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BlackBerry Bold 9930 (Verizon Wireless)

BlackBerry Bold 9930 (Verizon Wireless)
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Samsung Galaxy S III - 16GB - pebble blue (T-Mobile)

Samsung Galaxy S III - 16GB - pebble blue (T-Mobile)
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Apple iPhone 5

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BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 (Verizon Wireless)

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9310 (Verizon Wireless)
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Price $49 to $149 at 2 stores $49 to $399 at 3 stores $419 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.7 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 40 reviews 3.0 stars out of 130 reviews 3.5 stars out of 193 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date August 15, 2011 June 21, 2012 September 21, 2012 July 12, 2012
The Bottom Line The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is the best QWERTY BlackBerry to date, but should be priced lower. Pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an excellent, top-end phone that's neck and neck with the HTC One X. The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe. The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is still the same ho-hum handset you can expect from RIM, but for a $50 BlackBerry (with contract), it's reliable and makes texting a breeze.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Specific absorption rate (SAR) 0.78 W/Kg
0.43 W/Kg
1.18
1.28 W/Kg
Cellular technology GSM / CDMA / UMTS
GSM / HSDPA
Info unavailable CDMA
Weight 4.59 oz
4.7 oz
3.95 oz
3.66 oz
Service & support details type Info unavailable Info unavailable Limited warranty
Info unavailable
Talk time Up to 396 min
Info unavailable Info unavailable Up to 480 min
Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Info unavailable IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 2.1
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Service Provider Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile
AT&T
Verizon Wireless
Band / mode Info unavailable Info unavailable WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
CDMA 800/1900 (Dual Band)
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