LaptopMag got a hands-on look at the BalckBerry Curve smartphone and has done a review for us. The BlackBerry has a 2 Megapixel camera with Flash, a 2.5-inch LCD display, and a QWERTY keyboard, same as other BlackBerrys.
The integrated media player supports MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.263, WMV video formats and MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, WAV audio formats.
The Curve’s biggest competition isn’t other BlackBerrys but the Samsung BlackJack, which currently costs only $149 with a mail-in rebate. The BlackJack’s 3G data connection is only a moderate advantage because of Windows Mobile’s slower browser, but its built-in camcorder and support for Cingular Video are definite pluses. On the other hand, the Curve offers a better e-mail experience, a sharper camera, and much longer battery life. Despite a few drawbacks, this is the best BlackBerry–and one of the most well-rounded smart phones–money can buy.
- Sleek design with full-sized keyboard
- Sharp 2-MP camera
- Bundled Roxio multimedia software
- Fast Web surfing
- Excellent battery life
- Some calls didn’t connect
- Doesn’t record video