RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 Review

Interface:

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 comes with the BlackBerry 7.1 OS, making it easy to use for new users and for those that have owned a BlackBerry before. Granted that it is functional and organized, but the entire experience is now feeling out-of-date versus competing Android and Apple smartphones. Even more, the user experience tends to feel tedious than its touchscreen enabled siblings, as we’re spending more time trying to navigate with the trackpad.


Verizon touts the BlackBerry 9310 as a “social messaging ready” smartphone. That is because in addition to the standard RIM apps, it includes some social media ones like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as messaging apps for Google Talk, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger. Verizon also includes their apps for VZ Navigator and VZW Tones. Productivity users will enjoy that the handset is preloaded with Documents To Go, which quickly allows us to create and edit Microsoft Office files.


The phonebook, organizer and other PIM functionality remain virtually unchanged, so anyone who has used a BlackBerry before will feel right at home. For first time users you can store just about anything you want about a contact and the full-featured calendar allows you to customize reminders, recurrence options and much more. Other basic PIM functionality, like tasks, memo and a calculator are available, and voice dialing is handled by Nuance.



Processor:

With only an 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM on board, you may think the device would be slow, but we didn’t have any issues loading and using the included programs. In fact, the device only takes about 5 seconds to power on.


Internet and Connectivity:

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a dual-band device that operates on Verizon’s CDMA 800/1900MHz network. Data is provided through their 3G EVDO Rev 0 network, sorry- no 4G LTE, but the device can also use local Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connections.

The web browser worked fine and was able to load up complex web pages without any problems, though we didn’t care for using the trackpad to scroll around the page, and found the zoom to be pain to use. Not only that, but the small 2.44” display discourages prolonged internet use.



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