Pros Phone has a nice size and a great price for the features it is loaded with. The camera is better than i have seen i a long time.
Cons I got my first one and i had to be replaced becasue it kept frezzing over and over again. Also in it gets a ghost message indicator forcing me to restart to fix it. It loads very slow.
Summary I would have expected more from a company that has been making smart phones for so long. Phone is a major disapointment.
"Good smartphone"on by jcwilson90
Pros Trackpad...rubberized durable body..keyboard is OK for texting...and it has Wifi!
Cons none that I can see
Summary I got this when my 8330 crashed and Sprint could not fix it. I like it better...trackpad is an improvement over the trackball.
Pros Price, price, price! Wifi. Camera is fine for my use, though a little slow at loading. Battery life is good. Tracking pad works well.
Cons Doesn't have option to roam. The keyboard is too loud. The phone freezes at times. Has to be rebooted every couple of days due to new message notification shown in error. Battery cover doesn't fit perfectly. Sprint loads a bunch of unwanted apps.
Summary This is my first smart phone. I did a lot of research and waited specifically for sprint to come out with a wifi enabled Blackberry that I could add to my plan. My first experience after taking it out of the box was negative because when I went to activate it, they said they were unable to on my plan. I had previously wondered about this and called specifically to ask before I bought it and was told I could if I added the $30/month blackberry personal pack. But after it arrived they said no and I was forced into a data plan. I guess this is a trick to get people to go to the more expensive plans.
Once I activated it I have been generally happy with my purchase. The keyboard is definitely its worst feature. Aside from being unable to text without announcing a "click click click", I often time hit the wrong keys and it feels very cheap. The spell check is not like my friend's Storm2 where it guesses what you're trying to type, which I was disappointed in. Another feature in which I was disappointed is that the user is unable to force the phone into roaming. I work in an area with low sprint service and with my old phone I just set it to roam at work and everything was fine. Now it continuously tries to come up with one bar of sprint reception, which wastes the battery. The last thing is the new mail/messages errors. These seem to happen quite often and I am not sure if this is a normal problem or my phone specifically. I called sprint and they wanted me to immediately return it (since it is still in the 30 day warranty) but after I rebooted it they went away. I think that if someone calls with a complaint within the first 30 days of having the phone, their reps are told to just have the customer exchange it.
Overall I am happy with it and would recommend it to any first time blackberry user. It will probably get some bad reviews from long time business users, but for the average personal smart phone use I would say it is fine.
Pros Quick, light-weight, better battery life than many sprint phones, price, Blackberry App World,
Cons Screen corners can get pushed in; have to reboot the phone every so often; change default settings at the start to improve battery life
Summary I have had this phone for over three months. The phone is lighter but not to the sense that it's cheap feeling. It honestly has held up well for my use. When you first get the phone; make sure you reduce the screen brightness to 80 (saves battery life). There are tons of apps and settings to customize the phone. The call quality is excellent; although if you answer the phone you can have some of your own echo in the phone if your service is poor. The wifi is very good; however I recommend that you turn it off unless you need to use it. The camera is decent at 2.0 megapixels; however like any camera phone the resolution is worse after zooming. Another commenter complained about Sprint loading it with bloatware; that couldn't be farther from the truth. Sprint loads your phone with links to apps from Sprint's site (NFL Mobile, Sprint TV, Sprint Music) and then you can click on those links to download the apps.
The only suggestion I have is to reduce the brightness, turn off wifi unless necessary and make sure you don't press the screen edges. (I pressed a corner of my screen and now it has a slight lip out. Nothing to be concerned at all). Considering this is the entry level Blackberry; it more than is a great phone for new users to the line, or users who are looking to upgrade their 8330. I have already recommended and purchased the phone for both my parents (mid 50's) and they love it.
"Great Product"on by lserrano773
Pros Lightweight, easy to use with clear display. The TFT makes a huge difference especially for the camera and video shots. 3G is great.
Cons Headsets are not the usual phone headsets, you can use your Ipod headset but would need to ones with a mic for answering or making calls. No flash for camera but clear overall.
Summary I love this product. I've had several blackberry's in the past and nothing compares to this phone. I put an 8G chip in my 8530 and loaded all my music and video to it. It sounds great with my Ipod headset.