"Great device for email, internet, and mp3"4.5 starson by yort710
Pros: pop email, mp3 support, compact size, camera, 3.5mm input jack, micro sd expansion
Cons: lack of wifi, price of BlackBerry service, highly addictive
Summary: I previously had an 8700 and loved it. The pop email is amazing. The reason I wanted the Curve was because I wanted a BlackBerry with a camera and the full Qwerty keyboard. I love the fact that it is smaller and offers so many more features. I would say that it probably is the perfect compact size. It's easier to hold in my hand as a phone than the 8700 and lighter too.
I was a little worried about switching from the trackwheel to the the pearl. It didn't take that long to switch and master it. There's even some feedback to it that makes it easier to operate.
I use it as an mp3 player as I ride the train to work. The sound quality is really quite good and it can hold a lot of songs with a 2gb micro sd card. I picked one on amazon.com for $23.
I will say that I have noticed that the operating system seems a little slower than on the 8700. Sometimes there is a little delay of a second, but it has never frozen or needed to be reset. The OS is super stable. I use it as my primary phone and have have had no issues.
The internet loads fairly quickly. My friend has a 3g Verizon BlackBerry and I didn't notice a tremendous difference in download speeds. I will say that I have had to recharge it more frequently, but that is only because I've been using it for so much more. This Crackberry addict is more addicted than ever.