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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
Introduction:

On the eve of RIM’s highly anticipated announcement for its new BlackBerry 10 devices, we’re getting a look at its latest smartphone for T-Mobile – the OS 7.1 running BlackBerry Curve 9315. Essentially a variant of the Curve 9310, it’s priced to sell for $49.99 on-contract, but the question that remains is whether you’ll want to pick one up knowing what’s on the horizon.


Design:

The Curve 9315 for T-Mobile is identical in design to Verizon’s model in the Curve 9310. Compared to its predecessors, this is arguably one of the most compact Curve models to date, but we have to admit, it definitely feels rather cheap in feel with its all-plastic construction.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 has an all-plastic construction - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 has an all-plastic construction - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 has an all-plastic construction


RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

You can compare the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

Around its trim, we spots its lock button, volume control, shutter key, speaker grill, BBM button, microUSB port, microphone and 3.5mm headset jack.

Loudpeaker (bottom) - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
microUSB port (left) - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
Shutter and volume keys (right) - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

Loudpeaker (bottom)

microUSB port (left)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Shutter and volume keys (right)

The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315


In the rear, there’s a paltry sized 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, which has a maximum video capture resolution of VGA (640 x 480). Sliding off the rear casing, we’re given access to its 1,450 mAh battery, SIM slot, and microSD card slot.

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Rear camera - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
Battery compartment - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display:

Ouch! Our eyes writhe in pain trying to view anything on this poor excuse of a screen. To be specific, its 2.44-inch QVGA 320 x 240 LCD display is painfully agonizing to view! Not only does it lack in the details department, but when you combine its poor viewing angles and low contrast, it doesn’t particularly handle too well with outdoor usage.


Keyboard:

Paying homage to the Curves of yesterday, this latest model is staying true by featuring that classic Curve keyboard we all know and love – though, it’s still not quite as good as the Bold series keyboard. With its slightly raised buttons and responsive feel, we’re able to type away merrily without much hassle. Meanwhile, it’s a bit alien to once again go back to using an optical trackpad for navigation, but it still works well for the occasion.

Keyboard of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
Keyboard of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review
Keyboard of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315 Review

Keyboard of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315





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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:58

1. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Wish theyd pull out the stops for what may be there last Blackberry pre BB10- just for the few remaining die hards, but either way this phone should not be bought. Too many other good options.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:14

2. AlMal (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Agree. Also the phones with small screen are mostly good just for the phone calls.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (164 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 800 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.50 inches
(109 x 60 x 12.7 mm)
3.66 oz  (104 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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