Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Pretty Good - Could Be Better
Blackberry Curve 9300
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Blackberry Curve 9300
Advantages: Big screen. Touch-pad navigation. Sleek design.
Disadvantages: No camera flash. Not the best battery life.
== 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.
Summary: Overall this is a pretty good phone, that could be improved in some areas.