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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Once a call is going, the quality is pretty good. That's more a vote for the carrier than the phone good
  • Display Does the job, but you aren't going to watch a movie on it so-so
  • Battery life Solid good
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use The menus on the Blackberry get more and more nested! poor
  • Design and form factor What has changed? awful!
  • Portability (size / weight) For what it does, this is a brick awful!
  • Media support This isn't really a "smartphone" anymore awful!
  • Durability Dropped several times with hardly a scratch. good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments
Detailed review
I've been using Blackberries since they were colored blue, and since their hay-day I've been less and less impressed.

This is a solid unit. It texts and makes phone calls well. I've had to reboot it almost weekly however since I've had it.

The smartphone like features feel tacked on, not integrated into the phone.