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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Blackberry Curve 8320

1. Introduction

The banner year for RIM continues. Their profits are way up from this point last year, their devices have been getting great reviews and their subscriber base is growing by the day. Their entree into the consumer market began with the BlackBerry Pearl - the 8100. This now comes in 8120 and 8110 variation depending on whether the user want GPS or WiFi added. They quickly followed it up with the 8800 - bringing a much needed redesign to their corporate clients. This is now also in 8820 and 8830 variations. My favorite of the lineup is the Curve - the 8300. Now, the Curve gets a killer feature set in the new 8320 from T-Mobile. WiFi is added and so is the very cool new "Hot Spot at Home" feature.

The 8320 sits smaller than the 8800, yet wider than the Pearl. It seems to take the best of both worlds, however - the big screen and great resolution of the 8800 and pocketable size and thinness of the Pearl. Add in rich media features and 2.0 megapixel camera, Stereo Bluetooth and now WiFi and it looks like RIM has a huge hit on its hands. Read on for a thorough review.

When I first held the BlackBerry Curve, I felt it improved upon many of the features found in both the BlackBerry Pearl and the 8800 series. It is very solid to hold, has a full QWERTY keyboard, a big screen, multi-media features and famous BlackBerry email capabilities. The 8320 adds some new features into BlackBerry's arsenal like WiFi, a 2.0 mega pixel camera and A2DP - Bluetooth Stereo Streaming capabilities.

The killer feature is certainly the Wifi and the "Hot Spot at Home" feature - but more on that later.  First, here is all the "official" information you need.

About RIM

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including e-mail, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications.

RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements.

Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM).

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