RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 Purple Review

RIM announced the launch of Blackberry 9330 on 15th of September and will be put for sale on 26th September. It is a new smartphone in the Blackberry Curve family and it differs slightly from Curve 8530 in image performance which is very poor. It is being released by both Verizon and RIM and runs Blackberry 5 OS which can be upgraded to OS 6. It has a sleek design and is aimed at users who want an attractive industrial design. It is a descent smart phone and very affordable.

Design

This handset has a very attractive design. It has a QWERTY keyboard and an optical track pad for easy navigation. We can control music and videos by operating buttons that are placed on top of the headset. Its size is 109 x 60 x 14 mm and weighs 106 g. It has a TFT VGA LCD touch screen with 65,000 colors and 320 x 240 pixels. The phone has soft touch finish which gives a good grip and smooth feeling to hold the phone. To the right side is the micro USB for high speed data transfers and volume control keys. It has glossy black buttons which makes navigation easier. At the top is the dedicated lock button.

Features

Blackberry 9330 runs Blackberry 5 operating System and it can be upgraded to OS 6 as per the promise made by RIM and Verizon. Other promises include revised home screen, easy message access, universal search and an innovative web kit browser.

The smart-phone has other features like conference calling, vibrate mode, voice dialing, multimedia messaging, speed dialing and a speaker phone. It also has options for instant messaging such as AIM, Yahoo, Blackberry Messenger, ICQ and Windows Live. It also features strong email service and can sync with email systems such as IBM Lotus, IMAP or POP3 accounts and Microsoft Exchange.

It also includes features such as EV-DO, VZ Navigator with A-GPS/GPS support, Stereo Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Bluetooth. GPS can also be used with applications such as geotagging photos and applications based on locations. Other features include document viewers, calendar, PDF documents, Corel WorldPerfect and a memo pad. The phone is equipped with microSD memory card slot with flash memory of 256 MB which can be extended up to 16 GB.

It also has few Verizon specific applications such as Rhapsody with V Cast music, V Cast Video, music store and video streaming service. It also supports visual voice mail but it is a paid service. VZW tones, Bing and ringtone store of Verizon are other applications it supports. It also offers many games like Texas Em Hold, BrickBreaker, Klondike, Word Mole and Sudoku. It supports music and file formats for multimedia such as MP3, AAC, WMA and MIDI. There is also a H.264, WMV, MPEG4 and H.263 video player. It is featured with 2 mega pixel camera which performs in a similar way like Curve 9300 where the photo quality is poor.

Performance

It has a very good call quality and was tested in San Francisco. The sound clarity was very clear with little or no distortion. Sometimes we hear harsh voice due to disturbances. It provides a very good 3G performance where we can download a song within 30 seconds from V Cast and takes just about 34 seconds to load CNET page. In terms of audio quality there is no much bass and sound over speaker was fine but using a headset will make it much better. The processor speed is around 624 MHz. The battery performance was excellent with 4.5 hours of talk time and stand by time of 19 days.

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