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RIM BlackBerry Curve Review

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Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review

Camera interface

Along with the Pearl, the Curve is the only other BlackBerry in AT&T’s lineup that features a camera. Since RIM just recently began to include cameras with BlackBerries, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality. The 2MP camera is not the best, but it does a decent job. Pictures from a distance tend to be a little blurry and come out overexposed in bright situations. It’s odd though, in photos with the object in the distance, objects further away are a little out of focus while everything closer come out more clearly.

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Outdoor images - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
Outdoor images - RIM BlackBerry Curve Review
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RIM did a great job adding a flash and mirror, especially when you consider how some manufacturers tend to put one or the other or neither. The flash does great and it’s very bright. We were able to have some of a completely black room come out and the objects were over 11 feet away. Still, it was too dark to make much out. If you’re planning on using the flash, make sure that the object is no more than 6 feet away. This is exceptional considering it’s an LED flash.

Sadly, the Curve has no video recorder.


Multimedia:

With the move to mainstream, RIM needed to include a media player with the BlackBerries which is very simple and the only options are pause, play, stop, change the volume, repeat, and random. Quality is lacking, however as the sound seems a little washed out when playing through the speaker. You also have the option to use a 3.5mm headphones or Bluetooth which has a stereo profile so you’re not stuck with mono sound. Sound through headphones is better but it it’s lacking as well. If you want a simple media player for those times when you want to pass the time, then you should be happy with this. Otherwise, either look for another phone or get a dedicated MP3 player. Supported formats for audio are MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, and MIDI, and for videos are MPEG4, WMV, and H.263. There is a choice for fullscreen when watching videos but it isn’t much larger than in regular mode.

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

Media can be stored on the 64MB of built-in memory and can be expanded using a microSD card. Still, it would be nice to see the microSD slot at a little more convenient place than under the battery.


Software:

The Curve can open .Zip archives, internet pages saved in .htm, or .html formats, Word documents (.doc, .dot, .wpd, .txt, vCard file (.vcf), PowerPoint (.ppt), Excel (.xls), Adobe Reader (.pdf), and images in formats of .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tif, and .wmf files. If the programs on the Curve are lacking, you can find others on the internet by just doing a quick search on Google.

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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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