BlackBerry Curve 8520 vs. Curve 3G 9300

The low-end BlackBerry Curve 8520 costs around Rs. 11,500, while the newer Curve 3G 9300 costs around Rs. 15,000. It’s newer, but is it worth the Rs. 3,500 extra? Here are the benefits you get with the Curve 3G 9300 over the Curve 8520:

  1. 3G support
  2. BlackBerry 6.0 OS upgrade

That’s it. Everything else is the same – the screen resolution, the camera quality, the lack of an LED flash (which is a shame, considering the Curve 8900 had an awesome 3.2 megapixel camera and a powerful flash) – so the question really is: is 3G connectivity and the 6.0 OS worth the extra Rs. 3,500?

My answer is NO. Here’s why:

  1. 3G support is pointless, because none of the BlackBerrys have a secondary video call camera. All you’ll be using the 3G for is faster web browsing and streaming music/videos. I don’t think the EDGE speeds are particularly shabby right now, so you decide if streaming music/videos is worth 3.5k extra.
  2. BlackBerry 6.0 is just a fancy looking skin. The new operating system just adds smooth transitions, animations and translucency. The redesigned UI honestly doesn’t really add much to the intuitiveness of the phone, and, as such, will not make your life easier. There are no apps that demand 6.0 minimum, so you’ll still be able to use all your Facebook and Twitter and other things with the 8520’s OS 5.0.

If you want to buy a BlackBerry on a budget – get a Curve 8520 or even an older Curve 8310/8320 if your operator/store sells you one. If you want to go for a better phone, get the Bold 9700, because the Curve 3G 9300 is just a waste. This what I think.


20 thoughts on “BlackBerry Curve 8520 vs. Curve 3G 9300

  1. why not recommend 9780 instead of 9700


    1. Good question. This question is now being asked a whole lot, so I’m going to make another similar post on the 9700 vs. 9780.


      EDIT: Here you go: BlackBerry Bold 9700 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9780!


  2. so there’s a phone in between all these i.e. 8520, 9300 and 9700 and 9780… which is 9100

    what’s your take on that…priced around 15k with all the goodness? or is there something thats not there in that phone?


    1. I love the original BlackBerry Pearl 8100 – I still have one – but, while the Pearl 3G 9100 is a good spec’d phone for the price, it’s SureType predictive text input isn’t as good as the older 8100’s. This means you’ll end up deleting and retyping a lot and finally resort to using multi-tap

      I tried that phone for a few weeks – I loved the feel of it, but I feel a BlackBerry that has text input issues is not a BlackBerry worth recommending.


  3. I think you forgot the 9300 has build in GPS, faster processor….
    So yip its worth the extra money


  4. Hmm.. given that 9300 3G is OS 6 compatible (has 624MHz processor and 256MB RAM), would it make it the most cost effective one yet?

    Current best price seems be around Rs 14,100.

    Only downside seems to be 2mp cam without flash.


  5. Also would you mind commenting on the differences between 9100 and 9105 – w.r.t. keypad, which one’s better for typing.

    For e.g. for someone coming from a candy bar nokia, would 9105 be a better choice?


  6. Arunim Barthwal April 24, 2011 — 6:34 pm


    i am planning to buy either Cuvre 8520 or curve 9300
    what is your say in this if i am planning to use the phone for another 2 or 3 years

    curve has a lower RAM and processor as compared to its counter part 9300
    so i was wondering if it would have any effect if i keep it for 2-3 more years (as mentioned above)

    thanks a ton 😀


  7. . If you want to go for a better phone go for a BlackBerry.


  8. hey, i’m getteing a blackberry curve tommorow. I’m allowed to choose bettween the 8520 and the 9300. Which one should i get, please help lol


  9. The Blackberry 8520 is a great deal. It’s simple to use, has great sound quality and the track-pad is easier to use than the scroll-ball some Blackberries have. Also it’s really durable; I dropped mine in a puddle and it still works fine.

    The only problem I’ve had is that the vibrate function is terrible. It’s worse than on any phone I’ve ever had. If it’s in your pocket and it vibrates, it’s basically impossible to feel.

    Besides that this phone is great, and you should definitely buy it.


  10. Thanks a lot aalaap. Your review is simple and clear. You have first highlighted the technical differences and then went to give your short reasoning and your clear opinion. This is how a review should be. I am tired of huge reviews that say a lot, but dont give a final answer.

    Im not saying you are right in your opinion perhaps you are, perhaps not – in some situations. But I can identify my requirements more with 8520 and am going to go for that even though the price variance is not much. I can keep that for my Nikon D3100/Canon 1100D kitty which I am planning to buy soon.

    thanks again



  11. will you tell me what mobile i will take black berry curve 8520 to 9300


  12. 9300 curve 3G @Rs12500 V/s 9360 curve @ 18000


  13. Hi
    Why is the blackberry curve 8520 worth more than the blackberry curve 9300 because on ebay bb curve 8520 sells for more than a bb curve 9300
    And if anyone wants a curve wouldn’t they just get the 9300?


  14. Its useless, I have it. But I stil LOVE it.


  15. I heard the 9300 freezes loads
    But the 8350s menu doesn’t look as nice


  16. Yehh we r tlking about blackberrys here u dufus


  17. blk berry 4 liFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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