RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon Wireless Review
We were hoping to see BlackBerry OS 6 make its presence known on this handset after seeing the Touch 9800 bring it into the world, but for now we are left with nothing more than OS 5 (specifically 184.108.40.2067). Though Verizon does say the Curve 3G 9330 will support an update to OS 6 down the road. The last generation platform is still more than sufficient in getting things done thanks to the peppy 624MHz processor running under the hood, which is an upgrade over the 512MHz CPU that is used on the Curve 8530. In actual usage, there is nothing different to separate this BlackBerry OS 5 device from others on the market, but if you are new to BlackBerry, it will require some investment in time up-front in learning the platform. Overall, we adore the fact that the Curve 9330 is well endowed with the speed factor; seeing that launching applications and getting tasks are a breeze.
The homescreen is laid out as you'd expect it to be with icons on the bottom for accessing your E-Mail, SMS/MMS messages, contacts, calendar, browser, and VZ Navigator, but in the settings you have the option to change them to other specific apps. The home screen can also be changed from the Verizon theme to the standard BlackBerry one, and you can alter their layout between the Zen and Today format. Once you get into the main menu, you'll be greeted with the neon styled presentation of the icons, which are arranged in a grid-like fashion. Needless to say, the BlackBerry menu key will become a friendly tool when you run specific apps.
The phonebook, organizer and other PIM functionality remain virtually unchanged, so anyone who has used a BlackBerry before will feel right at home. For first time users you can store just about anything you want about a contact and the full-featured calendar allows you to customize reminders, recurrence options and much more. Other basic PIM functionality, like tasks, memo and a calculator are available, and voice dialing is handled by Nuance.
By far one of the biggest strengths of any BlackBerry device is its never-complicated email setup, which is also true with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330. After simply running the Manage Internet Email app under the Settings folder, you can pick and choose which clients you want to use. Undoubtedly you'll find all of the generic email clients there, but it was even able to automatically set up our work (IMAP) and personal (POP) accounts by only requiring our email address and password. Still, it might ask for some additional settings if it's not able to set it up automatically. Once all that is completed, there will be specific icons in the main menu for each email account you set up, but you'll find a combined inbox when you run the “Messages” app.
Sending SMS text messages is no different from other BlackBerry handsets as you'll even have the option of MMS by including media content like audio, video, and photos. Without a doubt, the Curve 9330 is another messaging monster since its QWERTY keyboard makes for a fantastic overall experience. Other options included an array of instant messaging clients like Windows Live, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, and BlackBerry Messenger. For the social networking fanatics out there, you can stay up-to-date with your friends by using the apps for Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. This is an easy way to update your status, view your networking feed and friend’s profiles while on the go.
Other productivity apps include Word to Go, Sheets to Go, and Slideshows to Go, which will open Microsoft Office files. But since the Curve 9330 is a Verizon device, it comes with a slew of their programs as well, such as VCast Music, VCast Video streaming, VZW Ringtone downloads, Song ID, City ID, Visual Voicemail, Bing search, and of course VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions ($9.99/monthly use fee).
The BlackBerry Desktop Manager handles desktop sync as always, and is used to manage calendar, tasks, contacts, and email synchronization between the phone and your PC. You can also use the data cable to load media onto the memory card, and Media Sync will allow for iTunes syncing of non-DRM files, like we’ve seen with other recent BlackBerries.
1. Titan500 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I owned 8530 before I had the 9330. There is a marked improvement with the 9330. The processor is twice as fast but the real difference is not seen until you upgrade from the BlackBerry 5.0 to the 6.0 OS. The phone is fun to use and very efficient with communications, text, e-mail etc. The browser is good for what I need it for. I'm not an adolescent so I don't have to show my friends the latest video or play games for hours. I have a very good computer at home with a really big screen that makes any handheld look impudent. I would like to mention to all the people who complain that their BlackBerry’s freeze up. Use a Blackberry case. There is a reason for this. Learn to use this devise properly and it will serve you well. I've never had either of my Blackberry’s freeze up. I'll be upgrading to the newest BB Bold soon.