RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review

Interface and Features:

Some were probably hoping to see BlackBerry OS 6 make its presence on this handset after seeing the Touch 9800 bring it into the world, but regrettably, we're left with nothing more than OS 5. The last generation platform is more than sufficient in getting things done thanks to the peppy 624MHz processor running under the hood – something that's an upgrade over the Curve 8520's 512MHz CPU. In actual usage, there is nothing different to separate this BlackBerry OS 5 device with others on the market – but it'll require some time investment in learning the platform if you're new to it. Overall, we adore the fact that the Curve 3G is well endowed with the speed factor seeing that launching applications and getting tasks are a breeze for this one.

The homescreen is laid out as you'd expect it to be with some icons, which you can change obviously, that'll offer you quick access to specific apps. Once you get into the main menu, you'll be greeted with that neon looking presentation of the icons which are placed in a grid-like fashion. Needless to say, the BlackBerry menu key will become one friendly tool when you run specific apps.

When launching the contacts app for the first time, we were glad to see it prompt us to enable T-Mobile's Mobile Backup service. It'll basically wirelessly sync contacts which easily lessens the burden on yourself, but then again, you can always download Google Sync as an alternative source. Adding contacts to the handset is your usual fanfare since there are a host of specific pieces of information you can attach with each person.

By far one of the biggest strengths of any BlackBerry device is its never complicated email setup – and the same is true with the Curve 3G. After simply running the “Manage Internet Email” app under the Settings folder, you can pick and choose which clients you want to use. Undoubtedly you'll find all of the generic email clients there, but it is even able to automatically set up our PhoneArena account by only inputting our email address and password. Still, there might be some additional settings required if it's something not familiar. There will be a specific icons in the main menu created for each email account you set up, but you'll find a combined inbox when you run the “Messages” app.

Sending text messages is no different from other BlackBerry handsets as you'll even have the option of including media content like audio, video, and photos. Without a doubt, the Curve 3G is yet another messaging monster since its QWERTY keyboard makes for a fantastic overall experience. Rather than sending text messages, you can instant message friends with its support for clients like AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, and BlackBerry Messenger.

Interestingly enough, the Curve 3G is slim when it comes to preloaded third party applications, however, a quick look into the BlackBerry App World will easily assuage those concerns. Although it still pales in comparison to the level of apps offered by the App Store and Android Market, it should prove to be sufficient in getting some of the most popular apps out there onto the handset.



1. kinnonyee unregistered

Looks like our Curve 9300 up here in Canada. One thing you should definitely note is that the trackpad seems to have been tightened up a lot more on this model and feels like the Bold's trackpad. Definitely not the same as the 8520's

2. lookitdisguy

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

It looks like 97% of RIM phones out there..... Change your design already RIM.... That would be like Motorola still coming out with phones that look exactly like the RAZR just because it was a popular design...

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I agree. Who wants to buy a new phone that looks and feels and does the same thing as their old one? Why not just keep your old phone then? Apple doesn't change their products that much but they don't need to because what they make is already top notch and does nearly everything amazingly. And Android is rapidly growing and getting better and better everyday. RIM has a grim future.

4. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I noticed there is very little different from the 9300 and the 9700 other than the camera and button placements. Why come out with such a recycled design? Give us something new RIM!

5. heyhey unregistered

Ever heard of the saying, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

6. barrry unregistered

OS6 has leaked for this, supposedly runs pretty well too. A good decent phone that can be found on the cheap.
Curve 3G T-Mobile
  • Display 2.4" 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 1150 mAh(5.50h 3G talk time)

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