All right, this is not fun. RIM recently added the BlackBerry Curve 8300 into its product mix, and what’s annoying is the updated version is now available only after a few months of the original 8800. For you 8800 users, we feel your pain. However, let’s be a little more positive. The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is the next version of the 8800 series from RIM, and interestingly enough, it combines the features from the Pearl 8100 and 8800 and turns them into a device that’s a hybrid of the two. That’s cool.

The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is nearly identical to the 8800, so we’ll leave the obvious add-ons alone here. What’s been added is a 2.0-megapixel camera with built-in flash and digital zoom. You can even upload the photos directly to your Flickr account with Yahoo Go! right from the phone. RIM has partnered with Yahoo! (and Google) for a couple of interesting features, which are fairly evident with the Curve 8300.

Once you get over the camera feature, then there’s onboard instant messengers from, you guessed it, Yahoo! and Google. Unlike the 8800 that lacked instant messengers, which we were told to be carrier-only options, apparently that’s not the case anymore. Interesting, indeed.

Maps, Calendar, Voice Calling, Browser, Tethered Modem connectivity, onboard GPS, and the rest of the features are available as well.

The BlackBerry Curve 8300 even sports a much better looking keyboard with space in between the keys to make typing easier. Talk about learning a quick lesson.

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi is still nowhere to be seen on the 8800 series, and frankly, it’s starting to get annoying. How many BlackBerries does a sane person need to go through before he gets a device with Wi-Fi compatibility? C’mon RIM, give us a break here, will you?

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8300 is expected to be available soon.

[Gundeep Hora]

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