Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Reliable, but boring
Blackberry Curve 9300
Member Name: JoannaRR
Blackberry Curve 9300
Advantages: Good battery life, clear screen
Disadvantages: Difficult to use, small buttons, slow start up, poor apps
I've owned this phone for over 6 months now, and I do like it. I was unsure about purchasing a Blackberry due to hearing mixed reviews, but as I'm not a fan of touch screen phones I thought I'd try it out.
The phone's a nice size (seen as most decent smart phones seem to be getting bigger and bigger) although the buttons would be too small for a lot of people. The screen is nice and clear and I like the fact that there is an LED light to make you aware of messages and missed calls.
The text function on this phone could be improved in my opinion. Adding symbols is fiddly and it's easy to send a message without finishing it if you accidentily press the centre button. Also, simple functions such as adding a new contact are quite hard I found (and I've had mobile phones for about 10 years, there aren't many phones that I have difficulty using).
The Blackberry App function is slow, and although there is a lot of choice of apps, most of them are poorly rated and don't work very well. Even just having a couple of apps running slows down the phone a lot and lots of them are quite expensive for what they are.
The camera on this phone is very poor and doesn't have a video function (you need to download an app for it) and there seems to be a bug which stops pictures that have been taken on the phone from showing up in the photo album until the phone has been re-started. And that's another thing, re-booting a Blackberry takes a good few minutes which isn't ideal.
The Blackberry chat function is ok, it's fairly easy to use but a lot of people seem to have problems with it shutting down/deleting their contacts and I barely use it because most people I know don't have a Blackberry.
There are some good points. Up to now I've not experienced any real technical problems with the phone (obviously apart from RIM going down) and it does what I need it to, but I probably wouldn't get another Blackberry - learning to use it has taken a while and for a smart phone it's apps are very unimaginative and slow.
Summary: Does what I want from a phone, but not brilliant.
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