BlackBerry Curve

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BlackBerry Curve is a brand of professional smartphones that have been manufactured by BlackBerry Ltd since 2007.

Early series[edit]

Curve 8300 Series[edit]

The BlackBerry Curve brand was introduced on May 3, 2007[1] with the Curve 8300 series. The Curve brand continued the "consumer-oriented" philosophy of the BlackBerry Pearl and 8800 series, including multimedia features and a built-in camera. As is customary for BlackBerry devices, the 8300 series consists of several models offered by different wireless providers, supporting that provider's network along with specific services.

BlackBerry Curve 8310

In total, 5 variants were released; 8300, 8310, 8320, 8330 and 8350i. The 8300, 8310, and 8320 are able to support North American and European GSM technologies. Later in 2007, the 8310 was launched with GPS.

At the end of 2007, Research in Motion announced the 8320 featuring Wi-Fi but lacking a GPS receiver.

In early 2008, Verizon Wireless and Research in Motion the first CDMA Curve, the Curve 8330. This phone also featured upgraded memory as well and GPS. It only served the 800/1900 MHz range for CDMA2000 and 1xEV-DO. It was also the first Curve to have video recording at 240 x 176 resolution in 3GP format.

The 8350i was the last of the 8300 series to come out, which supported the 800/900 MHz iDEN and Push-to-Talk. It had 128 MB of memory and weighed 135g.

CNET's Bonnie Cha gave the Curve an "Excellent" rating. However, she found the Curve 8300's lack of 3G and Wi-Fi disappointing. Also disappointing was the phone's lack of video-recording capabilities. Call quality was determined to be subpar and calls sounded hollow on the Curve 8300.[2] While the 8300 as originally released lacked Video Recording and Voice Note Recording, these functions have been provided with the Blackberry OS 4.5 release.

Curve 8900[edit]

The Blackberry 8900 was released in early 2009 as a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone and named the Curve 8900. The device is an upgrade over the older 8300 model, with the most significant differences being a 3.2-megapixel camera, a micro-USB port, Wi-Fi, and an upgraded operating system.

Initial release was in February 2009 on T-Mobile but was later released on AT&T as well. This phone is known as Blackberry Javelin in Asia. @ China Mobile versions were released the 8910 in 2010 and in 2011 the 8980. The 8910 is identical except for the removal of wifi to comply with Chinese regulations at the time.[3] The 8980 design is radically different from the 8900 or 8910; its design cues is virtually identical to the Blackberry Bold 9700/9780/9788 series but lacking 3G capabilities; the 8980's keyboard is the typical Curve "chicklet".

While not as positive as other BlackBerry phones, the reviews of the Curve 8900 were mostly positive with praise for the improvements made over previous models but was criticized for the lack of 3G and a relatively slow processor. The 8900 was also praised for its new, stylish and confident look.

Curve 8500 Series[edit]

The BlackBerry Curve 8500 series was announced in July 2009 and released the following August. This series continued Research in Motion's developing "consumer-oriented" philosophy of the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve 8300 series smartphones with the inclusion of additional multimedia features. It was also the first blackberry to introduce the new trackpad vs the trackball in previous models. A CDMA version was released as the Curve 8530.

Curve 9300 3G[edit]

The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is a mid-range smartphone developed by Research in Motion and was the first Curve device to function on 3G networks. The 9300, and its CDMA counterpart, the Curve 9330, also contained some minor improvements over the 8500 series including a faster processor and the ability to upgrade the OS to BlackBerry 6.[4] The BlackBerry Curve 9300 series also continued with the dedicated media keys on the top first introduced with the BlackBerry Curve 8500 Series. The Curve 9300 was released on Rogers Wireless in Canada on Aug 4th, 2010.[5]

A CDMA variant named the Curve 9330 was also produced with OS 6 for 800/1900 MHz CDMA and CDMA 2000 1X EVDO and has more memory (512 MB RAM and 512 MB internal). The 9330 only supports data and voice simultaneously when data is being transmitted over WiFi, while the 9300 supports simultaneous data and voice over the mobile network.

BlackBerry 7 series[edit]

Blackberry Curve 9220/9310/9320/9321[edit]

This series of BlackBerry Curves are low end models developed mainly for developing economies and budget conscious BlackBerry consumers. They are stripped down versions of the mid-range Curve 9350/60/70 series, with a lower resolution screen, lower camera resolution and thicker design but a bigger battery. Unique features include a dedicated BBM convenience key and FM Receiver. The 9320 and 9321 is the 3G GSM variety and was released in May 2012. The 9310 is the CDMA variety was released July 2012. The 9220 is a 2G GSM and was launched first in India April 19, 2012. All phones run on Blackberry OS.

BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370[edit]

The Curve 9350/9360/9370 are mid-range models in the Curve series announced in August 2011 and released September 2011. The Curve 9350 series has a slimmer, lighter-weight design with improved technical specifications over the Curve 9300 series and also runs BlackBerry OS 7.1. The 9370 is a CDMA/GSM World Edition, the 9360 is a 3G GSM/HSPA+ variant, and the 9350 is a CDMA only variant. The series of phones includes a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and uses an 800mhz single core processor.

All the phones include NFC, Wi-Fi Calling and FM radio with the OS 7.1 upgrade. The 9370 has more eMMC memory than its siblings at 1 GB as compared to 512 MB. A 4G version was available with select carriers eventually.[6]

Blackberry Curve 9380 Series[edit]

BlackBerry Curve 9380

The Curve 9380, announced in November 2011, is the first Curve with a touchscreen instead of a physical keyboard. The phone is an entry-level counterpart to the Torch 9860, which is similarly an all-touchscreen phone without physical keyboard.

TechRadar gave the Curve 9380 three out of five stars, complimenting its affordability, the quality of its screen, its design for being more comfortable and not as fragile as other smartphones, and the improvements in the 7.0 operating system. However, reviewers also felt the device felt unstable, its social networking integration was of inconsistent quality, the implementation the Blackberry OS on a touchscreen device wasn't as elegant or mature as other smartphone platforms, and concluded that the phone "[isn't the] best option in its price range."[7]

Model comparison[edit]

The following tables highlight features of the different models.

Early series[edit]

Curve Series 8300 Series 8900 Series 8500 Series 9300 Series
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Available Models 8300, 8310, 8320, 8330, and 8350i 8900 8980 8520 8530 9300 9330
Display 320 × 240 px[8][9] 480 × 360 px,[10] 2.4" (built on 100 µm pixel) 320 × 240 px[11][12][13][14]
Data Inputs Keyboard, trackball Keyboard, optical trackpad
CPU speed 312 MHz[15] 512 MHz[15] 624 MHz
Memory Internal 64 MB[15] 256 MB[15] 512 MB
RAM 8310: 16 MB
8350: 64 MB
Others: 32mb
128 MB[15] 512 MB 2 GB
Removable Storage microSD card
Compatible networks Various 2G [nb 1] 2G GSM CDMA 3G HSPA CDMA
Connectivity Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 + A2DP[16][17][18][19][20][21] Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP[22][23][24]
GPS Partial Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
NFC No No No No No No No
USB miniUSB 2.0 microUSB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g [nb 2] 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g
Camera resolution 2.0 MP[15] 3.2 MP[15] 2.0 MP[25]
Battery capacity 1150 mAHr 1400 mAHr 1150 mAHr
Operating System BlackBerry OS 5 Blackberry OS 6
Released (US) May 10, 2007[nb 3][26][27] Feb 11th, 2009[28] August 5, 2009[29] November 20, 2009[30] Sept 15th, 2010[4]
Weight 110g (3.9 oz) 109.9g (3.9 oz)[31] 105g (3.7 oz)[21] 104/106g (3.7 oz)[32]
  1. ^ The BlackBerry Curve 8300, 8310 and 8320 use a 2G GSM network. The 8330 uses a CDMA network, while the 8350i uses an iDEN network.
  2. ^ The BlackBerry Curve 8300, 8310, and 8330 cannot connect to Wi-Fi networks.
  3. ^ The BlackBerry Curve 8350i was released about a year and a half later on December 15th, 2008.

BlackBerry 7 series[edit]

Curve Series 9350 Series 9380 Series 9220 Series 9320 Series
Picture
Available Models 9350 9360 9370 9380 9220 9320
Display 480 x 360 px,[33][34] 2.4" (built on 100 µm pixel) 480 x 360 px, 3.2" (built on 140 µm pixel) 320 x 240 pixels, 2.4", (built on 150 µm pixel)
Data Inputs Keyboard, optical trackpad Touchscreen, optical trackpad Keyboard, optical trackpad
CPU 800 MHz
Memory Internal 512 MB 1 GB 512 MB
RAM 512 MB
Removable Storage microSDHC card
Compatible networks 3G CDMA 3G HSPA 3G CDMA/2G GSM 3G HSPA 2G GSM 3.5G HSDPA
Connectivity Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP[22][23][24]
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
NFC Yes[24] Yes[24] Yes[24] Yes No No
USB microUSB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n[24]
Camera resolution 5.0 MP 2.0 MP 3.2 MP
Battery capacity 1000 mAhr 1230 mAhr 1450 mAh
Released (US) August 2011 April 2012 July 2012
Operating System (US) BlackBerry OS 7
Weight 99g (3.5 oz)[24][35] 98 g 102 g 103 g

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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