More words from our man on the inside, “RogersDude69″. As the title implies, this will probably be his final post. Click the more link to read scattered but in-depth analysis about RIM’s newest device.
Hey guys. First of all, thanks for all the comments to my posts. It’s good to see people are as interested in the Curve as they are — they really should be, it’s a great device.
After spending more time with the 8300, I really have to say that it’s possibly one of the most well-constructed BlackBerrys to come out in awhile. Overall, it’s more solid and not as flimsy as the Pearl or BlackBerry 8800 (which you can feel shifting around in your hand if you squeeze hard enough). The rubberized sides are a big, big plus, offering better protection and it won’t flake off like the cheap metallic paint found on other BBs.
I didn’t mention this yesterday, but the soft keys around the trackball are rounded and angled, which makes them more comfortable to use than those on the BlackBerry 8800. The screen also seems brighter to me than the 8800, which also improves the colours that are displayed — they’re a lot more vibrant.
I do have some problems with the device, however. Like the Pearl, the slot for the MicroSD card is underneath the battery, which is kind of a pain. The BlackBerry 8800 fixed this, but I think RIM had to sacrifice this small bit of functionality for size. Another bother is the fact that — once again, like the Pearl — the speaker is behind the back of the case, so get ready to bust out your drills!
First thing’s first: the spellchecker is great! About time! Other than that, there are a few changes to the OS that I didn’t mention yesterday. The “Turn Wireless Off” icon is now “Manage Connections”, from which you can turn Bluetooth, or wireless data on and off without affecting your cell coverage.
Bluetooth is also no longer crippled like on previous RIM devices. You can now Bluetooth files (images, mp3s, etc.) from your desktop! I’ll send you guys a little how to.
This is a great device that hits a nice sweet spot for RIM. It’s the perfect consumer BlackBerry, and features enough to appease the enterprise crowd (as long as they don’t mind a camera). What I don’t understand is why people keep bitching about a lack of Wi-Fi and GPS. Consumers don’t need that in a BlackBerry: they need better multimedia functionality in a sleek device with a full-QWERTY keypad. The BlackBerry Curve delivers.