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BlackBerry Curve 8300 review

8.7/10 AVG.
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8.7/10
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The BlackBerry Curve 8300 currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 89 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

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.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
312 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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 comp...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
PCWorld

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

- Yardena Arar , PCWorld


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Screen Size
Unknown

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

Processor
312 MHz

There is a 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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.

Curve 8300 Specs

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

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Processor 312 MHz
Internal Storage 64 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging 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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
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
Zoom
Unknown
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
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Curve

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