The new Curve 9300 Review
We have done the Blackberry Torch Review, BlackBerry Bold 9700 review but here is the latest review of the BlackBerry Curve model the Curve 9300 3G. This blog should rectify this slight “slight” to the latest in the curve lineup of blackberry cell phones.
The Curve 3G is essentially an internal upgrade to the very popular BlackBerry Curve series, which is essentially an entry level blackberry. The key upgrades include:
- Support for GSM and 3G network support making this device the fastest in the lineup
- A 624 MHz processor upgrade
- Support for BlackBerry OS 6.0 (though it comes installed with OS 5.0)
- Wifi support
- And dedicated media keys on the device for playing music (also available on the curve 8520)
There isn’t anything spectacular to report, except that it comes with the new trackpad navigation system. This version of the curve is the lightest Curve in the market at 3.7 ounces or 104 grams.
It would have been nice if they upgraded the display on this device, 320 x 240 pixels doesn’t cut it for me, I rather prefer the 480 x 360 display on the Curve 8900. Included an upgraded camera would have been cool, the Curve 8900 comes with 3.2MP while the new Curve 3G only has 2.0MP and it doesn’t have flash.
Curve 3G features
Despite these shortcomings the Curve 3G is still a really cool device and as I indicated earlier it is meant to be an entry level smartphone. Other cool features include:
|Size and Weight||Height: 109 mm
Width: 2.36 in /60 mm
Depth: 0.55 in/13.9 mm
Weight: 3.7 oz/ 106g
|Display||320×240 pixel color display|
|Memory||- 256 MB internal flash memory
- 256 MB built-in storage memory
- 2GB microSD card included
- Supports up to 32GB microSD card
|Battery||- 1150 mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Standby time: up to 19 days (GSM®), up to 14.5 days (UMTS®)
- Talk time: up to 4.5 hours (GSM), up to 5.5 hours (UMTS)
- Music playback: up to 29 hours
|Camera||2.0 MP camera, fixed focus, video recording|
|GPS||Integrated GPS with A-GPS (assisted GPS) ready|
|Modem||RIM® wireless modem with Tethered modem capability|
|Network||Tri-band UMTS networks: (800/850)/1900/2100 or 900/1700/2100 MHz
Quad-band: GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
|Audio||3.5mm stereo headset jack Integrated hands-free speakerphone|
|BlueTooth||Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
Headset Profile (HSP)
Handset Profile (HFP)
Address Book Integration using AT commands
Address Book Integration using OBEX (Object Push)
Overall a great entry level device for the BlackBerry user, though they could have bumped up the camera and display settings a bit. I’m glad that it can support OS 6 and comes along with a host of other features.
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