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RIM BlackBerry Curve Review

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The Curve has a very elegant design, neither flashy nor boring at the same time. The front and back are made up of a silver plastic. The left, right, and top sides are covered in a black rubber. This doesn’t give a lot of grip but it gives just enough support so it doesn’t slide out of your hand.

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

Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
BlackBerry Curve 4.20" x 2.40" x 0.60" 107 x 61 x 15.5 3.90 110.5
BlackBerry 8800 4.48" x 2.59" x 0.55" 114 x 66 x 14 4.72 134
T-Mobile Dash 4.39" x 2.46" x 0.50" 111.5 x 62.5 x 13 4.23 120
Samsung BlackJack 4.44" x 2.32" x 0.46" 113 x 59 x 11.8 3.52 100

from Left to Right and Bottom to Top - BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry 8830, HTC Mogul, Samsung U600 - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
from Left to Right and Bottom to Top - BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry 8830, HTC Mogul, Samsung U600 - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
from Left to Right and Bottom to Top - BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry 8830, HTC Mogul, Samsung U600 - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
the Curve next to Samsung BlackJack - from Left to Right and Bottom to Top - BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry 8830, HTC Mogul, Samsung U600 - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
   

the Curve next to Samsung BlackJack

from Left to Right and Bottom to Top - BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry 8830, HTC Mogul, Samsung U600


With a dimension of 106 x 61 x 15.5 (4.2 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches) and a weight of 110.5g (3.9 oz), the Curve is very comfortable to hold. The front holds a 2.6” inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240, which is the same one used on the 8830 but matches with the Curve much better. It is very legible, even in bright sunlight as the automatic light sensor does well at adjusting the brightness.

RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
Curve's keyboard compared to 8830's - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
 

Curve's keyboard compared to 8830's

Located just below the screen are the trackball, call button, hang-up button, menu button, and back button. Below that is the full QWERTY keyboard. The buttons are small but because they are separated from each other, they are easily distinguishable and also provide feedback when pressed. There were times where we would press the two buttons at once but this didn’t happen often. This is much better than the 8800 or Pearl. With the 8800, the buttons are squeezed so close together that you can end up pressing many at one time. The Pearl uses a QWERTY keyboard but there are two letters assigned to each key.

Just above the display, the speaker and LED indicator are located. The LED informs you whether there is reception. When charging, the LED is glow red to show it is charging and then green once it is completely charged.

One the right side, you will find the shortcut button for the camera and the volume rocker above it. On the left is the voice dialing shortcut (which AT&T changed to Push-to-Talk as the default), miniUSB connection, and 3.5mm audio jack. Located on the top are the hands-free speaker button and the hands-free speaker. Apart from the voice dialing shortcut, the buttons are placed a little deep and it takes some force to press, especially the volume rocker. The two shortcut buttons can be changed to many other applications if you don’t like the defaults.

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Left side - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review

Right side

Left side

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RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
The back houses a 2MP camera with flash and a mirror. The camera does not have a cover but is embedded a little deeper so that there is no need to worry about scratching the lens. The back comes off to reveal the battery. Below the battery is the location for the SIM card and the microSD card which is very inconvenient as you need to turn the phone off everytime you wish to change it out. It seems odd that RIM chose to place it here since the 8830’s was placed just above the battery. It might be a real deal breaker if you have plenty of cards to switch between.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


Did AT&T" bribe"you to make this review ? Because mine have THE WORST signal reception from all the phones I ever owned !!. And I have a few...TOP BRANDS !!. And NO, is not mine a bad one...I have it replaced three times already this ....USELESS 525 $ piece of SH__T!! U should be ashamed !!

posted on 19 Oct 2007, 23:23

2. (unregistered)


This is not only the best BlackBerry ever, it's also the best smart phone. I've had Treo's, a Moto-Q, AT&T 8525, & a BlackJack. This BlackBerry makes those others look like very old tech. I've had my 8300 Curve for over 5 months and have been very impressed with it's speed, stability, and the high quality of the phone. I have never had a dropped call, and it's not unusual for people to ask me if I'm calling from my office becuase the phone is so clear. It also has great volume, & a wide range of adjustment. The voice quality is warm and very clear when listening to your caller. I'm amazed at how fast the push mail is, and if one uses the unique to BlackBerry Pin messaging, you do not have to pay for any text messages. Even though I have 3G phones, the way that RIM has optimised this phone for EDGE is simply amazing. The build quality is stellar and this is one phone that has a battery door that is not only a great fit, but easy on and off. If you are a phone enthusiast as I am it's good to know that swapping sims is very easy with this phone. Of all the mobile phones, and smart phones I've owned this one is the very best by a wide margin. I highly endorse this model.

posted on 17 Jun 2008, 00:19

3. (unregistered)


This phone is awesome! Seriously it is the most solid well put together phone I have ever owned so far. I had a sliver and I needed something thin WITH a camera flash WITH GPS Navigation WITH internet and it does all those things super well. Also it looks cool and it's easy to use. I bad mouthed them on their message boards about the GPS nav not coming through the bluetooth, but I'm sure they'll fix it. Aside from that this phone is awesome. On a side not you guys got something WRONG, you can delete multiple emails by holding down caps lock and scrolling through then using menu --> delete. I figured that out even without using the manual. Then again I'm a computer programmer. I am a little disappointed I can't watch youtube videos. I was thinking about this or an iPhone, but I would never buy an iPhone cause I need a tactile keyboard. Anyway I give this phone a 9. Oh and this is my first blackberry so I am a new customer. I was won over by the size. I'm so pleased with being able to be on MySpace, email, and texts at the same time that I was using it at the bar during the Lakers game. -Nick Juntilla

posted on 19 Jul 2008, 18:30

4. ** zoee (unregistered)


this fone is the best everrr ! yes, i may be a blackberry first time user, but i HIGHLY recommend this fone to anyone. the fones rly easy to use, making txting faster [ which i &hearts! ] and the camera is rlyy clear for a fone that holds so many functions. compared to all the other kinds of qwerty fones, i find this fone aweshumm. i was deciding on getting either the blackberry curve 8310 or the sidekick 3, && i am so glad i chose the blackberry. even tho the sidekick whuld be better for me, since i only use a QWERTY keyboard for txting; i dont rly like the appearance of the sidekick, && the bulkiness. i am so glad i got this fone. ive had it for a month, and yet, i look at it like i just got it yesterday

posted on 06 Aug 2008, 18:01

5. Bolisho (unregistered)


The blackberry is amazing...i love it, very simple, great functions, eye catchy ...totally go for it, bussiness and pleasure device.

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Display320 x 240 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
312 MHz
Size4.20 x 2.40 x 0.60 inches
(107 x 61 x 15.5 mm)
3.90 oz  (110 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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