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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

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Interface and Software:

For the time being there is really nothing new to comment on here, read our RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review if you need an in-depth look at the OS. The major difference in the 8530 and 9330 is that the latter features Sprint’s visual voicemail, a feature that is slowly creeping its way onto all of Sprint’s smartphones. Sprint Zone, an app designed to help learn your phone, navigate apps and informs you of the carrier’s latest news, is also virtually installed on the device. Hide those two apps and you’d never know the difference in the two phones.

Sprint’s visual voicemail - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Sprint Zone - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

Sprint’s visual voicemail

Sprint Zone

  

The OS clocks in at 5.0.0.913 and offers the same experience as the 8530. It runs quite quickly thanks to a processor bump from 528MHz to 624Mhz. The memory has been increased as well; the BlackBerry Curve 3G has 512MB of storage, up from 256MB on the 85xx series Curves and even a bump from the 9300.

The interface of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
The interface of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

The interface of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330


We keep referencing the future because the Curve 3G will be upgraded to BlackBerry 6 sometime next year. So far we’ve only gotten a look at this OS refresh on the touchscreen Torch 9800, but at the end of the month Sprint will be launching the Style 9670, a flip BlackBerry with no touchscreen. We’d imagine it has similar if not the same memory and processor specs as the 9330 so we can get a preview of how this new OS will run on a non-touchscreen device. We’ll make sure to post a more in-depth news article when the Curve 3G receives it’s BlackBerry 6 update.


Camera, Multimedia and Connectivity:

Again, there isn’t something much different here either. It uses the same 2 megapixel camera we found on the 8530. Our sample photos turned out fine; they don’t excel in anything but at the same time don’t have any glaring weaknesses. It doesn’t have a flash, and as expected you’ll find noise and blurriness in low light conditions.

Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

Samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330


Strong - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Medium - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Low light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

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Indoor samples


The media player also remains unchanged, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s simple, but straightforward and easy to use. It does not have the video prowess as an Epic 4G, but as a music player it gets along just fine. Our test videos wouldn’t play at resolutions larger than 640x480 and it couldn’t play H.264 or DivX files, but did handle MPEG-4 and XviD files fine up to VGA resolution.

Music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

Music player


The RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 is an EVDO Rev A phone (the 8530 was Rev 0,) but the high speed data is mostly lost on the cumbersome browser. Even over Wi-Fi it took minutes to load our homepage, but there is hope as BlackBerry OS 6 offers a WebKit browser that will hopefully not only speed up the process but also make things run smoother. It has all the other requisite radios too: Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth (2.1.)

Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review
Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Sprint Review

Web browser



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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.55 inches
(109 x 60 x 14 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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