BlackBerry Curve 8310 : PDA Review and Tips and Tricks

In this article Girish G of DotGiri shares his thoughts on his new BlackBerry Curve 8310. This is not a comparison of BlackBerry Storm with any other PDA’s. If you are a regular cell phone user and planning to upgrade to blackberry, yes this article is for you. A Proud BlackBerry user himself, Girish writes about the good and bad about his BlackBerry.

Till last year it was on my plans and dreams to have a BlackBerry and now I own a BlackBerry Curve 8310 with Airtel Connection. When I first took my BlackBerry out of box and started using it, I was really fed up with its non-user friendliness. It took two full weeks to get comfortable with its menu and scrolling through different options. This phone (I don’t know whether I can call it as a ‘phone’) is sexy and stylish. Be warned: You will soon get addicted to it!

I bought it for Rs. 24K+ (around $500) and it was not available on open market at that time. This means we need to buy Blackberry from the service providers. This is yet another business trick (trap). The service providers network-lock the product at the time of import., so if you plan to import your BlackBerry make sure you are able to plug-in to your network.

BlackBerry Curve 8310What’s Hot in a Black Berry Curve?

When I talk about BlackBerry I should shout about its key features:

  • QWERTY keyboard which saves valuable ‘text’-ing time.
  • GPS so that you are never lost
  • E-mail integration – Push technology
  • Quick battery charging

What’s ‘Not’ in the Curve?

Few of the things which I found missing in BlackBerry Curve 8310:

  • Touch screen (BlackBerry Bold have touch screen)
  • Carry Case
  • Power off / Restart button

Nokia Fan? Think Twice

If you are a Nokia fan and if you are a student I bet BlackBerry is not your choice. Why?

  • Size: It can’t squeeze into your tight jeans!
  • Price: BlackBerry does not come cheap
  • Usability: Never put a Nokia and a BlackBerry on a speed test.
  • SMS: No more quick back-bench text messages in your math class.

BlackBerry is over sized for a college student, it is over prized for a regular user , It is not as user friendly as Nokia or Samsung or Sony if you compare the common features such as taking snaps and storing/sharing it, storing/sharing music, sending SMS ,storing phone numbers etc.

I know a BlackBerry has to be compared with PDA’s of its kind. If you are a business user who needs to be online with emails and chat, yes BlackBerry Curve is for you. Go get it!

BlackBerry Curve 8310 Quick Review

This is how I Rate my Black Berry Curve 8310 Smartphone

  • Value for money4 stars
  • Quality of product3 Stars
  • Appearance 4 stars
  • Voice Clarity 4 stars
  • Internet Speed5 Stars
  • Overall4 stars

BlackBerry Usage Tips and Tricks

BlackBerry PIN and IMEI

Press ALT + CAP + H on your BlackBerry keyboard and a screen will show up showing you your PIN, your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity), signal strength and battery levels, it will also give you some usage stats.

Switch to another program

Hold the Alt key and press the Escape button. Continue to hold the Alt key and select a program. Release the Alt key to switch to that program.

Inserting the at sign (@) and periods in an Email field

Press the Space key while the curser is in that field.

Selecting a line of text

Press the Shift key and roll the trackball / track wheel.

Move down a screen (Page Down)

Press the Space key.

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  1. bobit says:

    simple and useful

    i wish to buy one blackberry

    which model is suitable for biz ?

    • Arun says:

      I think this Blackberry Curve has everything that a business person need. If you have something specific in your mind, refer to Girish.

      Thanks for showing up, I think I remember you from the Bar Camp 😉

  2. Tina says:

    I have several questions about my blackberry that seem like they have simple answers..but seems as though I can’t figure it out and the folks at the store that I bought it from can’t help either!!

    1 – Tethering – it will not connect to the EDGE network, just the GSM..Could this be the phone or the communication software that I use?

    2 – Email – used to could receive my emails from work and now I can’t? I can send an email but none come through? Guess that would be help with the Enterprise Server maybe??

    Dumb questions that have simple answers, I’m sure but no one seems to know??


  3. LeftLane says:

    Iv had the 8330 for a week now. Still not used to the trackball though. I like how easy it is to send and receive emails for work. They come just as a “text message”. I had a Samsung Ace and I hated that each time I needed to check my email it would have to log in and sync. I get allot of PDF documents and I’m still not adjusted to the zoom and page change. Other than that. I cant wait for the local sprint store to get the 8530 because of the WI-Fi feature.

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