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So I got this BlackBerry as an upgrade on my contract about a couple of months ago and I've never had a BlackBerry before so I was feeling really excited
Amazing! It is slim, sleek and extremely light and compared with my friend's BlackBerrys, I have to say this one is by far the most attractive. Compared to other Curve models, this is slim and robust - the buttons on other Curves tend to become loose whereas on this model the buttons have remained firm and in place. The only downside is the back of the phone. It does feel kind of cheap compared to Bold models which have the leather backing but seeing as this is Curve I wasn't disheartened at all.
* The QWERTY! Yes, like all BlackBerrys it has the easy to use qwerty keypad. Compared to the Bold and Torch the buttons are slightly spaced apart which I find to be rather more accessible and easier to use as it reduces the number of typos!
* The smooth tracker pad - Great to navigate around the phone
* The LED light, top right. This is extremely useful especially when your phone is on silent. It flashes red when you've received a text message, BBM alert and also when you're receiving a call. It also flashes orange when you're running low on battery juice. The cool thing about this LED light is that you can download apps to change the colour for different alerts and people - you can choose funky colours like pink, purple, blue etc etc :)
* 5 Mega-pixel camera. The camera quality is great for taking videos and pictures and when taking one you can choose from different scene modes such as 'Portrait', 'Sports', 'Landscape, 'Snow' - a whole range to suit your environment and activity; these are really useful. The only downside about this is sending them over BBM. The quality of the videos and pictures can sometimes be so high that BBM is unable to support the transfer as the size of file is too big :(
* The buttons on the side of the phone. I am a huge music fan and since I've got this phone I've let go of my iPod and just carried this around due to convenience. When listening to a song, the three buttons at the top right side of the phone allow you to either pause, skip back a track or skip forward, perfect for when you're on the move! There is also a button lower which is named the 'Convenience Key' which can be customized to your liking. You can set it to take you anywhere or do anything, from a simple password lock or to take you to Youtube!
Software & Other features
* The Curve 9360 runs with BlackBerry 7 operating system which "delivers the smoothest and fastest BlackBerry experience to date" and comes with pre-installed apps such as BBM and social feeds such as Facebook and Twitter.
* Oh so social! Having a BlackBerry is the best way to stay connected to your live feeds, social networks on the move. It has many cool features to stay connected, the best being the BlackBerry smartphone calendar that merges your Facebook events so you'll never miss a thing! The app BBM is great for keeping in touch with friends and family who also have a BlackBerry but even if they don't you can still keep in touch with them for free with Whatsapp - an app that keeps you connected with anyone with a smartphone.
* Organisation It is great to keep organised. One feature being the smartphone calendar as mentioned above but also the option of setting tasks with reminders and also storing files and setting an alarm with the option of it working just on weekdays. You can also connect with all of your email accounts which is very useful as you're able to check and reply to your emails on the move.
* Customization! what I adore about my BlackBerry is how I can customize everything to suit me and my accessibility needs. The convenience key for starters is absolutely great in my opinion. You can also customize and add your own profiles exactly how you'd like it, being able to change the volume, vibration and LED light for any alert.
*BlackBerry desktop manager. You can synchronize all of your media from your PC or laptop straight to your phone; even your iTunes :D
* When using multiple features on your BlackBerry at once, there is a 'Switch application' feature that allows you to jump to to different applications. This is quick and on some phones this can be a problem due to freezing but with this phone it is great.
* And lastly you're able to download apps from BlackBerry app world straight to your phone such as games, tools and anything else you can really thing of. In my opinion though, android and iPhones have a greater range of apps.
I'm very much content with the BlackBerry curve 9360 but there are two disadvantages I can think of. Firstly, the battery life could be much better. I have to charge it everyday and sometimes even take my charger with me if I'm going out and secondly, certain apps do tend to slow the phone down and often cause it to freeze but otherwise I would certainly recommend this phone. :)