now upgraded her phone my other daughter is using this as she likes to bbm her friends (who all have these phones).
Although I am still a little concerned with children and mobile phones my daughter does not use this to make phone calls to me - only if really necessary and instead uses it to text me or message her friends, she also uses it to browse the Internet and take pictures too.
Description of the phone
The phone itself is black with a shiny black edge and the back of the phone is a rubbery feel texture. It is very durable as my daughter has dropped this phone several times and it has yet to break, although there are a few very small dints and minor scratches but these do not detract from the look of the phone.
There's a keypad on the phone and above that there's a small square scroller which you use to navigate the phone. You can lock the phone which is great as otherwise you can end up ringing people accidentally and when locked you need to enter your password to release, however it will still allow emergency calls even when locked but does prompt you 'are you sure you want to make an emergency call'.
You can also buy covers for the phone as we have purchased some through e-bay and these completely change the look of the phone, as I type my daughter has a One direction phone case on, but last week it was JLS. You can buy these covers anywhere however I did compare prices and found e-bay to be the cheapest and you can get them for around £5.00 which is great and if damaged is not expensive to replace:)
Functions of the phone
The phone itself has lots of useful features, we can send and receive e-mails, SMS, MMS, instant messaging and it has an Internet browser, alarm function (complete with snooze - very useful for those early mornings). It also has those little added extras such as calculator, calendar and maps.
The camera on it is also pretty good and my daughter has taken some lovely pictures on this phone, however I must admit I am yet to have them developed but the quality on screen certainly looks good.
The phone seems to charge up pretty quickly, and we have found that a full bar lasts over a day even with the constant bbm use going on, however it does go a little quicker if using the Internet a lot, but nonetheless you will still get a lot of time from a full bar of charge.
This phone has certainly had its use in our house and my daughter actually prefers this one to her new upgraded (blackberry of course - she cannot do without bbm) touch screen phone, and it has lasted through many daily challenges and still came out tops!
== How and When I Got This Phone ==
I actually got this phone (about six months ago) for free under a virgin-mobile contract and have since used it as a replacement for my prior phone, which was a Sony Ericsson.
== Is It Any Good? ==
This phone is a nice size and perfectly comfortable to hold when talking to someone (people don't tend to do too much of that now do they!).
The screen of this phone is a decent size and nice shape, giving you a nice resolution for photo and video viewing, and the nifty touch-pad navigation pad makes sliding between settings, photos and everything else nice and easy going.
In terms of structural quality... I would actually say that the material and build of this phone feels a little flimsy in comparison to other phones I've had, and other Blackberry's I've held. I would definitely recommend buying a protecting case for this phone, if you do buy it.
One particular little gripe you could say is the size of the buttons, which are fairly tiny. I have no problem with it now and it's just a knack (like most new technology you get your hands on) in terms of getting used to it, but it does still seem a little awkward to this day, and I'm by no means a technophobe.
Another very prominent let-down I think is the lack of flash for the camera. This may seem quite an insignificant complaint at first; but if you take a look around the phone market - you won't find too many phones with cameras that don't have a flash now, even cheap phones; so for a fairly new Blackberry model to not have one is quite bizarre I think.
Aside from these few flaws the phone is easy to use and I have no problems with it. It's easy enough to add contacts, take pictures, record videos and everything else. Again, the only thing which the average user may find a little annoying at first is the size of the buttons, for text-messaging, but I wouldn't worry about it too much - us humans adapt fairly quickly to most things!
So to answer the open-ended question I begun this segment with: yes, this phone is good. It has its downsides but it's also a clever phone with WiFi, plenty of apps and a link to an appstore search-engine; with many free ones that you're able to install right off the bat.
== Closing Thoughts ==
Overall I'd say this is a pretty good phone, that could be improved in some major areas.
If I were judging it purely as a phone for general use, I'd recommend it; but considering that it certainly isn't cheap and you'll be paying well over £100 for this, I'd say there are probably better options out there, and better phones which are better value for money too.
I have had this phone since September 2011 as I needed to get a new phone when I moved back to the UK and wanted a cheap contract so that I don't have to pay loads on phones because I am still tied into my Austrian mobile contract until January 2013, which is quite annoying! I was offered a contract with Virgin for only £10 a month and a free Blackberry so I thought "why not?" My mum had a similar Blackberry and told me it was good, though my sister kept asking me why I hadn't got an iphone. I have to admit that after using this phone for a while I thought my sister was right and I should have just paid the bit extra and got an iphone!
This phone can be summed up by saying it does the job, but there is really nothing exciting about it at all. It is basically a business phone.
You can see the appearance of it from the photo above. It looks okay, fairly slimline and is not too heavy and bulky. It weighs 106 g and is 14 mm thick.
It has a full QWERTY keyboard which I suppose is quite a plus as it does allow me to type quickly and is easier to handle than touch screen keyboards. The buttons are quite small so sometimes it can get frustrating if I am trying to type really fast and my fingers slip onto the next button. It does correct your typing though as long as it can still recognise what you are trying to say. This is good for emails and texts.
It does not have touch screen and when I first got this phone I kept having to stop myself swiping the screen as I was used to my old Samsung Galaxy! Most navigation is done by way of the track pad in the middle and pressing either the centre button or the button with a Blackberry logo on it. It is not immediately the most intuitive but once you play around with it for a while everything does become clear.
The main icons are easy to access as they are along the bottom of my home screen. I have two email folders there, my texts, phone book, calender and internet browser. I find it very handy to have these icons right there as I can always immediately see if I have got new messages and quickly get to the internet or my contacts. The best thing about this phone in my opinion is the way you can have email accounts linked to it. On my old phone I would just go to the internet and log in to Gmail via my browser, so this is a bit better for emails. You can set it up so you are alerted for every email or turn the alert tone off, and I have this on or off depending on whether I am waiting for an urgent email or whether I am getting sick of the constant pinging!
The phone book is easy to navigate and much like most phones these days you can add a lot of information for each contact, such as full addresses, emails, various phone numbers, birthday reminders. Making phone calls is very easy and it generally has clear sound. I have not really experienced any problems with phone calls.
The camera is okay but nothing mind blowing. I hardly ever use it because my proper camera takes much much better pictures. It is a 2 megapixel camera and the pictures sometimes come out a bit dark in my experience.
The internet on this phone is okay for basic things such as googling something or quickly checking some information, but as the screen is a bit small and it is not touch screen and some things don't seem to work properly, such as Google maps, I definitely don't think it is the best phone if you want to use the internet on it a lot. The fact Google maps doesn't work properly is a big minus for me, as I rely on Google maps if I am going somewhere new. I recently was flat hunting in London and had been given the street address of the estate agent but did not know exactly where this was. I actually had to buy a pocket A to Z so that I was able to find various things in my new area, which I found a bit of a pain as I should have been able to just check on my phone! I felt a bit old fashioned with my paper A to Z LOL :) It has its own GPS navigation which has been a bit glitchy for me in the past so I don't like to rely on it.
Facebook is okay on the Blackberry as there is an app which you can get to enable easy use of Facebook. However, often my messages and notifications don't show up on there and I have to go on a computer to be able to see them properly, so it is not fully reliable. It is okay for just having a quick look at the news feed though or checking in at a location, uploading a photo etc. I don't use other social networks like Twitter so I can't comment on how good Blackberry is for this.
As far as other apps go, Blackberry is really pitiful. There is pretty much nothing worth having in the "Blackberry app world". Compared to the iphone or Android phones, I don't think Blackberry Curve can even really call itself a smart phone. On my Austrian phone which is an Android, I could get pretty much anything and my favourite apps were simple ones like World Newspapers app where you can quickly just browse the news from loads of different papers. You cannot even get a basic app like this on the Blackberry. It is a joke! The main thing people seem to like about Blackberry is the Blackberry messenger but I have never even used it. It seems to be more popular among teenagers as far as I can tell, and most of my friends have iphones rather than Blackberries so I would have no one to contact on it anyway other than my mum!
It has all the usual basic features which you would expect such as an alarm clock, voice recorder, blue tooth. It is definitely more of a business phone than a fun phone, as it does have programmes on it such as full word processing and spread sheets. The word processing has occasionally come in handy as I was able to open MS Word documents on the go when I was doing pro bono projects at my law school. However, most of the time if I wanted to use word processing I would just use my laptop.
The features all are more practical than fun, and they are fairly limited compared to most phones around today.
The battery life is fairly decent and I can often use it for a couple of days or even 3 before having to charge it, depending on whether I have been making a lot of phone calls.
=== Over all ===
If you just want a functional phone then this will be fine. If you want to send a lot of emails on the go or need to read Word documents for work then it is very practical. However, if you want a fun smartphone you might find this quite boring and prefer to get something else which actually has a good selection of Apps, such as the iphone or an Android phone.
In the past I have had the old style blackberry, it was great for business use and for email on the go. Service providers then made it so expensive up until recently to own and use them, as in essence they were aimed at the business market.
I bought the 9300, its great and to be honest I have had no problems at all apart from the blackberry issue which effected everyone worldwide. RIMS operating systems are very stable, and although don't offer the type of applications that apple do they are very worth having and don't crash as much. In fact the phones last for years, bounce and wont let you down.
The camera is very good, it has a zoom function which can be hand although it does not have a flash which is a big shame.
The email features have what's called push email, and can check account like Hotmail etc with ease. Text messaging is also very easy with a button keyboard, if your like me I can not get along with touch screen phones and this is what I really love about them.
The internet can be a pain on some websites, as it closed down and does not support flash. The internet usage can be got away with on a 150mb package. I would recommend this phone.
I have been given a blackberry curve a work phone due to the constantly being on the road and needing to have regular access to my emails. My personal phone is an Apple iphone 4S.
I was a little curious to find out what the blackberry hype is all about and I must say I was disappointed.
The only real Pro's I can indentify is the BBM, which is a world of free text bundles, even on PAYG, is rendered pretty useless. It also serves a general annoyance of persistant bleeping when people choose to send out group messages every 5 minutes.
As for the rest of the device, the apps are few and far in between and are generally of poor quality.
Processing power leaves a lot to be desired.
QWERTY key board is okay but can prove somewhat fiddly.
Camera is of a very poor quality both in terms of MP and optical zoom
Email set up in very basic and doesnt really compare to the kind of set up you get with an iphone or samsung.
Overall, a poor excuse for a smartphone, and much better competition for the market if you are looking for an exntry level phone, regardless of whether this is for work or pleaseure purposes.
ive had my blackberry for around 20 months or maybe more cant remember exactly when i bought it but hey, the blackberry 9300 is great for contacting other blackberry users, with blackberry messenger being free its great. The blackberry 9300 has great games and you can download apps from balckberry world on your phone to enhance your phone experience further, a secure phone that needs a passcode o enter which is easily changed if you choose to keep it updated, i find using the apps to get things like youtube and ebay make the phoe even better, the only downside i find is the camera not being good at all. but i find the qwerty keyboard to be easy to use and the sound quality is great when listening to your music on the go. if you were going to buy a blackberry i would reccomend the 9300 as it is the best!