The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 features a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a QWERTY keyboard. Above the keyboard is the standard button layout which consists of the Call, Menu, Back and Cancel keys.
RIM has replaced its iconic mini trackball or ‘pearl’ for an optical trackpad since the BlackBerry Curve 8520. Naturally, the Curve 3G 9300 sports an optical trackpad as well, which is used for navigating the menu and on-screen cursor in the web browser.
The generous use of plastic to construct the Curve 3G 9300 made it felt rather plasticky – the keypad was not spared either. On the bright side, this smartphone definitely does not weigh a ton.
The 3.5mm audio jack, mini-USB port and voice dial key are located along the left side of the phone. If you looked closely, the voice dial key (right at the center) appears as nothing more than a small bump, unlike some phones whereby the function buttons are more prominent.
The camera button and volume controls are located on the right side, and also appear as small bumps. There is also a strap holder for those who like to hang decorative accessories on their mobiles.
Multimedia buttons are located along the top for quick access to play, pause and skip forward/backward audio and video content. The built-in speaker is cleverly located just below the multimedia buttons and unobstructed even if the phone is placed flat on a surface.
The rear of the Curve 3G sits a 2-megapixel camera. The megapixel count may be a little on the low side, but it is sufficient for most who want to email or upload images to share with friends. There is no built-in flash, therefore taking pictures will turn out dark under low-light conditions.
The rear cover on the Curve 3G 9300 is easily removable. The rechargeable 1150mAh lithium-ion battery has to be taken out in order to replace your microSD or SIM card.
Our review unit came in a standard retail box. The package includes a USB cable, travel power adapter with different plugs (which is handy for frequent travellers), and a pair of standard earphones.