BlackBerry Curve 9300 review

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

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We managed to get the BlackBerry Curve 3G to last two full days on one full battery charge, although it was getting very touch-and-go towards the end of day two.

During this time, we were taking photos, using email, web browsing and downloading apps, as well as making several calls.

BlackBerry curve 3g

This is just about in line with what RIM has stated for the handset's battery life – it offers 4.5 hours of talk time, 29 hours of music playback or 19 days of standby time.

Physically speaking, the battery is tiny – which no doubt helps the BlackBerry Curve 3G retain its low weight.

BlackBerry curve 3g battery charging icon

The native Google Maps app on board the BlackBerry Curve 3G is not the worst we've seen – the Sony Ericsson Vivaz's poor efforts could well take that prize.

A recent update has vastly improved matters. Getting directions between locations has suddenly become much easier – a matter of simply filling in clearly marked boxes with your destination and locations.

BlackBerry curve 3g map directions list

BlackBerry curve 3g directions map

Although accurate and much nicer to use post-update, the maps could still be a little slow to load when you're out and about and relying on the 3G network. The compass, however, is brilliant – quick, accurate and easy to navigate by.

It's just as well that Google Maps comes pre-loaded, given the monstrousness of BlackBerry's own native maps app, which is clunky, confusing, slow and generally makes life difficult for the user.

BlackBerry curve 3g maps


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