RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 and the LG Cosmos Touch
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In this cell phone review, we will take a peak at RIM's BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 and the LG Cosmos Touch.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is the latest RIM phone for AT&T. It comes equipped with 3G support and many other features for business and pleasure. The phone is a tad expensive, carrying a price tag of $499.99 without a contract and $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T.
The Curve 3G 9300 comes equipped with BlackBerry OS 5. While that's the configuration out of the box, you can upgrade it to BlackBerry OS 6. Some of the upgrades found in OS 6 include universal search, an improved notifications bar and home screen, plus a revamped Webkit browser.
Beyond the OS-centric features, the Curve 3G 9300 comes with plenty of standard features. There's a speakerphone, a calculator, and an alarm clock. Organizational tools include a calendar, a memo pad, a voice recorder, and a to-do list. The phone has 256 MB of internal memory, and ships with a 2 GB microSD card. There's plenty of room to store your contacts and input multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and other relevant data. You can also add a photo and ringtone to contacts.
Advanced features of the Curve 3G 9300 are headlined by Bluetooth 2.1 with support for stereo headsets, hands-free car kits, A2DP, and more. The phone supports voice commands, has visual voicemail, and can be synched with your PC. Integrated GPS paired with AT&T's Navigator service can help you with voice-guided directions while on the road. You can connect to the Internet via AT&T's 3G network or using the phone's integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. Once connected, you can surf the net with a full-HTML browser that allows you to view full versions of websites. Those who travel overseas for business or pleasure can use the Curve 3G 9300 on international networks, since it's a quad-band world phone.
Text and multimedia messaging are the most basic services of their type on the smartphone. You can also instant message for quick chatting. There are several options when it comes to email. The smartphone supports POP and IMAP accounts from providers like AOL, Yahoo, and Windows Live. It also allows you to view corporate email through Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, and BlackBerry Enterprise. If you have any work-related attachments, they can be accessed using the built-in viewer that works with Microsoft Office and PDF documents. Social networking through sites like Twitter and Facebook can be had using apps on the phone.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is not all business, as it has some entertainment-related features to keep you busy. The smartphone has a built-in MP3 player that lets you create playlists. You can also listen to music through the AT&T Mobile Music service. Video can be viewed through an integrated video player that supports various file formats, and MobiTV offers some extra visual entertainment. The phone come pre-loaded with social networking apps, games, and various other apps, too. Additional apps can be downloaded by visiting the BlackBerry App World.
A 2-megapixel camera rounds out the Curve 3G 9300's feature set. It can snap photos in various resolutions and settings, and it doubles as a video recorder as well. The overall quality of the photos and videos is average.
You won't find a whole revamped look with the 3G 9300, but fans of the BlackBerry family will probably enjoy that RIM stayed true to its aesthetic roots. It has plenty of similarities to the Curve 8520. The phone is easy to carry and measures 4.3 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick. It feels very comfortable in your hands and has a nice grip. The graphite gray color scheme is unassuming and professional, which is how many of its users probably prefer it to be.
The 2.4-inch display with 320 x 240 resolution provides plenty of color and clarity. Beneath the display are four touch-sensitive controls and a responsive trackpad. The keyboard is of the typical BlackBerry fodder, so previous BlackBerry owners should become accustomed to typing on it in no time.
The Curve 3G 9300 is a BlackBerry that remains true to its brand's build. This will obviously appeal to previous BlackBerry owners looking to upgrade their handsets. The phone's solid features and design make it a viable selection for those needing a smartphone for both business and pleasure, although its price is a bit on the high side.
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