Another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300

By Bla1ze on 25 Jul 2010 05:40 pm EDT
Another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300

The folks over at BBGeeks have brought us all another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300. All in all, not a whole lot of new information has come about for the BlackBerry Curve 9300 but, we pretty much know all there is to know about it anyways. The specs have been known for a while now and we've even got the majority of carriers that will be taking it on, ie: T-Mobile, Bell, Rogers etc.

Some rather new information to come from the article over at BBGeeks though is that according to some of their sources, there is still a chance for those of you out there that pick up the BlackBerry 9300 to get at least a taste of BlackBerry 6 with this device. According to what BBGeeks has been hearing, there is still a slight chance (70/30) we'll see the WebKit browser placed into this device. So while it'll not be a full blown version of the media-centric BlackBerry 6 we've seen of late, it will have the updated browser.

All things considered, it really doesn't make sense to put a full blown version of BlackBerry 6 on the BlackBerry Curve 9300. It was not designed for that purpose. it was designed to be a cost effective communication tool and not a mediacentric workhorse that we've come to expect from say the BlackBerry 9800. Personally, if I was concerned about device cost yet, still wanted to have a functional BlackBerry device on hand there is no reason to not pick up the BlackBerry 9300 when it arrives across carriers. All too often we forget, some folks don't need the latest and greatest. Some folks just need something that just works.

Source: BBGeeks

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Another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300


BBLeaks posted shots of OS5.0 firmware passing network tests, so maybe not BB6 (at least maybe not on launch) but the platform showed as 6.x so potential i guess, however is 256Mb enough to run BB6 without casuing storm1 like memory issues?

This phone should have had OS 6 on it. Heck every RIM phone this year should have been OS-6-compatible - it simplifies life for developers.

This seems like poor decision making.

Although I will always love blackberry, RIM is moving too slow when it comes to the specs on new devices and keeping up with the latest technology. Every since the Nexus One came out I jumped on the android bandwagon. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Q is coming out as a blackberry killer with a qwerty keyboard, 3-inch Super AMOLED screen (720x480)
* 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
* 8MP camera with LED flash
* 1.3 mp front-facing camera
* QWERTY keyboard
* Android 2.2
* 16GB internal memory (Micro SD expandable to 32GB.
Enough Said!!!

How come in almost every recent RIM release we get told what the device is NOT supposed to be meant for.I guess it's only purpose is to take our money.An 8900 w/trackpad should have been out last fall. Is this really the best RIM can do?

I agree, as 9700 owner I hope for 6.0 update, but seems kinda unfair to leave it to rim while I spent enough on this phone, and that was on contract!

If the 9300 can have a scaled down OS6 experience, I would think that they could make a similar product for the BOLD and STORM that are being "refreshed".... So if they are really makeing these "refresh" devices, I bet the 9300 is going to be stuck with OS5.

Which maybe for a "base" device this is ok... just wonder if you really need to make a new "base" device that is so "cheap", or would it be better to transistion older devices into the "base" device market as new device are released.

I see no reason this shouldn't get 512MB of memory. Why can't they do that? As far as I know (which isn't far) adding that much memory shouldn't affect size/battery life/heat. It's such a simple upgrade and even if you don't make it BB6 compatible it would still be nice.

That being said, if I decide not to go with the 9800 that might be a nice alternative device.

While I'm at it. I want to point out that 8MP on a cell phone is just as worthless as 500hp in a 3 speed car. It does you little good except if you want huge picture files. The lense sucks so it'll never be a quality 8MP so the only reason to have it is to say "look, I have 8MP". What a waste.

i got 8520,9700, and iphone 3G.....previously use 8900 too.well 9700 start with OS5 and still not have an upgrade.For 8520 come with os 4 but 8520 launch just before os 5. when i have it they already have os5..

what i would like to say is that i have my iphone 3G for 2year and i get update from iphone version 1 or 2 cant remember than 3 and now 4...even my 3g cannot use full function of os4 but only something beneath GUI like multitask thing... however it is still install able...
for rim just os5 and that it!!!!!it not even a year that 9700 launch and they try to abandon user like us so piss

This is BS, this is a carbon copy and a foolish purchase ...and lastly a slack RIM product

Research in slow motion....strikes again

If this phone is going to receive a scaled down OS6 which really means just a webkit browser, then probably the other phones with 256MB will receive the same. I being a 9550 holder am actually happy to hear that because honestly I do not want a new OS running on my phone if it slows it down, I would be happy with a new browser until its time to upgrade to a 4G phone.