1. incakola1's Avatar
    hi
    i am looking to buy my first Blackberry can someone tell me if the extra 70 is worth spending on the Blackberry curve 3G over the Blackberry 8520
    thanks
    01-10-11 07:43 AM
  2. andgee's Avatar
    I have been looking at both of those phones recently and its worth thinking what you need the phone for.

    The camera is better for a start on the curve 3.2 mp to 2 mp although the Curve has a rollerball rather than a trackpad. The screen is a better resolution i understand in the curve also. Plus on the Curve the battery is bigger but that doesn't always mean that the Battery life is longer so hopefully people can help you there.

    If you let us know what your needs are then im sure people can give you their opinions, experience and advice
    01-10-11 08:06 AM
  3. Elite1's Avatar
    Well they're both Curve models… we'll probably confuse each other less if we use their model numbers, 9300 and 8520.

    Also, both have the 2.0mp fixed-focus camera.
    Both have the trackpad too.

    In addition, both have 256MB of memory, and I believe both have the same battery.

    9300 will have OS6 available and has Wireless-N for WiFi. Not sure if that's worth 70 more in all honesty…

    Taking a step up to the Bold 97XX series is definitely more worth some extra money. The new 9780 is the non-touch flagship model right now and should cost more than the 9300.
    BUT, if you can find the its predecessor, the 9700, for sale, it might be around the same price as the 9300, just because the 9300 is newer.

    9700 will also have OS6 available, has the superior 3.2 auto-focus camera, a better processor, a better battery, and most importantly about 2.5x the screen resolution compared to either the 9300 or 8520.
    Your carrier's website will likely not show the 9700 anymore if they already have the 9780 listed, but contacting or visiting a few local shops should turn up some 9700s for you.

    I hope I didn't overwhelm you…
    01-10-11 08:29 AM
  4. reginald_1986's Avatar
    Like what the above said, both are curve model and I personally played with both of them. Didn't noticed any difference (big difference).

    However, if you are looking for work force, check out 9700 and 9780

    I am not sure you are from which country but you can get better deals from outside shops compared to carriers. Just remember to check on the warranty card and make sure you get the original one.
    01-10-11 08:46 AM
  5. ste1164's Avatar
    I was in the same situation buy I got a great deal on eBay for a 9700 and although its a previous model it is still amazing. Even with OS 6 installed.
    01-10-11 09:12 AM
  6. middbrew's Avatar
    If you are only considering a choice between the 9300 and the 8520, keep in mind that the 9300 is the newest model and will be supported longer. the 8520 is on the list (EOL) of devices that are no longer gong to be produced.
    01-10-11 10:28 AM
  7. mike71857's Avatar
    hi
    i am looking to buy my first Blackberry can someone tell me if the extra 70 is worth spending on the Blackberry curve 3G over the Blackberry 8520
    thanks
    9300 Has GPS, it's indispensible to me using Google Maps and Poynt. Why are mobiles so expensive in Great Britain? In the U.S. We buy a subsidized phone through the carriers every 2 years. My 9300 was only $100 through AT+T.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    01-12-11 12:06 PM
  8. elvin1983's Avatar
    Also keep in mind that the 9300 is a 3G device, while the 8520 runs on the slower EDGE network.
    01-12-11 12:16 PM
  9. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    I have a question about this phone, because I almost brought it last night as a secondary device, but decided to just forget about it because I was surfing the net looking at the specs and noticed something preculiar.

    Why the ******** spec disparity between CDMA and GSM Blackberries?

    BlackBerry - Curve 9300 Phone - New BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone

    The CDMA 3G Curve has twice the on-board storage and RAM. But the GSM Curve has Wireless-N.

    Is it really that hard to just make one model and swap the radios out?
    01-12-11 01:02 PM
  10. Mister Xiado's Avatar
    I cannot in good conscience recommend any currently-available variation of the Curve. The 9700 and the 9780, with the 9800 in a distant third are the only RIM phones I would recommend at this time.

    Other models are simply less capable of being updated, and are less powerful, hardware-wise.
    01-12-11 01:28 PM
  11. incakola1's Avatar
    thanks everyone for your help i have just found a shop near me that sells recondition phones and they have some blackberries in there nothing more than 150 pounds and that includes the storm thing is they only have 3 months guarantee is that good or bad would prefer 12 months
    01-12-11 02:22 PM
  12. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    I have a question about this phone, because I almost brought it last night as a secondary device, but decided to just forget about it because I was surfing the net looking at the specs and noticed something preculiar.

    Why the ******** spec disparity between CDMA and GSM Blackberries?

    BlackBerry - Curve 9300 Phone - New BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone

    The CDMA 3G Curve has twice the on-board storage and RAM. But the GSM Curve has Wireless-N.

    Is it really that hard to just make one model and swap the radios out?
    they use different processors and chipsets in addition to using different RAM,

    I am too lazy to look up who made who at the moment, but Qualcomm makes one line, and Marvel makes the other,
    IMO this was a bad move on RIM's part because it limited their ability to advance the line with processor families, you can't throw a 1Ghz Qualcomm into one carriers phones, but stick with a 600mhz marvel into another carriers line.
    01-12-11 02:37 PM
  13. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    thanks everyone for your help i have just found a shop near me that sells recondition phones and they have some blackberries in there nothing more than 150 pounds and that includes the storm thing is they only have 3 months guarantee is that good or bad would prefer 12 months
    I'd avoid the Storm,
    Look at Bold's or a Torch
    01-12-11 02:38 PM
  14. DaveedDB's Avatar
    they bold 9650 is also good basically same as 9700
    01-13-11 12:13 AM
  15. lssanjose's Avatar
    No. The 9650 is a Tour, bearing the Bold name. It does have a slightly slower clock, but has a GPU in it. Also, it's predominantly on CDMA carriers, not GSM. The 9700 has a slightly higher clock, but no GPU inside it, and is predominantly on GSM carriers, not CDMA.
    01-13-11 12:18 AM
  16. Elite1's Avatar
    9650 is only issued by CDMA carriers, but it is a "world phone" that could work with some non-CDMA carriers. It is a Tour refresh that RIM renamed at last-minute, deciding to say goodnight to "Tour" line.

    It has same camera as 9700, but double 9700's memory same as 9780. 9650 has a slower processor than the 9700/9780 however, and the 9780 has a superior camera.

    9700 and 9780 cannot operate on a CDMA network.

    Just calrifying a little!
    01-13-11 01:03 AM
  17. Elite1's Avatar
    I'd avoid the Storm,
    Look at Bold's or a Torch
    I completely agree!

    While the Storm line has some staunch followers, there's a reason why RIM (and the public) have dropped the Storm1 and Storm2's SurePress technology.
    No existing Storm device is capableof running OS6.

    The Torch 9800 and Bold 9780 have OS6 out of the box. Bold 9700 and 9650 will both having upgrades to OS6 available.
    01-13-11 01:09 AM
  18. BewitchedWitch21's Avatar
    to my knowledge...the 85XX series isn't getting an official upgrade to os6. And the Curve 93XX has a lot more memory, so its meant to handle the new os6.

    Otherwise, the phones are supposed to be exactly the same spec-wise. If it was me, I'd spend the extra money to have the updated phone, especially if you are renewing on a two year contract.
    01-13-11 01:30 AM
  19. Elite1's Avatar
    to my knowledge...the 85XX series isn't getting an official upgrade to os6.
    The 85XX series is absolutely not getting OS6.

    And the Curve 93XX has a lot more memory, so its meant to handle the new os6. Otherwise, the phones are supposed to be exactly the same spec-wise. If it was me, I'd spend the extra money to have the updated phone, especially if you are renewing on a two year contract.
    Almost RIM has made it confusing with the 93XX, as pointed out above. Here I'll make a little "chart" for everyone:

    1. 8520 - GSM, 2G only, OS5, 256MB, wireless b/g, no GPS

    2. 8530 - CDMA, 3G, OS5, 256MB, wireless b/g, GPS

    3. 9300 - GSM, 3G, OS6-ready, 256MB, wireless b/g/N, GPS

    4. 9330 - CDMA, 3G, OS6-ready, 512MB, wireless b/g, GPS

    I've not highlighted every feature, only the ones where some Curve models differ. All have trackpad and 2.0MP fixed-focus camera.
    01-13-11 01:56 AM
  20. Philip 22's Avatar
    Blackberry curve 3G is a wonderful smart phone with sleek design and advanced features. It will be good to spend extra penny on curve 3G.
    01-13-11 04:49 AM
  21. Elite1's Avatar
    Blackberry curve 3G is a wonderful smart phone with sleek design and advanced features. It will be good to spend extra penny on curve 3G.
    I will definitely admit that the 93XX is a better-looking device. It looks pretty nice actually.

    I don't know about "advanced features" though Unless you mean OS6, in which case the commernt is fair.
    01-13-11 05:04 AM
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