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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 Review

BlackBerry Curve 9310

Posted: , by FAUguy


Call Quality:

RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 Review
Just like its fellow Curve brothers, the 9310 produces good call quality, with voices sounding clear and natural on our end. People that we called also said that we sounded clear on their end, but voices were a bit “hollow” and not full-sounding. The speakerphone also does an excellent job, as it produces clear voices and can get quite loud without too much speaker distortion. Signal reception was also adequate, as we got 3-4 bars in our area and didn’t drop any calls.


With the included 1450 mAh battery, we were able to get 7 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about one day worth of mixed usage.


The most attractive aspect of the BlackBerry Curve 9310 is its low $49 contract price. But for the same amount, you can get an Android smartphone, such as the LG Lucid, which is capable of a lot more and can run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. At this point, we don’t see much interest in the BlackBerry Curve 9310, as it just doesn’t stand up to the competition, except for those individuals specifically looking for a low priced BlackBerry.

Software on tested device:
7.1 Bundle 1663 (v7.1.0.539, Platform

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9310 Video Review:


  • Low Price
  • Good call quality


  • Poor camera quality
  • Outdated user interface
  • Small display
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posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:27

1. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

90 bucks plus other charges to have this phone with 1GB of Data and unlimited txt and calls...which you got b4 as long as you called VZW customers.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:42 4

2. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

This is BB's response to the Samsung GIII. We will fight Samsung with nostalgia.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:56

3. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

no stalgia

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:40

4. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

Wow 5/10 must be the lowest ratings for a phone?

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:08

5. Mr_Carter2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I thought Verizon said they would only be releasing phones with LTE capabilities for the rest of the year

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 19:00 1

6. Luuthian (Posts: 296; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

A question... Why do ALL phone reviews here seem to have a shot of DisenyWorld in them? I love DisneyLand and DisneyWorld myself, but I'm curious as to why this always is?

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 23:01 2

7. FAUguy (Posts: 78; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

I took the picture with a Canon dSLR about 7 years ago, and since then have used it on all the phones that I have tested and reviewed, sort of tradition. I'm the only one here that uses it.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 10:20

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

LOL i laughed so hard when i saw it for the first time, looks like a.....hmm toy phones may be ?

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 23:54 1

9. Titan500 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I am Curious; I know that you guys test a lot of devices and this can make anyone jaded. I know that you do the best that you can however; I have noticed that you tend down grade practicality or even ignore it. The 9310 has great form factor. It’s small easy to put in the pocket and nobody notices it. Try that with some of the new touch screens and it looks like you just shoplifted half pound block of cheese.

It has a great battery life. Remember touch screens, duel core processors, turbo charged browsers eat up energy and until someone comes up with something better than Lithium don’t expect it to get better.

The browser does the job, adamantly not as fast but it gets the job done. The 9310 has an email and messaging systems second to none and with its 7.0 OS it’s actually quite smooth. BB was never designed to be flashy watching videos and playing cool games with the exception of the BB 9850. These are good things and not to be discounted but a lot of people use them as toys or for the “My dog is bigger than your dog” game. I have bedazzled people the straight forward practicality of my BB and how fast I can get stuff done and get back to work. I am not putting down I phones Droids etc. These are all good phones with to there target audience. But so is Blackberry. I like your website keep up the good work. Thanks for letting me vent. T5J

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 09:36

10. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

You have to accept the fact that BB can't match with android or iPhone, this phone sells for about us $200, with that amount of money you can get a better device like nexus 7 which has a quad core processor,

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 02:55

11. carlislepa_noah (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

I have to agree with Titan500. Every review weather it be cnet, wired, etc is all about degrading phones that do not have the "super mega pixel" todays standard. 5 or 8 mega pixel camera,resolution this resolution that. All that software is great but whats the point with a 2 hr battery. I my self as a palm fan since the 90's, which I believe to be the first touch screens done right...have tried all the phones today and found my self jumping band wagons for games, coolest phones, etc. I have so many phones its ridiculous att, verizon, sprint. Getting caught up in the hype of these smart phones can become a life style. Coming to your senses of what a smartphone is and means to you is how you choose your phone.

I'm back to basics choosing what I need over style and whats popular. Battery power is a must. What the point of being mobile if your always plugged into an outlet. 2nd is email,social feeds and internet browsing. Shopping online, banking, googling info etc. 3 of course style. I believe the curve meets all the criteria. There's no phone out there that competes with the blackberry curve 9310's battery life, few if any. I've dump my 4s for this 9310 and thats was the best decision I've made in a long time. I have a Mac book air if I need to due something my phone can't do. If you know bb that isn't much with being able to max memory with a 32gig sd card,transfer and open pdf files...come on its black berry...meaning the air isn't needed much. A lot of the leaving Iphone was because of all the games and app purchases i've made over time. Trust... a lot of people aren't talking to their phones like the siri commercials. But I'm happy to be unplugged and mobile again. Thanks BB 9310!

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:26

12. Titan500 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Thanks carlisipa_noah, I good to know I'm not alone. T5J

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 19:45 1

13. MaryMary222 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

Personally, thanks to Titan500 and carlisipa_noah for making my LAST purchase, a BB, sounds like a move of intellectual prowess. I use it for home, strictly, and in the car. In my hair salon, though, I do have a SGSIII and love it for the apps I can use (showing styles from online (no magazines!). I use the 4G LTE technology via AT&T there, and RIM at home/mobile. I love the balance. Nostalgia is good!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 16:48

14. PilotHead (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Apr 2009)

2009 called, they want their phone back.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (164 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Single core, 800 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.50 inches
(109 x 60 x 12.7 mm)
3.66 oz  (104 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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