RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 Review
PIN messaging is similar to SMS, except that it is sent securely over RIM’s servers and does not use an SMS gateway. Each BlackBerry, regardless of carrier, has its own unique PIN. You simply chose the PIN Message option, enter their PIN in the To field and send the message. Though similar to SMS, it does not count towards SMS packages but does use data.
The Sprint Curve includes AIM, GTalk and Yahoo Messenger clients. The Verizon version has nothing loaded, though an AIM/Yahoo/MSN client is available via their portal.
Email setup on the BlackBerry is about as perfect as it gets, we simply put in our email and password and that was it. Even with our uncommon work email we didn’t have to enter any server information. The push email arrived nearly instantaneously in our testing. With the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) the user can have up to 10 email addresses on one device.
Connectivity and Data:
The Curve 8330 features EVDO Rev. 0 data, which makes browsing much better than the original 3G-less 8300. It was also much better than the Pearl 8130, and we did not have a problem with slow page loads. Within the browser the trackball is utilized like a mouse, making it easier to navigate. There are two viewing modes, Page and Column. The former shrinks the page and the user can pan around and zoom in on specific areas, but it is not quite the desktop experience that Opera Mini offers, it’s more like Mobile Internet Explorer. It works, but it’s not the best browsing experience and we’d like to see RIM drastically overhaul their browser.
WAP pages loaded best (for example, espn.com redirected to the WAP page) but the browser does have the ability to handle HTML pages. Phonearena.com took about a minute to load, but did not render all that well. YouTube videos work via m.youtube.com (which it does not automatically redirect you to) but videos are small even when played in full screen mode. Interestingly, the VZW portal, however, gave us issues and either partially loaded or more often than not didn’t load at all. We were able to download applications such as Live Search relatively quickly, and they automatically installed to the main menu.
The Curve features Bluetooth 2.0 and lists compatibility with the HSP, HFP, SPP, A2DP and AVRC profiles, meaning basically, you can only use it with a mono or stereo headset. However, via an extremely complicated and unintuitive process you can transfer files to the Media Player. While in the Media Player open the context menu and choose “Receive Using Bluetooth.” Initiate the transfer from your computer (or whatever other device) and receive the file on your BlackBerry. Choosing what location to save it to is a hassle as well, moving through folders in the tree requires two clicks instead of just pressing the trackball to select, and when you finally find the folder you want you have to bring up the context menu and choose select folder, as opposed to selecting open which would display any subfolders. You can actually send any file type this way, but the only file explorer the Curve has is within the Media Player and it will only open media files, so even though you can view Office documents from an email, you cannot save them to your memory card and view them. You can see why we’re a bit frustrated with the UI.
The BlackBerry desktop software is included with the Curve, and it is used to manage calendar, tasks, contacts and email synchronization with your desktop. The user can sync data with ASCII importer/exporter, Outlook Express, Outlook and Yahoo, though some users have reported issues with Outlook 2007. You can also use the data cable to load media onto the memory card.
1. Jealous_B (unregistered)
I'm very confused how is it that when the Blackberry phones go CDMA and add things like GPS and 3G data theyget a worse rating than the original GSM versions. It has nothing to do with connectivity or sound quality. So why is it that this curve is worse than the original 8300. Even though it is the same design and software as the orginal. I mean your opinion is yours but based on user reviews i've seen thus far i was expecting at least an 8 from the site so a 6.5 really came out of nowhere.
2. JoeyStyles (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 May 2008)
Good point, what is the beef with the 8330 comparing to the other phones form the 8300 series
3. the champ (unregistered)
The Sprint Curve includes AIM, GTalk and Yahoo Messenger clients. The Verizon version has nothing, though third-party solutions are available at a cost. - - - this is not true, Verizon offer free download of their chat client that includes msn/yahoo/aim...simply by opening the browser(default home page) you can download facebook, VZnav, chat client, and a few other free apps form verizon. i much prefer the NON bloated Curve over the sprint model that I would have to uninstall all that junk I don't use because it is taking up space for things i would use. oh, and VZnav has voice prompts, as does sprints navigation, even though they said it does not...odd, but whatever.
from the review..."Interestingly, the VZW portal, however, gave us issues and either partially loaded or more often than not didn’t load at all." if he/she couldnt load the vzw portal then they probably wouldnt have been able to find these applications. also, the review says the free gps apps dont use voice prompts, it doesnt say vznav cant. and vznav certainly isnt free
I like the fact that VZW's version included more memory ( internally )... although the internal memory is still skimpy. A micro SD card will take care of that. One other thing to note: Only the monthly subscription of VZ Nav is available on the Blackberries for Verizon. The daily option is currently not available.
6. Jealous_B (unregistered)
I wanna say to the phonearena staff that I appreciate that they read the comments, and I hope that that helped influence the change of the score upwards. If even just a little bit.
7. Reviewer (unregistered)
There was some confusion, as we actually wanted to score the Sprint and Verizon Curves differently. Also, #4 is correct, since my portal page never loaded properly I was (and still am) not able to see the downloadable IM application. The text has been changed accordingly, and the score bumped a bit. If we could assign two scores to the different ones the Verizon Curve would get a 7 and the Sprint Curve an 8.
8. JoeyStyles (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 May 2008)
yeah it is great to see a proactive staff great job phone arena now next a web page for your cell phone that would be awesome
9. jamesvillan22 (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)
u people need to test this phone for both carriers VERIZON! and sucky sprint! stop been lazy and do the review on both of the phones! just cause is the same phone doesnt mean it will be the same experience! u people are getting horrible with the reviews!~ hire some people that know there wireless carriers and there devices gissssss! is like a 7 year old did this review! give me a break if u people are going to give mediocre reviews!~ maybe we all should just go to engadget!~mobile for ur specks and reviews! at least they review the device =-P
did you actually read their review? it was done using both vzw and sprint, as evidenced by the CONSTANT mentions of both devices and where they differ as well as the pictures of both units. hell, the reviewer even posted in #7 clarifying some of the issues brought up in the comments, and gave a separate score for the two different versions. in fact, they blatantly say in the review to say that even though the hardware is the same the s/w makes it two different devices. its cool that you like your company, but dont get all up in arms when someone calls them out for offering an inferior product! and thats not to mention the extra $30/month youre going to pay vzw to even begin to touch the services youll get with the sprint curve!
K, so why when AT&T and T-Mobile have the Curve2, Verizon Wireless and Sprint-Nextel have the Curve? They released it about a year after AT&T and T-Mobile did, so why can't they both replace it with the Curve2?
your micro SD card is lagging because you are using a cheap brand I'm using Kingston with no lag time at all. Keep in mind there are speed raitings to SS memory.