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First Look: RIM BlackBerry Curve

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First Look: RIM BlackBerry Curve

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The BlackBerry Curve is a smart phone that offers a best-of-breed design and a well-rounded set of features, making it an attractive device for consumers and mobile professionals alike, though it doesn't have Wi-Fi or 3G support.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the Blackberry Curve also known as the BlackBerry 8300 and I am in love with this design. It's the smallest and lightest full QWERTY BlackBerry that we've seen to date and the keyboard is improved over the 8800. And I know some users have been complaining that the 8800's keys are cramped and slippery but this kind of goes back to the older keyboards with the spacing in between so it's really nice. Just for a comparison I've got the T-Mobile Dash here so you can see it's a little shorter, about the same thickness. I've also got an old BlackBerry, the 8700C so you can see it's sexier an slimmer. And also we've got the Treo 680 here so you can see it's definitely thinner. Kind of combines the 8800 and the BlackBerry Pearl but you don't have to deal with that SureType keyboard, which I'm not a fan of. There are a few improvements. It has a 2 megapixel camera instead of the 1 point 3 megapixel camera. It also has spell check for email and memos so you can send out correct messages. Not a ton of new features. It has Bluetooth but no WiFi or 3G support, which was disappointing for us. The carrier announcement are for AT&T Cingular but they haven't announced pricing yet or availability date though they say it'll probably be this spring. I think it's a great device, good for consumers. Professionals might want to stick with the 8000 because it has more functionality but otherwise good messaging device and pretty good call quality. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been the BlackBerry Curve. ^M00:01:29 [ Music ]

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