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BlackBerry 8120 review

 Review: September 2008  
 

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: If email on the go is your top priority, and you don't like the size and weight of the big BlackBerries, then the 8120 could be a good choice. However, the 8120 lags behind other smartphones when it comes to most features, and it isn't the easiest phone to use either.

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Summary

Like the 8110, the 8120 is another variation on the Pearl 8100. The Pearl 8110 lacks a GPS receiver, but instead comes with Wi-Fi.


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Reviewed by james from uk on 24th Jun 2012
I THINK THIS IS SOOOO EASY TO USE DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE CANT USE IT LOL
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Reviewed by Vinh from UK on 21st Dec 2009
I can't see why people hate this phone so much. It's great if you get rid of the default theme and replace with the free 'Bold Pearl' theme, switch on memory cleaning and get Opera Mini. The 1st day of owning this phone is very hard - you want to kill it at some times. But if you give it a chance, it will shine.
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Reviewed by natty from England (Baught phone in spain on holiday) on 20th Dec 2009
Excellent phone... Bit of a dissapointment if you are new to blackberrys to know that you have to pay £5 a month to Orange UK just for them to let you USE THE INTERNET FEATURE. (i havent done) YET the WIFI FEATURE I USE INSTEAD! Love the scroller wheel... Really Easy to flick through menu's... the keyboard you get used to and then you can probably type a full 2 Page SMS in under 1 min! 4 out of 5!!! BRILLIANT!
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Reviewed by mike from uk on 6th Dec 2009
if you want a photo buy a digital camera, this phone is a great little beast, emails straight to the phone, you need to work through all the apps available, a classic phone, bbm is so cool just go to facebook and get friends, can't fault except 2.0mp camera
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Reviewed by hassan from uk on 7th Nov 2009
i gt this phone yesterday and out of all the phones i have ever had this is surely the best.
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Reviewed by Jason from Rostrevor on 29th Oct 2009
it alriitex
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Reviewed by Danni from england on 28th Oct 2009
i love my blackberry pearl its the best phone i have ever had however it is difficult to reset it completely if the main button doesnt work like mine i had to take it back to the shop where i got it from because after 4 days of having it the main button wasnt working. i would recommand the phone though and it is proberly the phone i have taken the most care over
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Reviewed by Lyndsay from Canada on 21st Oct 2009
gareth: that's not the phone's fault, that's the service provider's fault for not selling you a data plan. This phone is capable of a normal internet connection using data, your phone company probably just didn't sell you a plan that gave you any data. The wi-fi is just an added benefit for people who don't want to pay for a data plan.
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Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on 21st Oct 2009
That's correct. You should be able to access the internet using GPRS or EDGE.

Reviewed by gareth eaton from england on 17th Oct 2009
if u want a blackberry for using internet.. dont get this phone! they fail to tell you that you need to be in a wi-fi area and that you havnt just got a normal internet connection!!
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Reviewed by jim newland from uk on 13th Oct 2009
It is hard to text. It is a bit confusing to use. It is expensive for what it is, but I think I might get used to it.
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Reviewed by Andrew from United Kingdom on 8th Oct 2009
I have had this phone roughly a month now, I hated the QWERTY keyboards predictive text. I have never had a BlackBerry before and during the first day or two I was appalled at how a phone could be realeased that had so many errors. Plus difficult to use! Slow functioning with the apps, freezing, crashing and turning off. Also I will never ever, ever ever get another Blackberry on the Orange network... However, once I turned on multi tap. Configured my email accounts, turned on the memory cleaner, downloaded an App to soft reset the phone. Grabbed a copy of Opera mini for the browser. Which also required configuring as the BB can switch between multiple data plans without informing you. Changed the Theme and generally spent time managing applications better so that they do not lag as much. I -love- THIS PHONE! Once you get used to the new format it becomes clear why Blackberry is such a good management tool. I am now pretty much a Blackberry nut and will be buying the 8220 and giving this phone to my Girlfriend so that we can use the Blackberry pin messenger. However it scores a 4/5 because no phone should really require a customer to have to configure it's settings extensively and pay for apps in order to make the damn thing work like it's supposed to! This phone nearly ended up in the bin, but my persistance paid off in the end with it. Would not reccomend this phone to people who are not patient and technically minded. Go with iphone for ease and pretty displays. This is more for IT business types. But will require effort to get it up and running unfortunately. PS: I hate Orange. 50mb fair usage allowance for BB internet services is pathetic.
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Reviewed by Mardave from Flintshire UK on 6th Oct 2009
Bought this phone in May as I thought it be a good one sound quaulity was good and hearing was good, but after 2 months the roll ball was loosing contact when you press it for information toke phone back as it was still under warranty they had the phone for 2 months and came back to me no better. I was told that the rollerball picks up oil from your skin and after some time it will lose contact due to build up oil from skin on your fingers, so I was told don't buy Rollerball phones for that reason as it now gone
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Reviewed by Amanda from united states on 26th Sep 2009
My blackberry 8120 is horrible i have had it for two months and just recently it started acting up and my text messages are being erased, well the ones i send and most of them dont even get to the people they are suppose to go to and i cant recieve text at all... my calls are the same way... i hate it i would not reccomend this phone to anyone... not worth the $130 i spent on it.. i was better off with my cricket phone which worked better than a blackberry
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Reviewed by James from UK on 12th Sep 2009
I've had this phone for 18months and now looking to upgrade to a new handset (i cant make my mind up what). I'm on Orange which is ok but they are abit useless when it comes to upgrading and you have to fight for the unit you want. I have loved this phone and only now is the battery starting to plat up and not lasting the whole day. Thats with using it to play music when connected to the car. Its a good all round phone and i will keep it to back up what ever i get next, i just wish i could make up my mind what!
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Reviewed by Nasser Aziz from UK on 11th Sep 2009
I have had the BB8120 for about 5 months and felt I has to respond to the fairly negative reports below. Operating system:- It is a little complicated, but once mastered it offers many options to optimise the interface to your choice. You have the ability to down load useful 'Google apps', sync your calendar, contacts and still receive e-mails instantly. Trackball: - Very easy to use and assists in navigating round the O/S / menus. Not sure what people are complaining about or what they suggest could be used instead. Keypad:- Very easy to use, robust feel and accurate. A full seized keyboard would be ideal, but this is the best option for a phone that fits comfortably in your pocket. Battery life:- It is poor because the BB is constantly in use pulling e-mails. The phone would have to be a lot larger and heavier for longer battery life. I charge my BB every night and am now used to doing so. Talk quality:- This is impacted if you connected to a wireless router, otherwise there are no issues. Just remember to switch off the wifi when at home making a call. Handset freezing:- The BB8120 is not a Mac Pro with 16 GB of Ram, it is a hand held device with many features / application. If you have browser cache full of web pages, Google maps open, downloading e-mails, then your chat client is going to be a little slow. You have to accept this. Fit and feel;- The device looks professional although does have a slight plastic feel to it. Having said this, I have dropped it a couple of times with little damage. Overall, I am very happy with my BB8120, I receive e-mails, calls, texts without any hassle. Contacts and calendar are snyced with gmail and browser is excellent for what I need it for. All this in a device that fits comfortably in my pocket and doesn't look like I am making calls from a calculator. This is not a replacement for a desktop computer so do not expect the same performance (my iMac freezes more often than my BB)
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Reviewed by Dave from Ireland on 17th Aug 2009
Have to say I love this phone. I had the 8100 before this without any problems until i dropped it!Replaced it with the 8120 and havent looked back. Yes, the battery can go after a couple of days but as i keep it charging at my desk or in the car it doesn't affect me. I would find it very difficult to move away form Blackberry.
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Reviewed by Alex from Essex on 16th Aug 2009
Just ordered this phone today, and i love it, its so easy and simple to use ok im not to pleased of the network(orange) not the best network but beggers cnt be choosers, oh and i find it easy to use because its my second bb i hav had, wot i dont understand why people are slating this phone i think its a great alrounder for the price you pay, its slim, stylish and easy to fit in your pocket unlike some of the more new and moden bb phones. Anyone who is looking for a phone to do basic office stuff then this phone is for you and anyone who thinks this phone isnt good then i suggest stick to your old phone.
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Reviewed by Sara from UK on 12th Aug 2009
I have had this phone for 10 months. At first I was really pleased with it. Then after I got used to it, its problems fully came to light. It has a really poor battery life, it turns itself on and off when it feels like it, I get this battery symbol with a red line through and can't switch it on for days even if the battery is full before the phone 'brakes'. The sound for calls and texts is so low I have to keep it on vibrate and in my pocket. Would really really not recommend it, I can't wait for my contract to be up and get a new phone!!!
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Reviewed by reena from trinidad on 12th Aug 2009
the phone works perfect,all those who have comments on it,is cus u all dont know how to use it,it takes some time when u are custom with other phones,but i find its a good phone
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Reviewed by Si from United Kingdom on 4th Aug 2009
I have just got rid of an iPhone which I hated with a passion and whilst I read all the negative reviews for the Blackberry, I decided to take a punt. Yes, it's not a high end all sing and dancing phone, but I don't think it's pretending to be and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Yes the battery could be better, but most mobiles are guilty of this and the texting takes a bit of getting used to, but if you pay £100 for a phone what are you expecting? A good little phone!!
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Reviewed by Nothappy from Australia on 29th Jul 2009
I have never ever encountered a phone in which battery life has been one long roller coaster ride to nowhere. Seriously where is the quality assurance on this product? I am on my 2nd battery replacement and followed all the tips relating to battery life, but yet after 1 day of minimal usage the battery just decided not to want to charge anymore and completely died! I am now going back to my Nokia and throw this piece of garbage in the bin.
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Reviewed by Stacy from UK on 26th Jul 2009
I have never hated any gadget so passionately in my whole life! I have owned this bb for 11 months. The gripes are in order of severity: 1) the buttons are useless, they are very flimsy, and so- called 'sure type technology' is rubbish. I tend to avoid typing anything nowadays, you get words wrong way too often, 2) I can't hear it ringing when it is in my bag, the highest possible volume is close to low/ medium at any other phone, 3) it tends to switch itself to 'OFF' way too often, so no emails/ phone calls can be received. Just hate it.
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Reviewed by Phoebe from Turkey on 25th Jul 2009
Hard to hate
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Reviewed by Terry from Uk - Devon on 18th Jul 2009
ok just to clarify.........The Terry below who posted on 13th July is not the same Terry who posted on 3rd July (thats me!). I have had no problems with my BB at all, I don't use facebook or any of those sites anyway. Its great for news sites occasionally but as I said before, I only use it for email, text and calling! It does those brilliantly and would highly recommend as an affordable, good pocket size BB to anyone who just wants it for that!
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Reviewed by Terry from UK on 13th Jul 2009
Ok an update on my blackberry. I have had it since May. I loved it at the start, but alas no more. I am getting fed up of the ums system not working when at home. Missed calls and messages. Emails happening when it wants, facebook is so damn slow i am trying to avoid it, Msn chat, come back no server more often than it works. Am now looking around for something else. To be honest well gutted,
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Reviewed by Frances from UK on 6th Jul 2009
I am on my 5th replacement phone now - cannot hear when I am on calls and it keeps cutting out. Have had battles with Orange who insist on sending me the same phone as a replcament. Would never have another one, completely useless apart from the fact that I get email!
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Reviewed by tomas from usa on 5th Jul 2009
it brakes very easily
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Reviewed by Paul from Scotland on 4th Jul 2009
Update to my review on 28th Jun Phone has now been returned as the bluetooth refused to work. The Argos manager has said that there has been a lot of returns on these phones esp on orange. Take this as a sign that the phone has problems and your best to steer clear!
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Reviewed by Terry from UK on 3rd Jul 2009
Had this phone since stat of May 09 and like it very much. The texting bit takes some getting used to but its easy now and gets the words right more times than my old style predictive text! Phone has been reliable and I prefer a button to these touchscreen versions. I only use it for my email, text and ringing. I was not bothered about fancy cameras or music players (have those already!). Great little phone that does what it says on the box! Oh and had absolutaly no trouble in setting up the email accounts (I have 2 on it) via orange! Would recommend for anyone who wants their email, texting and phone and thats all in a phone that fits easily in their pocket!
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Reviewed by Paul from Scotland on 28th Jun 2009
Has blackberry went out of their way to make setting up the phone as diffcult at possible? I'm no technophob but i'm really not impressed with the way the phone works, the software seem slow and the predictive text is the most annoying thing ever. (It's now turned off) I had a loan of the Nokia E63 last month, this phone was easy to use and set up, worked well and i actually enjoyed using it. (the nokia was only available only on Virgin and network 3 so decided to get the blackberry on orange) To end if you enjoy being on the phone to customer service and having to jump threw hoops to get the phone working then buy the blackberry, but if you like a phone to work as soon as you get it then go for the nokia E series phones!!!!
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Reviewed by rob from UK on 24th Jun 2009
Had this for a couple of months now - keyboard took some getting used to but now fine - just a different technique to master. Reliability is excellent and no issues with lost calls, texts or emails the latter woking efficiently on four different accounts. For an iphone type screen download "iberry wallpaper" from BB Apps at a reasonable cost - looks really good. Product recommended.
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Reviewed by Amanda from England on 23rd Jun 2009
I got the 8120 after being a nokia addict. At first I was dubious but after my blackberry got run over (!) I had to go back to my nokia whilst waiting for a replacement and .. I HATE it! Can't wait to get the BB back again. It's fab. typing is easy once you get used to the qwerty, wallpaper changing is straightforward, battery lasts equally as long as the nokias I've had before. It's different ... it's a change ... but get used to it and you'll wonder how you've lived this long without one. Guess it depends what you're used to but I'm a convert. Sorry nokia but you'll be back in the bottom of the drawer just as soon as the bb comes home again
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Reviewed by chris from england on 4th Jun 2009
this phone is unbelievable,how on earth did they release it in to production,its my work phone,so i have no choice but to use it,poor battery,bad buttons,and a useless guide.my advice,if its your money...save it for a rainy day!!!!!
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Reviewed by carol beaumont from england on 29th May 2009
i got this phone today and i hate it, its too complicated, carnt change the wallpaper, the keys are too small i could go on and on, a big mistake
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Reviewed by Mrs W from UK on 28th May 2009
I've had this phone since the end of April, and as it was my first Blackberry I didn't know what to expect. After 2 trips back to the Orange shop as a result of teething problems their side, I have started getting the hang of it, and once you get used to it it's quite a nifty little phone. The only negative commment I have is that I have long nails and this makes typing using the small qwerty keyboard a lot slower !!!!!!
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Reviewed by Holly from UK on 17th May 2009
I have had this phone for about a month now, and I have to say I think it's great. This is my first Blackberry, before now I've had quite basic phones. It takes a while to learn how to navigate round the whole thing, and also to get used to the qwerty keypad. But once you've got used to it, it's brilliant. The email service is very efficient, as is the internet. I think it's much neater than the other blackberrys available. A lot of people have been complaining about the battery life, and although it isn't superb, that is what is expected of Blackberrys, especially when youu take into consideration of everything it does. But in order to help the battery life make sure you close applications properly, instead of just pressing the red phone button to exit, because otheriwse they keep running in the background. Also I always keep it on standby (hold the mute button at the top of the phone,) and it still picks up messages and everything, so that really helps preserve battery life. All in all I think it's a great little phone.
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Reviewed by Don Kiddick from UK on 16th May 2009
Absolute rubbish, worst phone I've ever owned. I'm on the third one, thankfully my 18 month contract runs out in a week, I can't wait to get shot off this heap of garbage.
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Reviewed by Sue from England on 13th May 2009
I very rarely take notice of reviews. You either love things or hate them. I have had this phone for 3 days now and I love it. Set up is easy and after you get used to the qwerty keyboard its great. Takes great photos and although the preset pictures and ringtones are a little boring, its easy to download photos and music you have saved on computer. I recommended this phone.
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Reviewed by David Hancock from UK on 5th May 2009
This phone is really bad. I have to soft reset twice a day.... Blackberry is rubbish. I'm stuck on a long contract with Orange and now have a really rubbish phone. Steer well clear. The guy at technical support called this phone 'temperamental' It's shorthand for a load of junk.
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Reviewed by Steve from Ireland on 30th Apr 2009
This phone is awful, awful, awful. Poor battery life, hard to use, buggy software and rubbish browser.
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Reviewed by Jacqueline from USA on 3rd Apr 2009
I have had my BB8120 since August 2008 and I hate it! After 3 months my battery would die out of no where. I could be at work and i glance at my phone and it says low battery (I hadnt even used it at that point)but when I left home it was fully charged! it started to delete my messages, my call log, and my calendered events. And yes I did fix the setting in the messages menu, and no it doesnt help! I have replaced the battery 3 times already and it continues to be a pain in the butt. After speaking with BB tech support time and time again, they tell me to hold down the ALT key while pressing LGLG to delete the event log, and move all my pics to the memory card, which i have a 2g. and to make sure i close out of each application, which by the way is also a pain and time consuming. This phone has been such a headach! I do not recommend.
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Reviewed by neil from england on 15th Mar 2009
firstly your review states 1.3 camera ? mine has a 2 mega pixel , also the reason usa users are havng trouble is simple your fat fingers and feeble brains are best used with two plastic cups and a length of string my 8120 is superb.
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Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on 15th Mar 2009
Oops, you were right about the camera - we've corrected that now. Thanks, Neil!

Reviewed by Glen from UK on 12th Mar 2009
Really Good Phone!! . Great for sending and recieving emails and texts. Good Call Log. Great Sync on the desktop / PC.Although Themes Are a bit boring. Wierd at first if you had a nokia like me but you get used to it. Overall A Really Good Phone!
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Reviewed by nicole from England on 10th Mar 2009
I have the blackberry 8120 pearl and think its ideal for college I have my emails there can put my work on my phone and use the internet plus its smaller and cuter especially in indigo so get one lol
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Reviewed by djdragonfly from england on 21st Feb 2009
smart phone yes i guess so,me and the other half got one a peace,as valentine presents,love the features on this phone but the phone book guied you get with it is a little bit short on help tips, as for the phone packed with features the bluetooth on this phone is quite complexed on this dervice but one you figer out how to use it its ok,for soacial ntworking the 8120 is a superbe little device and me and the other half can keep in tuch with every one no matter whare we are as long as you have coverage with your network provider we love the phones addvice buy it try it love it
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Reviewed by A F from Pakistan on 19th Feb 2009
This phone is fine as an email-on-the-go device. Otherwise it is simply boring! Provided themes have got no background colour. Too many desktop icons without any logical reasoning. Browser is not great either.Camera pictures not good at all.Body is all plastic. Even the display is 240 X 260 much lower than standard Nokia 240 X 320.No timed profiles which even my series 40 Nokia 6300 phone has.
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Reviewed by Orange hater from UK on 11th Feb 2009
Got it and returned it within 2 hours. How are you meant to type with such a small keyboard. Save your money and get a better and bigger phone.
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 11th Feb 2009
Have recently swapped personal (costly Nokia N95) for company (free) 8120 and am not best pleased other than price. BlackBerry help menu is not searchable - only useful if you happen to have one of the problems it has pre-determined and even then the advice is not clear or misses bits of info. Having trouble connecting to email, memory poor, no business card facility for texting, no radio, not logical or easy to use - have still got my old N95 and may swap chip - even if it means forgoing convenience of email (if and when it starts working).
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Reviewed by K from UK on 9th Feb 2009
Has anybody noticed that the people having problems with their BB are in the USA!
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Reviewed by Jane from UK on 7th Feb 2009
This is my first Blackberry & I love it. The keyboard took a while to get used to but now it is just as easy to text on as a normal phone. Ive got the red one and it looks really kool! the menus are fab, everything you need is included in this phone, the wifi is really good had no problem linking with my home internet. Does anyone know how to download new themes the blue is a bit boring! on the whole i love the blackberry & would highly recomend to others.
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Reviewed by Leon from UK on 29th Jan 2009
Had this phone for a little over 8 months its by far the best phone I have ever had, email is fantastic browsing isn't the best but acceptable. Took me a couple of weeks to get used to the keyboard hated it at first but now I couldn't go back to conventional keypad. I'm tempted by the 8900, wot does anyone else think?
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Reviewed by Kalum from UK on 15th Jan 2009
Had this phone for a couple of days and like it on the whole. It's my 1st Blackberry. The keypad is difficult as it's the size of a normal phone but it's QWERTY so you really have to concentrate! I've managed to use the Wi-Fi and I'm excited about using the other features. Want to figure out how to Sync it with my Microsoft Outlook, anyone care to help? Pros: Nice looking, some great features and very light. Cons: Fiddly buttons and the menus take some getting used to.
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Reviewed by Louise K from UK on 9th Jan 2009
This is my first BlackBerry and I really like it. I was looking for a good solid phone which I use mainly for calls, texts, email and surfing. It can do lots of other things but I'll never use them. Asthetically it looks really good, feels well made and has some sensible functions, for example, you can turn the flashing light off so it'll only flash red when something has come in which I find useful as I have it on vibrate or silent at work. You can store new words easily when texting. I like the 'desktop' formats available, too. I'm very happy with this phone and highly recommend it. It's a nice size, light weight and looks professional rather than a lot of the gimicky, plastic things that are currently on the market.
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Reviewed by steph68669 from USA/TX/HOUSTON on 7th Jan 2009
I love my BB8120 I've had it now for a couple mnths and i adore the devise. I manage 3 emails, i can chat on my favorite IM's and surf the internet, look up maps, txt like crazy ect. There are little things that could be better ie: no flash sound, need highy quality pictures... I do belive that once you explore your whole menu features and fiddle around with the device, you'll find the setting that souts you. I'm not an IT person but I have my ďblonde momentsĒ (Iím brunet) . Some of the menuís are a tad lengthy when it comes down to finding certain settings ie; special ring tones for certain alerts and then setting it up for certain profiles,.. alil complicated but once you get it your set,Ö Donít give up on this device its small, light weight, and dependable!!! I would highly recommend this item and I already have,.. mind you that it does take some time to get used to <3 Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!
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Reviewed by jo from uk on 6th Jan 2009
this phone is absolute RUBBISH! Its a nightmare to use and i just hate it- waste of money!
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Reviewed by Dee from USA on 2nd Jan 2009
Ok this is my second blackberry and I hate it worst than the first! I got an 2g memory card have no bs on my phone and it still deletes my stuff before I see it! I erase my messages daily so that memory is bs! My calls get dropped constantly and that never happened with my nokia! It also freezes all the time when I'm on line! The phone sucks!
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Reviewed by RAM from INDIA on 29th Dec 2008
WONDERFUL
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Reviewed by Kruh from US on 25th Dec 2008
DUDE! I hate my 8120, it's the second one I've had and some issues. My call history gets deleted CONSTANTLY, my text messages get deleted CONSTANTLY,my alarm ring tone doesn't work sometimes and sometimes my ring tones in general won't. I love the many features of this phone however I find myself having to CONSTANTLY reset it. Whenever I call Cingular for help, they just have me reset it which always fixes the issues if only for a day or two...errrrgghghghghg
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Reviewed by Mose from US on 5th Dec 2008
I purchased the 8120 and it aabsoulutely sucks. My call logs get deleted, call memory. I love the features however the phone is cheap and it sucks. I have a 2GB memory card and I still have the problem. Verizon told me that would fix the issue and it didn't. NOT RECCOMENDED!!
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Reviewed by G Suresh from India on 3rd Dec 2008
The design with light weight is just Ultimate. Whereas the camera is very very poor. I didnt even get some free softwares like dictionary & Call Recorder.
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Reviewed by kirsty Smith from uk on 19th Nov 2008
Have had a blackberry 8120 for 6 months now. Love it. Would never go back to a normal cell phone now. Also don't like the 8lackberry Bold or Storm they are too bulky.
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Reviewed by dave from uk on 15th Nov 2008
the phone is very good but the life of the battery is very poor the email founshon is very gooood and mp3 sounds ace only they could do some thing about the battery
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Reviewed by robyn from ..england on 15th Nov 2008
Its good, but not that good, the style is good, but even if u had a bad phone before this, you will miss it garenteed, i tried one, with the roller button thing its hard to controll, and all the buttons on the side are confusing, will take you about 5 days to get used to texting!!
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Reviewed by Carlo from UK on 8th Oct 2008
Bad.I had an 8110 and was really disappointed.This is just the same: bad connection to the network, poor quality of build, obscure logic....I miss my Nokia so much
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Reviewed by Faith from USA on 2nd Oct 2008
Folks, remember to read the manual and/or check out the help screens. The erased messages and erased phone calls happen because you need to set your options to not erase these every 7 days or whatever. I never had erased calls (missed, incoming or outgoing) but I did have erased messages. What did I do? Modify my messages option! If that is too difficult and frustrating, then I would highly recommend that you get a 'more user-friendly' phone. I concur that the user interface needs some help from an expert UI engineer. Faith
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Reviewed by Patriann from Trinidad and Tobago on 1st Oct 2008
After exchanging this phone twice in order to get one that worked...my service provider wants to me to to their headquarters to see what's the matter with it. I ca identify with a number of you when you list your complaints about this phone. I wish I had bought the IPHONE instead. By the way, do any of you know what the limit is for installing a memory card on this device>
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Reviewed by Larry from Ontario, Canada on 29th Sep 2008
OK I love the NOKIA - I always had NOKIA since 1988 but had to try this BB 8120. It is a difficult menu - sometimes misleading and often poorly explained. It took me over 26 tech calls to get the WiFi working - who would have guessed how to do it -not written anywhere. I would not keep this phone except it will cost big time to send it back. If this is a smartphone - it has to be another dictionary's definition of "smart."
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Reviewed by David from South Wales on 18th Sep 2008
I'm a letting agent from South Wales. I have been given the Blackberry 8210 by my employers and I find it to be an all round great phone, especially for business use. I am out on the road 70% of the time doing viewings and find the phone great for communicating with clients, my colleagues at the office and my other colleagues out on the road too. I can use the camera to take property pictures and respond to incoming emails minimising the stress of returning to the office and having to reply to endless enquiries waiting for me on my computer. It's slim and light-weight so no big buldges protruding from your pocket (no pun intended!) and comes with a leather pouch to protect its shell. The keyboard is the QWERTY type so this can sometimes proove tricky when differenciating between a standard phone keypad and the Blackberry but im sure I will get the hang of it soon! All in all, it's a sleak design, takes some getting used-to but fantastic when you know how to operate it, it does everything apart from making tea but hey, we can't have everything can we!
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Reviewed by elton from london uk on 11th Sep 2008
very good usfle for everything a mobil can do.
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Reviewed by Frustrated from HK on 5th Sep 2008
I just got this phone and am having problems with the battery. It is fully charged around 7pm at night. I send a few text messages and browse the internet for a little while (less than 10 mins). I don't touch the phone for the rest of the evening and by morning the battery is almost flat. This happens almost every night. I took it back to the shop who did some tests and said it was fine. Though I don't believe they actually simulated the kind of usage a person would have for the phone over the course of a day when they conduct their tests. Can someone advise if I am doing something wrong when im using it?
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Reviewed by hanim from srilanka on 1st Sep 2008
very good sound clearity
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Reviewed by Jay from Wales on 30th Aug 2008
I got this phone half way through my contract and I love it - MSN, Email, SMS, MMS, Facebook, Internet, Excellent call quality, very easy to use keyboard which is great for typing and is so quick... the best phone I've ever had and I wouldn't get another 'normal' phone - hooked on blackberrys!! THIS PHONE IS A MUST! GET. The 8120 features wifi which I don't use a great deal although is nice to have so perhaps the 8110 is a better option as it has GPS and blackberry's generally need a data plan so I never seem to use the wifi...
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Reviewed by Wifi from England on 28th Aug 2008
This phone does not have a function where you can set an audible tone alert JUST for SMS messages....how can this be? Such a crucial yet basic function and its not there. There is an audible alert which can be set for SMS but this includes email aswell and who would want an audible alert every time you get email! A red flashing light is so not enough!
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Reviewed by David from UK on 19th Aug 2008
Email is good, Organiser is good, little extra apps work well......BUT the phone is rubbish. I need to be able to talk clearly to prospects and clients. It drops call, cuts out, has dodgey signal and often freezes up. I am desperate for a replacement that I can use as a phone first, and then have the other emails and apps second.
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Reviewed by JNEX from Brazil on 16th Aug 2008
Duds who complain... can u tie your shoes?? Come on, it's the best BB I've ever had. Don't want your 8120's? please ship 'em to me!
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Reviewed by jams from UK on 8th Aug 2008
lol, there are so many little complaints on here its unbelievable, iv had this phone for a couple of weeks n i love it, the problems mentioned about restarting, weak signal, rollerball problems, msgs being deleted, missed calls being deleted, mulitap can be changed in the options to remain on!!! about 15 comments down, trevor is an absolute retard, 1stly, the sms messages are in the "messages" folder...wow, what were they thinking???!!! duh! ther are some seriously funny people on here, one of the users below says the "iphone" is a better business phone than this, lol...iphone-business phone, erm, dnt think so mate, the iphone is a gadget, n "i want what every1s tryin to get" gadget, this blackberry is simply perfect. everything works, no problems at all.
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Reviewed by reconscout1973 from US on 27th Jul 2008
To nick in the UK have you tried to take the roller ball out and clean it, that should solve your problem. In case anyone wants to know, take a tooth pick and slide it up under the bottom edge of the roller ball above the number 2 and lift up that will release the ring and you can then get the roller out and use alcohol and qtip to clean the rollers and the ball. that will sole a lot of problems with the roller ball acting up.
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Reviewed by reconscout1973 from US on 27th Jul 2008
I love the blackberry 8120, but as in everything it has its flaws. My multap keeps changing its self back to it trying to figure out the word. I also dont get as good a signal strength as I did with my 8110. But all in all an excellant product.
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Reviewed by Jaden from USA on 15th Jul 2008
Ya this Phone COMPLETLY sucks my father has a free phone and it works alot better than this over priced good for nothing phone when i recieve a text it is automatically deleted same with recent calls and voicemails be safe and dont spend your money on this horrible product!!!!!this phone restarts its self all the time!Drops calls and never gets service!!
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Reviewed by Ken from USA on 13th Jul 2008
basically ditto to michelle. Love the phone, but it sucks, I've had it replaced once already and am sending this one back again. drops at least 60% of calls, goes blank and resets itself 25% of the time s I try and connect to the internet. So outside of the phone and internet sucking its great! I heard from someone that it matters where your phone is made, if it says made in China or Hungary its junk but if it says made in Canada then its a good one. dunno if thats true but I'm sending this P.O.S. back to Hungary!!!!
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Reviewed by Michele from USA on 8th Jul 2008
i love how this phone looks...HOWEVER... IT DOESN'T WORK! it wont let me use any of the messengers and it keeps erasing all of my text messages and my recent calls. It erases my messages even before i get to read them. i have already returned it for that reason and my new one is doing the same thing. it was a waste of money and should have gotten another phone.
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Reviewed by dnamj from USA on 1st Jul 2008
Love the phone, but it has been going blank. It happens when I set it down on its back, like with a little tap. Am I being too rough on it? I refuse to wear a holster for my phone. All the other stuff works great. For those having trouble setting the ring tones, you're going to have to use the manual a couple of times. For those having trouble sync-ing the email, try setting it up online if you have T-Mobil, it's excellent.
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Reviewed by victoria from UK on 1st Jul 2008
perfect!!!
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Reviewed by ben from uk on 30th Jun 2008
the best phone for work
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Reviewed by Paul B from England on 25th Jun 2008
Great phone i love it took a while to get used to the keyboard but then it would appear it has for everyone else, my only probs are the setting tones for sms and ring tones still struggling at that, also some web pages such as u tube keep coming up as un supported which can be a tad annoying, email is great though it hasnt synced with my hotmail, i know sounds a bit negative but i have to admit it i wouldnt change it.
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Reviewed by Peter H from UK on 21st Jun 2008
Brilliant phone. Had the 8100 and this is even better, especially with the wi-fi facility. Anyone who says otherwise should be ignored :-)
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Reviewed by Glen from Canada on 18th Jun 2008
The 8120 is a great business and personal tool. It handles email flawlessly and keeps me on track for all of my meetings and appointments. I keep it in the holster on vibrate and get the reminders whenever I need. I have looked at and tried smartphones for many years but this is the first one that I felt was worth buying. The suretype took some getting used to but it is easy to learn and fast. I use email, started using facebook to communicate with family and friend in different countries and use the web wirelessly, Great buy! It is not an iphone! It is used more for business and it is excellent for that!
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Reviewed by Trevor Eddolls from UK on 15th Jun 2008
The blackberry 8120 is the chocolate teapot of the phone world. It's not sexy like the iPhone and similar touch-screen phone, and it's not logical like the Nokia e90 Communicator and other high end phones. The menu system seems to have been designed by a complete idiot. And once you navigated the perverse logic of the menus, very little works, and almost nothing works as you'd expect. For example, where are your SMS messages? Well of course they are in two different and seemingly unconnected places. How do you Bluetooth a ring tone? Let's just say that you don't go to Bluetooth and set it up from there. The wifi won't connect when you're inches away from the router (except sometimes with other people's, but not always!!). I still haven't found how to set default ring tones and SMS tones. And the Internet doesn't have much help for this model. You can spend hours achieving nothing on it. The default ring tones and SMS tones are completely missable so you never know someone's calling or just sent you a text - but that doesn't matter because you'll never find it anayway! And don't start me on that stupid rollerball. You never know where you'll end up when you start using that! Don't buy it. It's definitely minus 10 out of 10.
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Reviewed by Nick from UK on 13th Jun 2008
My manager swears that this is the best phone on the market today. I have the opposite opinion. the rollerball is hopeless as you have to roll it quickly for it to move!!! the QWERTY keyboard is very very unclear and confusing save your self some time and get some style and get a E51 instead which has just the same connectivity and a better camera. The only reason to get this phone is if you want to LOOK like a business man!
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Reviewed by Mark from UK on 11th Jun 2008
Chris You must be some sort of demi-wit . The push email is brilliant, build quality and battery life fantastic. It doesnt creak or feel like its going to break like a Nokia does and isnt bling like an Iphone (you buy one of tose for music, not doing a job). Also the qwerty suretype is great if you persevere. I've used loads of business phones in the past this is the best ive ever used. Remember you need a data/email package with your provider to use the email facility.
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Reviewed by tenwiseman from England on 7th Jun 2008
Good phone which does what it promises if you are interested in proper Emails that come to your phone when sent (other than you having to keep checking in) and keeping up with Blog posts. The web browser is adequate for that and the keyboard is very easy to get on with. Better than "abc def ghi" anyday!
*** Geek tech O2 alert: If you have the O2 unlimited tarrif be aware the unlimited only applies to browser use through the blackberry internet service and not for TCP/IP java applications that you might load on the phone (using a mobile APN) - OR for connected things like laptops. BTW this is not a 3G phone!
*** Choice tech alert: If you have the O2 unlimited tarrif and known good EDGE/GPRS coverage in your area, there is not much point in having WiFi - The other pearl with GPS may be better for you?
Overall very pleased, and although I normally also carry an iPod Touch, I wouldn't go for a iPhone to replace both. Buy it.
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Reviewed by Lez from UK on 2nd Jun 2008
Fantastic phone I have been using several smart phones, HP614c, Nokia N958GB, Samsung i620 all do the same sort of things but with issues! This phone is without doubt the most easiest and useful of them all, It does everything Good while the others do one thing good and everything else average, even the camera which I thought would be the weak link is exceptional for a phone this size! Buy it.
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Reviewed by Chukka from UK on 22nd May 2008
A great phone! Day 1 and Day 2 you will be dispairing of the keyboard and will consider sending it back .... don't do that .... persevere and by Day 3 you'll be glad that you stuck with it. The unit is small, light and powerful. A single charge lasts 3 days or so.
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Reviewed by Chris Hendon from United Kingdom on 9th May 2008
Review it?? Its over priced tat. You can get several other phones that do all this does but the Blackberry expects you to pay extra to collect emails etc. I am using the iphone and got this as an upgrade, and it went straight back. Small screen, un helpful qwerty key board, plastic feel. I felt the whole phone was the Ford Mondeo of the mobile phone world. Does it all but average and a reps phone. The Nokia N95 has battery issues, the iphone has several bad points(camera etc) but both are far better for every day use and both out strip Blackberry as business phones...
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Reviewed by Andrew from England on 29th Apr 2008
Sandra, you must be a total dummy, this is the best and easiest to use e-mail client ever.
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Reviewed by Sandra from England on 17th Apr 2008
This phone is useless. I was told that I could receive my emails and MSN on it. It is hard to use. I have to send it back.
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Reviewed by Damian from England on 15th Apr 2008
Ok, In simple terms this thing is without doubt amazing!! I've not had it long but already I'd not swap it ..ever. It does take a little getting used to but in terms of txt input I've not had any problems, ( and i have arthritis in my hand ) I've not had to teach it many words so far,the suretype input is just as good a T9 if not better.It is superb for browsing and I really like the layout of the message box. You do need to read the instructions and spend some time feeling your way around the settings, which are a little annoying at times, but persist!. The media functions are second to none and the desk top interfacde is all powered by Roxio so a breeze to use. As for the battery, i dont know what people do, but if you ensure you it an 8-10 hour charge off the bat and every time in needs charging it'll last days even with some heavy use, I average 3/4 days and i dont turn it off. the calander/ diary/ note functions are easy to access and use with almost endless options and it syncs with outlook easily.The only niggle I have is that the bluetooth insists on being paired with anything you want to file share with,but its not the end of the world. Great build quality. Overall this is a fantastic phone in all respects,if you a looking for this kind of phone you wont get better in my opinion, and it stands out from the crowd
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Reviewed by Tiffany from UK on 15th Apr 2008
the best phone ive ever had. just lost it, i feel like ive lost a limb i loved it so much!
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Reviewed by bobby george from scotland on 1st Apr 2008
rubbish dont recommend it
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Reviewed by kerry from scotland on 27th Feb 2008
HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
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