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Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Blackberry In All Its Glory! A Mini-Review Chenes!

My Blackberry phone has served me for two (2) years now and running to its 3rd year. So far, it's been pretty reliable on a lot of things. I guess on top of the recent releases of other smartphones, this one really surpasses 'em all. Well, I did recently get a Samsung Galaxy SII for my personal phone usage but so far, I still rely a lot on my "BB" hehehe.

I use the BB for work-related items or business matters. Since we acquired a corporate line from a local network provider, I was too careful not to use for my personal needs. I knew that the corporate line was a bit pricey and yet, it wasn't all-unlimited data for about a year. After the contract was over, my company resorted to the all-unlimited data plan for all BB users. This was an advantage for us since we get a lot of emails everyday. My emails also contain a bulk of 2MB-sized attachments every hour due to the automated performance reports. While there's an option to turn it off at a certain time, use filters, etc. I couldn't get important calendar notes / invites then for my conference calls if I turn it off. It won't synch with my BB so I might forget. In the end, I didn't use a lot of filters and I didn't turn off the email synch. This costed me a few bucks every month then since everything in excess of our corporate plan gets charged to us, users. I had to endure that for a year. LOL.

Anyway, the 2nd year was better since we already got our unlimited data plan. This means more Facebook and Twitter time for me! LOL. But yeah, it won't cost me and my company anything extra anymore. Plus if I use it, it gets charged to me anyway (during the 1st year) so I'd rather utilize it properly hehe. Sad to say, I paid more extra amounts than the rest of my colleagues (except for a few others who are heavy users). On the floor where I'm located, wifi access is not working unlike in the other floors. So I'm doomed to use the 3G network or connect via GPRS and stuff ... which gets me charged instead. Pffft! But yeah, those times are over hahaha. With unlimited data, I work and socialize via mobile all the time! As easy as that!


PUSH EMAIL

The email synchronization has never failed me. Retrieval time is always fast as well. The network provider, SMART, has been very reliable. Also, the charges seem pretty accurate. Although I wasn't always happy with the charges (I mean, who would want high bills, right?) but yes, I calculated and my usages are just right so ... I gotta pay 'em! LOL.

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
Email Screen (shaded out the contents and senders)
Though work follows me everywhere I go, it's still pretty cool to have a smartphone with you instead. At least you combine fun and work! :D

But overall, this is indeed a "smart phone" that I can call as the best phone I've ever used as well. It has a lot of things to offer and in this write up, I will share them with you - at least the points I love the most.


BLACKBERRY APP WORLD

My phone unit is an old one called BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 Javelin Smartphone. I found it dull and boring at first until I downloaded more applications - social media stuff and tools for work as well. There are tons of applications available in the Blackberry App World that can be bought or downloaded for free. Of course, the thrifty me would also settle for free stuff although I believe there's quite a hefty bunch of good tools that I can download for a fee.

I like the fact that the themes can be easily customized as well and the downloads just come from a single location. The App World is really convenient and the categories are well-sorted. As a user, I don't have a hard time looking for the things I want and need. My favorites would be the chic and girly types with pastel shades and a lot of pink! Soooo girlie~ I find it real cute as well for the cartoony couple wallpapers to be on my BB screen so I downloaded a number of this cutesy couple - Wanyen and Yencha. It's like me and my Fafi Emman. Hehehe.

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
Home Screen - Wanyen and Yencha Theme 5151

You can also customize the apps that you want to appear at home or in all other folders inside. The graphics of this set is super cool that each icon is represented by a different art work. Really cute!

Currently I am using the Theme 5171 of the same art set. It has more graphics / icons and the setup of the folders is more organized (inside). The menus are pretty much the same.

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
Home Screen - Wanyen and Yencha Theme 5171

DOWNLOADS, GAMES, and APPLICATIONS

Free games and DOWNLOADS are available in the app world, did I say that already? LOL.

All downloads get saved in a specific folder as well as the games. I don't have to sort them to different folders anymore.

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
Some of my DOWNLOADED APPS ...

The phone has been pre-set with GAMES: Brick Breaker, Word Mole, Texas Hold 'Em King 2, Sudoku, Klondike. I downloaded Hangman, Lines Classic, and a paid app (cheap though), Meteor Cafe. That game is similar to Diner Dash. It's also cool! I don't get to play a lot on my BB though since it's mostly for work use indeed and I find some of the games boring already hahaha.

I don't find it too convenient to play games on the BB though, prolly due to its QWERTY keypad. But I do love the fact that I can use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn on the go; wherever I am and when I like to check certain updates. Hope I can do that all day though. LOL. But work eats me so ... hehe. I rarely go online nowadays due to my busy work life and these apps are great and helpful enough to keep me posted on several updates. I mostly learn about events from my Facebook Calendar now; which synchs with my BB Calendar and gives me a reminder all the time. It includes Birthdays, Cosplay Events, etc. Glad to see other events then aside from my conference calls & meetings. LOL.

There are also a number of useful tools / APPLICATIONS preloaded on the BB. I have deleted some already (LOL) but I did keep a few that I really use a lot, esp. for my work stuff: MemoPad, Tasks, Calculator, MyFiles, Voice Dialing, Password Keeper, Saved Messages, Compose, Phone App, Word To Go, Sheet to Go, Slideshow To Go, Blackberry Help and an app I downloaded to keep me off the clutter - Memory Cleaner.


INSTANT MESSAGING


I guess the best feature of the BB that I use a lot as well is the Blackberry Messenger.

Although the app is just available for BB users, still, it's a pretty-convenient way to chat with your friends and get updates real-time. The app now has access for you to update your status (like what you do in FB and Twit), and all your Contacts will get that update. While my chatmates are also my colleagues / officemates, we get in touch with each other real time. It's the fastest way to communicate. Other phones like Nokia may have had a similar function (i.e. Push to Talk? Walkie Feature?) but it didn't work here in the Philippines. I guess network providers had a hard time to decipher how much they will charge the users. Plus, it'll destroy their SMS money-milking business so ... they didn't bother. But BBM is the best way to go!

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
BBM (Blackberry Messenger)

All my Messaging Apps are stored in the Instant Messaging folder and the ones I really use are retained. The rest, I already deleted. The ones I kept are: Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and AOL Instant Messenger. The latter 2 are mostly for business use. GTALK and YM are my primary messaging clients. Chat on the go, as always! :p


PHOTOS & VIDEOS

The MEDIA collection of the phone includes: Music, Videos, Ring Tones, Pictures, Voice Notes, Video Camera, Voice Notes Recorder. All of them come in pretty handy for me. The Voice Notes app has been very helpful esp. when I record voice overs for some of my cosplay acts and performances. Some videos, you can watch at my Youtube Channel.

The videos aren't too great in terms of quality. The audios aren't clear. But it's ok for personal use.

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
Photo Sample - A Big Bowl of Tutti Frutti Yogurt for me and Fafi

The photos are good enough but comparing them to other phones I had, they aren't any good. Prolly coz the others have higher megapixels lah~ but it can still pass. Take a look at my Salcedo Market blog post - the actual food photos were taking using my BB camera. The rest are from my Nokia N82 (5MP Carl Zeiss Xenon Flash) and My Samsung Galaxy S2 (8MP). BB photos are a bit blurry but again, I believe I can still give it a "PASS."

All photos and videos have an "EASY SHARING" capability so I still love that function anyway. I can easily send them to FB or Twitter.


OVERALL LOOK


There are tons of new BB models out there and I believe, better single-key like the TRACKPAD instead of the TRACKBALL which I still have on my phone. The new pad is easier to use and doesn't break easily unlike the balls (that didn't sound right haha). I am always careful enough with my phones anyway so despite the wear and tear, my phone still functions well. It does have a few hickups already though.

The phone hangs sometimes already. It also takes longer time to reboot now but I'm still ok with it.

Chai's Blackberry 8900 Javelin Curve
PhotoTaken using my Samsung Galaxy SII - My BB with my Tarsier Magnet

I did buy a new cover though. This time, a pink jellycase coz the old hard case has already broken. Hehe. It ain't in hotpink anymore, a lighter pink this time but it's still soooo me! Next time I want to Bling It Up like Xiaxue's BB Torch. Hahah! So girly!

You can see that my BB has a few scratches already but the keypad and the other keys are still intact. I don't have a screen protector but I can say the BB has been pretty strong. I have to admit that it already fell flat on the ground for a lot of times now and yet it still works well. It's a very durable phone, among others.

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There you go! These are the best items I can say about my BB. I'm sure there are lots of other better reviews out there from techie geeks. I ain't a tech geek though. LOL. But I know I can still share with everybody, how this phone works for me. (^_^) Next time, I'm gonna do a review for my Samsung Galaxy S2. :)


Chai

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