Since the introduction of the iPhone by Apple in January, many cell phone manufacturers have been in a race to release new iPhone-like smart mobiles that could offer some tough competition to Mr. Jobs’ expensive toy when it comes out in June. The latest one in this batch comes from Research in Motion (RIM), the creator of the famous BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Curve will be RIM’s smallest phone to date, and one of the main features that gives it an edge when compared to the iPhone (for me at least) is its full QWERTY keyboard. I don’t think the iPhone will ever be an efficient device for corporate users, who mainly use their phone for management purposes. So if you give me the choice between a $600 iPhone, and a $600 Blackberry that has iPhone-like features, I’ll jump on the Blackberry anytime.
Here are some of the Curve’s additional features:
- E-mail and text messaging
- Instant messaging (Supports Yahoo!, MSN Messenger and Google Talk)
- Web browser
- Advanced phone features
- 2.0 mega pixel digital camera
- Media player
- BlackBerry maps
- Expandable memory
- Tethered modem
For now, RIM already dominates the market of smart phones, and with the release of the Blackberry Curve, they may increase their advance on a market that could, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, go up by as much as 43% this year. Here are a few pictures of the device, just to wet your appetites.