RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 Review
BlackBerry Curve 9310, available from Verizon Wireless for $49 with a 2-year contract. There really isn’t anything inspiring on the new model, but the low price is sure to attract budget conscious consumers that are looking for a BlackBerry.
Included in the retail package is the BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone, 1450 mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.
The BlackBerry Curve 9310 closely resembles other BlackBerry devices, but is relatively compact at 4.29” H x 2.36” W x 0.5” D and is lightweight at only 3.66 oz. Because of this, it fits quite comfortably in the hand, and can inconspicuously be placed in your pocket. The black and gray metallic combination looks nice, and we like the texture on the back of the phone that provides a firm grip.
Faithful to its siblings, we find the optical trackpad and BlackBerry buttons located below the display. For the most part, we felt at home typing on them, but the QWERTY keypad can be cramped at times as we occasionally would press two keys at once. The keyboard is a far cry from larger one on the Bold 9930, which is the standard in the BlackBerry line-up.
On the left side of the device is the microUSB port and dedicated BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) button. Up on top is a 3.5mm headset jack and lock key, and on the right side is the volume keys and camera button. The 3.2 MP camera and LED flash are on the back, and removing the battery cover will allow access to the microSD memory card slot.
There isn’t anything too interesting about the display, as it comes in at 2.44” with a QVGA resolution of 320x240 pixels. Due to its lower resolution, you can clearly see jagged edges when looking at text or images, which is not present on the higher resolution display on the BlackBerry Curve 9370. Still, for the price, the display on the BlackBerry Curve 9310 isn’t bad, just not as good as we would like.