Cracking Open the BlackBerry Curve

BlackBerry Curve – Box

By John Lee

If you're a high-octane business exec (or if you just want people to think that you're one) or if you've ever seen Office Space and thought -- I don't get it, you need a BlackBerry. These indispensable devices have let people stay connected to the Web, the office and their email accounts for years now, and their popularity shows no signs of waning.

BlackBerry's latest model is the BlackBerry Curve 8310. Not only is it a cell phone and an email and text messaging workhorse, it also features a media player, Web browser, integrated GPS and a 2 megapixel camera in an amazingly small and trim package. I tried to get it to clean my bathroom, but to no avail - maybe next year's model will accommodate me.

Let's crack this bad boy open and see what's inside.

Our BlackBerry Curve was purchased from AT&T, who wisely decided to hold on to Cingular's catchy bright orange packaging motif after they acquired them. The photo of the BlackBerry on the front shows that we opted for the most attractive of the four colors offered for the Curve: deep red. Tasty.