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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon Wireless Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon Wireless Review
Just like its fellow Curve brothers, the 9330 produces good call quality, with voices sounding clear and natural on our end, though we were able to hear a slight white noise “hiss” in the background. People that we called said that we sounded good on their end and there was no “hiss” in the background. The speakerphone also does an excellent job, as it produces clear voices and can get quite loud without too much speaker distortion. Signal reception was also above average, as we got 3-4 bars showing and had a signal strength of -91dBm, which is equivalent to the Motorola DROID X.

The included 1150mAh battery is rated to provide up to 4.5 hours of talk time or 10.5 days of standby time on a full charge. In our testing, we were able to get up to 4.5 hours of continuous talk time with a full battery, which isn’t bad, but still not as much compared to other smartphones that can get 6 hours or longer, but it is still reasonable considering the smaller battery on the Curve 9330.


Conclusion:

Overall, we are quite pleased with the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330, and its low $29.99 price with a 2-year contract is budget friendly for those looking to get into the world of BlackBerry without having to spend a lot. It does have a few improvements from the previous model, most notably the faster processor, but we wish that it came with a higher resolution screen and BlackBerry OS 6 out of the box. Though this doesn’t take away from what it does offer, and the QWERTY keyboard is nice for messaging.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 5.0.0.857


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Pros

  • Quick performance
  • Nice looking music/video player
  • Above average call quality

Cons

  • Display is still QVGA
  • Overall design is unchanged
  • Camera lacks autofocus and a flash
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posted on 10 Feb 2012, 23:53

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.

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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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