Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
Newest Review: ... The internet has tabs, which vastly improves browsing experience, and the Blackberry Messenger app is obviously what makes the phone ... more
You either love it or hate it.
Blackberry Curve 9300
Member Name: kellface
Blackberry Curve 9300
Advantages: Great for social networking, Good sound output and video quality.
Disadvantages: Terrible Browser, Crap' Apps, Frustrating to use.
Now I may be highly slated for this review as it seems that everyone loves their Blackberry, but unfortunately it's not a happy story when it comes to me and my Crapberry.
I'll be honest and say that I do go through my fair share of mobile phones, as you may have gathered from my previous reviews I'm a bit of a nerd and I do like my gadgets. Before now I was using a hand me down iPhone off my boyfriend which I was in love with, until it gave up and went off to Apple heaven nearly 2 months ago. The day after it died I felt pretty lost without a mobile phone so went off into town on the hunt for something new, into the O2 shop I went as I've been a customer for a number of years and wanted to stay with them, only this time I wanted to get a phone on contract.
Browsing through the selection of smartphones and tariffs I spotted a lovely black and purple Blackberry Curve, the contract that came with the phone was really impressive and Blackberry seemed to be all the rage at the moment so I gave in and bought it on a £21.50 a month contract. I believe you can buy the phone outright for around £200 which I now wish I had done.
The contract I'm on is absolutely brilliant and value for money, I can't fault O2 there - but I'm stuck in a 2 year contract with a phone that I simply don't enjoy using and has failed on me god knows how many times.
What comes in the box;
Your shiny new Blackberry
2GB Memory Card
The geeky bit;
The Blackberry Curve 9300 weighs in at 106g, is 14mm thick, 109mm tall and 60mm wide. It has built in GPRS, Bluetooth, 3G, 2.0 Megapixel Camera with video recording ability. It also has a built in GPS, is Java enabled for Games, has an MP3, Video and Audio Player, Personal Organiser, Handsfree voice activated dialling and so much more. All in all it's a good phone but it just hasn't performed very well for me.
Using the phone;
Making a call couldn't be easier using the Blackberry Curve and I have no issues there, it took me no time at all to put all my numbers into my phonebook and start using it straight away. Sound quality in call is brilliant and the various volume options, speaker and mute are easy to use. Texting is where I had a little difficulty to begin with and this was simply down to the size of the keys on the QWERTY keyboard. I don't have the most delicate of fingers and have been called pie hands many a time, it took me a good few days to be able to type a message properly without several errors. The little mouse which I think used to be a tracker ball? is very responsive - in the right conditions. I've tried to use it when my hand has been damp when I've been in the bath - before you say, no I've not tried it underwater - it's just when I've gone to change what I'm listening to whilst having a soak, or replying to a message quickly. The mouse hasn't responded well in these conditions as my finger has been to slippy and you don't get the same amount of pressure on the pad.
The layout of the phone is really easy to navigate as there are symbols for everything you need. Setting up your email and social networking accounts is just as simple. You can have multiple email addresses on the same phone I have 3 separate accounts which I can view from my Blackberry and creating and receiving emails is quick and easy.
Browsing the internet is slow and extremely frustrating. 9/10 times I get a message saying that the page I am trying to load is too large and the browser closes itself. I have been in touch with O2 who say that this is nothing to do with them and is apparently a Blackberry problem, I have been onto several Blackberry help forums who just say it's a Blackberry thing and to reset the phone which I have done and I still have the same problem. Apparently it's down to the memory available on the phone - of which I have plenty - but the phone seems to think I'm trying to load an incredibly huge page even though I'm just simply browsing the BBC news website or having a look on Amazon.
The Blackberry has nothing on Apple when it comes to Apps, the Blackberry App store is simple enough to navigate it just doesn't have much to offer and the only Apps I have downloaded are some photo editing software and a couple of simple games. It takes an absolute age to download apps on the Blackberry even when connected to my WiFi at home and whilst it is downloading and installing you are unable to use the phone as you can't download in the background.
The only good things for me about the Blackberry Curve 9300 is the social networking aspect and the mp3 - audio and video playback. Blackberry Messenger is quick and simple to use - enabling me to chat to friends instantly and send pictures or video across providing you have the right data plans and good internet. Browsing Facebook and Twitter is just as simple and the notification options are brilliant so I receive live updates to my feeds and quick notifications if someone has interacted with me on Facebook or Twitter.
When it comes to playing back my music or watching a clip on Youtube the Blackberry performs very well, the sound quality is pretty impressive for a small phone and the play/pause/skip buttons on the top of the phone make it easy to change tracks or pause your media when your on the move instead of having to go through the menu's.
There are several games built into the Curve, of which I only play 2 - Sudoku and Word mole, the graphics aren't the best for games on the Curve so I wasn't overly impressed to be honest, although I wasn't expecting anything amazing and I didn't get the phone for the games. I got the phone for the social networking and media playback.
The last thing I thought I should mention is the battery power of the Blackberry Curve 9300. For the amount of stuff the phone can do the battery lasts for quite a while. I make a few calls a day - send god knows how many texts - and network using Facebook and Twitter and I only have to charge the phone every other day. Also if the battery becomes damaged and doesn't last as long it's easy to buy replacement batteries from websites like Amazon or Ebay, this is where the iPhone failed for me was the battery life and the fact that it was a built in battery. The Blackberry Curves battery power is brilliant.
I have to admit that the Blackberry Curve does look nice, and is quite lightweight but it just doesn't compare to my old iPhone. Crap Apps, a lot of it is very American'ised and the web browser is useless. I don't want to buy out of my contract as I'm only a couple of months in so I'm hoping that Blackberry sort their issues out and send out a decent update for my phone to sort out the browser issues etc, if not I'm going to have to ride it out for another 20 or so months until I can get an upgrade by which time I will certainly head back to Apple - which probably by then will be the Apple iPhone 8GS haha!
There are a lot of good things about the Blackberry Curve but then there are just as many bad things for me.
I'd recommend the Blackberry to people who are heavily into their social networking and send a lot of emails. The apps are pitiful compared to the iPhone and the phone doesn't seem to be able to handle any decent kind of games and the browser is awful. There are cheaper tariffs and contracts available depending on which provider you are with, beware of the Curve and maybe opt for the slightly more expensive but apparently hella' good Bold. Failing that, go to the dark side and buy an iPhone.
The Blackberry Curve loses 2 stars for the browser issues and the terrible Apps.
Summary: It's a love - hate relationship I have with my Crapberry.
More reviews in the field of Smartphone
- almost everything you ever need a pretty package
- Hot pink banter!
- Stalwart phone
- Cheap and cheerful Android phone
- The most hard wearig phone I have ever owned.
- Samsung Galaxy Ace Review
- does the job but not perfect
- Not an hour goes by without this device being in my life.
- Galaxy ace? More like Galaxy fail!
- Jobs would be proud