Advantages & Disadvantages of Using a BlackBerry

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Using a BlackBerry
The BlackBerry smart phone has several advantages and disadvantages. (smart phones image by Jon Le-Bon from

The BlackBerry is a smart phone manufactured by Research in Motion. The phone allows users to access their e-mail and calendar, and provides Internet access and a host of applications designed to make people's lives more efficient. However, deciding to upgrade your phone to a BlackBerry should be something you consider carefully. There are several disadvantages to using the BlackBerry along with its advantages.

Operating System

One of the best features of the BlackBerry is the operating system. The BlackBerry operating system is designed to allow for the use of multiple applications at the same time without too much loss of functionality. The menu is laid out in a way that lets users quickly move from program to program without having to close their applications. The programs continue to run in the background until you recall them. This is helpful if you need to call up information quickly while looking something up on the Internet during a drive that requires the use of a GPS program. All of these programs work effortlessly together to provide a user-friendly experience.

Hardware and Files

The BlackBerry has many features which makes it the only device that many people need. The phone comes equipped which you can use to take pictures and then immediately upload them to the Internet. The phone has a decent-sized internal hard drive to store e-mail attachments, pictures, music, and video. The BlackBerry has a media player which can play back MP3 files and videos to provide you with entertainment while you are on the go. It can also access e-mail from any POP3 account, which means you can get your personal e-mail and business e-mail on the phone at the same time.

Screen Size and Navigation

Everything about the BlackBerry is not wonderful, however. Compared with other smart phones, the BlackBerry has a much smaller screen, which can make it hard to read documents and e-mails you receive. Also, some newer smart phones utilise an interface where a user touches the screen to select the applications they want to use. Instead of the popular touch screen option, most BlackBerry phones use a trackball to navigate through the menu, which can cause you to overshoot your selection if you are trying to get to something quickly.


Although the BlackBerry can run multiple programs, running too many of them can gum up the processing speed. This can cause the BlackBerry to have problems streaming music and video from the Internet if the network isn't fast enough. In addition, most of the phones do not have a built-in radio tuner. Finally, when you have a few programs running, the Blackberry may not realise there is an incoming call, which will send the call to voice mail without ringing the phone.

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