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:
- 3G support
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.