BlackBerry Curve 8320
Blackberry GOT THIS RIGHT
I have been an early adopter of Blackberry and Windows phones. I have an unlocked Touch which I use on TMobile as well as the 8320. The battery life is great as well as the segregation of email accounts and availability of all IM clients that can be signed into all at once. I use to the BBInternetService with this on my office Exchange and it works great. The only thing is that a negative is that I have to sync my appts, tasks and calendar via the Blackberry Desktop client. I love the Touch but find that I am using the Blackberry more!
Don't believe the hype...
I go through about 3-4 phones per year so I was extremely excited that T-Mobile came out with a PDA that supported their "WiFi at Home". I use 75-80% of my minutes in my home office so this was a no brainer. Wrong... The phone constantly disconnects from my home network and drops calls. I can't tell you how many times in the last week i would call someone and have to say "let me call you right back, I can't understand anything you are saying". I would then disconnect from my WiFi network and switch over to T-Mobile GSM and the call would proceed fine. As for the handset itself - are all Blackberry's this cheaply made? The phone feels flimsy in my hand and there is some metal piece inside the phone that rattles badly when shook. My father in law has the same phone and his does the exact same thing. I would keep this phone as an e-mail device only if it wasn't so expensive. Going back to my Dash!
-Easy to navigate
-Interface is great as with all Blackberry's
-E-mail is flawless
-Ringer is WAY too loud (even on lowest setting)
-Cheap, flimsy feel
- Voice calls sound hollow and too quiet
- Browser stinks and is VERY slow on Edge
- Battery life stinks (especially if you have your own router, it constantly "searches for your network")
Again, going back to my Dash temporarily until my HTC S710 arrives.
I have a 8800, 8700, and a Dash. Wanted to try the @home wi-fi. Wasn't happy. The Wi-Fi is a great concept but not ready for the market. the phone took to long to switch from Edge to Wi-Fi and would not hold the Wi-Fi signal. I also tried the Nokia 6086 for the Wi-Fi and it work much better. The 8320 did not compare when put side by side to the 8800, 8700, and the dash for signal strength. I think the Wi-Fi confuses the phone. The 8320 would have 1 to 2 bars when the other phones had 4 to 5 bars. The other funtions of the phone were fine.
- Smaller then other BlackBerrys.
- Camera is Nice if you need it.
- Wi-Fi was great when the signal held.
- Keys are nice.
- Wi-Fi for talking did not work.
- Overall signal strength on Edge and UMA (Wi-Fi) was poor.
I am sticking with my 8800 and if T-Mobile gets the Wi-Fi @Home figured out I think they have a good thing. If you want the @Home the BlackBerry 8320 is a little behind. The Nokia 6086 is much better. If you need the BlackBerry and want the UMA (Wi-Fi)feature you will need to wait out the problems. I would suggest the 8800 or the 8700 for the BlackBerry and wait on the Wi-Fi. If you want the @Home Wi-Fi go with the Free Nokia 6086. It works great on the Wi-Fi, it just does not have all the other features.
This phone is medicore
I don't think this phone is worth $149-$199. More like $100 or less. Its pretty mediocre. I do like the Opera Mini, CNN blackberry on it but those are apps not the phone. the qwerty keypad is very very nice BUT when I want to dial for example 1-800-MYTMOBILE, I cant, because the letters on the qwerty don't match the regular phone keys. I was so weirded out by that. I had to go figure out what the MYTMOBILE numbers actually are. The Wifi is unstable and drops calls, but web browsing is a breeze and not choppy like the voice. The battery lasts 2-3 days with continuous use which is a huge plus for me. OH, the one thing I extremely hate abt this phone is when I'm on the phone with someone important, this phone turns off, and takes 7 minutes to reboot. It happened 6 different times!!!!!!!!! I may need to check the firmware for this because since this phone doesnt come with alot of memory, I dont store anything on this, but still the problem exists. So no, while its a functional and convienent than other phones, I would rather go with HTC touch or Palm Centro but Tmobile doesnt have alot of selection so I had to stick with this. The good thing is I have a 1yr contract so this will make a nice paperweight when I get something else.
I previously owned the T-Mobile HTC Wing. I decided to switch to try out the new Blackberry Curve device. Personally, I believe that the Curve is too much for too little. First off, the phone is very fragile. Each drop is guaranteed damage no matter where you dropped it and how high it fell, or even the surface it fell on. Second the Wi-Fi feature is pretty easy to use yet it seems that the quality is not too good. E-Mail is a great feature if you know how to use it properly. It is hard to connect cooperate e-mail accounts. The screen is very low quality and makes the camera seem worse then it already is. There is no video support and e-mail attachments take very long time to download. Wi-Fi takes up way too much battery power and the browser makes it very limited to do stuff. The phone also feel very cheap because it is very light. The good things about the phone is the solid OS and E-Mail. The phone is very wide and the keyboard is just way too small to use. The lighting for the keyboard is very dim at the highest level of lighting. The trackball also tends to start acting funny. The USB port also feels as if it is loose. I decided to switch to the shadow. The jog wheel seems to have no problem and is a great solution to the trackball. It is easier to sync because all the company computers are windows. The keyboard has big keys and is Suretype which saves room. The Wi-Fi is VERY easy to use and set up and does not even take up much power and gives a great performance. The phone is also thin and feels heavy and expensive but in real life is a lot cheaper then the Curve. The Shadow also supports Video and can download attachments from e-mail much faster and not take up much battery. You don't have to take my word for it although the T-Mobile reps were also with me on this one. Thanks for reading my legit review on the Curve.