Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 9300
Member Name: Wiggo
Blackberry Curve 9300
Advantages: User Interface, Battery
Disadvantages: Trackpad, Basic Applications
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.
Summary: Extremely good smartphone for a wide variety of users.