The BlackBerry Curve 9330 is very much similar to the Curve 8530, its predecessor. There are a few changes in design however. The media keys atop, QWERTY keyboard and optical touch pad are all retained but with some minor changes. Considering the design features alone, the Curve 3G 9330 looks identical to its cousin Curve 3G 9300 that came for T-Mobile. There are not many features and hence it is marketed as an entry level smartphone with a suitable price. The phone is available for $29.99 along with a two-year agreement with Verizon.
The phone is loaded with the BlackBerry OS 5 but RIM promises that it will be soon upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6. We are looking forward to this upgrade because it has lot of improvements like universal search, webkit browser, new home screen etc. All the usual phone features like speed dialing, conference calling, voice dialing, vibrate mode, speakerphone etc., are present in the phone. The phone supports instant messaging which includes Windows Live, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ and of course the BlackBerry Messenger.
The BlackBerry as usual comes with some strong email features. Some notable features included in the phone are VZ Navigator, GPS, WiFi and stereo Bluetooth. It is possible to use the GPS with other apps that are location based like the geo-tagging. Microsoft office, PDF reader, calendar, memo pad are also included. The phone has an internal memory of 256 MB while the external memory can be expanded up to 16 GB.
As it is a phone for Verizon, it comes with most of the Verizon apps including Verizon music store, V Cast music along with Rhapsody, video streaming etc. You get access to voice mail but you need to register for a $4.99 monthly plan. The phone comes with some basic games like Word Mole, Klondike, Sudoku etc.
Call quality is good using the Verizon Wireless network. There is some distortion but very minimal. 3G coverage is good as always from Verizon Wireless. Web pages load in less than a minute while the mobile versions load within 15 seconds. YouTube videos take a few seconds to buffer but once started there will not be any buffering. Call quality using the speakerphone is good but not something mind blowing. The speakerphone is also good when watching movies but when listening to music it is always better to use a stereo headset. We suggest you use either Motorola S9 or Logitech Mobile Traveller.
With the 624 MHz processor, navigation is smooth, so is launching applications but transition between applications takes some time. The RIM BlackBerry Curve has a battery life of 4.5 hours talk time and standby time up to 19 days.