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Like many others, I use my phone for more than just calls. Lately, I've been searching for a good combination form, function, and value. Since I don't want to continue the two year contract merry-go-round with my cell carrier, I choose to look to Ebay to find my diamond in the rough. The Blackberry 8530 truly is a diamond, unfortunately its two weaknesses lead me to realize my search is not over.
Don't get me wrong, I love pretty much every aspect of this phone. The qwerty keyboard, love it. I have large hands and for many years thought the small qwerty keyboard would be too much of an obstacle, I was wrong. The App Store,love it. The number of available apps doesn't matter, the number of non-sucking apps do! The video capabilities, love it. Never thought I would be able to watch good looking video on such a small screen, again I was wrong. WiFi, love it. I'm on Sprint so all I can say is it's about time. Assignable buttons, love it, I mean it's my phone right, let me mold it the way I want! Battery life, awesome! So nice to have a smart phone that isn't stupid when it comes to power usage. Standby time does not mean drain the juice as fast as you can, this phone can hold a charge.
With all that said, there are two glaring weaknesses. For some reason, I haven't figured it out yet, Rim felt removing the camera flash was a good idea, NOT! Like all other BB's in this form factor, although you may have 3G or 4G, navigating the web on this device still sucks!!! The screen is just too small for a rich web experience. Maybe one day there will be a light, thin, slider BB that offers a qwerty keyboard, larger screen, and all the goodness of a real BB, no the Storm is not the answer.
If these two features or rather disabilities don't bother you, then run don't walk and pick up this phone!
I decided to purchase a blackberry 8120 smartphone because my LG phone was very ragedy. I had the LG phone for a long time and it had run it's course. I didn't want to go in an AT&T store and purchase a plan so I fiqured I'd get what i wanted at ebay without the commitment of a 2yr agreement plan. I like my phone because for one it works and it's pink..(A pretty color for me)..The only thing I disliked is totally not about the phone and not really about the sender either....I think it had to do with the post office losing my item making me wait extra long for it after immediately paying for it....That was the only negative I can say....A very positive point that I'd also like to make is that the company I purchased it from was very helpful in staying in touch with me to ensure good customer service. We communicated through the email until I got my item.......Thank u very much Ready2Call for a job well done! I recommend U!
The pearl 8120 is a nice little phone that does not take up a lot of space and has some really nice feature that make the cell phone a little better than the regular cell phone. I is not the best for the internet, I mainly use it for the text option as well as the camera sometimes. The ability to hook the phone up to your computer and add photos or music tracks so that you can have some interesting background images to see when looking at your phone. You can also set the music tracks to be ring tone instead of having to go through downloading them from the net and not knowing the quality. It will receive and send pictures very nicely. I am a student so this phone does a lot of things that I like without having to get the extra data plan. I mainly text Google to get different pieces of information since it is free as well as us Google-411 to find some things.
I really like this phone. I've had mostly Samsungs until I went iPhone then realized I needed a phone that I could make ACTUAL PHONE CALLS with...I do light construction work so the Samsung Rugby was too big/bulky and more rugged than I needed; I am running the Pearl Flip on my AT&T account so I haven't enabled all the features and I am on the fence about getting the Blackberry plan. I can check emails via the browser or Opera mini, can't send MMS but can do the rest of the dumb-phone basics, there are some third party jailbreaks out there I might try; still working out the kinks...
Basically, if my work pays for it, I'll add the upgraded plan. As it is, its an excellent phone, I really like the sure-type keypad as I do a lot of texting to subcontractors and so forth. Saves time from "hey! can you hear me?" phone calls and redundant, agonizingly repetitive conversations. The Blackberry organizer and apps are excellent, the functionality is fairly intuitive and simple enough to figure out (i.e. its not windows mobile!) and there is plenty of support, features and options for this phone.
As far as flip phones go, this is the best one I've had since that Samsung hockey-puck/indestructible flip that I had in the late 90's. I hope that RIM makes a follow up to this phone in the future.
An excellent small, compact phone that fits very nicely in your front pocket.
With smart texting, wifi internet access without a cellular internet plan and a screen that you can see in broad daylight make this device a no brainer.
This is a great example of "less is more". I've owned this phone for over two years and I've had the opportunity to try some newer touch screen phones, but I always come back to the smaller blackberry.
Another great feature is the multi-media capabilities where you can download your own music and ringtones without a subscription or paid download from your carrier.
Excellent sounding headphones also. *****stars!
This i my first time working with Blackberry. Takes some getting used to, but overall it is working out just fine. (Lots of on line support.) The reason I purchased it unlocked and on line; is that I did not wish to pay for a "data plan" with my cell provider, however I do want the function of the PDA. I am retired, and do not need to be paying $30.00 a month extra for a data plan for my cell phone.
I have "Mac computers" and was worried that it would not interface. I downloaded the software and it works perfectly.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants the power of a PDA phone who is not interested in having the internet every moment of the day.
A good workaround to the "iphone". Lots of Apps to download and many are free!!!
I bought this cell for my wife since she needed one, I use the Bold 9700 and I wanted a cheap phone with nice features. I think this is a great phone for people who likes nice features such as wi-fi, email, camera but does not like a "big and complex" one. I got it for a really good price and even more if I compare against the prices I would have paid in my country. Phone came unlocked/no contract and worked perfectly.
I use to have a BBPearl 8110, but I lost it, so I wanted to have the same model but with advanced features, that is why I looked for an upgrade of the same model. I live out of the US so I needed a unlooked equipment, but I was not sure if it will work where I am, however once I got it, it started to work, however if I wanted to have plenty of the smartphone qualities, I had to register the BB with my line provider. The provider was "jelous" of the product and told me a lot of issues my cellphone might suffer so they did not programed the phone, however as the BB is very friendly I didi it myself. It was a great bought.
Easy to use, small, portable, nice features, great service, not to bulky, easy to carry around, keyboard takes some time to get used to but other than that. Great!
I phones are in I think. I stay a little behind technology, and when I find a phone or a device that suits my needs and purpose I may keep it for a long time. This phone has features I like, being a flip is one. The functions and capabilities are endless and when I get to plugging into the computer it will be even more useful.
I tried one out when they first came out. I liked the phone just did not want the contract that came with it. Now, I can have the phone--without the contract!