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I’ve been on a shopping spree lately and have some cool new toys worth talking about. First of all, during all the frenzy of the IPhone release, I was able to pick up a Blackberry Curve from Amazon.com for only a penny, PLUS, a $75 rebate on top. The kicker to this deal was that you had to be switching from another carrier. If you were already an AT&T customer, you get screwed and they stick you with a $250 charge after they reverse the instant equipment discount.   Luckily I read the fine print and qualified.
I’ve been a crackberry addict for a long time. I was amazed at how much I love the curve. The track ball blows away the only side wheel, which I loved before now. The best part of the trackball is that you can scroll sideways and go from day to day in the calendar. You addicts know what I’m talking about. This rocks. The battery life is still as good as ever. With the bright screen, I thought for sure that it would die much faster. I usually get at least 3 or 4 days without a charge. 
So what is the ripple effect of this free Blackberry Curve. Well, first I had to buy a two gig micro SD card to store some music and pictures (did I mention is has a camera with up to 5x zoom). Then I bought the Motorola HT820 bluetooth headphones.   I highly recommend them. It took a while before I bit the bullet. The key selling point was the 12 hour battery life. I’ve had them for several days and I’m still running on the first charge. It’s great. They were a little uncomfortable for the first couple of hours of use. It took a little to get used to them. Now they feel great. The sound quality is awesome for Bluetooth. So, what’s the problem? Well, if you are listening to music from your phone, the battery on the phone burns at about 10% per hour. So I want to listen to my headphones at work while listening to music from my laptop. Well, the reason these headphones rock is because of A2DP. Why the hell dell doesn’t use this in their Bluetooth for their laptops I don’t know. So, on to the next purchase. 
I now own a Jabra 320s Bluetooth USB adapter with A2DP technology. I am now listening to MP3s from my laptop using my Motorola HT820 headphones. You can’t beat this arrangement. I can walk from my desk all the way down the hall to get coffee without missing a beat. And, if my phone rings, I can answer the call from the headset while the music from the laptop automatically pauses. How cool is that? 
BTW, the Curve doesn’t come with a holster, so you have to pick up the $16 leather holster. Well worth it, but it sucks that they don’t throw it in.
It’s been a sweet ride, but I guess it’s time to slow down and enjoy the music. I highly recommend this setup. This is by far the best phone I’ve ever owned. I love the headphones, and they wouldn’t have been worth the cost without adding the Jabra 320s adapter to crank through music at work. I did see a Motorola adapter that you can hook to your home TV components and broadcast via Bluetooth. Looks cool, but I wasn’t prepared to spend the money for that. Then I have to remember to bring home the headphones every night. Not a good option, especially without a good case. Last point… I read reviews that bragged about the hard case that comes with the headphones. I just got this simple cloth pouch. I lot of good that’s going to do when my headphones get crushed.   Who’s the dumbass at Motorola who thought they need to cut cost by a buck or two on ninety dollar headphones? When you spend that much coin on headphones, you should get a decent case with them.
Oh, one last comment. The Jabra 320s, from what I can tell, doesn’t allow you to sync files and data with your Blackberry. I still have to connect via USB to load files and applications. Not a big deal since I bought it for the music, but I was still disappointed. 
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 10:12 PM | Back to top


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Hi, i am shopping for headphone for my curve, too.
so the bluetooth has no loss for the sound quality?
Left by pei on Nov 19, 2007 10:37 AM

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The sound was really good with my headphones. I now use the headphones all the time with my laptop (had to put a better bluetooth adapter mentioned above). The problem I have with using them with my blackberry is that when the battery dies after 6 hrs or so of listening to music, I also don't have a phone. My initial thought was that I would be able to use the blackberry as a MP3 player when traveling and not have to carry an additional device. If you go on a long flight and listen to music the whole time, you will land and not have a phone until you get time to charge it. That's a big problem. That's why I'm not a big fan of IPhones either. If you MP3 player is a different device, it's ok if it dies. It just means you don't have music until you recharge it.

What I haven't tried is how long your BB battery last when using normal headphones to listen to music instead of the bluetooth. I'll have to give that a try.
Left by John Workman on Nov 19, 2007 10:35 PM

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Sorry for the delayed response. Things have been crazy lately. I've been very happy with the sound quality, but I think it really hurts the battery life. The curve battery dies after about 6 hours of music with my Bluetooth headphones. I haven't checked to see how long the battery last for music with regular headphones.
Left by John Workman on Dec 01, 2007 10:04 PM

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Try leaving your time zone with your blackberry curve. I recently went to 5 different countries with 3 different time zones. The phone does not update its time zones. I had to manually update the time on the phone by asking around.
Left by nurbsmaster on Jan 14, 2008 4:17 PM

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