"A device for grown-ups."4.0 starson by OsakaBoy1
Pros: Wi-fi capable, great keyboard, easy and intuitive to use. Very versatile. Good call quality. Virgin Mobile USA phone/data plans are extremely competitive. Great stand by battery life.
Cons: Picture quality is mediocre. Relatively low memory. Opera does not work well but other browsers work fine.
Summary: Blackberry 8530 may be considered an "entry level" or beginner smart phone, but that does the device a disservice. Many corporations use the 8530 or equivalents to great effect. The 8530 does everything I want with very little extra that I don't need or use. I have far fewer dead zones on the Sprint network then I did with AT&T. The bult in media and video players are basic but work well. Email set up is a snap and texting is easy. Many people complain that the Blackberry App store does not have enough choices, but I disagree. Apple/Android may have more apps but many of them are redundant. How many choices of basic calculator and flashlight choices does a person need? The browser is somewhat basic but works fine for my purposes. I have never had any problems with Virgin's service or delivery.