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RIM BlackBerry Curve Review

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Interface:

The Curve has a very similar interface to other BlackBerries. There are 21 icons in a 5 x 4 style grid style layout on the default profile. AT&T’s default theme is looks very cartoonish and completely ruins the great screen. Luckily, there are other themes that you can change to loaded with the phone or if those don’t work for you, you can download one from AT&T.

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At the top, there is a banner that holds the time, date, etc. in the top left hand corner are the time and date. The signal indicator and battery life indicator are on the right hand side. To the left of the signal indicator, there is an indicator that will inform you if you’re on an EDGE or GRPS network. In the center is the AT&T logo and name and the Cingular name is just below it.

All the icons can be moved around to organize them to your liking. To organize them further, custom folders can be made to separate the types of shortcuts.



Phonebook:

RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
The phonebook on the Curve is the standard BlackBerry phonebook. Email addresses and phonebook contacts are combined into one entry so that there is less confusion. There are plenty of fields to enter so that all of the necessary information can be added to the entry (first and last name, title, picture, email, company job title, address, email address, work/home/mobile/pager/fax numbers, web page, category, usernames, and notes.)

Folders can be created to organize users but the purpose is defeated since the username stays in the address book as well as the folder that was created.


Organizer:

The calendar with the Curve is standard but still very informative. Views can be seen in a day/week/month/agenda view. The default view is set to day but it can be changed through the menu. Free time is set to be included by default in the agenda. This just adds to the list and makes it more complicated than it should be. Luckily, this can be turned off.

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

Adding an appointment is done by going through the menu. The fields are: subject, location, description, if it’s an all day event, start/end time and date, duration, time zone, shown as (free/busy/tentative/out of office), reminder (none/0/5/10/15/30/45 minutes/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12 hours/1/2/3/4/5/6 days/1 week), recurrence (none/daily/weekly/monthly/yearly), mark as private, and notes. For those who travel often, you can set the appointments to different time zones to create less confusion for yourself.

Other standard features are calculator, alarm, task pad, and memo pad. The calculator is a standard calculator and there are no scientific functions available. There is only one alarm that can be set and the available options are: Alarm on/off, time, snooze on/off, alert type (tone, vibrate, vibrate + tone), tune, volume (escalating/high/medium/low), and number of beeps (1/2/3).

The memo pad sounds exactly like what it does, it just stores little notes that you want to have at hand. The task pad is much more useful and almost feels like a second calendar. You can enter task name, status (not started/in progress/completed/waiting/deferred), priority (high/normal/low), due (none/by date), time zone, reminder (none/by date), categories, and notes.

Voice commands are included with the Curve but performance is less than stellar. Using the voice command to call someone worked out well but other commands did not seem to work quite often. Either the command would not be recognized or the wrong program was opened. Searching manually comes out much faster in the end.

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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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