For those of you who are considering getting into the BlackBerry world at the budget-friendly end, or you’re upgrading from an older-generation Curve, you’re pretty much are gonna end up wondering if to get the BlackBerry Curve 8520 or the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300. It’s always best to know which device is best to get, and the differences between these two devices honestly aren’t exactly obvious given that they look almost identical. As you’ll see below, there is no real reason to purchase a Curve 8520 now that the Curve 3G 9300 has replaced and improved on it in several important ways.
Understanding The Differences
- 3G vs no 3G – not really important in Trinidad & Tobago, but if you have to roam with data internationally, it’s going to be pretty fast.
- WiFi b/g/n vs WiFi b/g – Max data rate of WiFi ‘g’ is 54Mbits/sec , max rate of WiFi ‘n’ is 600Mbits/sec
- The main upgrade of Bluetooth 2.1 is secure simple pairing (SSP): this increases the ease of use and strength of security, also allows for lower power consumption
- Upgrade ability to BlackBerry OS6 for the Curve 3G 9300, the Curve 8520 is limited to OS5
- GPS! something the 8520 sorely missed, a must have in my opinion for any smartphone device
- The 9300 can play FLAC music files, not sure if anyone cares about this since we’re all using MP3s anyway
- 456hrs vs 408hrs of standby time, an improvement of about 12%
- Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field, aka cell phone radiation – the 9300 has a lower rate than the 8520, making it ‘safer’ if you’re concerned about cell phone radiation.
For me there are really 3 things which seal the deal for me with respect to the 9300 – GPS, OS6 capability and WiFi – N. these features narrow the gap when compared to flagship models such as the Bold 9700 and Torch 9800. I haven’t seen Digicel advertising the 9300 (they’re still selling the 8520 at Prepaid $1,599, Postpaid $799), but i know for sure that Bmobile has been offering this device for a few months ($1799 post and $2499 pre) and they have also phased out the 8520.
Keep in mind also, there are a few new BlackBerry models coming out later this year, making the 8520 look truly ancient
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