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BlackBerry Curve 9300 review

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

Like the still camera mode, video recording on the BlackBerry Curve 3G offers the most basic customisation. The only options here are between two sizes (normal or a smaller MMS size) and colour effects (normal, black and white or sepia).

One feature we did appreciate, however, was the ability to pause recording then continue. Rather than leaving us with a bunch of little video files needing editing together on a PC, we had one handy video file with several shots in (like the video clip below).

Like the still camera, the video camera's ability to handle bright colours is not bad, but you do still get that unreal gloss over objects like flowers.

Differentiating between similar colours is a bit of a struggle for the BlackBerry Curve 3G. In real life, the greens of the leaves in the video above were noticeably different, but here they merge into one Kermit-like mass.

You'll notice that the wind fluttering through the leaves looks a little jaggedy and jumpy, and we can assure you it was the handset not nature that was at fault here.

It's a shame that you can't zoom while filming. You have to decide on your zoom before hitting record, otherwise you'll have to manually move closer to your subject.

Emailing videos works fine as long as the file size isn't too big. Any video clip over about 30s will need to be transferred by USB instead.

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

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Standard Memory256 MB