Blackberry 8300 Curve – the next big pager?
May 30, 2007
(Update 11/07/07: See my blog post referring to someone else’s thoughts about the Blackberry Curve. In a nutshell: that person liked it a lot, but seemed to prefer her Treo over the Curve.)
Blackberry’s about to come out with the first model that’s targeted toward personal users rather than business users — the Blackberry 8300 Curve.
Like previous high-end Blackberry models, it has the usual list of features:
- Email and text messaging
- Advanced phone features
- Expandable memory slot (using SD cards)
But it also has a few features that personal users — especially deaf ones — would appreciate:
- Smallest and lightest Blackberry model thus far
- Instant messaging (that comes with the Blackberry, instead of you having to look for and buy a separate IM program – nice)
- Camera with zoom and flash (2mp – much better than the earlier Treo cameras — but it’s not a camcorder, alas)
- Media player (videos, audio files)
- Blackberry Maps (but Google Maps for the Blackberry is so much better, I’m sure)
- Trackball (wow, that’s new)
- Tethered modem (plug your laptop into your Blackberry Curve and use the Internet)
- Choice of games, ringtones, skins, and other accessories
- Built-in 64mb memory (nicely-sized, but if you need more like I always do, there’s always the expandable memory slot)
Want one? Want one? It’s not yet for sale, argh. Gotta wait a bit more. Probably within a month or two, tho. Price hasn’t been announced, and so far only Cingular / AT&T will be carrying the Blackberry Curve — at least for a while.
See CNet’s in-depth review for more information, impressions, and photos.