BlackBerry Curve 9300 review
| ||Review: September 2010
Last updated September 2012
In a nutshell: A good mid-range BlackBerry, offering a full QWERTY keyboard, mobile e-mail, media player, plenty of memory, GPS receiver, 3G and Wi-Fi. The display and the camera are pretty basic though.
The BlackBerry 9300 Curve 3G is a mid-range model - more expensive than the BlackBerry 8520, cheaper than the Curve 9320. And its capabilities, unsurprisingly, sit somewhere between these two models as well.
Physically, the device is almost identical to the old 8520. In fact you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart. The full QWERTY keyboard isn't as polished as the Bold's, but it certainly beats a touchscreen. As the name suggests, the Curve 3G takes the basic Curve 8520 and adds 3G. Also added is a GPS receiver with BlackBerry Maps. So, read our review of the 8520 and decide if it's worth paying a little extra for these features. Or, read our Curve 9320 review and ask yourself if you should pay more still and get a newer version of the operating system, more memory, a faster processor, a bigger battery and a better camera. We'd recommend going the whole hog and treating yourself to the Curve 9320, but hey, it's not our money that we're spending!
BlackBerry Curve 9300 features include:
- 2 megapixel camera with video recording
- LCD display: 320 x 240 pixels, 65,000 colours, 2.44 inches
- Media player (Supports MP3, WMA, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MPEG4, WMV9 formats)
- Messaging: email and text messaging, BlackBerry® Messenger
- Built-in speakerphone
- Hands-free headset capable
- MP3 ringtones / 32 voice polyphonic ringtones / Vibration alert / LED indicator
- GPS with BlackBerry Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Internet: Web browser
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB, RIM wireless modem, 3.5mm stereo headset port
- Memory: 256 MByte flash memory plus microSD memory card slot
- Size: 109 x 60 x 14 mm
- Weight: 104g
- Quadband GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz) plus UMTS (2100/1900/850/800 MHz)
- Battery: 1150mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion cell
- Talktime: 5.5 hours
- Battery standby: up to 450 hours
BlackBerry Curve 9300 user reviews
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Average rating from 182 reviews:
Reviewed by Kishore B. Singh
from UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
on 3rd Dec 2013
For the first one year worked absolutely fine, but now the 9300,
freezes, battery drains out whenever it feels like, always loading.
Especially when travelling or weak network from a 100% battery to 0%
in just matter of minutes.
Only if the battery was good, the phone would have been awesome!
Bottom line being, not worth the money and annoying phone!
Reviewed by ...
from south Africa
on 29th Nov 2013
Reviewed by annemarie
on 23rd Nov 2013
I have probleme social network with facebook and twitter but i have
delete and agian download but will not open and nothing on my phone.
Please sms me because i am deaf. I try all 3 weeks but nothing
Reviewed by ALHASS AN
on 25th Oct 2013
i am currently using bb 9300 3G phone. i was discarding some
application i personally downloaded from bb world. it prompted me to
restart after discarding an application but i ignore and continue with
the discarding of other application till the last one when i accepted
to restart it. now it shows red light and the screen appears white
with a big 3 on the screen . i remove the battery down for several
seconds and still does't work, also use the alt + shift+ delete keys
to reset it was successfully but the screen seems to appear white with
Reviewed by katross
on 19th Sep 2013
I am only disappointed with my battery but I won't condemn it. My BB
9300 still looks new en in perfect condition.
Reviewed by jessica from england on 21st Aug 2013
The black berry 9300 has a rubbish charger that has to be replased every so
Reply by katross
on 21st Sep 2013
Jessica maybe u have a lot of applications running on your BB
Reviewed by Samuel from Nigeria on 11th Jun 2013
I will not make a mistake by condemning the blackberry 9300 cuz it's actually
the one I'm using in making this review, honestly I don't see anything wrong
with this phone, the only thing that still bothers me a bit is the fact that
I can't keep my phone network in 2G only and this really causes a drastic fall
in its battery life which makes it go off pretty soon! There's absolutely nothing
wrong with the trackpad, just reduce the sensitivity if it's too fast for you,
you'll get that under the device settings!
Reviewed by Steph from UK on 31st May 2013
I have had the phone for nearly three years and within that time I have never
had it replaced however I have always had problems with it not connecting for
no apparent reason, the track pad has a mind of its own and now its decided
that when I'm in the middle of doing something that it sometimes goes white
and the only way to get it to work is to reboot it. I know some people may be
like my blackberry is fine and I have had it only a couple of months well trust
me the trouble happens about six months in. Unfortunately I am stuck with this
phone till November. I wouldn't say don't buy it but I would recommend it for
people who just want to use it to text and call as that seems to be the only
thing it is good for. I would give it a 2 out of 5 as I have found that it can
be reliable from time to time.
Reviewed by Jess from UK on 7th Feb 2013
This is the worst phone I have ever owned, I would rather go back to an old
brick. I'm stuck in a 2 year contract and I'm on my 3rd replacement and it's
even worst than the first one! On the first one the track pad went so it used
to do its own thing so typing was impossible and it kept freezing. On the second
one they hadn't bothered to connect the speaker properly so I couldn't hear
anything during a call. On this one it constantly freezes, the track pad is
going again, browser is stupidly slow and very often won't connect, and is's
new problem is to keep shutting down and dying without warning even when the
battery is still over half full and I'm stuck with it until June. I would advise
to not go near this phone!
Reviewed by John Read from UK on 6th Nov 2012
Oh dear..1 replacement and 2 repairs within 12 months.The function button and
keys come loose and cease to work. VERY annoying... I mentioned this in the
3 shop in Plymouth and was met with 'what can I do' shrug. My advice? Don't
Reviewed by Simran from England on 15th Oct 2012
Terrible phone. It's my second blackberry and at first it's fine but then trackpad
starts to mess up and not work. I've found this is a common problem amongst
this model and as I have no insurance and my network refuse to fix it, I have
to buy another out of my own money.
Reviewed by Gerry from Ireland on 6th Sep 2012
I kinda like the BB 9300 but the one issue I hate is that the Data setting is
not a separate setting like on other phones, it is part of the mobile network
setting and you cannot connect to the Internet with it turned OFF, so you cannot
turn the mobile network off if you want to make sure you are using Wi-Fi to
connect to the Internet. Not really suitable for a PAYG USER.
Reviewed by miriam from wales england on 29th Aug 2012
Ibought mine this year and find it a bit complicated but you can easily overcome
this as there is a help key which as answered most of my questions and it is
easier than Ithought and I do like it as theres lots of help available via a
number that you can phone if you get stuck on anything
Reviewed by prince from zimbabwe on 28th Aug 2012
Used it for over a month now,not bad as pple said.only 1 problem (battery)I
dnt wanna lie ,its really bad,mine can last for 16hrz on average use(disappointing.
Reviewed by james from uk on 26th Aug 2012
i hate my blackberry it always frezzes
Reviewed by Will Barlow from England on 22nd Aug 2012
The BlackBerry 9300 was the first BlackBerry I have had in my life and I really
liked it especially how BBM is used and how when i know when someone is reading
my messages BUT I got this BlackBerry at the end of May 2012 and it lasted me
till the end of July 2012 which was 2 months. It is very easy to break the screen
on this BlackBerry so if your one of those people who are clumsy i would not
recommend you buying this BlackBerry but it is miles better than the Curve 8520
so i would rate this BlackBerry a 3star!
Reviewed by Greg from England on 6th Aug 2012
Guys, I haven't got the BlackBerry yet but I'm soon going to get one! If you
live in the U.K then what you should do is buy it from Phones4U! My Nokia C3-00
broke, so Ijust visited them and they sent my phone back to Nokia to be replaced
really quick! So if you do have a blackberry and the scrollpad keeps going off
in random directions turn fown the sensitivity/ return it to the place of purchase
and just tell them that THEIR product is faulty and they should be happy to
fix it! I've been on my friends and to be honest BBm is brlliant! Forget siri,
forget touchscreens, if you text/email/facebook or tweet on the go then this
is what you're looking for!
Reviewed by tommy from samson on 3rd Aug 2012
I own this phone and it is in just a few words ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT i did
have the 8520 which lagged so much and was disgusting by the way dosent this
curve have OS6????
Reviewed by Dave Roberts from United Kingdom on 26th Jul
This is one seriously poor mobile phone. In fact, it's awful. After having it
for 6 months the touchpad starting malfunctioning. Trying to compose a text
message or browse the web, the cursor flies around the screen and forces its
way to the top. A call to O2, was greeted with, oh just power it off/on. Well
2 years later and 200 battery pulls it still does it.
The web browser crashes frequently, is slow and cumbersome. Using as a mobile
modem, if it drops from 3G to gprs, you have to power reset to get 3G back,
and does this frequently.
What else, oh yeah, calendar entries keep being cleared which is really annoying
when I`m doing my accounts/mileage as I want to go back and check where I`ve
been. There is nothing 3 months old on the phone, 2nd time it's done it!!
Overall, shame I can't give it 0 stars and it's going as soon as my contract
is up... Awful is an understatement.
Reviewed by sprsunil from India on 21st Jun 2012
This phone is perfect for its price tag except for camera and html browser,
opera mini solves the later issue but you have to compromise with camera quality.
Reviewed by tom from england on 9th Jun 2012
it is realy good
Reviewed by sarah from Uk on 3rd Jun 2012
This phone is better than excellant
Reviewed by Sarah from England on 2nd Jun 2012
Purchased this phone 3 days ago and already requested an exchange, what a load
of rubbish!!! It couldn't even manage to play the welcome video without freezing
3 times and then said "APP ERROR" and restarted 8 times in 2 hours!!!! Wouldn't
recommend it to my worst enemy!!
Reviewed by bb user 1996 from UK - England on 27th May
A well designed phone that is worth paying for but like all phones there are
drawbacks such as the trackpad. The pad will stop working after 5 months if
you forget to clean it by gentally rubbing it especially if you have naturally
hot hands or like to use your phone all the time and don't clean off all the
oils that acumulate through the day. Also note that bbm is only useful if all
your contacts also have a blackberry otherwise it is suggested to intsall other
I'm apps that can be used across all the phone brands.
But for the price paid the 9300 is a very reliable mid-range phone that will
last is used correctly and not man handled.
Reviewed by planetlaxy2012 from United Kingdom on 10th
i have always preferred the qwerty style curve from blackberry other than the
touch screen versions os some other bb models.
it is easy and basic and does the job but it will become boring in comparison
to some of the latest phones from apple and samsung!
Reviewed by yaoodle from england on 23rd Apr 2012
i am in love wid dis phone siikk
Reviewed by Annomous from England on 12th Apr 2012
I got this phone On October 23rd 2011
I loved it at first i had no problems at all ,
but since january/february my trackpad has stopped working at times & the phone
kept freezing then flashing then it would switch off , the battery life use
to be excellent i would listen to music all day while am out & it would only
go down one bar but now even when am sleeping and the phone is locked with a
full battery when i wake up my battery is dead !
Am due for a upgrade today & am not sure if i want another blackberry because
ive had enough !!!!!
Reviewed by Anonymous from GB on 12th Apr 2012
I am in love with this phone! I've had it for about six months now and I haven't
had a single glitch. The trackpad works brilliantly and it's not faulty at all
(although many others have found it to be). The screen is perfect, messaging
capabilities amazing, Facebook on my BB I couldn't live without and BBM is fab.
This phone is also so fast! You get a message and you can have replied within
30 seconds...dashing off a multi line message in seconds takes minimal effort
thanks to the cuve 9300s fantastic QWERTY key pad. I find it extremely hard
to find fault with this handset. It is just so perfect. I would recommend it
to anyone and everyone. Brilliant brilliant. Thank you so much RIM. :) BUY IT
Reply by I use bb from England on 3rd Jun
I agree this si an amazing phone I bought it a eek ago and its so fast and does
Reviewed by mnm from philippines on 3rd Apr 2012
I super love this phone. Its super convenient especially for those people who
loves social networking site and wants to be updated asap. Though its battery
life only lasts a day for me since I use it very very much. I love it and its
worth every penny. I only had this phone for about a month but I love it so
so much. Totally worth it!! :)
Reviewed by chanochano from philippines on 23rd Mar 2012
why so many people always comparing another phone to another. Lol. although
i have android phone. Sony xperia ray but. here in my country its unlocked although
its great phone but i need to pay lot of bucks to get unlimited intenet for
1 month. it seems 1 dollar per day. but there is a blackberry plan here it only
cost 2$ per month with th use of unlimited social apps messaging apps bbm lol.
services wise or specification wise lol. im FB addict lol.
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 20th Mar 2012
Fantastic little phone, real workhorse and amazing all-rounder! out-does anything
Sony Ericcson have to offer as I was previously an avid SE fan, but trust me,
this is a phone not to be missed. Only getting rid of it due to upgrade, getting
a Bold 9790, hopefully it wont let me down!
PS. this 'unreliability' issue if rubbish, only occurs to people who abuse their
phones, keep it happy, and you'll be happy!
Reviewed by raj from UK on 18th Mar 2012
The worst phone I have ever had!! A white line has appeared thorugh the middle
of the screen, I have never been able to send a single text message from the
phone!! feels plasticy and cheap!
Reviewed by Gabe from UK on 14th Mar 2012
Like all phones the bb curve has its ups and downs but to be honest the phone
will be brilliant for those that want a semi-minamilistic smartphone but heavey
users are advised to chose a better modal as the RAM can run low and close the
internet especially on sites that were not designed for mobile use.
I have had the phone for four months and only managed to fill the RAM once and
crash it but others at collage have had problems as they tried to multitask
and crashed the phones. So its really how you use the phone to how you will
Reviewed by georgia from England on 11th Mar 2012
its amazing, i love it and i have only had it a day, so i say go buy it! xx
Reviewed by bbgeek from england,bradford on 9th Mar 2012
awsome fone but could be improved a bit everyone complaining got a rip off buy
it from asda tesco or argos and see where that gets you
Reviewed by ang from scotland on 7th Mar 2012
bought bb 9300 it just loads all the time cant use it 95 percent of time because
Reviewed by Jackie from Canada on 2nd Mar 2012
Have had the 3G since May 2011. Was happy at first, but after a month or so
the scrollpad went. It scrolls up/down on it's own, and can only be used out
of direct sunlight (which makes it go haywire- typing weird symbols and scrolling
all over). Putting my shirt over my thumb stops most of the scrolling issues.
The browser stinks, and crashes all the time. The system seems to have little-to-no
RAM, so apps run slow or freeze. (Selection isn't that great, either).
The camera is crap, unless in daylight. But then the zoom goes crazy because
of the scroll issue, so it's hard to take a photo. Inside, pictures are pretty
grainy, and very low saturation.
The battery lasts about 3 days for me, but I am not a heavy texter. However,
it does shut itself off lately, and will not turn on until it is plugged in...
Even if it was at half battery.
Overall, I'm happy with BBM and texting layout. But those are on all blackberry
phones. DO NOT get a 3G! It is cheap for a reason.
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 29th Feb 2012
I got the BB 3G when my iphone stopped palying things on wifi, it would connect
just not play. I'd had it years so I thought I'd look for something else and
tried out a few in the shops and liked the BB so read some reviews and thought
it sounded OK. I hadn't realised that if you're PAYG you have to pay to connect
to the blackberry network, without this you can't connect to the net or wifi,
so makes it more expensice to run than the iphone. The apps are a bit sad, apart
from that I can't say I'm impressed. its really complicated to do anything and
unless you need one for business I'd say give it a miss and pay more and get
something that works, come back iphone all is forgiven.
Reviewed by jake from morroco on 28th Feb 2012
its a great phone add me on bbm ha ha
Reviewed by Lily Rose from England on 27th Feb 2012
I got this phone back in September 2011, I was really excited to have the phone
and two months in, it started freezing a lot. I spent a lot of time taking the
battery out and rebooting it. The battery also drained when I switched it off
at night and I even switched off Mobile Network and WiFi. I wouldn't reccommend
this phone for travelling uses or gaming uses although it's messaging services
are superb. Camera is rubbish, needs 5 megapixels or 8 megapixels. and front
facing camera with flash and auto focus and 10x zoom. The battery lasts 4/5/6
hours maximum if you don't use music services that much. I recently purchased
the HTC Desire S and that is amazing and beats BlackBerry so much. HTC are better
than iPhones and BlackBerrys. Also the optical trackpad kept scrolling up on
its own or go down on its own and wouldn't let me surf the net properly. The
internet is rubbish, closes the page all the time.
Reviewed by Jessica from England on 22nd Feb 2012
Its one of the most rubbish moblies you can get... The crome edge of the curve
is starting to fall appart, it reboots often, and I also have had to call 'geeksquad'
a number of times because this particular phone has been turning off by itself,
flashing red when I don't have a message and also wiping out all my photos,
music and videos. I have to keep on taking the battery out because it has frozen
a number of times. I only bought this phone 4months ago and these are the problems
I have had with it. I am now on my 2 replacement and are having the exact same
problems? So no its not my blackberry that was broken thanks very much? You
will probably be better off with a nokia c3!!!
Reviewed by hannah from england on 21st Feb 2012
ive had my bb for a week now, its really easy to use and it is by far the best
phone i have ever bought for a good price! its a brillliant phone and the keyboard
is very nice to use as well, RECCOMENDED!
Reviewed by Andrea from Bristol Uk on 20th Feb 2012
I did have this curve before I went over to bold 9780... only cause i was being
a brat .... I WOULD HAVE A CUPBOARD FULL OF BLACKBERRY'S but too be honest its
a great phone battery life is great takes good pics easy to use features e-mails
are a doodle..everything is as you would expect from a Blackberry..never had
reason to have a negative comment about blackberry's well done again rim ....
Reviewed by Laura Jackson from England on 20th Feb 2012
Don't understand why people are giving bad reviews... have you not thought that
maybes your blackberry is broke? I had the 8520 and it was a good phone, had
it's hick up now and again but worked great... until I spilt cider on it. Looking
forward to the 9300 as I had a non-mainstream phone with the 3G on and worked
great, so I can see the 9300 living up to it's standards. Don't give back feedback
unless you have checked that it may be the fault of your own.
Reply by klay from england on 23rd Feb 2012
Eh, yep I'm on my 2nd blackberry... Still rubbish?
Reply by John from UK on 9th Mar 2012
With all due respect, Laura, the rules of this review column state "please don't
review this phone if you have not used it." Your experience was with the 8520,
which, while it looks almost identical, has very different components inside.
Even the trackpad is different. My wife and I had 9300s at the same time. They
were fine at first, but after a few months, the trackpads on both phones went
haywire, sending the cursor jumping randomly around the screen on it's own.
I sent both phones back for repair under warranty, to be told that they couldn't
be repaired, so refurbished replacements were issued. I've received mine today,
and am writing this reply on it right now, but unfortunately the trackpad on
this one hardly responds to my finger at all, and only works properly if I use
my shirt or tie material to operate it. I've got 7 mor months of my contract
to endure and when it ends I will definitely not be looking for another Blackberry.
The app choice is limited and poor quality, and the browser isn't capable of
opening two tabs without running out of memory and closing completely. When
it works, it's good, but there have been too many occasions when it doesn't.
Reviewed by Anna from England on 18th Feb 2012
my bb 9300 is the secound phone i had got. My first phone is Samsung B3310 and
if you look at the picture it is also one of those keyboards phone which i just
love!! But now my father is got me a bb 9300 for my birthday and omg u can type
so fast without even knowing. The camera is really clear and HD. U can put a
huge amount of songs on ur bb 9300 and 100 pictures and 67 videos and still
have some MB left!! EVERYTHING ON BB 9300 IS AWESOME!!!
I would advise you get a BB 9300 for someone special in your life for their
Make them happy!!
Please reply if u agree
Reply by Bob from Uk on 21st Mar 2012
I think that it is correct!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by ish from india on 18th Feb 2012
i just don't know what is the problem with these users. i have been using 9300
for the last ten months and it never hung, never dropped a call, maintains a
good signal strength, and the battery charge lasts for two days with moderate
use.the call quality is superb. did they buy fake products?
Reviewed by Lucky from India on 15th Feb 2012
I have bought blackberry just 5 days back and that too for the first time in
my life. Earlier I had used Nokia and Samsung. As far as the experience with
My BB Curve 9300 is concerned, it has been the most pathetic one so far since
I started using cell phones in my life. This phones hangs frequently and I find
myself re-inserting the battery on a brand new phone. I am not sure what is
the total satisfaction policy of Blackberry for its Indian Customers. Can I
get the replacement ? If somebody can guide me further ??
Thanks in advanced.
Reviewed by AKPAN from Canada on 14th Feb 2012
Certainly the worst mobile phone I've ever had, in every imaginable respect.
It's hard to find a single aspect of this contraption that I would recommend.
Don't accept one even as a gift.
Reviewed by Riki Loizou from Cyprus on 14th Feb 2012
I have my Blackberry 9300 for 6 months and for have serious problems with the
signal. Cannot speak on the phone for more than 5 minutes without dropping its
Reviewed by amyooonom from uk on 13th Feb 2012
its good i have one and they dont freeze like everyone says cuz their well jel.
Reviewed by Lydia from England on 11th Feb 2012
Worst phone i've ever had, and i've have some bad phones!
I've had it for about 2 months and I'm on a 2 year contract, for starter's the
grey casing around the edge is starting to come off.
The scroll key-pad always does it's own thing and scrolls up,
I don't see why people would want this phone or give it a good review.
If i was you, i'd had a HTC/Iphone, they are much better than Blackberry's and
I will NEVER be buying on again.
Reviewed by JD Knell from South Africa on 10th Feb 2012
My Blackberry Curve 9300 is the worst phone i ever had, it almost always has
a connection error or the server were busy, facebook and the internet are so
slow and almost never connects. i will NEVER get another Blackberry again. the
perks are not the frustrations worth!
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 8th Feb 2012
The first blackberry I got my hands on was the original Storm a few years back,
I fell in love with the Storm and it soon become the best phone I'd had, I then
damaged it and got a cheap £20 phone until I could get I replacement, that went
out of the window and I purchased a nokia N8, after many months of happiness
with the N8 I sold it and was bought a 9300 CURVE, I didn't want the basic 8520
with the flaw of no 3g on the handset so I was bought the 9300! And I love it!
256mb is enough to get all the useful apps for the phone and a few social networking
ones etc without making the phone run slow. Keyboard good quality and makes
typing long messages fast and efficient. The 2mp camera is point and shoot basic
camera, if you want a good camera with any special features just get a digital
Screen resolution is good enough to watch films and Family guy, Simpsons etc
in rather better quality than I ever expected from a mid range phone.
In call sound quality is very good with a real crisp, clear sound. The media
player also out-performs many nokia's etc of the same price due to being able
to read many music and video formats (mp4, AVI, WMVA, mp3 etc)
Games are also great on the curve 9300.
Wi-fi is great, get very fast download speeds and never fails to connect etc
as some people have reported.
Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Please note always Exit/Close app's properly using the menu when your done.
Delete logs in your messages folder by pressing menu, view folder and deleting
missed call and call logs folders.
Also BBM, Internet etc will struggle same with any phone in 2G only areas! Make
sure you choose a network that supports 3G in the areas/towns you most go.
A blackberry is like a pc so you must clean memory and internet cache, history
Reviewed by linzi from uk on 8th Feb 2012
I have had nothing but trouble with blackberry's i am on to my second handset
and still on the same contract as my first one froze and broke on me... my new
handset came on the 28th january 2011 and and im back to square one AGAIN it
keeps freezing and shutting down.
I will never ever get another blackberry again i have been put off for life
and i use it for my business aswell hence why it makes me so angry.
so if your thinking of getting a blackberry i would think again.
Reviewed by farrukh from england on 4th Feb 2012
i recently updated my blackberry from the 8520 to the 9300. they both are physically
similar but they are very very different, its the best phone i have had so far
and i love the blackberry os6 experience, if your going to buy a phone buy this
one highly recommended. but the battery life is a downer
Reviewed by Chris Woods from UK on 2nd Feb 2012
I upgraded my contract with Orange in 2010 and chose the BlackBerry 9300 as
my handset based on the good experience i had with my previous BlackBerry 8900
Within 6 months the 9300 trackpad failed and the cursor was static meaning that
menu navigation was impossible, however Orange replaced the handset for me.
2nd Handset lasted 2 months until the trackpad decided that it had a mind of
its own, where the cursor would wonder all over the screen and again it was
replaced in September 2011. The 3rd handset has now developed a fault whereby
the screen will go blank and display a clock. To reset the handset requires
pulling the battery and rebooting which has lost my contacts at least twice
and re-adding them is time consuming in itself. The long bootup time results
in missed calls due to being off air. I have upgraded the firmware and the problem
Not to mention the reliability of the BlackBerry services, as most people aware
there was a 4day outage in October, however this was down to RIM rather than
the handset itself. As BlackBerry handsets rely on this service to access email
and the internet the handset is pretty much useless when this service fails.
(and RIM are not exactly competent when it comes to dealing with problems).
The build quality of the 9300 Curve is nowhere near the standard of that used
in the previous 8900 curve. Plastics feel cheap and nasty in the hand, however
as this is an entry level BB that can be expected. Camera quality is pretty
poor by todays standards as there is no flash. Applications available to download
are also pretty limited.
On a positive note, Battery life is fair, i have managed to get 3 days in standby
when used to access email and make the odd call. Audio quality during calls
is excellent and the email service is instant, providing those lovely people
at RIM have decided that their servers are working properly.
I have now upgraded to an iPhone 4s as the BB was proving too unreliable. On
the whole, i would recommend that anyone after a QWERTY type handset looked
Reviewed by Ryan Cawsey from UK on 2nd Feb 2012
This Blackberry is amazing its my first Blackberry and my first impressions
are: Light, Smart, Buisness like, Good looking, great buttons. The new 3G Blackberry
9300 is brilliant you have some dedicated buttons on each side, avolume rocker,
media buttons on the top, full qwerty keyboard, optical trackpad (better than
the trackball),3.5mm headphone jack, Micro USB port,and a 2.0 megapixel camera.
Software include 3G internet, Camera, Facebook, Twitter,BBM, and app world.
Overal this is generally a huge improvment to the previous 8520 curve model
it also has nice metal around the edge. It is stylish and feels nice it is not
to big or to small just right perfect for teens/ buisness men/women. If you
are looking for a 'mid' class smartphone this is right for you Ideally you want
it on contract to make the 3G and BBM work otherwise PAYG customers lose some
features. The people who keep saying this phone is bad they have no clue as
to what they are talking about this phone does not wear out its just for this
handfull of users who are very critical about things so are picking every little
bit. If you find it gets scratched buy a case/cover this will protect it and
most cases lie between 10 and 30 pounds.
Enjoy this phone you did a good thing buying it :)
By Ryan Cawsey
Reviewed by Melly from UK on 1st Feb 2012
Freezing is only bugbear. Keep your apps down and its better. Wish mem card
could be used to store apps. Turn GPS off and use Wifi at home. Certain themes
slow down the OS, so trial and error is needed. However the keypad is great,
internet fast for me, battery life decent and its small and light. BBM great.
Would never go back to other brands now! Had a Bold which was fab, but more
than happy with this! Fine tuning is all thats needed for most users.
Reviewed by Ali from England on 30th Jan 2012
it's a good phone.
Reviewed by xav07Ie! from philippines on 29th Jan 2012
i have a BB 9300.. it's my first BB phone.. where i came from, nokia is the
most common handset model (philippines).. but we're not limited to the apple,
samsung and sony ericsson brands.. for an average person like me, if you have
a BB phone, you're a "high-ender" already.. recently, i upgraded my BB from
OS5 to OS6 (for free) and it was brilliant! so far, this is the best and coolest
phone i've ever had.. looking forward to have the bold one soon.. i still have
to save money on a piggybank.. lol!
Reviewed by sara from england on 25th Jan 2012
Some of you obviously aren't treating your blackberry well enough if it constantly
is dented and scratched. The internet is slow? Go invest in faster broadband.
I have had no problems with my blackberry so far! Except for the poor camera,
oh well it is a phone I am not going to use it for a photoshoot. I am on my
blaclberry right now, the keyboard is ridiculously easy to use.I must admit,
I was skeptical about getting this phone aat first after reading reviews, but
after using it I have fallen in love! So yeah, that is my review on the Curve
Reviewed by Wolf from UK on 24th Jan 2012
My Blackberry Curve 3G is the worst phone I have EVER had, I wish I'd not bought
it, RIM really messed up on this one!
Reviewed by Haze from United Kingdom on 18th Jan 2012
Very poor piece of kit after a decent amount of time being used. The phone freezes,
randomly goes into reboot, camera is poor, battery life is absoluetly terrible,
the buttons around the phone tend to wear out and rip/make dents, slows done
alot, drops signal, must charge atleast twice a day to keep it going. Its the
first blackberry i ever bought, but dont get me wrong. i was verry happy with
it when i first got it, but since ive used it for sometime now, its become a
horrible thing to use. The battery literally lasts 6 hours, before having to
charge it. i wouldnt recomend this phone. You should go for the 9700/9900/9360
or any other newer phone. i cant wait to get my new phone, this has the worst
Reviewed by Holly from Scotland on 17th Jan 2012
Rubbish fone. had it a week since christmas and its already freezing. when i
go to type in the password it takes 5 minutes to load up and when i play games
it turns itself off! DO NOT BUY
Reviewed by Tracey from UK on 15th Jan 2012
I wrote a review for this phone 11 months ago and gave it a 5 star rating, however
since I have had a good years worth of usage I thought I would come and review
it again. I am no longer in love with this phone and can't wait until I can
upgrade to something worthwhile and better value for money. Ok here are my numerous
problems, when using browser, cannot connect, connection error or more commonly
this page is too large to load, or close tabs, arghhhhh. Since installing the
os6 the phone runs so much slower, before on os5 it was instant, now i am lucky
if it connects at all. When out an about, it very rarely loads up websites,
I usually have to go via planet 3 and use the Google search on that to successfully
get online. Since some update I also lost my browser button, and never got it
back. I am also fed up of each time you download an app the phone needs rebooting,
you delete an app the phone needs rebooting, it becomes sluggish, the phone
needs rebooting. And worse of all the battery life is completely rubbish I am
lucky if i get a day and a half out of it, and that happens once in a blue moon,
if I get no calls and no texts an don't check Facebook. The Facebook app is
annoying, if you scroll down and don't stop when it says loading new feeds,
it will re-show the posts that you have viewed already, if someone posts a large
post and you try scrolling down, it keeps bouncing back to top of post and since
the browser hardly works, very hit an miss, more so miss, I can't guarantee
that I can do that. The camera is totally rubbish and no flash. Avoid this phone,
its not worth the money, and although I love how blackberry's work, I am not
getting another one. Folk keep saying should get the bold, why, it works in
exactly the same way and has almost the same features. DO NOT BUY!!!
Reviewed by Lilly from London on 13th Jan 2012
This phone is cool, but the touch pad doesn't respond properly and the camera
isn't the best
Reviewed by Charles Beecroft from Nigeria on 10th Jan
It is a cool phone, except I have this problem with it's soft pad not responding
to touch!!! Very frustrating. What can I do?
Reviewed by George Sinclair from scottland on 9th Jan
good phone has good features and looks good two but is slow and freezez.
Reviewed by Danny Bate from UK on 7th Jan 2012
Terrible Phone, Always Freezing & The Browser Doesn't Work, Don't Buy a Blackberry!
Reviewed by syron from uk on 5th Jan 2012
i don't care what anyone say this is one of the best phone... am loving it :D
Reviewed by Ex BB Lover from UK on 3rd Jan 2012
I had the 8520 curve, which ended in an unfortunate accident and decided to
get the 9300 curve for the 3g features! what a useless bag of rubbish it is,
iv had it a little over 4 months and hate it, now looking at an Iphone 4, lack
of space on the handset for storing apps, god forbid it u have more then 4 apps
and it will lock down and freeze, takes about an hour to boot up if i do a total
shutdown! very poor signal even with the UMA Signal booster, cant even get a
3g Signal stood next to an orange phone mast! track pad has mind of it own,
along with it sending texts of its own accord! camera is pants and in comparison
to my neices 2mega pix camera it does not even come close, its more like a VGA,
bbm is good when it works! app world never shows updates for apps. media buttons
on the top dont work even after setting them up! the one good thing about it
is the battery cover unlike the 8520 the bb logo doesnt unstick peel off n leave
the back of ur phone sticky! oh and thats another point it does not work as
a phone, my husband stood in front of me and rang me with my phone switched
on in my hand, on loud and it went straight to voicemail! this phone is seriously
a waste of money! oh and the charger does not conform to british standards,
it holds no BS Number which is in fact technically illegal, but they get thru
the loophole by saying it is a travel charger!
Reviewed by Katie Kirkwood from Scotland on 3rd Jan 2012
Terrible phone, has given me nothing but problems! It keeps freezing, telling
people callimg me that my phone in temporarily unavailable and now the track
pad has gave up! I would never get another Blackberry!!
Reviewed by Semion from England on 3rd Jan 2012
I'm going to give an honest review on this blackberry as I don't like biased
reviews. I got my blackberry for christmas + ever since I got it I've been addicted
to it because I like the feel of the qwerty keyboard as its easy to use. However,
the keys are rather small + sometimes they're difficult to text with. If not
then you're lucky but if you get any blackberry you will most likely experience
slowness on your device, I've experience such slowness that I decided to remove
the battery from the device + restart the device. You have to have a lot of
patience at times. The general social networking apps like facebook, twitter
etc are good to be able to use on your device. However the internet can be very
slow at times depending on your signal. I'd love app world to have a wider variety
of better apps to choose from but you will definitely find some apps which will
interest you + you'll end up downloading them which does take a long while depending
on how much MB the app is tak ing up. There are so many feautures to use on
this blackberry eg. Voice command, maps, copying + pasting, blackberry messenger
but I'd advise you to do research on the internet to find out more about that.
The camera isn't great as its only 2 mega pixels but its decent, if you're the
type who loves a good quality camera + is into a lot of photographer then say
"bye!" to the idea of buying this device :) anyway, overall I do like my blackberry
a lot even though it has its downfalls.
Reviewed by becky from uk on 1st Jan 2012
i love my blackberry i think it is one of the best phones i've ever had it is
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 30th Dec 2011
Blackberry Curve 9300 - Complete RUBBISH - dont buy one. The New version 6 operating
system takes up two thirds of the applications memory which stops you downloading
anduses APPS. Slow phone and keeps freezing. You have to take the battery out
at least once a week to unfreeze the handset - thats pants technology! Worst
handset Ive ever bought. I challenge Blackberry to prove me wrong.
Reviewed by luke from uk on 30th Dec 2011
i hate this junk no apps work or appworld
Reviewed by John from England, Staffordshire on 28th Dec
I had the bb 9300 christmas 2011 and it is really good!!! The bbm was not free
which everyone knows but very easy to set up and cheap aswell or cheaper than
i thought 1 thing though bb app world.crashes sometimes recommend fir everyone
Reviewed by Edgardo from Philippines on 26th Dec 2011
I have been using this unit for almost a year now and i like it, it serves the
purpose as per my sales career is concern. Though, now I dig for the new Torch
9810 - still a BB. Happy holidays.
Reviewed by jimbob from america on 26th Dec 2011
I think that the curve 3G is actually a pretty good phone as I used to have
it but now got a bold although for bbm on the bold 9700 there is no dp for you
or your friend so your gunna have to download it of app world
Reviewed by BB-don from Uk on 22nd Dec 2011
An amazing phone got it in red for £159.99 from vodafone , it is a huge upgrade
from the 8520 and is easy to use its keyboard is same as the 8520 but I feel
it's less stiff and can be pressed with less force . Overall an estonishing
Reviewed by charlie from england on 21st Dec 2011
1st phone scroller stopped working sent into three store they gave me a new
phone. 2nd phone within 2 months the internet would not work and would constanly
freeze. 3rd phone which i am on now will not work on the internet will constantly
freeze and will not download apps the battery lasts about and hour if i was
to do anything on it and i am paying £29 a month not worth it anyway. Three
have awful customer service avoid them at all costs they overcharge and to be
honest there phones never work properly anyway awful phone do on get get the
8520 much better
Reviewed by Jordan from England on 19th Dec 2011
THE BLACKBERRY CURVE 9300 IS THE BEST PHONE I HAVE EVER HAD. I LOVE BBM IT'S
AMAZING, EVERYTHING IS VERY GOOD AND WORKS WELL!!!! ;)
Reviewed by Daniel from England on 17th Dec 2011
I love this phone to bits. It is really good for browsing the internet and 3G
comes in quite useful. Texting on it is easy and emailing the best I strongly
recommend this phone.
Reviewed by Amanda from UK on 16th Dec 2011
This phone is amazing! BBMing is a breeze, texting is fun, the design is sleek
and browsing the web is so easy! People are complaining about the Internet being
too slow, or the apps slowing the device down, but nobody realises it's a just
a phone, not a computer or laptop! If you want to browse the web for hours on
end then get a laptop! Blackberrys are known for texting and the unique BBM
service, so why not use the phone for just that? The end.
Reviewed by Camila from England on 16th Dec 2011
It is very good. Maybe you are just unlucky. Dont give people false info.
Reviewed by Blackberrycrap from United Kingdom on 14th
Rubbish phone, horrible operating system, faulty hardware. NO-ONE BUY THIS PHONE
IT'S A LOAD OF RUBBISH.
Reviewed by annonamous from england on 9th Dec 2011
this phone is amazing! i have black one, wouldnt have any other phone! BUY THIS
Reviewed by niki from uk on 9th Dec 2011
I have come th the end of my tether now with this phone, afer months of keeping
on at my service provider they ahve offered me a HTC, this phone is a pile of
horse ****, freezes battery life is poor, is goes through the menu on its own,
the list i too long, sinc blackberry went down back alonjg ive ben having problems
using ,y bb. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE, I HAVE JAD 4 YES 4, my 4th only for 1 week
before it started ti give me problems. 0/5 stars
Reviewed by Daniel from England on 8th Dec 2011
The Blackberry 9300 was a great investment I have only had the phone for a couple
of weeks but i'm really happy with the 3G and 2G cover and speed and I'm addicted
to the Blackberry messenger. Buy one.
Reviewed by zars from scotland on 4th Dec 2011
this phone is okay i use it for texting and BBM'ing.there are 2 main problems,
it freezes alot and the trackpad for me is rubbish and does not work! i used
to love this phone and i would reccomend to everyone, but after experiencing
MANY problems with this phone i reccomend you DON'T buy it! the battery runs
out very quick and when you download an app u have to reboot it again! it wastes
time and it works slower when you have to many apps!if you have not bought it
yet i would advise you to get the samsung galaxy s or the iphone, i have now
got an iphone because of all the problems i had with my blackberry! if young
people and tennagers are buying this for BBM (blackberry messenger) i would
advise you not to get it! its is not worth £160 considering the many problemns
it has. the battery goes very quick! i had to charge it every night! you are
not getting you're money's worth! i only had mine for 5 weeks!
Reviewed by Tony from Somalia on 1st Dec 2011
I think it is a terrible phone and always freezes when you open the messigting
Reviewed by ajat shatru from india on 1st Dec 2011
The bb curve 3g more then sufficient but very low in. Apps storage space. It
may be free to user to choose storage to either device or mamory card
Reviewed by stephen rush from northernireland on 29th
I do like the curve 9300 but my biggest problem is when you download apps you
can't save them on the sd card so I'm constantly deleting apps to free up memory
because it slows the phone down. But overall its good.
Reviewed by Andrew from England on 26th Nov 2011
I've had this phone for a year now and feel I'm well qualified to comment on
it. Overall I'm very pleased with it. The good points are that the interface
is easy-to-use: you don't need to be an expert in technology to use it and it's
fairly intuitive. BBM (messenger) is also great to use (when it's working).
The phone is quite light (compared to the iPhone) and protective carry cases
are cheap to buy and afford good protection to the screen. But the phone is
not without fault. The battery life is OK but not perfect; spend a couple of
hours texting or BBM'ing and you'll drain half the battery. My other main problem
is that the 3G is unpredictable and the processor speed is woeful. More often
than not the phone freezes when trying to load a web page with too much "rich
content". It works better when I'm logged in to a wi-fi hotspot or my broadband,
but it's far from perfect. On the whole it's a good phone that does what I need
for the price I'm willing to pay.
Reviewed by Phil from Uganda on 16th Nov 2011
The blackberry 9300 is amazing! I would recommend it to anyone. Especially people
who like to text. Buy one!
Reviewed by Adam from England on 15th Nov 2011
I had a Curve 8520 for 9 months fantastic little phone, the camera quality left
a lot to be desired but that was the only flaw. I, just a couple of months ago
upgraded to the new 9300 3G model, and thanks to OS6 it's even better, again
camera quality is poor, but i don't buy my phone for it's camera. The new OS
is fantastic runs nice and smooth not had a single problem so far. I saw a lot
of people complain about poor battery life, golden rule for any new tech is,
leave it switched off and charge for 16 hours, doing this will boost the life
of your battery. A person complained about it having no manual, this is because
the manual is built into the phone and starts teaching you from the second you
switch on. So yes no complaints here, take your time, if your not sure use the
built in manual and you shouldn't have a problem.
Reviewed by Naresh from England on 13th Nov 2011
I bought this phone two weeks back, for the price its a amazing phone with all
the features you can expect from iphone4 apart from touchscreen. The battery
is also good, i think some are not lucky getting this phone. I will recommend
anyone to buy this phone.
Reviewed by Fen from UK on 11th Nov 2011
I've had my Blackberry Curve 9300 for a couple of weeks now..it's my first ever
Blackberry and I don't think I'll ever go back to Samsungs or Nokias after this.
It looks fantastic..I love the fact that I don't have to worry about stupid
predictive texting now I have a Qwerty keyboard..and every feature on it so
far is working quickly and easily. Would recommend one of these to anyone.
Reviewed by lu from america on 9th Nov 2011
i had a blackberry bold since august 2011 and its good but froze and broke.
which isnt good but i know my sister has a blackberry bold and her scrolly thing
keeps getting stuck!.. but would recomend for teenagers as it has bbm. but other
wise it is very usful. well worth the money
Reviewed by yasin from wngland on 7th Nov 2011
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