RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review

Camera and Multimedia:

Sadly there are no improvements to be found with the 2-megapixel camera on the Curve 3G as it was unable to accurately reproduce colors correctly in our shots. When snapping shots outdoors with good lighting, colors have a neutral tone to them – but lacked any vibrancy to make them jump out. Even worse, shots indoors in okay to poor lighting came out fuzzy looking with the same mute looking colors. In the end, they're definitely far from pretty, but we were sorely hoping to see an upgrade in this department. 

So you want to take videos on the Curve 3G? Well, you'll probably want to reconsider when you find out it's able to shoot them in QVGA (320x240) resolution and at a capture rate of 15fps. Painstakingly pixelated looking when viewing them on a PC, it didn't help either when there are noticeable jittery movements. Sure it can record videos, but its quality might make you look elsewhere.

Sample video taken with RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G at 320x240 pixels

You're not going to find any problems playing most song files on the handset since it supports audio formats like MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, WMA, AMR, OGG. As for the music player, it's the same one in use on other BlackBerry OS 5 smartphones. Its presentation is no different seeing that It'll display things such as the album cover, song information, and on-screen controls. However, we were impressed with the audio quality with the speaker since it's able to muster up strong and audible tones that can be easily heard without sounding overly strained.

Packing a 624MHz processor definitely has its advantage when playing videos on the handset. We were able to load a movie trailer, encoded in MPEG-4 640 x 480 pixels resolution, without any problems as it played fluidly from start to finish. Even though the smaller sized display doesn't make it conducive to watching videos, it's still able to present a decent experience.

Preloaded with the handset is a 2GB microSD card which should be more than adept in dealing with the needs of most users, but it can happily accepts card up to 32GB in capacity if additional storage is required.

Data and Connectivity:

The BlackBerry Curve 3G is an ideal solution for the global trotter with its quad-band GSM (850/900/18000/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (900/1700/2100 MHz) connections. Without a doubt, it is T-Mobile's first Curve handset to support its specific 3G network – which is undoubtedly made known with its name. If that isn't enough for you, it even packs Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11 b/g/n as an alternative wireless source.

After experiencing the Webkit based browser on the Torch 9800, it's somewhat of a setback to once again experience the behind the curve performance with the Curve 3G. Yeah, it easily zips past the Curve 8520 when it comes to loading up web pages thanks to its 3G speeds, but the tiny and faint looking text make it very difficult in reading long passages of text. Fortunately scrolling is pretty smooth as it is able to render things on the fly without much lag, but we have to admit that it's probably more than acceptable by most people – despite not exuding the newer platform and its Webkit based browser.



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: 1246; 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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