Excerpt: The absolute bottom line for me is reliability and utility in calling and receiving communications. I work outside the office most of the time. I have to keep in touch with Corporate at all times. I need to sync my e-mail with the company's e-mail.
Conclusion: We like recent BlackBerry smartphones, and the Curve is no exception. It does all the things you'd expect from a BlackBerry but it's smaller, cooler looking and boasts decent, though not earth-shattering multimedia capabilities.
Pros: Stable, fast and easy to use. Great curvy ergonomics. Good call quality, very good music playback quality and A2DP support (something the more multimedia-oriented iPhone lacks). Battery life, as is generally true of RIM devices, is quite good.
Cons: Not a con, per se, but an important consideration if you're thinking of the Curve vs. the 8800 line: the Curve lacks a GPS. Still no 3G on a BlackBerry. You have to turn off the phone to insert or remove a memory card.
Summary: For all you Blackberry enthusiasts, the Blackberry 8300, also known as the Blackberry Curve, is ready to capture your heart. People will love it for its slimmer profile, lightweight and a slightly more refreshing design comprising of smooth edges and soft curves.
Conclusion: We were very pleased with the Curve as RIM managed to put together a great package together into one phone. While the camera isn’t perfect, RIM did its research to make sure it would not come out useless and the great flash is better than most phones out there.
Pros: Comfortable, full QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera with a great flash, 3.5mm audio jack, Great screen, Battery life
Cons: Emails were doubled, Cheap looking UI from AT&T, Sound quality through the speaker when listening to music, No video recording, Location of the microSD slot
Excerpt: I was promising myself I would get around to writing this review and frankly, I should have had it done BEFORE I did the iPhone review, since I still have this phone and the iPhone was returned to the store.
Summary: The BlackBerry Curve's curves are so subtle they're almost not there. Still, this is the smallest, lightest BlackBerry yet, and feels pleasingly familiar. The full-QWERTY keyboard has been shrunk, but is still usable.
Pros: The Curve still retains what makes BlackBerry so successful: ease of use, email on the move and a great QWERTY keyboard.
Cons: BlackBerry continues to give 3G and Wi-Fi a wide berth and, while the multimedia presence is welcome, it's not the most realised.
Excerpt: T he size of mobile phones has drastically changed over the past few years. The first generation of the mobile phone was huge, its external antenna and heavy weight made it unappealing to carry the phone with you at all times.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Curve 8300 smartphone is the smallest and lightest BlackBerry smartphone equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard. The rounded design of the Curve makes it pleasant to handle and it is small enough to hold for voice calls or use with single hand.