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A very capable smart phone
on 21 March 2014
I've had an iPhone 3gs for the last 3 and a bit years and really loved it but it was starting to show it's age.
I was looking at an iPhone or Android phone replacement but then my work issued me with a Blackberry 9720 as my role now needs me to have access to email on the go.
At first I looked at it and was a bit disappointed. It does look a bit lo fi compared to the iPhone, especially with it's analogue keypad and plastic shell.
But now I'm actually starting to prefer this to the iPhone or at least the 3gs.
The screen is touchscreen which is a big bonus. OK you can't type using it but you can actually dial numbers using it. The touch screen is quite responsive and if anything it's probably a little too sensitive but not annoyingly so though. It does take a bit of time getting used to a key pad again but now I quite like it's old school feel.
A massive plus point to this over the iPhone is the removable storage. A 32GB iPhone would cost an absolute fortune but for around £15 you can buy a 32GB sd card and it really makes a difference to this phone.
I have pretty much all my music collection on hand, one thing I could never do on my old iPhone as it was 16GB and was quite app heavy.
One big negative is the lack of apps and I think this is something that would put most people off the Blackberry and that is why I can't rate this phone 5 stars.
You can get Whatsapp, Tunein radio, Facebook, Twitter, Sky sports & news but that's pretty much about it for useful apps.
I used Strava a lot but it's not available on Blackberry. I now have to use my Garmin watch which is OK but not as convenient as using the old iPhone. A bit disappointing but not a total washout.
If you're a Facebook/Twitter person then this Blackeberry actually handles it quite well.
I really like the way the Blackberry links up emails, facebook and Twitter. You can have all notifications in one place.
Being able to customise ringtones and alerts is like a breath of fresh air with this phone. No more messing about in iTunes just to get a ringtone.
Also it takes a regular sized sim so I didn't have to go through getting a new micro one or cutting it down to fit.
The charger cable is a standard usb one, so nice and cheap if you need to replace or get a spare.
Bluetooth and wifi work very well and the phone syncs up with my car stereo just like my old iPhone used to.
The camera is very good and has a flash, which can also be utilised as a torch. The camera on my old 3gs wasn't much cop and certainly didn't have a flash, so really there is no comparison.
One thing this phone really should have is a front camera but for the price I really shouldn't complain.
For a couple of quid I got a nice leather-look flip case and it really transforms the look of this phone.
It does feel like a grown up phone and stands out from the iPhone crowd just for looking that little bit different.
For the price I think this is a great buy and I think this phone is very much underated,. This is a good workhorse of a smart phone.
I must admit that this phone wouldn't have even made it on to my list if I was going to purchase a new phone, but now that I'm using one I would certainly consider Blackberry in the future (if Blackberry doesn't go under in the meantime, that is).