178 of 181 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Beast
The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 is the new entry level blackberry taking the place of the extremely popular 8520, therefore the two phones are very similar but the 9300 improves and modernises a lot that was missing from the original 8520.
The new upgrades added are mainly
-Blackberry OS 6 Ready
-Slightly better screen...
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by James Sedarati
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for first smart phone
I had been debating getting a Blackberry after I was beginning to get bored of my well-served 3 year old Samsung Genio. I'm not a huge fan of the touchscreen keyboards like that of the iphone, and still wanted the qwerty keyboard my Samsung had. Going from a phone like that with a very bad web layout and no cool apps to download and personalise my phone with, you can see...
Published 20 months ago by VeryBerryCupcake
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178 of 181 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Beast,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 is the new entry level blackberry taking the place of the extremely popular 8520, therefore the two phones are very similar but the 9300 improves and modernises a lot that was missing from the original 8520.
The new upgrades added are mainly
-Blackberry OS 6 Ready
-Slightly better screen
-Better battery life
-3G network capability
The phone comes in a very nice box with a decent size memory card and headphones, upon holding the phone it feel mainly sturdy but there are areas of the phone that feel more budget materials. Having had the phone a while now it does seem to be fairly strong but I do feel an unlucky drop would crack the front screen quite easily, there are extremely cheap quality cases on amazon to solve this though I'm talking a few pounds and your BB will easily be protected from most drops. One last thing on the ascetics the phone is a very beautiful device but it attracts finger prints like a beast.
As a first time BB user I have to say I was amazed by the business style feature set of this phone it seems that everything has been crafted to help you efficiently do pretty much anything you could want a phone to do. As a communication device everything seems orderly and right where you need it to be, not to mention the great qwerty keyboard will have you typing extremely fast txt messages in minutes faster than any touch device, with barely any learning curve that can come with some touch screen devices. Phone calls are easy to hear and find my phone has a good antenna and bars when others sometimes cant seem to get signal even on the same network, it also works very well on conference call mode.
The 9300 isn't just a phone its got media features that are simple and very effective, no need to deal with any software like itunes, so it's incredibly fast for putting music, videos, files etc on your phone, just drag and drop and you're good to go. The sound and video quality are great and the battery life handles these features very well, it can certainly go the distance if you're a music buff.
Another part of the phone is internet, of which works fairly well and will covered the majority of your needs its certainly is not for a heavy mobile internet user as there are much better internet phones in terms of screen size and navigation but the 9300 certainly works, it just depends on how much your mobile internet experience quality matters to you . You can download apps from the blackberry apps store but I will say this is the phones biggest short fall it is nothing when compared with android or the apple appstore, the basic features that most people use apps for are covered but nothing special, if your an apps kinda person this and BB in general is not for you.
One last point to make is if you've used a smart phone before you'll notice how crap current battery life technology, the 9300 lasts very well for a smart phone making it a good phone for work or heavy communicators. Which honestly is a massive pro, every other smart phone I've used or asked people about seems to last only a day tops this thing will go 2 or 3 easily and I expect it will improve even more when BB OS 6 comes.
The main reason this phone loses points for me is poor apps store and its still quite expensive, you are paying a 100£ really for just the extras over the 8520 which is I was willing to do for the sake of my purchases longevity but I feel most would have a valid argument in not and sticking with the 8520.
Overall this is a great phone, if you're looking to get a blackberry and want the cheapest up to date option this is the blackberry for you, great for communication, media and a good all round phone.
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackberry Addict,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I bought the Blackberry Curve 9300 3G as I read good things about this type of smart phone and also wanted to quickly un-do the mistake I made in getting a Samsung Jet touch screen (which was defo not great for fast txting) also I didnt want to jump on the iPhone fashion accessory scene (again touch screen just don't agree with me).
Everything about this phone is ace and I don't have one bad thing to say about it. I'm able to keep on top of my emails on a regular basis, the sms text/chat style is great so I no longer have to go through different txts to find out last conversation, instead it's all there under the one chat style per person you have texted.
I'm able to set up different ringtones for different messages such as facebook, emails, sms etc so I'm aware of what type of message I'm getting before I even check the phone.
The internet is fast and reliable, the wifi works great when using websites such as youtube.
The music player is loud and great, which btw has now replaced my Sony MP3 player (which was on it's way out anyway).
Lastly the battery life is great too for a smart phone especially even after the fact that I just about can't put the phone down everyday, I'm surprised it even lasts as long as it does. One thing I would say is that I turn off the 3G if I don't need it and it makes all the difference.
Basically, I love this phone and I would defo get a Blackberry again.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper business phone,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I had an iPhone and an Android phone before. Both were nice and funny phones but not very suitable as a business tool.
I love how easy and fast things are done on the BB 9300.
The battery last enough so you do not have to worry about it. The keyboard is fantastic and much easier to type than in a screen keyboard.
Also I think it has the right size and weight so it feels very comfortable. The only disadvantage could be the web browser as the screen is not big enough and here a touch screen is easier to manage.
As phone and email communicator is the best phone I have ever had. Even when is not as multimedia focused an iPhone or Android, it plays music nicely and videos are smooth but small.
I think it gives the best value for money on the market right now.
54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BlackBerry 9300; a smart-value phone,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)It was more or less a case of "Is this it?" the first time I held my BlackBerry. It is unusually light and comfortable for a device that packs so many great features, and all for a relative fraction of the supposed daddy of mobile communication, the iPhone. Prior to receiving this BlackBerry 9300, I did indeed own Apples flagship device and decided not to re-new my contract purely for cost purposes. But as a rather brisk summary, my own personal experiences would suggest that I made the right choice switching to the BlackBerry and thus saving a huge amount of money in the process.
The only reason I wish to compare this device to the iPhone is because both are, arguably, in the spotlight of smartphones today. Both enable the user to text, to make phone calls, browse the web on 3G/Wi-Fi, listen to music, record video, take photos and more... All relatively standard functions in this product category.
As for the standalone cost of these two products, you'll be saving more than half your budget by settling for this 9300. My consensus with the iPhone is that you're paying more premium simply for the brand, although as far quality goes, I would agree that Apple's phone is genuinely well crafted.
Are their any more reasons why the BlackBerry 9300 is cheaper? From the spec's side, it would seem so. This phone has 'only' a 2-megapixel camera that doesn't compare to well with the iPhones, but as far as results go, it depends entirely on your proposed application. Uploading photo's to FaceBook? No problem - the quality is absolutely fine. Viewing on a computer? Sure. Printing off? Probably not, but then again, things such as the lighting of the environment greatly affect camera performance. I'm not entirely bothered. The camera is there as a novelty, and a way of quickly sending fun snaps to friends and family quite seamlessly by email or text, all through this device.
Then of course we may consider the user interface. Apples iPhone most likely has a more expensive touch screen/component ratio than the 9300, which is completely understandable. My stance here is that the two devices, quite simply, offer different ways of engaging with the software and neither are better or worse. Both have drawbacks and positives. As brief examples, browsing web pages on the BlackBerry can be tiresome due to its reliance on the centre scroll-button, whereas the iPhone allows the user to use many fingers to seamless interact with large pages on a large screen. Switch the balance around however, and I have found that the BlackBerry's messaging system is far more organised and accessible than that of the iPhone, for you can access emails, texts and BBM all through one folder, or through separate applications if you wish.
These are only two examples, but it proves that you're never going to be entirely satisfied with whatever product you buy; you therefore have to review what features benefit you yourself, and to this end, the BlackBerry is ideal for me. I'll therefore outline some of my favorite features:
+ The status indicator that blinks when the battery is low, or if you have a message/status update. Excellent for when your phone is on silent at work or somewhere quiet!
+ Battery life is decidedly better than the iPhone. Admittedly, I can still only get around 2 and a half days out of normal use (Wi-Fi off, 3G on, Sleep Mode at night), but the iPhone would rarely give me two full days without a charge.
+ Comes boxed with a nice Introduction leaflet, software disc, some headphones, a U.K "and" European wall-plug adapter (excellent for holidays) and USB cable.
+ If you have a Mac, you can download the 'Blackberry Desktop Software' application that allows you to sync your device with Address Book, iCal and more. Absolutely spot on, and far, far more options that iTunes! You can even transfer standard data/files.
+ The breadth of options for assigning 'alert' features for various Profiles (such as General, Silent etc) and more.
+ BlackBerry's official 'skins' for their Curve smartphones are far cheaper than the iPhones. You can get packs for two fifteen quid, as opposed to Apple's 'Bumpers' which are over twenty quid for just one.
+ 'BBM' (BlackBerry Messenger) is a piece of software akin to 'MSN' (Windows Messenger) that allows BlackBerry users to, for free, connect to each other via exchanging a Pin Code and basically text each other for free. Since it works through a data stream, the messages are sent/received instantly and its far more engaging than simply texting. I can't believe how often I now hear "BBM me later!"
+ Edit DOC, XLS and PPT on the go. Sure, its not as intuitive as being sat at a computer, but the effort is greatly respected. To do this on the iPhone, you'd need to pay for each of the Apps which support these documents; Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
+ The most obvious one: If you're considering this phone as a 'Pay Monthly'/contract option, you get far better deals than the iPhone, as previously mentioned. This includes almost twice as much Data, Texts and Call time.
However, the most prominent drawbacks are as follows:
- The 'BlackBerry App World' is, I hate to say it, awful. It has little over a few thousand Apps, and whilst this isn't the issue itself, I found the download speeds, installation times, compatibility and quality of these Apps no where near the standard of the iPhone. An un-expected loss, I have to say.
- The boot-up time of this device is longer than my old Windows XP computer. The chap in the shop said all BlackBerry's take forever to start up, so it must be a feature of the hardware (perhaps the CPU doesn't match the iPhones?). To get round this, you cannot actually turn the phone off 'entirely', per se. By telling the phone to Power Down, you merely take it into something akin to a 'sleep mode' that puts the device onto the lowest power settings with almost all functions turned off. Pressing the power button again brings the phone back to life within about 2 seconds. The upside is that you can save power when you go to bed or when you don't intend on communicating with the living world, but the downside is that if you don't want to use the device for an extended period, you have to actually remove the battery.
- Build quality is acceptable, but add on a bit extra to you budget for a funky 'Skin'. Dropping this phone or handling it daily without a Skin could, I imagine, reduce its cosmetic life very, very quickly. Even the screen, when pressed, is just made of flimsy plastic.
- No weather App built into the software. This was something I used on a daily basis with the iPhone, and not even BlackBerry's App store can offer a descent equivalent.
- A "scroll bar" isn't present when you move up and down a list of items (i.e Texts or emails), so its difficult to judge how long the list is.
Other good points that, whilst are of little use to me, are noteworthy:
+ Has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
+ Built in games of various kind.
+ Lots of lovely ringtones and alert sounds. Am I sad for thinking thats an interesting job, producing them? OK I'll grab my coat...
+ Additional Bluetooth connectivity.
To try and sum up, I can only suggest that the reader, whilst taking my personal points into consideration, just have a feel of the phone and maybe compare it to Apple's device or other models. Using this keyboard on such a small scale and adjusting to the more organised/clear user interface is not something that will happen over night. Heck, it took me a good week to get used to the keys on this smartphone and type properly without errors, but if you can see the benefits then this is a excellent value option. The BlackBerry 9300 offers everything you could wish for, and all with little interest in premium pricing.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST PHONE I HAVE EVER HAD,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I upgraded my contract from o2 simplicity a couple of days ago and i got this phone from phones4u while i was there. i've had this phone for 3 days now and i LOVE it. i will never leave the house without this thing i love it so much. The setup is so simple and the layout of the menu and OS is amazing. BlackBerry app world is a great ad on to the BB6 OS and i have downloaded a few apps for it already. The phone is simple to use, the texting and e-mailing on it is awesome and the wi-fi and 3G on it is amazing. 3 Days Battery life with CONSTANT Inernet, 3G, Wi-Fi, Texting And Social Networking Via Wi-Fi And 3G I Would Say Is Pretty Amazing, WOuldnt You! This Phone has an camera of 2MP which is a let down if you use tha camera a lot but i dont use the camera much anyway so its not important for me. Also the memory is expandable by 32GB on micro sd, So I Would DEFFINATELY reccoemmend this phone to anyone who is a texter, who uses the internet a lot, wants app and emails or does a lot of social networking, or even for someone who just wants a nice easy-to-use phone with lots of features.Andto say how easy it is to use even my mother could use it and she isnt very tech savvy so there you have it, the blackberry curve 3G is a very good phone to have.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mobile is Amzing and so are the company I bought it from.,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)Really can't fault the phone. Lovely to look at and lovely to use.
Mobile Magic the company i bought it from were fantastically helpful and very quick to send me the phone. (next day when i ordered at 3!
Reccomend to anyone.. I bought because I was sick of the iphone and I am not disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for first smart phone,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I had been debating getting a Blackberry after I was beginning to get bored of my well-served 3 year old Samsung Genio. I'm not a huge fan of the touchscreen keyboards like that of the iphone, and still wanted the qwerty keyboard my Samsung had. Going from a phone like that with a very bad web layout and no cool apps to download and personalise my phone with, you can see why a Blackberry became a very attractive option. Plus there was a lot of hype at the time surrounding Blackberry with it's various apps and the well-known and popular BBM.
After much consideration I went with this one on an 24 month contract from O2. I must say I was very pleased with it and fell in love with it instantly. Connecting to the internet is simple and I've almost always had 3G available with a full bar signal making searching the internet and loading of web pages sufficiently quick. However for most pages you do have to press the trackpad to zoom in to be able to read text clearly. The same trackpad is also used for scrolling on the page and in the home screen for getting to the folder you want to open. Although this is also very easy to use, as is the qwerty keyboard that after a few days of getting used to the layout and small buttons will soon have you rapidly typing like a pro. I like the design of the keyboard in that the buttons aren't squashed together that make typos more likely. However the raised buttons do have a loud clicking sound that may be irritable to others when you're quickly typing away on a long text. On the plus side, you can opt to have the keyboard light up which can prove to be very helpful in the dark!
Downloading the apps you want from the App World is also fairly easy and apps usually only take a few minutes to download. You can also customize the homepage by moving apps and folders around to where you want them, or deleting downloads you no longer want by simply pressing the menu button and scrolling down to 'delete'. Yes some of the apps available are pretty cool however an annoying flaw I've come to realise over the past few months is that because a lot of people I know now have iphones, everytime I hear or see of an app or game I really want, I search in the App World to then be disappointed that Blackberry just doesn't have as many apps as iphones and androids do. On the plus side the phone does automatically receive notifications of any upgrades that are available for any apps you already have.
One feature I do really like about Blackberry phones is that the LED indicator flashes whenever you receive a text, email phone call or notification (e.g facebook). The colour that flashes can also be customised by downloading the app for it so you can set a specific colour to certain people, and know instantly who is calling/text you just from the colour of the flash.
Also for those who like to be in the know with any facebook messages, status comments etc. you can change the notification settings to send such alerts to your phone as soon as you get them. However this can prove to be slightly annoying when it comes to group messages you can't delete yourself from or comments on events etc.
The audio quality for phone calls is good with the option of increasing or decreasing the volume using the volume buttons located on the side of the phone. The use of the speakerphone is also rather sufficient for times when you're too busy to talk with the phone against your ear.
One major let-down that a lot of people have stated is how lacking in quality the camera is. At just 2 mp even taking a photo indoors and in natural daylight can produce very noisy pictures. Also forget about attempting to take one at night, the lack of a flash was quite a downside for me personally as at night is when I do seem to take the most pictures, if I do take any. However sending photos you have taken is very easy to do whether it's in MMS form, uploading to Facebook, or sending to a contact on BBM.
Another feature I like that you can probably do with most Blackberry phones is you can set each of the sound profiles (e.g. loud, normal, silent) to how you want it and using the ringtone you assign to it. Although when in situations where you may prefer to have your phone switched off, this isn't really possible as pressing the 'off' button just puts the phone to sleep for a while and pressing any key will 'wake' it up again. The only real way of switching it off completely is to take the battery out. This of course could prove to be quite an inconvenience.
Overall, although on one side I could argue that the 9300 is the best phone I've ever had, at the same time it is also the worst. Like with every phone I've had in the past I have dropped it too many times to count and it has survived each fall rather well without inducing any scratches or cracks to the screen. However unlike past phones which I've had for at least a couple of years before they began to shows signs of becoming old, this one I've had for less than a year and already it's having problems. My biggest problem being that one of the letters on my keyboard no longer works as it should. It either misses the letter out completely or types 3 at once. Also the other week it often froze even when performing simple tasks, then only got worse as the day went on eventually only allowing about 5 seconds in between freezing and unfreezing to let me do anything. In the end I resulted in taking out the battery to restart it. Not sure if it'll even last for the year I have left on my contract...
Anyway, as an nice and easy introduction to the world of smart phones, the Blackberry 9300 is certainly a good option. However comparing my current phone to the durability of previously owned phones, and to the rivalry of the growing number of android phones, which appear to offer much better functionality, I don't think I'll be sticking with Blackberry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent BlackBerry model,
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This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I've used BlackBerries at work for more than 5 years, and tried an iPhone 4 but found it more of a toy than a business tool, blighted by its poor battery life and lack of a keyboard. This BlackBerry is superb. Good value for money and has everything you need if you are a business user. Took me a while to find my way around and find all the menus and icons, mind, after having got used to my last BlackBerry which had a different set of menus and a roller-ball mouse which I really liked but I have to admit this trackpad is better. I was beginning to think this device didn't have any GPS maps at all, but eventually I found the map application and it is faster and more sensitive than on my previous BlackBerry. Those who care about battery life should remember to reduce screen brightness, switch off wireless and bluetooth if you aren't using them, and use the option to program the device to automatically switch off (eg at 8.30pm) and on again (eg at 7am) and remain off at weekends - obviously you can also switch it on and off when you like, too. It's really useful that you can remove the battery and insert a spare - obviously not possible on a iPhone. The camera is mediocre but a bit better than on my previous BlackBerry. The Bluetooth (enabling me to use hands-free in the car) and the wi-fi to connect to one's home broadband network are also good. Web pages load rather slowly and are not very easy to read on these tiny screens, but you can zoom in on a web page. Excellent for email, for synchronising with Outlook mail and calendar at work, for texting, for checking for news on the web and of course as a mobile phone. Probably not so good if your aim is to collect games apps and spend a lot of time playing games. Bear in mind that earlier BlackBerry models had a different lead/connector (mini-USB) so you may need a new car charger but on the plus side the car chargers for these new BlackBerrys on Amazon are surprisingly cheap and will also fit your Kindle if you have one. I am surprised that this model did not come with a leather holster but I am using the holster from my previous BlackBerry and they too are quite cheap on Amazon. They are actually useful, the holsters. They enable you to instantly put the device into silent mode, and prevent you accidentally dialling a number.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Curve Blackberry with one major flaw,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)Working with Blackberrys is part of my job. Provisioning, supporting and choosing the right model for the right person. We do not use many of the Curve 9300s (2 at this time) despite its predecessor: the Curve 8900 being universal across our organisation. Why?
The camera. The Curve 9300 has everything the 8900 had except for the good quality camera. The new 9300 even has a lot more with the new OS 6 now available to download. It has the wonderful scrabble style keyboard, the new trackpad over the old rollerball, the vastly improved web browser and smart sliding menu's. But if you want good pictures from your Blackberry, you will need to look elsewhere.
In fact if you want a good camera on any Blackberry you have to start looking at the high end devices such as the Bold 9780 or the Torch. None of the current Curve range have a camera that will pass muster once you look at them anywhere other than the screen of the Blackberry.
The camera may sound like a triviality but we use them all the time as a method to record photographic status and situation, whether that's social, industrial or technical. You simply will not get the quality you need for viewing the pictures anywhere other than on the Blackberry with the current range of Curve phones.
A show stopper for us, it may not be for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackberry Curve 3G 9300,
This review is from: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)Prior to purchasing the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 I had only owned the most basic of mobile phones. My reason for upgrading was a desire to access my email from other than my laptop. Getting started with the Blackberry was straightforward and certainly easier than I had anticipated. I did experience a problem setting up my email but a quick phone call to Orange, my service provider, sorted it out. I now find myself browsing the net and using Facebook with ease. If, like me, you are not technically minded, but want to do more with your mobile than make and receive phone calls, this phone is perfect. Having only owned it for a few days I am not in a position to say much about the phone itself but I can say that it's a manageable size and the keyboard is easy to use,despite my stubby fingers. Finally, the price is right!
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