BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 (AT&T) review: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 (AT&T)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good The RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is slim and compact, with a responsive optical touch pad, convenient external media keys, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The Bad The RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is not too different from its predecessors, and remains a fairly basic smartphone.

The Bottom Line The RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is a decent entry-level BlackBerry with a couple of modern features like 3G and GPS, but we wish it was more affordable.

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RIM might be struggling against the big Android and iOS competition with higher-end handhelds, but there still remains a strong BlackBerry contingent who wants that familiar keyboard feel that the Curve 3G 9300 offers. The recent RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 for AT&T has all of the usual BlackBerry features like robust support for messaging and e-mail, as well as a few media niceties like external media keys, a 2-megapixel camera, a music player, and more. It's more on the entry-level side of the smartphone equation, but if you want an old-school BlackBerry with a modern edge, the Curve 3G 9300 fits the bill.

The Curve 3G 9300 looks and feels a lot like the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 for T-Mobile--the hardware is identical in fact--so we'll point you to that review for the full design lowdown. For this review, we'll concentrate on features and performance. The AT&T version of the Curve 3G 9300 is $99.99 after a two-year service agreement, which is a bit more expensive than the same model on other carriers.

Features
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 ships with BlackBerry OS 5 but it is upgradeable to the latest BlackBerry OS 6 . The new OS has a revamped home screen, a new Webkit browser, universal search, a new notifications bar, and more.

The Curve 3G 9300 has the usual BlackBerry features you've come to know and love. It has voice dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, a speakerphone, and a vibrate mode. As with most BlackBerry phones, it also has a healthy set of messaging features that include text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging with BlackBerry Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, and Windows Live, and of course, e-mail. You can use your own personal POP3 or IMAP accounts, and it's also compatible with most corporate e-mail systems like BlackBerry Enterprise, Microsoft Exchange, and IBM Lotus Domino.

Other features include GPS with AT&T Navigator support, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), and stereo Bluetooth. The GPS in the phone is useful with other location-based apps like Where and AllSport GPS, and when adding geotag information to photos. Productivity tools include a calendar, a memo pad, a task list, a calculator, and document viewers for Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, and PDF documents. There's also a file viewer and the built-in BlackBerry Web browser.

The AT&T version of the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 comes with a few built-in apps as well. They include AT&T's own Mobile Web browser, YPMobile, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, AT&T Music (AT&T's music download service), AT&T Radio, MobiTV, Mobile Banking, MyCast Weather, Bloomberg, and City ID. There are also a few games like Tetris, Scrabble, Sudoku, Bejeweled, Texas Hold 'Em, Pac-Man, Brickbreaker, Word Mole, and Klondike. For more apps, you can either purchase them from AT&T's App Center, or the BlackBerry App World. If you're also an AT&T U-Verse subscriber, you can download the AT&T U-Verse app for the Curve 3G. The app will let you view your U-Verse schedule and you can set up your DVR recordings from the app as well.

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Where to Buy

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 (AT&T)

Part Number: 4940397

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Talk Time Up to 270 min (GSM)
    Up to 330 min (UMTS)
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Weight 3.77 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.4 in
  • Sensor Resolution 2 pixels