Review: BlackBerry 9330 Curve 3G
The BlackBerry Curve 3G is a smartphone that lives up to the Curve line's good name. It is a smaller, lighter device that is easier to interact with than some of the larger, more powerful BlackBerrys.
It excels at offering solid messaging, and the newer threaded SMS messaging software looks and works much better than the older version. RIM's email app is as powerful as ever, and even social networking is fairly robust, now that apps such as Facebook and Twitter take advantage of the BlackBerry platform's strengths.
The media capabilities of the Curve 3G don't hold a candle to some of the other entry-level smartphones out there, which are packing more powerful 3.2 and 5 megapixel cameras. The camera software works, but has only a handful of new features. The same goes for the music player.
Call quality was surprisingly inconsistent for a BlackBerry, but the Curve 3G always managed to find and use a signal without losing it. As with all BlackBerries, battery life was superb.
Perhaps the Curve 3G's biggest weakness is also its biggest strength. The BB OS5 user interface is dated and tired, which makes the Curve 3G (out of the box) feel older than it should. The good news is that Verizon has promised that the Curve 3G will eventually be updated to BB OS6. Once it is, users will enjoy an improved browser, media, messaging, and integrated services.
Until then, the Curve 3G is still not a bad choice, especially given its $30 sale price with Verizon Wireless.