BlackBerry Curve 9300 review

A quick and clever QWERTY-toting BlackBerry for the budget-conscious

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BlackBerry curve 3g review

It's been difficult to judge the BlackBerry Curve 3G as a handset in its own right, so similar is it to the other members of the Curve family. But it has held its own, and despite a spec sheet not necessarily as chocablock as most smartphones, the Curve 3G isn't a handset we'd be completely ashamed to own.

We liked

During our time with the BlackBerry Curve 3G we grew to love that QWERTY keyboard, even though it's not quite as good as the BlackBerry Bold 9700's effort.

As usual, BlackBerry's email and messaging tools are top notch, and we were impressed with the call quality and great reception that was generally offered by the handset.

BlackBerry curve 3g

With the BlackBerry OS 6 upgrade imminent, the interface can only get better, and we're looking forward to advanced media features, meaning we can take full advantage of the physical media buttons atop the Curve 3G.

We didn't like

As people who've spent a lot of time with more powerful handsets, it was impossible to stop ourselves getting frustrated with the elements of the Curve 3G we wanted more from.

The screen's comparatively low resolution is one of the ways that RIM is able to keep the cost of the handset down, but for media fanatics it just won't cut it. The 2-megapixel camera is woefully restrictive. Similarly, the clunkiness of the menu system and the onboard browser will frustrate until you can upgrade the software.


BlackBerry curve 3g

Verdict

For a mid-range handset, the BlackBerry Curve 3G stands up well. If you're after an email-machine with occasional web browsing and a spot of media playback, then it'll suit you down to the ground without costing you a fortune – and with BlackBerry OS 6 just around the corner, things can only get better.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodAZERTY
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory256 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.42 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyCurve
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourGraphite Grey
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product Model9300
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.5")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)104 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth13.9 mm
Battery Standby Time348 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameCurve 3G 9300 Smartphone
Product LineCurve
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-30231-014
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

Designed for you

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone is fully and completely dedicated to helping you master your everyday. Join the BlackBerry Curve family today and find out what all the fuss is about.

Standard Memory256 MB