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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
Introduction:

Call it a long time coming or something, but we're finally seeing a T-Mobile branded RIM BlackBerry Curve smartphone that's sporting the good old 3G flare – something that's already giving way to 4G networks. Nevertheless, the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is here with some minor specs boost under the hood while retaining the exact design of the previous Curve 8520. Priced decently at $79.99 on-contract, will this new Curve have enough goodies to make it a standout winner soon after seeing the latest version of the platform unveiled?

RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
The package contains:
  • BlackBerry Curve 3G
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headset
  • BlackBerry User Tools CD
  • Start Guide
  • Tips & Tricks


Design:

Call it either a good or bad thing, but the Curve 3G is nearly an exact replica from head to toe with the Curve 8520. The faux-pas metallic lavender colored bezel attempts to add some charm to the handset, but you can gauge that it isn't the finest materials since the overall feel of the handset is plastic in nature. However, there's a sense of ruggedness since the sides and rear have that rubbery feel to them – making it resistant to some of the daily wear and tear we can bestow upon it. While holding it in the hand, it feels extremely light weight (3.7 oz) and normal sized. Regardless, it would've been nice to see some kind of redesign  especially after seeing this one for the better part of the last year.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G is nearly an exact replica from head to toe with the Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G is nearly an exact replica from head to toe with the Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G is nearly an exact replica from head to toe with the Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review

RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G is nearly an exact replica from head to toe with the Curve 8520


RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review

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Surprisingly, RIM opted to utilize a smaller 2.4” TFT display with QVGA resolution (320 x 240) while still resorting to having support for the same 65k colors. Granted though it does provide for better pixel density, but it doesn't change the fact that isn't any sharper looking. At the same time, colors look slightly washed out and doesn't radiate the vibrant colors found with other higher-end models. Viewing angles are pretty decent, and when it's placed on the maximum brightness setting, it can still be viewable outdoors in direct sunlight.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review


As we mentioned, the Curve 3G is a near replica of the Curve 8520 – so that means we're once again presented with the same placement of buttons. Below the display, we find the usual set of buttons with the optical track-pad found squarely in the middle. We like the responsive feel of it when navigating around the platform, but all of the buttons have a decent tactile response when pressed; even the track-pad. On the left edge, we find the 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, and left convenience key. While on the right side, we get access to the volume rocker and right convenience key – both of which have that rugged feel to them. However, we still like the fact that the media controls are once again found on the top side of the handset along with the speakerphone. The unchanged 2-megapixel camera is found at the upper left corner on the rear. Finally, removing the back cover is a pretty simple process requiring you to yank it off, but once that's done, you'll have access to the microSD card slot, battery, and SIM card slot.

The sides of RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
The sides of RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
The sides of RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
The sides of RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review

The sides of RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G


Again, we're greeted to the good old fashioned QWERTY keyboard that's been the staple on the last few Curve devices. Although buttons can be regarded as tiny, especially for those with larger sized fingers, they're raised to provide some distinction from one another. Moreover, they offer the same tactile response we're accustomed to experiencing with this keyboard. Thankfully, it only requires a few times to get situated with it as we began to speed type without any hiccups.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. kinnonyee (unregistered)


Looks like our Curve 9300 up here in Canada. One thing you should definitely note is that the trackpad seems to have been tightened up a lot more on this model and feels like the Bold's trackpad. Definitely not the same as the 8520's

posted on 15 Sep 2010, 14:34

2. lookitdisguy (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


It looks like 97% of RIM phones out there..... Change your design already RIM.... That would be like Motorola still coming out with phones that look exactly like the RAZR just because it was a popular design...

posted on 15 Sep 2010, 16:53

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I agree. Who wants to buy a new phone that looks and feels and does the same thing as their old one? Why not just keep your old phone then? Apple doesn't change their products that much but they don't need to because what they make is already top notch and does nearly everything amazingly. And Android is rapidly growing and getting better and better everyday. RIM has a grim future.

posted on 21 Sep 2010, 12:16

4. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


I noticed there is very little different from the 9300 and the 9700 other than the camera and button placements. Why come out with such a recycled design? Give us something new RIM!

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 12:43

5. heyhey (unregistered)


Ever heard of the saying, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

posted on 19 Nov 2010, 09:07

6. barrry (unregistered)


OS6 has leaked for this, supposedly runs pretty well too. A good decent phone that can be found on the cheap.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
624 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.55 inches
(109 x 60 x 14 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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