Camera

BlackBerry Curve 9350

One of the other improved features of this Curve is the 5 MP camera embedded in the back which features an LED flash, image stabilization, continuous focus, and the ability to tag your photos with a location. As with most smaller cameras, it benefits from having a lot of light available, unless you're fairly close with the flash. Using the convenience key makes it easy to snap pictures instead of having to fumble with one of the face buttons.

BlackBerry Curve 9350

You can zoom in by rolling your thumb up and down the trackpad, and there are a variety of screen modes, including automatic face detection, night, sport, and others to fool around with. Shutter speeds are a bit slow, and the camera won't take a photo immediately after you hit the button, so patience is a virtue here.

BlackBerry Curve 9350

Video

Switching to video, the camera takes fairly decent video at 640x480, which of course is not HD. But it looks smooth and crisp, captures terrific colors, and you'll be glad the image stabilization works here, as well. It's a bit disappointing not to have 720 HD here, but you probably won't shoot a feature film on your BlackBerry, and it's perfectly fine for everyday video.

BlackBerry Curve 9350

Media

With the built-in microSD card slot, the Curve has the ability to handle a lot of media. You can load that card up with audio (.3g2, .m4v, .avi, .wmv, .wma, .mp3, .flac, .ogg, .aac, .amr, .qcp, .wav, and .mid, video (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp, .avi,, .asf) and photos (.bmp, .jpg, .gif, .png, .tif, .wbmp), making it a pocket-sized powerhouse of entertainment. The built-in speaker won't do your video and audio much justice, but it sounds fine when connected to a standard headset or over Bluetooth. Again, the screen size isn't ideal for watching video on, but it will do in a pinch.

BlackBerry Curve 9350