So I recently was given to opportunity to get my hands on a Rogers Curve 3G, and obviously I jumped at the chance. While the Curve 3G is a entry level Blackberry, it is still a Blackberry and I felt a strong urge to see what it was like. My overall impression of the device was that it is definitely one of the best curves I have had the chance to use. The new chrome bezel really gives this version of the Curve line a little more ‘flash’. Probably the best thing about the Curve 3G is that it is one of the existing models not to launch with Blackberry 6, but is slotted to receive it when the carriers make it official. Make sure you watch the whole unboxing video to find out what the TWIST is!!!!
This curve is pretty much the same as the 85xx series, other than the bezel. It has the same ‘chiclet’ keyboard and dedicated media keys on the top. The media keys are still a ‘hot topic’ if you will with me, I personally would much rather see the standard “lock” and “standby” keys up top. I do really like the battery door cover which is the ribbed style like the Torch, which I have found to be the second best battery door cover after the 9700 faux leather one. All around the Curve 3G is a nice design and definitely leaves you feeling like it is not a lower end Blackberry.
|Size (HxWxD)||Height 4.29 in / 109 mm
Width 2.36 in / 60 mm
Depth 0.55 in / 13.9 mm
|Operating System||BlackBerry 5 w/ BlackBerry 6 Compatibility|
|CPU Speed||624 MHz|
||- 256 MB internal flash memory
- 256 MB built-in storage memory
||- 2GB microSD card included
- Supports up to 32GB microSD card
||1150 mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery|
||320×240 pixel color display
Transmissive TFT LCD
||2.0 MP camera, fixed focus, video recording|
||Normal Mode: 320 x 240 pixels
MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixels
||Integrated GPS with A-GPS (assisted GPS) ready|
|WiFi||Wi-Fi Band: 802.11b/g/n, support for UMA (carrier-dependent)|
||Bluetooth v2.1; Mono/Stereo Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port Profile, Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP) and Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported|
||3.5mm stereo headset capable|
||Tri-band UMTS networks: (800/850)/1900/2100 or 900/1700/2100 MHz (check with your provider for network availability)
Quad-band: GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Now the one thing spec wise that I would have liked to see on the Curve 3G is a higher powered camera, 2MP just isn’t enough, and a flash to go along with it. Even if it kept the 2MP camera a flash would make a world of difference.
The keyboard on the Curve series becomes a “veto” moment for most of us that have moved onto a Torch or Bold 9000, 9700 or 9650 who now realize what a Blackberry keyboard should be. The keyboard is probably the biggest thing that would keep me using the 9300 on a regular basis.
I was actually very suprised at how much I liked the Curve 3G, as I was a little wary going into it. As I stated I could not use this Blackberry on a day to day basis, but I could see myself using it as a secondary device. If you are looking for a modestly priced Blackberry that will give you all the benefits of Blackberry 6 I would take a good long look at the Curve 3G!!
In case you didn’t watch the whole video the twist is that we here at Nerdberry.net are giving away this Blackberry curve 3G 9300 to one of our lucky readers!!! This is our way of saying thanks for all the support you have given us in getting the site to where it is. Now we have not decided on the term of the contest yet, but they will be posted soon. So make sure you keep checking the site, the forums and make sure you are registered on both the site and the forum (2 different registrations) and be sure to follow all of us on Twitter as we may be tricky about the announcement! AND MAKE SURE YOU TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW BLACKBERRY LOVERS ABOUT THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!
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