Murphy’s Law would have it that on the day of the official announcement of the BlackBerry Curve, I was out of pocket and not really able to follow the news surrounding the current “Best BlackBerry Ever!” Fortunately, I was at least able to link to the BlackBerry Curve press release yesterday morning.
Now that I have a bit of time we can take a closer look at some of the BlackBerry Curve Features.
- Email and text messaging (SMS and MMS).
- BlackBerry Maps, the best way to find your way.*
- Integrated address book, calendar, memo pad, task list.
- Web browser.
- 2 MP camera.
- Instant messaging.
- Media Player. Audio and video playback in a variety of formats.1
- Full QWERTY keyboard.
- Tethered modem capability (lets you use the device as a wireless modem for your laptop or PC).
- Speakerphone and Voice Activated Dialing.
- Bluetooth® capability for hands-free dialogue via headsets and car kits – mono/stereo headset, hands-free and serial port profile supported. Bluetooth stereo audio (A2DP/AVCRP).
- 3.5mm stereo headset capable.
- Integrated attachment viewing.
- Compatibility with popular Personal Information Management (PIM) software.
- High resolution, light sensing screen that adjusts lighting levels automatically for ideal indoor and outdoor viewing.
- Dedicated Send, End and Mute keys, a trackball navigation system, plus a user definable convenience key.
- 64MB Flash memory plus microSD expandable memory slot.2
I think that I am most impressed with the 2.0 megapixel digital camera. 2 megapixels is a high enough resolution that you pictures don’t necessarily look like they were taken with a camera phone.
There were, however a few obvious omissions from the BlackBerry Curve feature list. Neither GPS nor Wi-Fi made the cut… At least not in the first release of the device. I personally am not a big fan of GPS in a mobile phone, however, lack of Wi-Fi, especially with the BlackBerry Curve most likely first appearing on the GSM networks that are considerably slower than CDMA in the U.S., could be seen as a missed opportunity for RIM.