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Hands On With The T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 9300 – What Do You Want To Know?

The team at Negri Electronics sent us over a BlackBerry Curve 8520 9300 for us to check out and it has me kind of stumped. First of all it looks almost identical to the BlackBerry Curve 8520 except for a different paint job and T-Mobile’s flavor of 3G 1700Mhz AWS. The trackpad is a bit more responsive than the 85xx series and the keyboard seems a bit easier to type on but its still loose and flimsy.

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The thing that really strikes me about the 9300 is the screen. What’s the story with RIM continuing to stick to 320x240px screens? They don’t even look decent, they just look plain bad. I realize that the BlackBerry Curve line is intended to be mainstream but its just not a pleasant experience when you notice all the jagged edges and pixilated fonts. I just don’t see how those compromises are worth it when you can pick up a 9700 for less than $50 on a new contract.

With that said let us know if there is anything you want to know about the BlackBerry Curve 9300. I will try to get them answered ASAP and I might do a full review if the device is that much different from the 8520 or if there is interest.

So what do you think? What would you want in a full review? Do you have any questions?

8 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Dear RIM:

    Please Stop Making Slight (Very Small) Changes To Devices That Are Currently Out On The Market. BlackBerry Users Wants A Phone That Can Compete With…. Well, “The Competition”. We Keep Seeing The Same OS Crap Over And Over With Your Line Of Phones.

    FUTURE Former BlackBerry User.

  2. why are we… going back in time…?

  3. I dunno!
    This is one of the first devices I got to review that I cannot wait to give back… I forgot how annoying these low res compromise devices were… Even Viigo is impossible to use because the advertisements take up 1/3rd of the screen

  4. Since news of Kepler first leaked I’ve been asking WHY? This is a pointless device, all it does is add GSM 3G to the existing 85xx for what? The 3G is essentially wasted by the crap screen, and it doesn’t have the 512M of RAM we’re hearing will be needed for OS 6.

  5. Ronen, you nailed it. How does RIM plan to sell any 9300 when the 9700 is already so cheap. There are websites like WireFly and LetsTalk that sometimes offer the 9700 for free with a contract.

    I don’t know how RIM can even consider making the new 9800 with a 360 x 480 screen (the same resolution as the 9700, 9650, 9630 and 8900) when it’s screen is almost double the physical size of those devices. All high end phones with touch screens are at least 480 x 800 pixels. The 360 x 480 screen resolution is also the same as the Storm and Storm2 meanwhile the Storm come out over a year and half ago. Wake up RIM! Sorry for the off topic comment but I’m just frustrated with what I see coming out from RIM.

    If RIM is trying stick with the same screen resolution on multiple devices to preserve OS and application compatibility, they should just bite the bullet and up the screen resolution on the newer devices and just deal with the changes needed to the OS and applications.

  6. Dunno about you guys, but feels to me that this is what the 8500 series should have been since the very 1st day…

    I do own one. I feel I can complain.

  7. 8530 was the best device I owned other than the 9650

  8. Well.. can they quit focusing on profit just for a little while…

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