The Verizon BlackBerry Curve 3G Arrives

Verizon’s new BlackBerry Curve 3G is arriving for businesses today and will be available for everyone in the comings weeks. The news gets better too. BlackBerry OS 6 has already been leaked for the new device, so you know Verizon and Research In Motion (RIM) are serious about getting it onto the new smartphone as quickly as possible. Below is a quick rundown on the specs. Read to the end for my take on it.

BlackBerry Curve 3G (9330) for Verizon Wireless

  • Colors: Available in Charcoal or Fuchsia Red
  • Dimensions: (LxWxD) 4.3”x2.4”x0.55”
  • Weight: 3.7 oz
  • Keyboard: Full QWERTY (it is a BlackBerry after all)
  • Storage: 512MB flash memory and microSD support up to 32GB
  • Connectivity: GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g
  • OS: Ships with BlackBerry OS 5, OS 6 coming soon

The specs look pretty decent. However, the camera has no built in flash. You also need to buy your own microSD card for it to do video recording. The fact that it is shipping without OS 6 worries me a little still. I know OS 6 has already been leaked for the device, but something just doesn’t add up. Hasn’t RIM been working on this thing for quite a while? Is something wrong that they are still trying to fix? Hmm.

The price point for this model though does smooth things over a bit. After the $100 mail in rebate (shudder) and with a data plan, it goes for an easy $29.99 with two year contract. At $30 it is something a lot of people could use. I have not been the kindest with my take of the Torch 9800, but that is RIM’s flagship smartphone and costs the same as an iPhone 4 or comparable Android OS smartphone. For what RIM is trying to do here, the Curve 3G is a pretty decent little machine.

Don’t expect to record 720p HD video on it or use it as a mobile hot spot, but for your daily smartphone needs, I am sure you will be happy with it. If you are looking at the new Curve 3G from Verizon as an option, then you probably already know it isn’t a flagship smartphone. What it is though is a good smartphone that won’t break the bank.

Let me know what you think of the new Curve 3G from Verizon and if it fits into what you need in a smartphone.

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