RIM BlackBerry Curve 3 G on the Test

Not everyone needs a touchscreen. For people who want to keep their businesses on the go by E-Mail under control, the BlackBerry Curve 3 G QWERTY keyboard is a good choice.

  1. RIM BlackBerry Curve 3 G on the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

For longer texts, a real keyboard is nothing to replace. This also explains why RIM 2010 again part could put all touchscreen euphoria despite in the second quarter in sales. The proceeds of the BlackBerry-maker, where besides the preference of business clientele for keyboard smartphones RIMs continuous improvement of successful product lines may be part of the success equation increased by 31 percent.

Compressed acceleration

To see it on the new BlackBerry Curve, which introduces the high-speed mobile radio standard with the 3 g version in the middle range as well. That could afford RIM to forego, in designated business smartphones so long fast data transmission is located on the in-house transmission technology: the data sent to a BlackBerry take always going through a server operated by RIM. Which ensures among other things that the mail via the push button is immediately delivered, it compresses the data but also appropriately for the comparatively small for Smartphone screens. This saves bandwidth, why BlackBerrys work pretty fast even in EDGE networks.

The curve 3 G UMTS with HSDPA has now built up to 3.6 Mbit/s. Bluetooth with a wide list of supported profiles and Wi-Fi were found at the two predecessors, although the 3 G wireless network supports now the n standard. It is noteworthy that the 3 G does not in any way which is best equipped curve.

It starts with the camera, making no pretense with 2 megapixels compared to 3.2 in the curve 8900 to be more than one snapshot snapping. Also display offers respectable 320 x 240 pixels while the size of 2.5 inches, the curve 8900 comes but to more than double resolution – what is an advantage especially for the display of Web pages. Excursions in the Internet are already more laborious than with other smartphones with the curve 3 G because of the waiver on a large touch screen. While certainly praise must be paid the browser and the zoom function.

However, the real strength of BlackBerrys like the curve 3 G in the communication and not consuming content. That he with matching best requirements for connecting to a corporate server for address book and calendar features, of course. But the biggest advantage is the spite of miniaturization ergonomic keyboard which allows with minimal exercise, quickly and in an attractive form to write longer texts. Granted, learn how special characters with the trackpad can be reached, likely from the detailed manual than by their own intuition.

And who is in the process should be studied even the release of the device which can be also BlackBerry aficionados with mystery. Because the button is hidden between the hardware buttons on the music player above on the device – which is very convenient in everyday use. This shows like at the side 3.5 mm headset connector and Bluetooth profiles necessary for high-quality audio reproduction that RIM pays some attention to the universal application of its smartphones.

Inner and outer values

The case is comfortably accessed by a rubberized-looking surface and gives a rugged impression. The automatic brightness control of the display, which brings the viewer in a bright environment on over 900 candela per square meter is very useful. As a result, you can control its Smartphone sure even on sunny days.

With similar care RIM took care of the inner values. So endurance over the two predecessors could be increased once again and is now very good. Transmission and reception services, which once again outperform the good ancestors in the GSM network, the acoustic qualities of the curve shows 3 G very good services.

Seen in this way, RIM demonstrates one particular facet of good Smartphone construction. Instead of constantly reinventing the wheel, being developed through continuous development of perfecting good basic concepts. When and at what price the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3 G in the German system operators is available, not fixed yet to deadline.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE
HSDPA / HSUPA
Wi-FI standard
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
SMS / MMS
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100)
Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
FACILITIES (170)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
HANDLING (140)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
MEASUREMENTS (90)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 11/10
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points