RIM and Verizon has announced the BlackBerry Curve 3G. The Curve 3G 9300 features, of course 3G, but it’s also BlackBerry 6 compatible.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available in business sales channels on September 16 and it will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $29.99.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G is the latest device in the BlackBerry Curve series and the best part about it is that it has 3G and is BlackBerry 6 ready. The Curve product line has always been the most accessible of all the BlackBerry models because of its low price point and popular form factor. The Curve 3G fits nicely into this series because it has everything you would expect from a Curve but just a little more spec-wise to make it fit for 2010.
According to RIM, the Curve 3G is “designed the growing mass of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice”. With the Curve series, it’s clear that RIM intends this device to help them saturate an increasing global demand for smartphones.
Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM said:
“The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap.”
Here are some features of Curve 3G:
Hardware: The hardware on a Curve 3G is exactly what you would expect from the modern Curve series. The device features a trackpad, chicklet style keyboard and all the standard BlackBerry buttons.
Internal Specs: The major internal specs include:
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (support for the ‘n’ spectrum is a great addition)
- 2.0 MP camera
- 320×240 pixel color display
- 1150 mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- 256 MB flash memory / 256 MB SDRAM
- Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
The major additions to this product versus the rest of the Curve series is 3G and the fact that it will run BlackBerry 6. Spec-wise, WiFi ‘n’ support seems to be the only advantage over the previous Curve models.
Media: Media includes, camera and video
Camera of Curve 3G is 2.0MP and no flash, same as previous Curve models.
Here is an example of a picture taken with the Curve 3G (original size 1600×1200) under ideal lighting conditions:
The BlackBerry Curve 3G’s video capabilities are also with no flash. You cannot record video unless you have good lighting, but even under good lighting the video quality is less than desirable. See the below video for an example:
Pros and Cons
• BlackBerry 6 ready
• WiFi ‘n’ support
• Cheap and accessible
• Solid keyboard and form factor
• Didn’t launch with BlackBerry 6
• Strange App World issues (seems to be Rogers specific)
• Camera and video quality are awful
• Totally lacks a “wow” factor in every department