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BlackBerry Curve 3G vs. Bold 9700

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September 20th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • Power: All things considered, the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 and Bold 9700 are among the most powerful BlackBerrys available. Both devices are equipped with relatively speedy 624MHz processors (these days, many of the highest-powered smartphones have 1GHz processors, though).  The BlackBerry Curve 3G, however, has 512MB of RAM while the Bold 9700 only offers 256MB of RAM.  While this difference in RAM won’t make a dramatic difference in most day-to-day activities such as checking email, the difference will become apparent for power users running multiple applications simultaneously.
  • Display: The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers a crisp 2.4-inch display with 480 by 360 pixel resolution.  The Curve 3G also has a 2.4-inch display, but at 320 by 240 pixels, the Curve 3G’s display is significantly lower resolution than that of the Curve 3G.  The difference in resolution will be particularly noticeable when viewing photos or video.
  • Camera: The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash for improved photos in low lighting. The Curve 3G is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera without autofocus capabilities or LED flash.  Certainly, megapixels are not the measure of a camera’s quality, but the Bold 9700 shoots better images than the Curve 3G.
  • Keyboard: Both devices tout a comfortable physical QWERTY keyboard.  Some users, however, may prefer the Bold 9700′s keyboard over that of the Curve 3G.  The Bold’s keys are better defined and slightly larger than the Curve 3G’s keys.
  • Wirefly’s cost: At the time of this comparison, the BlackBerry 9700 is $79.99 with a new AT&T account and the same price for existing upgrade-eligible subscribers.  The BlackBerry Curve 3G is FREE with a new Verizon Wireless ad FREE for upgrading Verizon customers.

Side-By-Side Comparison

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 BlackBery Bold 9700
BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 BlackBerry Bold 9700
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Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) FREE $79.99
Carrier Verizon Wireless AT&T
Operating System BlackBerry OS 5 (expected to be upgradeable to OS 6) BlackBerry OS 5 (expected to be upgradeable to OS 6)
Interface
Display 2.4-inch LCD, 320 x 240 Pixels 2.4-inch LCD, 480 x 360 Pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming No Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS GPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot No No
Camera 2-megapixel 3.2-megapixel, LED flash, autofocus
Front-facing Camera for video chat
No No
Video Capture Yes Yes
HD Output No No
Apps BlackBerry App World BlackBerry App World
Adobe Flash Support No No
Storage Space Support for up to 32GB microSD 2 GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD card)
Keyboard Physical QWERTY Physical QWERTY
Battery Up to 4.5 hours talk time; up to 252 hours standby Up to 6 hours talk time; up to 456 hours standby
Processor 624 MHz 624 MHz
Memory RAM: 512MB; ROM: 512MB RAM: 256MB; ROM: 256MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 3.7 oz 4.3 oz
Dimensions 2.36″ x 4.29″ x 0.55″ 2.36″ x 4.29″ x 0.56″

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5 Responses to “BlackBerry Curve 3G vs. Bold 9700”

  • Which is better,bb curve 3g or da bb bold 9700…?

    • Aki, I prefer the Bold 9700 for it’s larger, higher-resolution display. However, the Bold it also physically bigger than the Curve, and it’s reasonable to prefer the smaller device if that is your taste.

      Bob at Wirefly

      • Bob,

        If you will, can you answer which keys on the keyboard are bigger? Bold 9700 or the Curve 9330?

        Also, can you save documents (PDF’s Word or otherwise) on the Bold like you can on the Curve?

        I have a Curve 9330 and the keys on the keypad are too sensitive and get accidently pushed too many times. I have the ability to “upgrade” to a Bold 9700 and I am struggling what to do?

        • Jeff, yes, you can save the same sort of documents on a Bold as you can on a Curve. You should probably stop at a store and make sure the buttons on the Bold will work for you. I like the larger keyboard and you probably will, too.

          Bob at Wirefly

  • i have got a blackberry curve 9300 and it works perfectly but the one thing they could improve is the camera because it is crap but the internet is good and you aspect that from a phone as cheap as the curve but there is quite a price different.

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