Specs summary

Screen
No

The BlackBerry Curve 8300's screen is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
312MHz

There is a 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G).



The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is the latest chic smart phone to sashay down the cell phone runway

- Yardena Arar , PCWorld 

Reviews summary

8.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 89 reviews

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.

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Text entry requires some concentration but the trackball navigator works perfectly and makes you feel in control of every movement. The bottom third of the unit is occupied by the QWERTY keyboard. At the top is a colourful 320 x 240 pixel display with a smart sensor that automatically adjusts its brightness depending on the light.

The BlackBerry 8300 comes with the downloadable BlackBerry Maps application and has built-in Bluetooth. Note that maps aren’t stored on the device, so you will have to upload them over the air which will likely mean downloading costs from your carrier.

The Curve supports two options: BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server. If instant email doesn’t fit, customer can also use SMS, MMS and BlackBerry Messenger services. Unfortunately the 8300 still can't show full HTML emails, displaying a text-only version instead. The onboard GPRS and EDGE data are good for synchronising an email inbox, but they're not fast enough for applications such as mobile video. 3G and Wi-Fi are not supported by the phone.

A 2-megapixel camera with flash LED can be found on the 8300 but the quality of pictures leaves much to be desired. Organizing your picture is a relatively nice experience with the Curve’s Desktop Media Manager software. To store the photos, you can use the Curve’s built-in flash memory (64MB) of take advantage of the microSD card slot on board.

Overall the BlackBerry Curve 8300 is friendly, neat and comfortable to use but the lack of 3G data capabilities or WiFi are disappointing.


Reviews (8.7/10 Avg. rating)


MobileBurn

Offers all of the multimedia functionality in a nice form factor

from MobileBurn

I was a very big fan of RIM's original mainstream consumer device, the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. It offered good functionality in a nice form factor, and had a great trackball for navigation. For as much as I loved that device, though, I love the Curve even more. It is neither the thinnest or most compact of the QWERTY smartphones on the market, but it could well be the best of them.

The keyboard is one of the best I have ever used, and I still love trackballs on phones as much today as I did last year. The Curve is missing 3G and WiFi connectivity, which will be a problem for some... Full review

PCWorld

An impressive contender for people seeking a smart phone with strong e-mail and multimedia features

from PCWorld
Out of the box, the BlackBerry offers a rather thin array of productivity features in comparison to those you get in Windows Mobile PDA/phone hybrids. For serious word processing or spreadsheet support, you must turn to the growing number of third-party apps. Overall, however, I found the Curve a seductive alternative to other candy-bar phones with wide-aspect-ratio screens, such as the Samsung Blackjack and the T-Mobile Dash. If AT&T's price is right, the Curve could well become the hot PDA/phone of the moment... Full review

I love this phone because...one of the best phones ever

I have owned a blackberry now for 3 years and will never go to another phone type. I love the blackberry messanger function and the email capabilities of the phone. Plus the new updated web browser is awesome. Very quick and functionable. I did own the pearl at one time and never had any problems wi... More
I have owned a blackberry now for 3 years and will never go to another phone type. I love the blackberry messanger function and the email capabilities of the phone. Plus the new updated web browser is awesome. Very quick and functionable. I did own the pearl at one time and never had any problems with the trackball but know others who have. The reason I upgraded was because I wore the keyboard out with texting!! My new phone is the Blackberry Curve 3G and it is one of the best phones on the market today. It is very quick and reliable. The keyboard is perfect for little fingers but probably not for much more. The Bold is a better choice for a larger keyboard. I do love the upgade for the trackball to the trackpad. The only downside I have found with this phone is not having a flash for the camera. It limits where I can take pictures on my phone. I need light. Less

so would you recomend the phone you had for three years or a 3g blackberry curve?

blackberry curve new

Its a pretty cool phone i always had this one but i recently won the newer version with the touchpad from https://www.epicdraw.com and i can easily say the new one is much better
Its a pretty cool phone i always had this one but i recently won the newer version with the touchpad from https://www.epicdraw.com and i can easily say the new one is much better Less

BRUTAL- curve 8330

I bought this phone not even 2 months ago. It worked perfect for about a month then the ball kept sticken. I tried everything to fix it and clean it but nothing worked. The ball was so terrible I had to switch back to my old phone. VERY pissed. Wish I woulda known the difference between the ball cur... More
I bought this phone not even 2 months ago. It worked perfect for about a month then the ball kept sticken. I tried everything to fix it and clean it but nothing worked. The ball was so terrible I had to switch back to my old phone. VERY pissed. Wish I woulda known the difference between the ball curser and the other one. Make sure you have a warrenty on this phone on purchase. Less

CRASHBERRY

So called smart phones are garbage, I would rather have my Erickson from 1995. 1. phone crashes 2. does not self back up 3. comes with the smallest memory card made 4. jack to recharge broke inside phone 5. earpiece on phone scratchy hard to hear 6. scroll ball starting to stick Phone is 5 months... More
So called smart phones are garbage, I would rather have my Erickson from 1995. 1. phone crashes 2. does not self back up 3. comes with the smallest memory card made 4. jack to recharge broke inside phone 5. earpiece on phone scratchy hard to hear 6. scroll ball starting to stick Phone is 5 months old, under warranty but will not get another one. 3G, 4G, or 10G phones just give me an analogue phone they seem to have less problems than the so called smart phones. @#F^?!!$ this phone!!!!! Less

Bite Me - I want an ANDROID

I got this thing from my work, and only because I was directed to take it. It is simply awful, like chewing beetles. The buttons are small and it is difficult to type even the shortest of messages. The trackball is constantly in the way, and I am forever over-scrolling my target. The screen is mic... More
I got this thing from my work, and only because I was directed to take it. It is simply awful, like chewing beetles. The buttons are small and it is difficult to type even the shortest of messages. The trackball is constantly in the way, and I am forever over-scrolling my target. The screen is microscopic, and reading anything other than a twitter-sized email is painful. It has no touch capability, so interaction is limited to the idiotic trackball. Luckily, my employer locked out many of the functions, otherwise I would have gripes about them as well. Aside from reading email from our Microsoft (Small and Limp?) Exchange server, I can do little else. However, with this appalling interface, I do not think I would want to. I am so glad that I do not pay for this phone myself. What a dismal, dismal failure! Luckily, I get to give it up for the rest of the year, and I am looking forward to divesting myself of this thing. Ugh! Less

This really is a Crackberry.

Wow. Where do I even start? Amazing phone. And Im picky. I used to have this crappy little flip phone with the regular keypad, and had to use T9. I HATE T9. So the first thing I looked for in my new phone was a qwerty keyboard, and then the second would be good reception. Check, check. Neither of wh... More
Wow. Where do I even start? Amazing phone. And Im picky. I used to have this crappy little flip phone with the regular keypad, and had to use T9. I HATE T9. So the first thing I looked for in my new phone was a qwerty keyboard, and then the second would be good reception. Check, check. Neither of which my old phone had. So basics were covered, and I didnt really know why the guy selling me my blackberry was so enthusiastic about it, but I decided to trust him. And boy was it a good decision! Best phone Ive ever used. Pros: -qwerty keyboard -clear reception -bright screen -red flashing light to show you when theres a message -very fast -shows entire history of texting conversations -buttons are very easy and quick to use once you are used to them -can find entire history of phone conversations -email has proven more useful than imagined -camera is amazing, with flash -the size is great for what you get -comfortable in hand -been dropped so many times, and its perfect still Cons: -numbers can get annoying -learning to use takes a bit, but it is worth it -screen glitches out once in a while, but its not overly annoying -facebook is terrible, but so is most mobile facebooks, so thats not a big deal Honestly, I can't complain much about the phone. I almost live on it now, and all my friends are jealous, and my family is too. Best phone ever, and its so worth it! The prices have even gone down, and its even cheaper than what some of my friends have, and they have worse phones. its great! Less
Amazon

I love this little gadget - it rocks! I am an iPhone Convert

from Amazon
After being a first Gen iPhone owner for the past year and being totally unimpressed with the lack of push email and the phone quality, it was time to look into something that would fit me in a practical way by serving my business and personal needs. I found it with the Blackberry Curve. I bough... More
After being a first Gen iPhone owner for the past year and being totally unimpressed with the lack of push email and the phone quality, it was time to look into something that would fit me in a practical way by serving my business and personal needs. I found it with the Blackberry Curve. I bought mine off of the AT&T site as a refurb. The unit(s) (we got two of them to replace our iPhones) were in stellar condition and I would never have known they were reconditioned. Instead of paying the $399 price tag, we paid $89 and got two beautiful red Blackberries. They are gorgeous and a lot of fun too. With the Curve you will find both beauty and function. I added SanDisk 8GB MicroSD cards to our phones and have had some level of difficulty with one of them when syncing with a MacBook Pro (using PocketMac). During one Sync all of my music was lost and the card was "unformatted". I am not sure how this happened but after some forum searches I found that I could reformat them on my PC and again load my music onto it. A problem might arise if you are a Mac user and do not have access to a PC. This might have been an anomaly ... but I did find others on the Internet who had had the same problem and were searching for solutions. As of now, the card is working ok and I am not stuck with the notion of having to send it back for a replacement like so many others have. Regarding the Blackberry Curve -- we have one set up on a PC and one set up on my MacBook Pro. The PC user definitely wins out in this battle as the desktop software included really is superior to PocketMac which is Blackberry's answer for Mac users. There is also another piece of software called Missing Sync which should be researched if you are a Curve and Mac user. I love this phone -- and speaking of phone -- the phone quality is excellent and I'm already using up some of the 2400 rollover minutes that were left over from my iPhone plan. Regarding phone quality between the first gen iPhone's and the Blackberry Curve. There is no comparison. The BB Curve makes the iPhone seem like a toy and they definitely seem targeted to two different audiences. If mail/phone are your priority -- this is the phone for you! Less
Phonedog

Best phone ever

from Phonedog
Pro: Great camera, internet is helpful, size is perfect, qwerty keyboard,reception, verizon wireless network,sound quality, free ringtones,games,wallpapers, brickbreaker,and lots more Con: I havent found any yet.. Using experience: 2 months The blackberry curve is the best phone i ever had.I reco... More
Pro: Great camera, internet is helpful, size is perfect, qwerty keyboard,reception, verizon wireless network,sound quality, free ringtones,games,wallpapers, brickbreaker,and lots more Con: I havent found any yet.. Using experience: 2 months The blackberry curve is the best phone i ever had.I recommend this to anyone that is into email, internet on the go, music, text messaging. I dont recommend getting this phone without a data plan, with verizon wireless you do have to get a plan but its a low cost of 29.99 thats only 1.00 a day...other carriers i dont think you have to get a plan but with their blackberry curves im not sure how the reception, quality, and things like that are..with the blackberry curve they have a 24 hour 1800 number if you have any questions or problems with your phone also any store can help too..If your considering the blackberry pearl or the 8830(global) phone consider these things pearl-is suretype (2-3 letters per button), small, has camera. 8830-no camera, big, full qwerty keyboard.Curve you have all that the full qwerty keybord, 2.0 megapixal camera, size is right between the two other phones. The only thing I wish was different was the color but you can get silicone covers for the phone which i highly recommend ecspecially if your hard on your phone it helps protect it they come in different colors.. battery last me about 2 days.I hope this info was helpful Less
Amazon

Phone I have been waiting for

from Amazon
The Blackberry Curve 8310 is the phone I have wanted for a long time. There have been many that have pretended to be as useful as this phone, and I have bought those phones over they years. My favorite feature is the GPS used with downloadable (free) Google Maps. This feature was tantalizingly... More
The Blackberry Curve 8310 is the phone I have wanted for a long time. There have been many that have pretended to be as useful as this phone, and I have bought those phones over they years. My favorite feature is the GPS used with downloadable (free) Google Maps. This feature was tantalizingly close to be realized on my previous phone (Blackberry 7520). A few observations from the first week of use: GPS/Google Maps is very useful feature, though Google is free but it does not come with the phone. The sound quality is better than any other phone I have had. The expandable microSD card slot allows the upload of music, enough for me at least. Don't plan on bringing your entire collection though. The graphic quality is outstanding. Typical Blackberry usability is up to their usual standard. On the down side: The keys are a little small for my fingers, but it does have a QWERTY keyboard on a relatively small phone...to be expected. Less
Amazon

Blackberry makes all other smartphones look dumb

from Amazon
I've just received my unlocked Blackberry Curve and I can only say Amazing! It has all the features I was looking for: - QWERTY keyboard - MP3 player - 2 MP Camera - Tasks - Notes - MP3 ringtone capability Plus the other great features like email, web access and it is fully customizable. The... More
I've just received my unlocked Blackberry Curve and I can only say Amazing! It has all the features I was looking for: - QWERTY keyboard - MP3 player - 2 MP Camera - Tasks - Notes - MP3 ringtone capability Plus the other great features like email, web access and it is fully customizable. The only reason I give it a 4 star rating is because it can't take video. Otherwise, it is beyond my expectations: - Camera is better than expected - Reception is far better than the Samsung X660 I had between the Blackberry and my now defunct Treo 650. - Trackball is very, very useful. Altough I miss the touchscreen of the Treo,this trackball is almost as versatile. - Speakerphone is very clear, I can hear really well and the other person listens to me without complications. So far, the best phone I had. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 12, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry

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Processor 312 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
180 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Pale Gold, Silver, Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 6.0 x 1.6 cm
(4.3 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 111 grams
(3.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser BlackBerry Browser
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 5x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Self-portrait, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Curve

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