RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 Review
The BlackBerry Curve 9310 comes with the BlackBerry 7.1 OS, making it easy to use for new users and for those that have owned a BlackBerry before. Granted that it is functional and organized, but the entire experience is now feeling out-of-date versus competing Android and Apple smartphones. Even more, the user experience tends to feel tedious than its touchscreen enabled siblings, as we’re spending more time trying to navigate with the trackpad.
Verizon touts the BlackBerry 9310 as a “social messaging ready” smartphone. That is because in addition to the standard RIM apps, it includes some social media ones like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as messaging apps for Google Talk, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger. Verizon also includes their apps for VZ Navigator and VZW Tones. Productivity users will enjoy that the handset is preloaded with Documents To Go, which quickly allows us to create and edit Microsoft Office files.
The phonebook, organizer and other PIM functionality remain virtually unchanged, so anyone who has used a BlackBerry before will feel right at home. For first time users you can store just about anything you want about a contact and the full-featured calendar allows you to customize reminders, recurrence options and much more. Other basic PIM functionality, like tasks, memo and a calculator are available, and voice dialing is handled by Nuance.
With only an 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM on board, you may think the device would be slow, but we didn’t have any issues loading and using the included programs. In fact, the device only takes about 5 seconds to power on.
Internet and Connectivity:
The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a dual-band device that operates on Verizon’s CDMA 800/1900MHz network. Data is provided through their 3G EVDO Rev 0 network, sorry- no 4G LTE, but the device can also use local Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connections.
The web browser worked fine and was able to load up complex web pages without any problems, though we didn’t care for using the trackpad to scroll around the page, and found the zoom to be pain to use. Not only that, but the small 2.44” display discourages prolonged internet use.
1. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
90 bucks plus other charges to have this phone with 1GB of Data and unlimited txt and calls...which you got b4 as long as you called VZW customers.
2. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
This is BB's response to the Samsung GIII. We will fight Samsung with nostalgia.
4. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Wow 5/10 must be the lowest ratings for a phone?
5. Mr_Carter2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I thought Verizon said they would only be releasing phones with LTE capabilities for the rest of the year
6. Luuthian (Posts: 218; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
A question... Why do ALL phone reviews here seem to have a shot of DisenyWorld in them? I love DisneyLand and DisneyWorld myself, but I'm curious as to why this always is?
7. FAUguy (Posts: 77; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
I took the picture with a Canon dSLR about 7 years ago, and since then have used it on all the phones that I have tested and reviewed, sort of tradition. I'm the only one here that uses it.
8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
LOL i laughed so hard when i saw it for the first time, looks like a.....hmm toy phones may be ?
9. Titan500 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I am Curious; I know that you guys test a lot of devices and this can make anyone jaded. I know that you do the best that you can however; I have noticed that you tend down grade practicality or even ignore it. The 9310 has great form factor. It’s small easy to put in the pocket and nobody notices it. Try that with some of the new touch screens and it looks like you just shoplifted half pound block of cheese.
It has a great battery life. Remember touch screens, duel core processors, turbo charged browsers eat up energy and until someone comes up with something better than Lithium don’t expect it to get better.
The browser does the job, adamantly not as fast but it gets the job done. The 9310 has an email and messaging systems second to none and with its 7.0 OS it’s actually quite smooth. BB was never designed to be flashy watching videos and playing cool games with the exception of the BB 9850. These are good things and not to be discounted but a lot of people use them as toys or for the “My dog is bigger than your dog” game. I have bedazzled people the straight forward practicality of my BB and how fast I can get stuff done and get back to work. I am not putting down I phones Droids etc. These are all good phones with to there target audience. But so is Blackberry. I like your website keep up the good work. Thanks for letting me vent. T5J
10. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
You have to accept the fact that BB can't match with android or iPhone, this phone sells for about us $200, with that amount of money you can get a better device like nexus 7 which has a quad core processor,
11. carlislepa_noah (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
I have to agree with Titan500. Every review weather it be cnet, wired, etc is all about degrading phones that do not have the "super mega pixel" todays standard. 5 or 8 mega pixel camera,resolution this resolution that. All that software is great but whats the point with a 2 hr battery. I my self as a palm fan since the 90's, which I believe to be the first touch screens done right...have tried all the phones today and found my self jumping band wagons for games, coolest phones, etc. I have so many phones its ridiculous att, verizon, sprint. Getting caught up in the hype of these smart phones can become a life style. Coming to your senses of what a smartphone is and means to you is how you choose your phone.
I'm back to basics choosing what I need over style and whats popular. Battery power is a must. What the point of being mobile if your always plugged into an outlet. 2nd is email,social feeds and internet browsing. Shopping online, banking, googling info etc. 3 of course style. I believe the curve meets all the criteria. There's no phone out there that competes with the blackberry curve 9310's battery life, few if any. I've dump my 4s for this 9310 and thats was the best decision I've made in a long time. I have a Mac book air if I need to due something my phone can't do. If you know bb that isn't much with being able to max memory with a 32gig sd card,transfer and open pdf files...come on its black berry...meaning the air isn't needed much. A lot of the leaving Iphone was because of all the games and app purchases i've made over time. Trust... a lot of people aren't talking to their phones like the siri commercials. But I'm happy to be unplugged and mobile again. Thanks BB 9310!
12. Titan500 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Thanks carlisipa_noah, I good to know I'm not alone. T5J
13. MaryMary222 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
Personally, thanks to Titan500 and carlisipa_noah for making my LAST purchase, a BB, sounds like a move of intellectual prowess. I use it for home, strictly, and in the car. In my hair salon, though, I do have a SGSIII and love it for the apps I can use (showing styles from online (no magazines!). I use the 4G LTE technology via AT&T there, and RIM at home/mobile. I love the balance. Nostalgia is good!