Criteria Comments Rating
- Reception and call quality Reception and call quality are both decent, it gets a signal most places where I'd expect one, but it doesn't surprise me getting one where I don't expect it.
- Display The display isn't particularly special, not unusually visible in sunlight, and with the new OS6 update it's a bit on the small side.
- Battery life The battery life is quite good, as would be expected of a blackberry, but using the GPS drains it unusually quickly.
- Camera No comments
- Ease of use Even having familiarity with a previous BlackBerry it wasn't easy to figure out. The features aren't very discoverable, and settings seemed to have moved.
- Design and form factor The size and keyboard combination is pretty ideal, although the keyboard itself I'm not that fond of.
- Portability (size / weight) Without a cover it fits into a pocket easily, and it isn't very heavy. It's thin enough not to be causing a serious bulge.
- Media support Watching YouTube videos works, and it does play music, but there aren't any sophisticated controls and customisations.
- Durability Hard for me to say since I keep it in an OtterBox.
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) App support is pretty miserable, it at least has some of the cross platform apps, and some decent free ones, but the main appeal are the integrated features.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G is a decent phone, but the BlackBerry system hasn't aged well, as it didn't wow me like the Pearl 8100 did when I first got it. Compared to newer systems it is really lagging behind, and the OS6 update seems to be more of a step back than forward. Using the optical trackpad also isn't as enjoyable as the trackball, although I realise the latter isn't as reliable, still moving around the menus wasn't anywhere near as zippy as with a trackball. If your selection is limited, it's not a bad choice, but if you have a wide selection of phones to choose from, I'd pass this one over.
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