As a first time BB user, I really like the phone. I'm coming from 3 Windows Mobile phones that I used over a span of 5 years. I grew tired of that OS and the touch screen hardware. I wanted to go back to a simpler hardware form factor, but still have the smartphone OS and software capabilities. This phone was perfect for me, it is a flip phone which is nice, I was tired of locking my touch screen phones so I wouldn't **** dial anyone, and I do like the BB OS. You'll probably hear a lot of negative feedback from experienced BB users, but this is a nice phone if you want all of the capabilities of a smartphone, but in a simpler hardware package.
For me, the battery lasts all day, I only charge it at night and even then I have like a quarter of a battery left. All day does not mean an 8 hour work day, it literally means all day. The keyboard took some getting used to, since my last phone had a more spacious keyboard (touch pro 2). But it is a nice keyboard once I got used to it. Nice camera, the only complaint is camera lens placement - the way I hold the phone (and others have commented the same) my fingers block the lens, so I have to be conscious of hand placement when taking a picture. I still have to get used to the track pad, but I have to fiddle with the sensitivity setting to get it the right way for me.
The BB OS is pretty nice - it seems like a more simpler, less cluttered OS than Windows mobile.
Overall, if you want a smartphone in a flip phone form factor than this is the phone for you. BB OS 6 is nice, it isn't less of a "smartphone" OS than previous BBs as others may lead you to believe. Anyway, try it out, I think it's worth it!
thank you for taking the time for such a detailed answer, I have 2 new BB "style's" under the tree. 1 for me and 1 for my husband.This will be our first experience with BB phones and I do want simple thats what I always look for nowadays I'm so tired of spending lots of $$$ money for a phone that I really don't like (touch screen's) We just got a HTC evo (hated it) sent it back.We are hoping this flip set will be a little more suited to our lifestyle.Merry Christmas & Happy 2011 & thanks
I just purchased the Style a couple of days ago and although I love the look and feel of the phone, a couple of issues lead me to return the phone:
1. The call quality was quite poor and sounded sort of like being under water. I had a hard time understanding what the other party was saying. Also, I was using the phone indoors but none of the bars would light, which is not the case with my older Curve 8330 from Verizon. I am not sure if it is the Style itself or the Sprint network. I live in a major city, Los Angeles, so reception should not have been a real issue here.
2. When I opened the web browser, I went a mobil news site such as cnn, msn, etc and the font size was real small. I went into settings and chose a higher default font size, then reloaded the page. It worked on the first page, but only the first page. Every page after had small fonts again, but when I went back into Settings, the changes were still there, but evidently no longer working. I am a bit visually challenged so I need larger fonts. My 8330 curve does a great job in this respect.
So now I am looking for another Blackberry that works like my 8330 Curve, which is getting old and sluggish. I like the fonts larger and formatted to the page, no scrolling left or right. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it.