Blackberry 8300 Curve – the next big pager?

May 30, 2007

(Update 11/07/07: See my blog post referring to someone else’s thoughts about the Blackberry Curve.  In a nutshell: that person liked it a lot, but seemed to prefer her Treo over the Curve.)

Blackberry’s about to come out with the first model that’s targeted toward personal users rather than business users — the Blackberry 8300 Curve.

Blackberry Curve screenshotLike previous high-end Blackberry models, it has the usual list of features:

  • Email and text messaging
  • Advanced phone features
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • Expandable memory slot (using SD cards)

But it also has a few features that personal users — especially deaf ones — would appreciate:

  • Smallest and lightest Blackberry model thus far
  • Instant messaging (that comes with the Blackberry, instead of you having to look for and buy a separate IM program – nice)
  • Camera with zoom and flash (2mp – much better than the earlier Treo cameras — but it’s not a camcorder, alas)
  • Media player (videos, audio files)
  • Blackberry Maps (but Google Maps for the Blackberry is so much better, I’m sure)
  • Trackball (wow, that’s new)
  • Tethered modem (plug your laptop into your Blackberry Curve and use the Internet)
  • Choice of games, ringtones, skins, and other accessories
  • Built-in 64mb memory (nicely-sized, but if you need more like I always do, there’s always the expandable memory slot)

Want one? Want one? It’s not yet for sale, argh. Gotta wait a bit more. Probably within a month or two, tho. Price hasn’t been announced, and so far only Cingular / AT&T will be carrying the Blackberry Curve — at least for a while.

See CNet’s in-depth review for more information, impressions, and photos.

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17 Responses to “Blackberry 8300 Curve – the next big pager?”

  1. Lantana Says:

    Thank you for this information! Sounds like what I have been waiting for (if it is not too complicated for me to figure out!)

    Lantana, Lantana’s Latitude

  2. Seek Geo Says:

    Wow, that’s cool one. It does help a lot when you post a lot information about pagers, I learned a lot so far and it helps with my decision on which one to get. I currently have SK2 however I am so ready to put it away and get better one soon.

    I’m not sure if Treo is even right one for me especially paying a lot of fees for IM, etc.

    -SG

  3. twallclimber Says:

    at&t will release BB 8300 Curve tomorrow. good luck.

  4. Bill Says:

    It’s priddy!
    My old 7520 looks pretty old-fashioned now.


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  6. Hetty Says:

    Hi!

    Geo, I’m an independent contractor with Sprint Relay and I own a Treo 700wx. IM is free, so is SMS and other features. Only $29.99 a month..no additional fees. What fees are you referring to, care to elaborate?

    Thanks,
    Hetty

  7. proudgeek Says:

    Ha, Bill, you’re the second person to ask about this. (The first was actually a friend via email.) I’ll do a blog post tomorrow about my thoughts on the new Foleo.

  8. Seek Geo Says:

    Hi Hetty,

    Oh I’m not aware about IM is free. I have a friend who I work with, he owns a Treo 700wx and he has been struggling to find free IM such as aim, yahoo, etc for over a month now. Only IM free is MSN, he said (he’s Deaf also).

    Is there any information I can find regarding free IM that my friend might not know of?

    I must admit I almost purchase treo 700wx until he mentioned IM charge.

    -SG

  9. VS Says:

    hi hetty-

    i noticed you said IM is free, so is SMS and other features for Only $29.99 a month?! where do i get this as i have order form from sprint relay store wireless and its only said for 29.99 get unlimited email, internet and instant messaging BUT for having SMS/TEXT MESSAGING there 3 options 300 messages $5.00/month, 1,000 messages $10.00/month and unlimited messages $15/month. are you saying there really have free sms as data plan just like sidekick? i was thinking buy treo 700wx too.

    thanks,
    VS

  10. CocaLyn Says:

    hi hetty-

    i noticed you said IM is free, so is SMS and other features for Only $29.99 a month?! where do i able get this plan? i have the order form from sprint relay store wireless and its only said for 29.99 get unlimited email, internet and instant messaging BUT for having SMS/TEXT MESSAGING there 3 options for
    300 messages $5.00/month,

    1,000 messages $10.00/month and

    unlimited messages $15/month.

    so are you saying there really have free sms as data plan just like sidekick? i was thinking buy treo 700wx too.

    thanks,
    VS

  11. twallclimber Says:

    http://www.beejive.com is a third party IM software provider for blackberry device only. it can be used through data (internet), not throught SMS. i learn some people are very happy with beejive program that works great on blackberry. even it runs better than Yak-on IM program.

  12. borisb Says:

    With Blackberry Curve 8320 the audio cable has three rings (left channel, right channel, ground?). I need to connect Curve to headset for c.i. but I cannot find an adapter that will help me do this. My two ring stereo cable does not work.

  13. proudgeek Says:

    BorisB – wish I could help you with this, but I don’t know anything about this. If you figure it out, please let us know!


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  15. Overture:
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    MS Office:
    The BlackBerry Bold smartphone comprises business functions such as displaying Microsoft Office documents. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be opened and viewed with the BlackBerry applications. The preinstalled versions only allow you to view the documents. To create a new document or adjust an existing one, you have to switch from the standard version to a paid premium version.

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    Internet:
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    Desktop Manager 4.6:
    No software standard incorporated with the BlackBerry Bold 9000. This software can be downloaded from a special Internet page. The BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.6 is well thought-out as well as straightforward. It offers a main menu with five options: Application management, Backup, Multimedia management, Synchronisation and Data transfer from a second BlackBerry.

    Software application:
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    Phone Memory:
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    Battery:
    The 3.7V Lithium Polymere battery, according to the specifications will last for 13 days in standby and offers a talk-time of 4.5 hours. In tested period the mobile phone, I used the media player quite frequently and also the Internet functionalities. The battery then lasted for approximately two days which is fairly reasonable.

    Culmination:
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