Sadly, the left edge is where the 3.5mm headphone socket resides so unless your headphones have an angled plug, they’ll annoyingly stick out. At least the sound from it is very good. Also on the left is the micro-USB data and charging socket, and the Voice Command button. Irritatingly, the latter was far too easy to trigger by accident. Under the battery cover is a 1,500mAh battery and above this is a microSD slot that can take cards up to 32GB. A 2GB card comes in the box.
The software is typical BlackBerry so you get a clean and simple home screen with plenty of notifications along the top and a profile selector in the top left corner. You can choose to have either a row of six shortcuts along the bottom or have the screen filled with today’s message, phone and calendar events.
The main menu is a simple grid of icons that you can reorder as you please and further option screens are generally just black and white lists. It’s a very simple system but it works near flawlessly as it’s consistent, fast and intuitive.
Email is of course well catered for and conveniently you can send SMS, MMS, PIN, and messages from other apps, like Facebook, through the same message interface. This isn’t complete contact integration like you get on the Motorola Dext, or INQ Mini 3G, though, so you can’t view all types of messages from one contact through a single interface. The web browser is also excellent, though the lack of support for tabs makes viewing multiple pages at once an impossibility.