A new Blackberry arrives. This is the Curve, which Rim presents as the smallest and lightest BlackBerry smartphone with an extended QWERTY keyboard.
The Curve is aimed at the professional public but who also has an interest in having a useful device also for leisure and in this seems to be functional to Rim's now repeated attempts to conquer the iPhone market in advance.
FeaturesThe Blackberry Curve has among its features a 2.0 megapixel camera complete with 5x digital zoom, integrated flash, self-framing mirror and full screen viewfinder. The camera can capture images with three different types of quality and resolution, images that can be shared instantly via email, MMS or BlackBerry Messenger and transferred via Bluetooth or USB cable. Photographs can also be immediately associated with a specific caller ID or set as a Home Screen image.
The camera is only one element of the multimedia set. There is a speaker built into the device and an audio output with a 3.5mm jack, support for Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP / AVRCP) and dedicated buttons for volume control. BlackBerry Curve also features a new media manager developed by Roxio for BlackBerry, developed in collaboration with Sonic and based on Roxio Easy Media Creator. Thanks to this software, users can easily search for multimedia files on their PC and automatically copy or convert photos, music and videos for optimal playback on the BlackBerry Curve.
The media manager includes PhotoSuite 9 LE, also from Roxio, a tool that makes it easy to edit images and create photo albums. With PhotoSuite, images can be cropped, rotated or enlarged and defects can be eliminated by removing the red-eye effect or changing the levels of brightness, contrast and saturation. Photographs can also be enhanced thanks to color filters and special effects.
The BlackBerry Curve media player has been refined making it possible for users to search for songs simply by typing in the title, genre, artist or album name. Videos can also be viewed in full screen mode. To provide more space for music, videos and photos, the BlackBerry Curve features an expandable microSD memory slot. It supports up to 2 GB cards available on the market today and automatically supports 4 GB cards on the market within the year.
Other details include the large display, the track-ball which makes navigation intuitive, the high-performance browser, the Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), the support Bluetooth 2.0 for use in the car, hands-free or with other Bluetooth devices, the quad-band for global roaming, the dedicated "send", "close" and "mute" keys, smart dialing, speed dialing, the conference call, the forwarding of the calls, the cancellation of the noises to cancel the echo, a microphone that eliminates the distortion of the voice even for hands-free conversations and support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ringtones.
Obviously the BlackBerry Curve provides all the well-known BlackBerry email and messaging features and also offers a new spell checker with a user-customizable dictionary. BlackBerry Curve supported by the BlackBerry Internet Service – which allows users to manage up to 10 email accounts, both personal and corporate (including the most popular ISP email accounts) – as well as by the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which allows advanced security and IT administration in IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments.
ConclusionsBlackBerry Curve is presented in a silver color with chrome finishes, rounded corners and soft shapes. Although very small and very light – it measures just 107mm x 60mm x 15.5mm and weighs about 111.4 grams – a smartphone complete with all the features, characterized by an extended QWERTY keyboard and a large display.
"BlackBerry Curve simultaneously offers unique communication, multimedia and Internet browsing capabilities to provide people with an exceptional companion for both work and leisure," says Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of RIM.BlackBerry Curve (model number: 8300) will be available in the spring with a large number of telephone operators worldwide, including AT&T in the United States, coincidentally (but perhaps not …) the same operator that sells iPhone exclusively