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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 Review

BlackBerry Curve 8330

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 Review
As a business device the Curve must perform well where it matters most, as a phone. It did not disappoint, displaying above average reception and excellent battery life. Callers said we sounded fairly clear, an 8/10 we were told, and on our end they sounded nearly perfect. The speakerphone also performed admirably, though at the highest volume it became slightly distorted. Battery life is rated at 260 minutes, but we were able to get 355 minutes before the Curve shut the wireless radio off. That’s nearly six hours of talk time, which is outstanding.


Conclusion:

The Curve 8330 is a good device, and for RIM diehards and business professionals it is the best BlackBerry to date. However, there are still significant shortcomings, mostly related to the UI, that make us shy away from recommending it to the average consumer . We feel RIM devices appeal to a limited audience, though to that audience they are invaluable. The Curve, however, sets out to defeat the consumer market and unfortunately falls short. The keyboard is excellent but the trackball frustrating. A complicated thing like email is dirt simple, but a dirt simple thing like changing the volume is complicated. While RIM hits the mark on many things, there are still too many simple shortcomings that cannot be overlooked.

Sprint does a much better job than Verizon at including applications that the everyday user will find useful, and we’d be much more comfortable recommending the Curve to a Sprint user. If you’re a business professional or a Verizon customer looking to upgrade your 8703 to a more media-friendly device the Curve is a no-brainer, but otherwise we’d suggest looking elsewhere.

Pros

  • Best email platform available
  • Keyboard is the best QWERTY we’ve used
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • UI just isn’t ready for prime-time
  • Trackball can be as frustrating as it is helpful
  • microSD slot very inconvenient
PhoneArena rating:
7.1Good
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PhoneArena rating:
7.1Good
Display320 x 240 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
312 MHz
GB RAM
Size4.20 x 2.40 x 0.60 inches
(106.6 x 61 x 15 mm)
4.00 oz  (113 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.33 hours talk time

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