Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Basic smartphone that does the job but could be improved
Blackberry Curve 9300
Member Name: upsy
Blackberry Curve 9300
Advantages: Much more cheap to purchase than other smartphone handsets, reliable, reasonable battery life
Disadvantages: Few apps available, no flash for camera, small memory for apps
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.
Summary: A basic smartphone, and I think Blackberry needs to take action to keep up with other smartphones