BlackBerry Curve 9300 review

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

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BlackBerry OS 5 is not known for its brilliance in the media arena. While the BlackBerry Curve 3G does display track information and album artwork, the music player is very basic. It does offer you the option to shuffle or continuously play albums, artists and tracks, however.

BlackBerry curve 3g music player

The other notable features is the ability to either build your own playlists or command the BlackBerry Curve 3G to create an automatic playlist featuring artists of your choosing. There's no FM radio on board, so you'll want to make sure you have plenty of music tracks to listen to.

BlackBerry curve 3g playlists

Sound quality is average – even through quite high-quality Sennheiser in-ear headphones – but at least it's better than the BlackBerry Curve 3G's built-in speaker, which is tinny and awful.

Of course you can also control the media player by using the buttons on the top of the handset. This controls both the audio and video players.

The following audio files are supported: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Flac, Ogg Vorbis.

Video playback isn't particularly brilliant quality on that 320x240 pixel screen, but the video player is quite nippy, and it skips happily between clips.

BlackBerry curve 3g watching youtube video

If you don't have much stored on the handset, you can visit YouTube within the mobile browser – we'd recommend sticking to the Wi-Fi to do this.

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV9 video formats are all supported on the BlackBerry Curve 3G.

The image gallery displays all your photos in a pleasing thumbnail layout, but viewing them on such a small, low-quality screen is not exactly satisfying.

BlackBerry curve 3g image gallery

Uploading images to Facebook and other social networking apps is easy – you just do it through an option in the internal menu. There's no such option for sending videos to social networks though, although you can share them via email or Bluetooth.

Suffice to say, this isn't the best handset for anyone looking to video-blog on the go – we'd point you in the direction of the iPhone 4 for its front-facing camera, or the Sony Ericsson Vivaz which records in HD and makes sharing videos super easy.

BlackBerry curve 3g sharing image to contact set

The headphone jack is located on the side of the handset, just above the USB connector. It's often a little easier on the headphone connection if it's located on the top or bottom of the handset – particularly if you're going to be storing the handset in a pocket.

You'd think, given the location of the media playback controls on the top pane of the BlackBerry Curve 3G that this might have been a sensible place for the headphone jack too. It's a 3.5mm connector, so you'll have the freedom to use a wide range of headphones.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodAZERTY
Wireless LANYes
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
Product NameCurve 3G 9300 Smartphone
Product LineCurve
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-30231-014
Manufacturer Website Address
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Standard Memory256 MB