Conclusion: For Verizon users who have been waiting for the new entry-level Curve, the 8530 is finally here. The Curve 8530 is a solid smartphone with decent specs, and it has the new trackpad and the dedicated media control buttons on top. The smartphone feels fast running multimedia apps like music and video, and it supports the new VZ Navigator 5.
Pros: Good trackpad and keyboard experience, good GPS performance., Pro: Good trackpad and keyboard experience, good GPS performance.
Cons: Battery life isn’t very good., Con: Battery life isn’t very good.
Summary: Though not the best BlackBerry on the market, the Curve 8530 is a great entry-level smartphone, especially with MetroPCS's inexpensive unlimited monthly plan.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 for MetroPCS has a lightweight and compact design with features like Wi-Fi, EV-DO, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2.0-megapixel camera. It has fantastic call quality as well.
Cons: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 has a low-resolution screen, and we experienced spotty 3G service.
Summary: The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a good smart phone for work and play. The identically priced Droid Eris will be a more compelling device for many because of its better Web browser, larger screen, customizable touch interface, and larger selection of apps. But the 8530 has a better keyboard and offers a superior e-mail experience.
Conclusion: In keeping with tradition the Curve 8530 is a very solid performer when it comes to call quality. Callers rated us as an 8.5/10, saying that we sounded very clear but that they could tell we were on a cell phone. On our end they sounded good as well, although a bit quiet. Callers sounded very close as well, as if they were sitting right next to us.
Pros: Compact design, Sports Wi-Fi, Good call quality
Cons: Price is high for what you get, More of the same