When it comes to choosing an affordable smartphone that packs all the premium features users expect, BlackBerry typically hits the mark. As a long-time BlackBerry customer, I have had the opportunity to test out the Bold 9780 and Curve 3G. Both models have features that suit certain users better than others. We will help you pick the best BlackBerry model by detailing the pros and cons of both the Curve 3G and Bold 9780.
BlackBerry Curve 3G
The Curve 3G is the updated version of the popular 8300 and 8500 Curve series. The newly updated Curve gets a new modern design and much more. This phone is best for the casual user that wants an affordable smartphone on nearly every major network, including some prepaid, and wants the BlackBerry experience.
Pros of the BlackBerry Curve 3G
Usability-When it got my hands on the new Curve, I instantly impressed by the familiar layout, easy to use keys and quick media keys on the top of the phone. The key spacing is slightly more than the previous Curve models, making for a much accurate texting and emailing experience.
3G network– The Curve 3G I tested was on the Verizon network. The internet, texting and emailing speeds were up to par with even the best smartphones on the market. However, there were some pitfalls with screen size and internet browser.
Simplicity– With many phone options catering to the growing smartphone market, we as consumers, often find ourselves with information overload when it comes to smartphones. If you are looking for a simple, easy to use design with all the basics, the Curve 3G is an excellent choice. Texting is easy, multitasking ability, a recent BlackBerry update, makes switching between apps and texts effortless and the overall design makes this phone easy to use for smartphone beginners.
Messaging- If there is one reason BlackBerry smartphones are still around is the fact that they are excellent for messaging. The full physical QWERTY keyboard makes sending messages effortless. The physical keyboard is a personal preference because there are fewer typos and you can send messages with one hand. However, virtual keyboards make sending messages slight more complicated.
Cons of the BlackBerry Curve 3G
Web browser- The web browser is pitiful compared to the iPhone and Android OS competition. The screen is too small and scrolling takes much more effort. However, most BlackBerry users purchase the phone for messaging rather than internet surfing.
Design- The design of the new Curve is excellent compared to the previous editions. However, when comparing the Bold 9780 and the Curve 3G side to side, the Bold is the clear winner in the looks category.
Camera- The 2.0MP digital camera leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to clarity and resolution. The camera quality is archaic in the ever-evolving smartphone market.
BlackBerry Bold 9780
The Bold 9780 gets an updated OS, better camera and more memory than its predecessor, the Bold 9700. The sophisticated business design makes this phone stand out in the crowd, especially over previous BlackBerry phones. However, there are some key points we wish that RIM (owner of BlackBerry) included.
Pros of the BlackBerry Bold 9780
Camera– The previous Bold’s 3.2MP camera was decent, but outdated compared to the competition. However, the 5MP camera is on par with the iPhone and takes decent quality photographs for a smartphone. The resolution and quality make pictures clear when sending or posting online.
OS- Equipped with the new BlackBerry OS 6, the Bold 9780 has a cleaner menu screen, faster experience and an overall cleaner menu design. Notifications are clearly displayed and easy to understand, even for a beginner user. Overall, OS 6 is leaps and bounds above the previous OS 5 that the Bold 9700 uses.
Memory– The onboard memory of the 9780 is the same as the Curve 3G 9330, which is 512 MB. However, the memory can be expanded with a microSD card.
Usability– If you are looking for a professional looking smartphone with excellent usability, the Bold 9780 delivers. The buttons are easy to press, multitasking is easier than ever with the new OS and the layout is clean.
Cons of the BlackBerry Bold 9780
Web browsing– Similar to the Curve 3G, web browsing does not live up the expectations on this BlackBerry device. If you are looking for a smartphone for web browsing, try an Android, iPhone or BlackBerry Torch.
Price- The Bold 9780 retails for around $130 on T-Mobiles network with a 2-year contract. Although this price may seem appealing, it is only $70 less than most $200 Android based phones. However, still requires the same expensive monthly data plan.