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Old 11-20-2007, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just switched from VZW to TMO, and picked up an 8320 Curve to replace my 8830 Worldphone. After a few days of use, here are my impressions.

The Good:
Size- I like the Curve's size *much* better. The 8830 never really felt right in my hand- just a bit too wide. The Curve fits perfectly.
Display- Sharper display with better contrast, I think. Everything is much easier to read.
Camera/Wifi- I actually have these things now. Word of warning, WiFi on a Blackberry is like WiFi anywhere else, which is to say not perfect. The Curve doesn't always automatically connect to my WAP, nor does it always stay connected. However, the connection is far more reliable than it was when I had WiFi on my desktop.
Camera- I was impressed to see a camera with 5x zoom and a flash on a phone. The pictures are *very* nice compared to what I had on my Treos.
Keyboard- The keys are contoured differently on the Curve, and I'm finding I make fewer typing mistakes.
Ring volume- At last, I can hear my phone ringing! Matter of fact, I have to change out my MP3 ringtones because I had the volume cranked up on them to make up for the unacceptably low volume of the 8830's ring.

The Bad:
Performance- Earlier I'd asked where the extra ~$100 goes when you buy an 8800/8830 Blackberry when you don't get as many features. The answer is HARDWARE. The Curve takes longer to launch applications, and a reset takes *forever* compared to the 8830.
Call Volume- Loudest call volume is quieter than on the 8830. Not bad, just noticeable.

The Ugly: (These are mostly related to TMO Curve, I think)
The HotSpot@Home service never worked reliably for me. TMO kept insisting that it was defective hardware, no matter how many new phones I got. I tend to think the problem lay elsewhere, but since I could never get TMO to say anything but "Get a new phone", I canceled the service. With such a unique service, one would think TMO would put more effort into supporting it.
The Blackberry GoogleTalk application is unreliable. It doesn't log in quickly (or at all, at times) and it disconnects often. The automatic login does not appear to work. I will be going back to JiveTalk soon.

Also worth pointing out that I'm getting better battery performance, but this is unique to my situation. At work, I had a very, very weak VZW signal. Constantly trying to connect was draining my phone's battery at an alarming rate. I do not have this problem with TMO at work, so the battery lasts longer.

All in all, I really like the Curve. I'm a bit disappointed in the performance, but nowhere near enough to let it ruin my experience. There's just too much to like about the Curve.
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Good detail - but I'm confused about the performance issue. I had an 8700, a Pearl and 8800 before getting my Curve, and I don't see any performance differences between the Curve and the 8800. Additionally, as I understand it, the processor and memory are identical between these devices.

I've found that software configuration and available memory make the biggest differences in overall performance on these devices. I suspect that's at the root of the differences you're seeing.
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Agree with ^^ poster! Memory and processor are the same. We won't see a new processor until the rumored 9xxx BB.
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funny the OP mentioned the performance. I had an 8800 right before my current 8310 and I also noticed a performance decrease, mostly when it comes to rebooting the device. On the 8800 it would take a while to reboot, but on the 8310 it would just take forever. I know they have the same hardware, but the feeling is just different.

However, there are so many pros with the curve that I am extremely happy with the smaller size, more ergo feel and the great keyboard.
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I've found that software configuration and available memory make the biggest differences in overall performance on these devices. I suspect that's at the root of the differences you're seeing.
You could very well be right. One of the things on my "To Do" list is to begin removing apps I don't want/need. We'll see if that improves things. I have noticed that there are a lot more preloaded apps on the TMO Blackberry. Such as 4 IM clients, which I can easily replace with one.

I'll also start rooting around the forums for some configuration tips.

I will report back once that's done.
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Just got my Curve from T-Mobile As well;
Here is my 2 bits:

The Good: Its so tiny and the thing is comparable to my gfriends Motorola Razor in size and weight. It's definatly a metrosexual Blackberry. Its just too cute especially when you are upgrading from an 8700g.
Camera is awesome so far. Phone functions are cool. Call quality is top notch amd I like the really loud ringer.
Software is awesome...although if you have an 8700g with the latest OS, you basically have the same phone since the OS is identical. I had my 8700g with the newsoftware in it for a month before paying $300 for the curve, turning it on and realizing it was the same damn phone. see picture.


This brings me to the Bad; I've not done any performance tweaks for the Curve using the new OS so far, but I would definately say with 100% exactness that the Curve is much slower than the 8700g. The Blackberry maps took way longer to open and navigate thru, opening apps was slow as well. I realized one of the reasons for this was because I didn't turn WiFi off and it was running in the bkground. Just now I figured out how to turn it off. Now that I turned WiFi off I will see what happens.
Another BAD is the battery life suxs. I left home at 10am today with 100%, by 1pm I was down to 65% and I didn't use the phone for more than 5 minutes and I got about 3 emails sent to me. I really hope its due to the WiFi being left on this morning or I'm throwing this lemon back at T-Mo.

The UGLY: Not much, it is a beautiful phone. now I will have the pleasure of shopping for some cases and holsters for it on SIEDIO. The battery door is really cheap and the cheap glossy surface just looks like its waiting to get some scratches. I wish the rubber bit on the edges came fully around the back of the phone. SEIDO sells a rubber battery door with a grill so the speaker phone sounds much clearer (why didn't RIM do that). Definately on my to get list.

Thats it so far...

EDIT:
Oh yeah in my opinion, after now realising the OS is the same on an updated 8700g, I think I paid $100 extra for the same Berry as my 8700g but now I have

1) a Camera (which I may not even use),
2)WIFI (which connects fast, but if it is gonna do my battery life in I will have to keep it off),
3)Media player options, (Sadly my Ipod is now smaller than my mobile phone, unlike 2 years ago when the reverse was true between the 2nd Gen ipod and my old Nokia 8890, so I may never even use it),
4) The smaller size...which is basically what I paid for, because now I can put my Blackberry in the same pant's pocket I keep my wallet in. Yup, I paid $100 for that.
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