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.

  • Phone.
  • 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.

BlackBerry Curve