Blackberry Curve 9300 Review: The latest Curve model was released in 2010 as RIM were riding a wave of success. The previous year had seen the Blackberry 8520 Curve released. This debuted an optical trackpad navigation tool which replaced the rollerball type seen in its previous handsets. This solution improved the user experience, allowing faster navigation and making apps easier to use.
2010 was a busy year for other models. The Blackberry 9300 was a mid-range handset, with two other notable handsets released around this point. The Blackberry Bold 9700 was a higher-end equivalent. It came in a similar format and size, but with upgraded specifications. The Blackberry Torch 9800 was the more ambitious handset. This had a full QWERTY keypad which slid out from underneath a touchscreen. This allowed a much bigger screen to be used.
There was not much change in the handset from the 8520. Looks-wise, it may be difficult to tell the two apart. The newer phone gains a chrome-style surround which offers an alternative look. Specification-wise, it is also fairly similar. But the crucial change is that the 9300 supports 3G networks which offers higher data transfer speeds. This made a difference, and some apps were now able to be used on the go. Underscoring this the 9300 now features assisted GPS which allows for navigation when used with the Blackberry Maps option.
As part of a successful phone family, there was little need to change things. An upgraded model – the Blackberry Curve 9360, came out in 2011. This featured a slimmer design and higher resolution camera.
Blackberry 9300 Review Pros:
The phone features the same best-in-class QWERTY keyboard as before. Separate large keys and satisfying travel make this one of the better keyboards to type on.
The trackpad offers a new dimension to navigation. Once you have gotten used to it, the previous rollerball seems outdated.
The phone also features an upgrade to Blackberry OS 6.0 which was not available on older models. This brought on some noticeable new features such as widgets on home screen and a new web browser.
The phone is great for media, as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microSD card support are all included.
Blackberry 9300 Review Cons:
The screen did not get an overhaul and was the same size and resolution as seen in the older Blackberry 8520. Despite OS 6.0 being touch-optimised there was no touchscreen here.
Similarly, there was no improvement in the camera. This remained the same as last years model and was a disappointment for the phone as many others were featuring higher resolutions and other features.
The versatility of the phone had become stretched. The developing Android and Apple app stores featured much more depth in terms of applications.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Blackberry phones suffered a relatively sharp exodus from business and leisure users as touchscreen models quickly became the default. In terms of inventory there are plenty of these on the market. Perhaps these offer some of the best value for money, as a few pounds will often get you a fully functioning handset.
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