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Blackberry Curve Vs. Blackberry Storm

March 25th, 2010

A BlackBerry is a wireless mobile device created by the company Research in Motion. BlackBerry devices come in various styles and models, including the BlackBerry Curve and the BlackBerry Storm. These devices vary in their size, features and design, and they are supported by select cell phone service providers.

    Keyboard

    The most noticeable difference between the Curve and Storm lies in the keyboard feature and set up. The Curve offers the standard QWERTY keyboard, similar to those found on computers and typewriters. The Storm is a touchscreen phone with only four buttons on the device. The four buttons on the Storm, which can also be found on the Curve, are the "Call," "End Call," "Options" and "Return" keys. These keys are the most used on such devices.

Supported Carriers

Most phone carriers make various models exclusive to their network. As of spring 2010, the BlackBerry Storm series is only available through Verizon Wireless, a Code Division Multiple

Access (CDMA) network in the United States. The Blackberry Curve series is offered to various providers on both the CDMA and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks. The Curve series (8300, 8500 and 8900), is supported by GSM providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, and CDMA providers such as Sprint.

Key Features

The BlackBerry is most notable for its email service, called "Push," which comes standard on Storm and Curve phones with a data package. Wi-Fi, which allows users to connect to the internet via open wireless networks, is offered on the Storm2 — the newest Storm model as of Spring 2010 – while the Curve’s Wi-Fi access is more limited, depending on the specific model.
Storms come with both a camera and video recorder. All BlackBerry Curves have a built-in camera; however, the video recorder is only available on some of them. The 8500 does support the video, whereas the 8900 will not. The Storm and Storm2 will also support Bluetooth technology, while the Curve only supports Bluetooth on the 8900, its highest-end model.

Cost

As with most phones, a BlackBerry device’s cost will vary based on the consumer’s current contract and available specials. Contract extensions often give consumers a discount on a new device. The Storm series, being exclusive to Verizon, has a higher cost. As of Spring 2010, the Storm2 costs $99.99 with a new contract, while its full retail price is $539.99. T-Mobile, on the other hand, offers a BlackBerry Curve 8520 for free with a new contract, though its suggested retail price is $279.99.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of the BlackBerry Curve and the BlackBerry Storm are similar. Both the Storm and the Storm2 measure 4.4 inches tall and 2.4 inches wide. Each weights 5.64 ounces. The Curve’s measurements vary by the series number. The 8500 is the lightest at 3.7 ounces. The 8300 series Curves are the shortest at 4.2 inches tall. The thickness of Curves and Storms is .55 inches.




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