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Posted by on Dec 17, 2010 in Mobile Phones | 2 comments

Blackberry Curve 3G: Highly addictive Crack Among the Berries.

Blackberry Curve 3G: Highly addictive Crack Among the Berries.


Last November, Research in Motion (RIM) released the newest “berry” in town, the Blackberry Curve 3G (9300). The newest “crackberry” installation is both an accessible and feature-rich smartphone highly value for its communications and productivity tools.

A quick look at the device is enough to make one reminisce its predecessor, the Blackberry Curve 8520. In fact, its external body shares the same physical features in terms of dimensions, display size, and external media controls. The difference actually lies in the internal system: Blackberry Curve 3G, as the name implies, is capable of 3G connection.

SPECS and FEATURES:
The Blackberry Curve 3G carries a front panel consisting of a 2.46 inch, 320x 240 pixel display screen, QWERTY keyboard, and a touch-sensitive optical trackpad. It body basically measures
109 x 60 x 13.9 mm with a weight of 104 g.

The Curve 3G or 9300 model supports both 2G Network (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) and
3G Network (HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100, HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100). One of the phone’s highlight is said to be the upgradable OS. The Curve 3G is sold under Blackberry OS 5.0 but the system is designed to adapt to the higher OS 6. Other built-in features include HTML browser, downloadable games, GPS with A-GPS support; BlackBerry Maps, Organizer, voice memo/dial, T9, SMS, MMS, Email, IM, and Push Email messaging abilities. It is also JAVA enabled, with MP3/ eAAC+/WMA/WAV /FLAC player and MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player.

As for the phone memory, Blackberry Curve 3G practically has unlimited entries and fields for its phonebook. Its internal memory for data and files is a 256 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM but in case it is not enough an expandable microSD card slot comes in handy. In terms of data compatibility, Curve 3G can supports Bluetooth files with its v2.1 with A2DP, USB files via its microUSB v2.0,
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n through WLAN, EDGE (Class 10, 236.8 kbps), GPRS (Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps, and of course 3G files with its HSDPA. Unfortunately, the phone does not have an infrared port.

Blackberry Curve 3G sports a Megapixel camera, similar to the Curve 8520. It has a video function but no secondary camera. The device uses a standard Li-Ion 1150 mAh battery that can sustain a stand-by time of up to 456 h (2G) / Up to 348 h (3G) and talk time of up to 4 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 30 min (3G) and of course Music play of up to 29 h.

VERDICT:
So far, reviewers and bloggers gave a consistent “good entry level smartphone” score for this device. Aside from its 3G function, the phone offers limited special and unique features.

As one blogger wrote, reviewing the Curve:

Sure, the BlackBerry Curve 3G pales in comparison to its higher-end siblings like the Bold and the Torch. But at its price point, it has quite possibly stolen the unofficial “Best Entry-level BlackBerry” title from the Curve 8520.

In short, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is for those who want a decent BlackBerry smartphone but are not willing to shell out more moolah.

BlackBerry, also known as “CrackBerry”, which is a reference to crack cocaine, is a line of mobile e-mail and smartphone devices developed and designed by Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM).

2 Comments

  1. Hi Annabel: it’s Alex from RIM. Thanks so much for your review of the Curve 3G. This phone is as steady and reliable as they come and its full QWERTY keyboard and BlackBerry 6 OS make emailing, messaging and browsing a breeze. The BlackBerry Curve form factor has always been one of my favorites (since the original 8300), and it’s great to see it now with the power of 3G networks. When paired with the new web browser available in BlackBerry 6, the faster data transfer speeds make for a better web experience. Definitely agree that 3G is a good fit for people new to the smartphone world to get their feet wet. For the latest BlackBerry news, check out our Inside BlackBerry Blog and definitely keep an eye on CES come January. Thanks again for the review.

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