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I have currently had the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 for the past 2 years now. During this time I have noticed that it is a great phone, but with time I belive that touchscreens and android are starting to take over the world as Blackberry dies out.
The great thing about this phone is its weight - just heavy enough in your pocket to feel if it's being stolen, but not too heavy in your hands that it hurts to hold whilst texting.
A major downside is the battery life of the phone. I broke my first Curve 9300 (due to water damage) but got a brand new replacement - it only took a couple of charges and now I'm back to having to charge the phone usually about every 2nd night. This is with a lot of text usage, with bluetooth constantly on and internet (wi-fi included) running - mainly for feeds from: Facebook, Twitter, SkySports Football Score Centre (App).
I must day that during the past 2 years I have had with this phone, I couldn't ask for anything better. I love the QWERTY keyboard - it has a perfect spacing between the keys which makes it just that little easier to watch and talk to others whilst still texting someone else via touch typing (something that I would really like to test on a touchscreen phone).
During my time with this phone I have also gone through a mix of different themes and operating systems with the phone. I am currently using the phone on OS6 and it has made life so much easier since OS4 when i first started using the phone. It is an easier to use interface and can give you everything quickly in simple places. The use of the side buttons for shortcuts is a great help too, especially if you want to quickly snap a photo of friends, one click of a side button and bam you're right there ready to take the pic.
If you are looking at purchasing this phone, then I completely back you on the decision. An excellent choice will be made, again just remember if you are going to any hotels in the meantime for a couple of days just bring your charger. Otherwise this phone is all-in-all great!