The Blackberry Curve 3G is the QWERTY counterpart to the Pearl 3G which was released earlier this year. Featuring an improved Wi-Fi interface and the new Blackberry 6.0 operating system, this is a handset which is sure to appeal to those looking to stay connected to the world at all times.
Measuring 109x 60x 13.9 millimetres, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is a relatively pocket friendly handset and wirelessly fit into a handbag. It is also extremely light weight at just 104 g making it comfortable to hold and use. The TFT screen is capable of displaying up to 65K colours for decent display quality of on screen imagery within a pixel layout of 320x 240 on the 2.46 inch screen. As mentioned, this handset features a full QWERTY keyboard for efficiency of text entry and also has a touch sensitive optical trackpad which offers a convenient thumb operated method of navigating onscreen menus.
As well as standard ringing and vibration, users can assign MP3 files as ringtones or take advantage of the built in polyphonic (32) to alert them to incoming calls and messages. For handsfree communication on the move, a speakerphone system is built in as is a 3.5 mm audio Jack which is used in conjunction with earphones for listening to music or handsfree headsets.
The Photocall feature is built in to the internal phonebook. This allows users to assign a photo to each contact within the phonebook. Along with the standard internal memory of 256 MB, users can take advantage of the built in the micro SD card slot by installing a memory card of up to 32 GB which is sure to cater for the needs of most users and can store a huge amount of files and data.
As well as class 10 versions of EDGE & GPRS, the BlackBerry Curve 3G utilises an HSDPA connection for its 3G connectivity and also features Wi-Fi Internet connectivity for a faster browsing speeds. As well as Bluetooth, there is also a micro USB Port which allows users to connect to other hardware devices in order to carry out tasks such as transferring files such as music tracks. This can then be played back and a versatile internal media player which also supports several different video file formats.
Although basic, the two mega pixel camera is ideal for those who like to take spontaneous snapshots on the move and these are in decent quality thanks to two mega pixels operating at a pixel resolution of 1600x 1200. The camera also has the ability to shoot video footage.
The brand new BlackBerry 6.0 operating system has a range of additional features such as a voice memo recorder, organiser and BlackBerry Maps, which utilises GPS with A-GPS support.
All in all, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is ideal for those who are looking for of functionality device rather than a fashion statement. It is sure to appeal to business users and students who are looking for a tool to streamline the efficiency of the task in hand.