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Curve 8310, iphone3gs comparisons.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by BubblePuppy, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. Steve Mehs

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    I've never been a fan of Bluetooth, I always have problems hearing people who use Bluetooth headsets. What I do like however, while it looks corny as hell, is for hands free communication, using the iPhone earbuds. Not sure if you know this or not, but the iPhone has slightly different ear buds then the iPod does, on the right wire there is a small rectangle that has a built in microphone, it also doubles as a button that can be used to pause/resume and advance music and videos. I find it works really well especially when working out..

    I keep my iPhone on the charger most of the time, while it takes no rocket scientist to come to this conclusion, if you don't do much with video and don't play games you can get some very good battery life, for an iPhone.

    As for music, I think you really may be missing out. Only time I use the earbuds is when I'm working out. I don't really use the iPhone as an iPod either, I have a 120GB iPod Classic that I use as my main music source, but I have all songs synched on both devices and podcasts only on the iPod. I have my iPod hooked up to my home theater system and blast my music through there, in my Mountaineer I had a dual Aux Input adaptor that I'd use for XM and Sirius, quite other I'd disconnect one of them and hook my iPod up to it to play my library on the go. I have no Aux In on the Lincoln, so I have resorted to having to use those shiny Frisbee looking things that came about in the '80s for audio entertainment. Up until recently I haven't even so much as touched a CD since 2005 when I got my first iPod. To have my entire music library in one small device is just amazing to me.
     
  2. spartanstew

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    I just want a phone that makes great calls, can text, get Email, hold my contact list and very occasionally, surf the internet.

    I've had a camera on my phones for 8 years or so and have never taken a single picture. I have no need for games. I have no need for music. I have no need for maintaining a schedule on it. I doubt there'd be many apps I'd want either. Heck, I've never even used a custom ringtone since my phone is always on vibrate.
     
  3. wingrider01

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    Switched from a BB Curve to the new iphone, given the availablity of the apps for business, music for long flights, and movies it was a good choice. Battery has not been to bad, little shorter then the blackberry but pretty much acceptable. have it connected to the Exchange 2007 server at the office, checks for email on the services every 30 minutes. Only bluetooth I use now is the MS Sync in the car for the music

    Not a big supporter of bluetooth but used it on all the phones until a friend of mine gave me this one for a birthday present right after I got the iphone, best headset I have ever used and comfortable for long use and practically invisible

    http://www.iasus-concepts.com/nt/500kiphoneR2.htm
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

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    As one who uses a Blackberry Curve 7 days a week for work and personal use, and also uses it traveling around the country to over 25 states now...I beg to differ.

    Having a reliable and quality-sound (incoming and outgoing) wireless phone was Job 1 for selecting my latest device. I have used flip cell phones, "cigar" cell phones, touchscreen cell phones, and now the Blackberry. My last 2 cell phones were Nokia and LG devices.

    The BB Curve has as solid a performance (signal and sound) as a wireless phone - as much as anything I have used to date and more than some. In addition, based on its compact size, it is easy to use and actually less "bulky" than a number of alternatives.

    In addition, for travel, the Voyager PRO Bluetooth unit I use makes driving, walking through airports, and hands-free operation in general, a breeze - also with great performance. I do admit that the PRO is more expensive ($99 retail and $89 on sale) than many other Bluetooth units, but the noise reduction and clarity are well worth it IMHO. In testing out 6 other bluetooth devices with more than one phone, I found all the others to be noticably inferior. A great Bluetooth is hard to come by.

    More important, the "PRO" makes a great paired device with any Blackberry to assure reliable and quality wireless phone. This was the priority, and the BB Curve has met the challenge day in and day out, and regardless of the location.
     
  5. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Just checked it out...it's not Bluetooth....at least it doesn't seem to be.
    I use two BT ear pieces, Jawbone and a Plantronics.....I have never had any complaints from the people I was talking to nor have I had to repeat myself. But this is not a bluetooth review.

    I spent some time with an iphone yesterday, along with the Curve 8900. I'll report my impressions after I have had more :icon_cof:
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    Funny you should mention those 2 in particular, as they made my "finalist" list that I tested "in the field.

    Both performed well, but the Jawbone felt less secure in the ear (even with the over-the-ear bracket). Suprisingly, despite the Plantronics Voyager PRO being noticably larger than the Jawbone, it is extremely light and comfortable - I've used it in stretches for 5-6 hours in airports.

    Looking forward to hear your Curve 8900 impressions...user reports on other sites have been very good.
     
  7. Christopher Gould

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    i have a i580. got it because i thought being milspec it would last. my main problem was humidity in my pocket. my first phone died(1 year old) with a white screen and now my second(insurance claim refurb again 1 year old) the screen is doing all sorts of funny colors. call me disappointed in its tuffness. :(
     
  8. spartanstew

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    As a pure phone, my Blackberry Pearl is the best I've ever had. I travel coast to coast every week, sometimes urban, sometimes very rural and the service (Verizon) is rock solid every time. Fits great in my hand and is easy to use. I have a soft shell (rubber) cover on it (doesn't cover any of the essential keys) and I've dropped it numerous times (including once when I left it on the top of my car, drove off and found it on the side of the road 1/2 mile from my house) with nary a scratch.
     
  9. wingrider01

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    Didn't sya it was, I detest bluetooth as a headset and prefer wired. This is the most comfortable and invisible wired headset that I have ever used. I gave away all 4 of the bluetooth units I had to family.
     
  10. SteveHas

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    I've had
    a Palm Treo (sprint)
    balance here with ATT
    a Curve
    a BB 8830 (I thinkthat was the model #)
    and now an iPhone 3G

    Treo was good at that time in tech history but is now is not a legitimate part of this comparison

    Curve was a good phone
    great bluetooth headset support,
    great keyboard,
    great sound,
    multiple e-mail account support (with ATT) was ok
    web browser sucked,
    appps ehh
    but first and foremost it was a very good phone

    next came the BB 8830
    I loved this phone
    I felt the form factor was better
    texting on the keyboard was very fast and accurate
    again web was ok
    had all of the same great points as above

    now iPhone
    I love this for all the reasons you are not looking to your phone to do
    except
    mutiple e-mail account support and use as an e-mail device
    in thet regard it is by far the best of the pack
    also the very best web device
    texting, is hard on the touch screen, I do miss tactile buttons
    as a phone the bluetooth support is minimal at least with the head sets I have had, and in my new car
    there seems to be greater developer support on the BB side

    I agree with others here that clam shell phones are the best form factor and my fav as well.
    but of the choices you are looking at here
    and STRICTLY as a PHONE only
    I vote for the BBs

    as an all around device
    the iPhone is vastly superior and much more valuable and useful in my pocket for that reason
     
  11. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    I was able to spend some very brief time at my local ATT store, playing with the iphone and the new Curve 8900. When I say brief I mean 5 minutes or so, the rep that I always deal with was very busy. Now, I have to say that being a gadget guy I really want to like the iphone, I’m trying to approach this with an open mind. Also I am comparing a phone (the iphone) that I have never used before to the Curve 8310 that I have had for a year; the Curve 8900 is so similar to the 8310 that there really wasn’t a learning curve (pun intended) involved.
    My main uses that I use my Curve for are: 1. Txtng, 2. Email (I have 5 email accounts), 3. Phone (gee ya think), and last surfing the net.
    My first, and very limited impression of the iphone:
    Body is wider than the Curve…..not sure how comfortable it will be long term.
    Touch Screen: I like it, the trackball of the BB has caused problems. I am on my third replacement BB Curve because of the trackball.
    Touch Screen keyboard: Using the iphone's touch screen key board was a very frustrating experience, way too sensitive. On the Curve, I rest my thumb on the keyboard as I type, on the iphone all sorts of letters are getting typed. Letters would get typed just by having the thumb very close to the keyboard. You must keep your fingers above the key board. I can hold the BB in the same hand that I type with, I can’t see doing that with the iphone, it looks like it will be a two handed operation. In fact, using the iphone seems to be a two handed operation, I use one hand for all BB uses.

    I mentioned to my rep the three common complaints of the iphone: frequently dropped calls, poor voice phone quality, and short battery life. She agreed with all three, but she still wants a iphone for herself.
    Now, I know this is not a fair test of the iphone, I want to spend more time with it. I do know that if I were to get one I would be playing with it a lot.
    I intend to test the iphone a lot more in the weeks to come.

    My first impression of the 8900.......SWEET. Just might be my next phone. It's slick, feels good in the hand. I tested its internet access on Edge, and with its faster processor, it was fast! I didn't try it using wifi. It does not have 3G. The rep. said that wifi is faster than 3G, as a rule. I don’t like the icons, because they are the same color, hard to tell one from the other.

    I've heard that the iphone does not support MMS. I do use that.

    As far as any of these phones being a mp3 player…don’t care, not interested.
    I don't even use my dedicated mp3 player.
    The cost of upgrading to either phone will be the same.
    Or I can wait and see what is coming on down the road.
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    Nice report...that seems to be one of the busiest 5 minutes I've ever seen.:D

    I suspect that you'd be happy with the BB 8900, especially based on your priorities, which are similar to mine.
     
  13. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Yea, she was very busy and I didn't want to take up her time from waiting on customers. Normally she spends as much time with me as I want.

    The 8900 does look like the winner, especially considering that I needed her help just to get to the keyboard of the iphone.:lol:

    Oh... the one, somewhat pia draw back of the 8900 that I forgot to mention, it does not take the same usb plug ends as the 8310. Which means getting a new car charger...I think that would be all I would need to replace, the wall charger and the computer usb cord is included with the 8900.
     
  14. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    A few other things.
    Yes, the web browser of the Blackberry stinks. Not sure what RIM is going to do about it, considering the four top web browsers for smartphones are taken. Safari/iphone, Chrome/Google phone (I think), Firefox/Palm Pre (I think), IE/Windows phones.
    Not sure what that leaves for the BBs.

    Battery life, I have had my Curve 8310 off the charger for about 6 hours now and this is what I've done, Bluetooth has been on since off the charger, sent many text msgs, some MMS msgs, down loaded a few weather apps from the BB App World and have them running, made a couple of phone calls, been on Face Book, and have Widows Live open. Battery usage is barely showing.
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    I use Opera Mini....works great and does true HTML rendering....and its free!
    One person I know will likely weep reading that part. :D
     
  16. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Did you use the Curve browser to download Opera Mini? Where did you get it?.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    You can download it to your PC (and then your BlackBerry Desktop can install) from here:

    http://www.opera.com/mini/download/

    or else directly from this website:

    mini.opera.com
     
  18. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Now it's been ten hours. Since the above quoted post, I've made more phone calls still on Bluetooth, downloaded Opera and surfed a bit, and the battery indicator is only at half.:)

    I do like the size of the iphone screen and the ability to show pics in portrait or landscape. That is very nice. I bet the touch screen of the iphone does contribute to the less than stellar battery life.
     
  19. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Thanks, hdtvfan0001, I downloaded and installed Opera while at the vets this morning. Smoke, my Black-tri Aussie (my avatar) had to have some blood tests...Now to play with Opera. Well, it looks like I have some errands to run. So Opera will be played with tonight.
     
  20. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Looks like it will. I will play with it more tonight. But so far I like what I see. It is fast. Again, Thank You.:)
     

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