I got a Blackberry Curve 8530 for Christmas and I absolutely love it. This is not my first smartphone as I am a veteran by having a Palm Treo previously. This phone is much better than my old Palm Treo, but it is also better than previous versions of the Blackberry Curve.One obvious is reason is an upgrade in processors and memory. Also, the operating system is easy to navigate and the phone was a breaze to get setup. Email and web browsing is fast and easy. GPS feature is great. Trackpad is an improvement over the old track balls. Battery life is fantastic and phone has optional auto on/off feature so that you can set your phone to shut off when you sleep. It is great for making the battery last longer. I would highly recommend the Visual Voicemail App. Slacker Satelite Radio function is really neat, although speakers leave something to be desired and there is no flash for the camera. Bing appears to be the search engine partner as phone is reloaded with Microsoft Bing apps. The Blackberry Curve 8530 is far superior to all previous versons. Not many downisides. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMEND THE BLACKBERRY CURVE 8530.