BlackBerry Curve 9330
Just another intelligent phone ?
If you haven’t yet used a smartphone and want to start doing it, BlackBerry’s Curve 9330 might be the answer to your question. This device was designed as a first-entry and, according to our tests, had a pretty good overall performance. But, if you’re into taking photos on a regular basis, we recommend other smartphones, because the camera on this one is poor in terms of picture quality. Read our review below to find out more about this nice product.
Not very lightweight
If you’re familiar with the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300, then you’ll have no problem with the design of the Curve 9330, whose body is the same size as the former: 4.3″ x 2.3″ x 0.5″; what is different is the fact that the smartphone we tested yesterday was a bit lighter than its predecessors, weighing only 104g; we could easily slide it from a pocket into another or from the bag in the pocket. Quite differently from what is the norm, this device comes in an elegant and slick black, as well as in silver, but at first you might be thrown off by its plasticky feel. The outside edges have a soft-touch finish to them; this prevented the product from slipping through our fingers. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience to both hold and use it.
The customizable display found onboard was a 2.4″. It had the following: 65.000 colors and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The great disadvantage of such a resolution was that text and images weren’t that sharp and we noticed quite some pixilation going on. But, on the bright side, the screen featured good levels of clarity and brightness for all the review time.
The keyboard on this BlackBerry Curve 9330 is a QWERTY one; when we typed something with it, we liked how responsive it was and how it didn’t register lagging. We simply adored the optical trackpad, because it was rounded and more raised than the one on other BlackBerry smartphones. Navigation was smooth.
OS 5 operating system
A novelty with this device was the media buttons that sat on top of it. Via them we had access to the media player. As is standard with this company, the user-programmable and volume buttons are placed on the right and the 3.5mm headphone jack is to be found on the left.
Next we’ll talk about the smartphone’s performance. The BlackBerry Curve 9330 ships with the OS 5 which will, the future, be upgradeable to, naturally, version 6. We didn’t come across problems with this processor; speed was good and we could multitask with easy and in a fast pace.
In the features department, the Curve 9330 has all you need and more: SMS and MMS, voice dialing, BlackBerry’s own Messenger, GPS/A-GPS with VZ Navigator support, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, document viewers for Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, PDF documents, Yahoo! and many more to choose from and use.
Impressive audio quality
There was also a selection of new applications, such as V Cast Video along with V Cast Music with Rhapsody.
512MB of flash memory and a MicroSD card slot are all you need for a daily use of the BlackBerry 9330. 3G speeds were between 12 and 30 seconds.
Audio quality was overall impressive. We and our friends heard each other very well: voices were clear on either side of the smartphone and there was no distortion. The speakerphone, on the other hand, didn’t do that well. The battery life was good.
After the test performed by our review team we can consider that the new BlackBerry Curve 9330 smartphone is a good choice if you have a good budget.
|* Full QWERTY keyboard|
|* BlackBerry® Messenger|
|* Email and text messaging|
|* Camera and video recording|
|* Optical trackpad|
|* 3G network support|
|* Simultaneous voice and data*|
|* Instant Messaging|
|* Media player|
|* Tethered modem|
|* Standby time: up to 10.5 days|
|* 1150mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion cell|
|* Music playback: up to 15 hours|
|* Talk time: up to 4.5 hours|
|60 mm (2.36 inches)|
|109 mm (4.29 inches)|
|13.9 mm (0.55 inches)|