Long(er)-term test-drive: BlackBerry Curve

The BlackBerry Curve grows on you.

BlackBerry Curve keyboard is growing on me.
BlackBerry Curve keyboard is growing on me. RIM, Inc.

After a less-than-favorable review of the Helio Ocean, I was berated by enough yaysayers to try it for a second run. Nope. To quote the great philosopher Bob Dylan, "It Ain't Me, Babe."

However, after seeing two good friends loving their BlackBerry 8300 (the Curve), I wanted to give it another shot. And to my surprise, I'm slowly getting comfortable with it. As I previously wrote, this BlackBerry, with a great camera, MP3 capability, and the world's best e-mail, has everything. The problem is a very tight keyboard. Well, I'm in the middle of my second run-through, and for some reason it's not bothering me as much this time around.

I'm not ready to make the switch from the BlackBerry 8700 permanent just yet, but I might. The bottom line is that if you're at the AT&T store hoping for your iPhone, you might try this one, too. You've got plenty of time to return it--or maybe even keep it and skip the iPhone, which seems to need just a bit more time in the oven.

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