Written on January 6, 2008
I’ve had a mixed experience with my Blackberry Curve (8300) over the past 6 months. My favorite aspect of the Curve has been the battery life…I end up charging it about once every 3 days! The keyboard is pretty darn good & the voice quality is legit. However the browser sucks, the sync software sucks, and the UI was foreign to me. Worse, I could never get the Facebook Blackberry App to work on it nor could I get the new Google Maps app with cell phone triangulation to install.
Today I finally got around to checking if there were any firmware upgrades (not an easy task…RIM, get some help with your site design / UX) and hit pay-dirt (hint: you need to download is this file: 8300M_PBr4.2.2_rel301_PL126.96.36.199_A188.8.131.52_AT&T.exe). And yes, you have to fill out a freaking form before to download and no, it is not clear what to download. Anyhow, once you make it past all the hoops you can install it the upgrade but it isn’t clear if you can do an update in place or wipe the device.
I had a brickbreaker game on level 5 with 7 lives already stored up so I was inclined to try to do an update in place. But, then I realized how much cruft there was on the device and decided to sacrifice the potential high score for a faster, better, slicker device.
Wait for about an hour for the update to finish and the device to re-boot. Why it takes so long? No freaking clue!
Go install the following software:
- Facebook Blackberry App(this links installs installs from a PC via an ActiveX control)
- Google Mobile Software(pick your posins - maps & mail)
- Opera Mini (jury is still out)
Results: Yahtzee! 3 hours in with this new config is looking good…real good!
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