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Originally Posted by Stanleys mom
I'm trying to find a web-browsing phone with a QWERTY keyboard, scroll key, speaker, and NO Windows OS; a phone that will let me add Telenav and Opera Mini. In other words, a BB, perhaps an 8700.
BUT is a BB TOO MUCH phone for me? I'm no techie and don't comprehend half the postings I've seen on this forum. The message I'm getting: owning a BB is easy IF you know how to cope with an alphabet soup of programs and functions, white screens, freezing, and installs and uninstalls. For two years I've used a Nokia 6620 smart phone and had the thing lock up on me once. I'd like something with similar ease of use and reliability. Can I get it with a BB?
My opinion: First, you can't draw an accurate picture of the BB from the board. Many if not the majority of topics center on problems because that is what brings many people here initially. It's like inviting public comment on a product or something like that--those who don't like something are more likely to respond than those who have nothing bad to say.
The BB is very user friendly, very stable, and a pleasure to use. If you plan to buy a used BB there are things to know, and there are sometimes issues when installing applications. However, all in all, the pluses of the blackberry far outweigh the minuses.
That said, the heart of the BB and the service is it's email system. On one hand I'd say stick with what you are used to if it does the limited things (web browsing and phone and navigation) that you want to do; but on the other, I'd say as takeshi did, that you can get only as deep into the BB as you want, but you will likely find that it gives you needed capabilties that you previously didn't recognize.
Good luck. And welcome to the group!