Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Review
Announced on August 10 this year, the Blackberry Curve 9300 is the latest in the line of the new Blackberry 3G enabled smartphones. High speed 3G (HSDPA) networks are the preferred mode of mobile communication nowadays. So it is nothing new that the Curve has come with. So what is worth talking about in this latest Blackberry Curve Smartphone? Scroll down to check out the entire Blackberry 9300 Review!
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Design
Whereas looks are concerned, the Curve 3G 9300 bears the signature Blackberry design. This may be a put off for some though not for people who are looking for a typical “Blackberry” phone. The QWERTY design seems to be a must for every Blackberry worth its salt. But it is now in almost every smartphone and the once unique design is not so outstanding any more. A few months ago, Blackberry tried a new alphanumeric keypad design only in the Pearl 3G 9105. It is time Blackberry does away with its signature look before it starts becoming its yawn factor.
Moving beyond the looks we must admit that the Blackberry design is compact. As in other RIM devices, the display and front and rear looks are the same as in other models like Blackberry Bold. The 2.46 inch TFT LCD display sports a 320 X 240 pixel resolution that shows more than 65K colors. Compare with Android smartphones and it looks pretty pedestrian. However, text and images look pretty good and there should not be much of a complaint until you start looking at the videos. But we will come later to that.
Moving past its design, the QWERTY keyboard is as functional as in other Blackberries. There is also a touch-sensitive optical trackpad instead of the trackball to ease scrolling. We liked this better than the trackball, even though a bit of sweat from our hand made it a bit less responsive. We also found the keys a bit small and hard to the touch which makes typing a little inaccurate.
The Curve 9300 measures 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm which lets you grip it more easily. At only 104 gms, the device is also a lot leaner than most Android phones out there. We had no issues with the form factor and hopefully, you are not going to have any either.
The internals are pretty standard with a 256 MB RAM having only 256 MB ROM for company. But that is not all about the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 memory for microSD extensions can boost the storage capabilities to as large as 32GB. That should be enough for even the most extensive multimedia users out there.
A sturdy 624 MHz CPU powers the Curve 9300 and makes operations faster and easier.
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Features
The Blackberry Curve 9300 3G multimedia features are satisfactory. The inbuilt music player is great and the audio quality is pretty fine. The output can be amplified with the headset that can be inserted in the 3.5 mm audio out port. The media player interface is simple and easily navigable. You can also switch tracks with the external buttons available on the phone. The player is friendly with a variety of audio file types like MP3, AMR-NB, eAAC+, AAC-LC, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, WMA and Flac. What kills the joy is the lack of radio on Blackberry Curve.
The images are of decent quality and can be viewed in full screen. Nothing exceptional here. The video quality is not that great and the small screen size does not help matters either. Watching movies is strictly okay on this model but Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 YouTube viewing simply disappoints. There is, however, support for a number of video formats like H.263, H.264, WMV9 and MPEG4.
We liked the on-board 2 MP camera immensely. This digital sharp shooter comes with fixed focus and video recording capabilities. You can use it to shoot JPEG images in a maximum 1632 x 1224 pixel resolution. You can shoot images in QVGA 320 x 240 pixel display resolution and MMS 176 x 144 pixel resolutions. Sadly, there is no night flash feature which takes the device down several notches in our esteem.
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Apps
There are not too many apps and softwares on board the Blackberry 9300 Curve 3G which can be disappointing for some of you out there. We however, found the inbuilt apps quite useful to perform the basics. Sample? The Webkit based browser, which is one of the best mobile surfers you can find in recent times. Yes, the page load is sluggish at times but that has got more to do with AT&T’s occasional poor service than the browser’s performance. When the Blackberry Curve Internet speed is good, the browser renders HTML pages and mails quite sharply and effectively. Much like in Opera Mini 5, you can experience a tabbed browsing experience. We loved the similar pinch to zoom, auto-wrap text zoom and other associated features. The 3G service is fast and dreamlike when at its best and excellent for browsing. If not for anything, the Curve can be recommended for its fast 3G internet capabilities.
The model also boasts of a host of instant messaging and social networking applications that gives you easy connect with Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and other sites. Social networkers have a reason to cheer about! There are also other handy Blackberry Curve Softwares like a Podcasts app and a dedicated YouTube application. The Blackberry Curve GPS is another useful application, though it is now a standard in most smartphones. The model also has WiFi support and Push mail capability.
There is also the Universal Search app that lets you seek mails, messages, videos and everything stored on your phone with a couple of clicks. If you fall short of apps you can also use it to check out new application in the Blackberry App World. Other than useful Blackberry applications, you can also check out Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 themes, games, books and much more.
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Accessories
The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 comes with a set of standard accessories like headset, charger and a removable battery. There is also a Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 manual for new smartphone users. But you have to buy a Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 case from your local mobile store. It is not clear whether RIM is going to include one in its subsequent versions.
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Release Date
The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 AT&T launch was sometime in September, 2010. T-Mobile USA unveiled the launch of the phone with much fanfare this year on 8th September.
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Battery
The Curve battery is an 1150 mHz standard Li-Ion fare which offers about 17 days of standby time and has a rated 4.5 hours of talk time. We used it extensively to find it lasting only for 4 hours. Acceptable but not exceptional for a smartphone.
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 Price
The smartphone comes at a cost of $79.99 under a 2 year contract agreement in the USA. Its price in the UK hovers around 280 pounds. In India, it is available at a price of around Rs. 19,000. The model comes in a variety of colors – there is the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 black, the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 orange, the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 graphite grey, the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 violet, the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 white and many more.
All that leads to the obvious question – to buy or not to buy the Curve? As you can make out of our Blackberry Curve Review, this is strictly an average phone. Powerful 3G, “berry” sleek design, handy apps and good messaging capabilities speak in its favor and somewhat justify it as a phone for all user segments. But the bigger question is its worth in these Apple and Android days. Forget the rivals; the Curve does not even match up to its cousins like Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Torch. Buy this phone only if owning a Blackberry has long been your dream and you have never owned a smartphone before. Not a bad one to be a good starting point.