BlackBerry Curve 8300 review
|Review: March 2008|
In a nutshell: The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is an excellent device for keeping in touch with your email whilst out of the office. With extensive push email support and a full QWERTY keypad, emailing on your phone becomes a completely practical possibility. Other features such as a 2 megapixel camera, media player, Bluetooth connectivity and expandable memory complete the package.
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The BlackBerry 8300 is exactly the same as the BlackBerry Curve 8310, except that it doesn't have GPS navigation. Read our review of the 8310, since all of the comments apply equally to both phones, apart from this one difference.
We have given the BlackBerry 8300 a slightly lower rating than the 8310 and 8320 since it lacks the more advanced features of these models. Since most people will get it free on contract, why not choose one of the more advanced models instead?
BlackBerry Curve 8300 features include:
- 2 megapixel camera with flash and digital zoom
- LCD display: 320 x 240 pixels, 65000 colours
- Media player
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones
- Personal organiser functions
- Vibration alert
- Internet: Web browser, GPRS, EDGE
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, modem, 3.5mm stereo headset port
- Memory: 64 Mbytes plus microSD memory card slot
- Size: 107 x 60 x 15.5 mm
- Weight: 111g
- Talktime: 4 hours
- Battery standby: 400 hours
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BlackBerry Curve 8300 user reviews
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Average rating from 17 reviews:
Reviewed by Dami from England on 6th Sep 2012
The BlackBerry 8399 is amazing and its an awesome phone. The messaging is great and also its awesome and fast making it more reliable. but what i am most impressed with is the camera which is 2 megapixels but also it includes a flash which enables you to take pics in the dark. The phone is awesome and the shape is compact and also its really cute. the keyboard is great because its large making it easier to type and also its really easy to see with the lights. Love the BlackBerry 8300!!!
Reviewed by jodi from uk on 15th Jul 2012
epic bad man phone if you have enough get it trust me.
Reviewed by Belnda from England on 9th Mar 2010
Far too complicated. Very focussed on range of peripheral applications and making a phone call or texting is unnecessarily complex involving lots of button pressing. I hate it.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 29th May 2009
The 8300 is in my opinion a waste of space, messages remain unopened on the home screen when I have treid to delete them. Blackberry/RIM say they are working on it...yeah right? No video recorder no WiFi will find peripherals via BlueTooth but wont connect due to the security of the phone. It might be fine for the FBI but not me
Reviewed by robert turyahika from uganda on 4th
i have never enjoyed aphone like the way iam enjoying blackberry 8300 i never thought of buying a digital camera cause it has every quality of a good pictures thanx 2 the manfactures.
Reviewed by mathu from kenya on 13th Sep 2008
The blackberry 8300 is an overated phone.the internet is slow, the phone doesn't have 3g, you get overcharged for the internet service.I expected much more from a blackberry.
Reviewed by Big G from uk on 8th Aug 2008
best phone ive ever had all in one phone pc very good
Reviewed by Roy from U.K. on 7th Aug 2008
Good solid phone I graduated to this from the Sony Erikson P900 series. There are things I'd like the phone to have (3g communication, better camera video recording) hopefully these will be coming in the new 9000. In the meantime however this is a good reliable phone robust, reliable and with excellent battery life.
Reviewed by Dale from England on 9th Jul 2008
Reviewed by johnathan from Ireland on 2nd Jul
Top class phone. Had a Nokia 9300i and it was the business but seriously overpriced compared to this little gem. The keys are a little small but are surprisingly easy to use once you get going. A better camera would have got this phone a perfect 10 but itís not bad enough to deny it top marks here. If the next generation up's the memory and improves the camera then I'll be first in the queue.
Reviewed by luis g from ecuador on 14th Jun 2008
Reviewed by sai from indiya on 25th May 2008
This phone is not all that bad but the weight is a problem
Reviewed by Yemmie from Nigerian on 25th Apr 2008
This is a great device. It's really help make my life organised.
Reviewed by Vicky from England on 7th Apr 2008
The 1 thing about it that I don't like is that it is huge.
Reviewed by Anthony from Ireland on 18th Mar 2008
Blackberry is incredible, this is the second one ive had and cant seem to get away from them. The 8300 is light, looks good and has push email. Call quality is great but took a short while to get used to the smaller keys. It is extremely fast to navigate and without a doubt the phone to have for the extreme texter or emailer. The firmware is very available off the internet and most importantly the phone comes with full backup and restore software which to me was priceless. Im now due for another upgrade and keep looking at all the new Nokia high end phones but keep coming back to the Blackberry. So i guess its now gonna be the Blackberry 8800.
Reviewed by NIK HILL from UK on 4th Mar 2008
I LOVE IT. ITS LIKE A MINI COMPUTER, GET MY EMAILS BROWSE THE WEB. ITS GREAT!!!
Reviewed by kenyan from england on 27th Feb 2008
this is rubbish