RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon Wireless Review
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 still uses a 2MP fixed-focus camera as before, but the overall picture quality does look slightly better. Images that we took outside had fairly accurate color representation and nice detail, but bright areas had a tendency to be overexposed, and sometimes the automatic white balance didn’t work 100%. When moving indoors, images became more fuzzy and blurry looking, which was no surprise, and the lack of a flash doesn’t help either. For videos, the device is still limited to a maximum resolution of 320x240 pixels at 15FPS, which means they may look OK for viewing on the phone, but not so hot on a PC with a large monitor.
You shouldn’t have any problems playing your songs on the handset since it supports most of the popular audio formats like MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCELP EVRC, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA9, and Windows Media 10 Standard/Professional. As for the music player, it is the same one that is used on other BlackBerry OS 5 smartphones. Its presentation is no different, seeing that it will display things such as the album cover, song information, and on-screen controls. There is also nice selection of equalizer presets and even a custom equalizer that you can adjust manually. We were impressed with the audio quality of the speaker since it's able to muster up strong and audible tones that can be easily heard without sounding overly strained and without any distortion. Packing a 624MHz processor definitely has its advantage when playing videos on the handset, which supports MP4, H.263/264, and WMV9 formats. We were able to load a variety movie trailers, up to 800x480 resolution, without any problems as it played fluidly from start to finish (but higher resolution videos like 1280x720 would not load). Even though the smaller sized display doesn't make it conducive to watching videos for long periods of time on a flight, it's still able to present a decent video experience while waiting for your Dentist appointment.
Data and Connectivity:
The BlackBerry Curve 9330 is a dual-band device that operates on Verizon’s CDMA 800/1900MHz network. Data is provided through their 3G EVDO Rev 0 network, but the device can also use local Wi-Fi 802.11b/g connections. Included memory on the phone is 512 MB flash and 512 MB SDRAM, but you can install a memory card up to 32GB.
After experiencing the Webkit based browser on the BlackBerry Torch 9800, it is somewhat of a setback to once again witness the Curve’s behind the curve web experience (no pun intended).Yes, it loads up web pages at a nice pace thanks to the 3G speeds, but the tiny and faint looking text makes it very difficult to read long passages. Fortunately, scrolling is pretty smooth as it is able to render things on the fly without much lag, but we have to admit that it's probably more than acceptable by most average people. You also have to use the optical d-pad for moving around pages, zooming, and selecting links, as the Curve 9330 lacks a touch screen.
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.