First off I would just like to say this is the first Blackberry I have owned so I was going in to buying it with my eyes closed.
On recieving my phone it was packaged surprisingly small from what older phones I had. On first looks of the phone I couldn't take my eyes off it.
People have commented on how the software is buggy and that you have to pay to upgrade the software? I must say I have never had a problem with the software on my Blackberry and I have never had to pay to upgrade the software on mine.
The Blackberry is a very simple phone to use. All you have to do is take a few minutes to look through the menus and get used to how it works. The same as every phone.
The phone has a very bright vibrant screen and with the excellent trackball function, scrolling through menus and internet pages is made very easy.
It plays audio the best I have heard on a phone. Also having its own 3.5mm jack means you can finally use your own earphones and none of the ones provided by the phone companys. On that note I must say I have never tried the earphones provided with the Blackberry and just opted to use my own from the start.
The phone comes with some very nice applications also. Including Blackberry Maps if you need to know where to get to. Applications can be installed easily by downloading from sites and the phone will install them for you or you can download/install via computer.
The BB Bold takes a step up from the Curve and is the fastst BB on the market. It comes with 3G+ provided you are in the correct areas. The internet access is incredible matching some home broadband. Also with the ability to connect via WiFi you inevitably have the option to remain on the internet 24/7. The only time I have lost a connection so far is being in the wilderness or going through a tunnel.
The last thing I would like to comment on and the single down point about the phone is the battery life. Although this can be extended drastically if your not using your phone 24 hours a day like myself. If your not using GPS/Internet/WiFi/Bluetooth you can easily get a good few days battery life.
All in all an excellent phone and one which really makes me think I will be staying with the Blackberry brand for a long time.