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BlackBerry Curve 9300 review

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

Our Verdict

BlackBerry's low-cost Curve 3G is highly capable for traditional functions and web browsing, but won't satisfy the media-hungry consumer.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 256 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • Physical QWERTY keyboard is excellent for text
  • Media controls are conveniently located
  • BB OS 6 upgrade coming soon
  • Battery life is good
  • Optical trackpad is improvement on rollerball

Against

  • Camera is a little underpowered
  • Feels a little cheap and plasticky
  • Out-dated OS is not intuitive
  • Apps are expensive and less varied
  • Didn't handle low-reception areas well

Like its fellow Curve handsets, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is one of RIM's highly capable handsets aimed at a more youthful, fun-loving consumer than the traditional business customer.

It's pretty similar to the rest of the Curve range, including the BlackBerry Curve 8500 with which it shares its external media controls. The design is slightly updated, though, and the 3G connectivity gives it an edge.

BlackBerry curve 3g

The BlackBerry OS 6 update, on its way to the handset in the coming months, will set it apart from older models like the rest of the BlackBerry Curve range.

BlackBerry curve 3g review

What it shares in looks with the BlackBerry Bold 9700, it sadly lacks in specs – the screen is a lower resolution, the QWERTY less well-angled for speed-typing and the connectivity and processing powers leave a little to be desired.

BlackBerry curve 3g

The optical trackpad is a little more skittish than that of the BlackBerry Bold 9700, however. We found it a bit unwilling to make small movements, which meant we often had a difficult time selecting the options we wanted.

The Curve 3G doesn't purport to be all things to all people, unlike it's newest BlackBerry cohort, the BlackBerry Torch.

BlackBerry curve 3g review

That said, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is definitely a step up from the candy-bar stylings of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, and despite the similar functions and connectivity, that full QWERTY keyboard really sets it apart for serious emailers.

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
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth13.9 mm
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