RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for T-Mobile Review
For starters, the earpiece is able to output some really strong and deafening tones which will even make those with faint hearing easily recognize words. Voices on both ends were natural and crystal clear with no evidence of any background noise or static. When using the speakerphone, we are once again presented with some loud tones which is able to produce audible voices. Topping things off for the phenomenal calling performance is the handset's support for UMA calling – which allows you to place and receive phone calls when connected to a Wi-Fi network. It can definitely become handy when you find that your connection to T-Mobile's network is not sufficient.
Averaging around -70 dBm in a high coverage area, we didn't experience any major changes in signal strength during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.
Some would suspect that 3G speeds would dramatically reduce battery life, but in fact, we find the battery life to be more than acceptable after getting by a full day on heavy usage. We were able to achieve our mark with the handset set to 100 percent brightness and turning on the setting to automatically dim the backlight. While still employing the same 1150 mAh battery in use with the Curve 8520, the Curve 3G is rated for 4.5 hours of talk and 456 hours of standby time.
First and foremost, you might want to stick with the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and save some money if you're not covered in T-Mobile's 3G goodness. With that in mind, the BlackBerry Curve 3G proves to be a decent attraction when it's priced at $79.99 on-contract – granted though it doesn't innovate in design from the previous iteration. Nevertheless, it packs some minor improvements under the hood to make it a slightly better handset in the greater scheme of things. However, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is far superior in almost every way and should be priced competitively to this seeing that it has been on the market for some time – so ultimately you'll need to factor that into the mix in your search.
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