Summary: It's clear that the target audience for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is new smartphone users. Those upgrading from the Curve 8330 will face a tough decision: the Curve 8530, which offers the trackpad and Wi-Fi; or the Tour 9630, which offers a higher build quality and a high-resolution screen. With the price difference between the two, the decision will be even tougher. Be sure to check out both in store prior to purchasing.
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: On other carriers, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is stripped down and made to fit nicely into place in its product line. For Sprint however, this is not the case. You get the newest operating system, the newest hardware with the track pad, Wi-Fi, all things you won't see on other Sprint BlackBerrys... at the best price.
Pros: Trackpad, Updated styling, Battery life outperforms other BlackBerrys, Smaller than the Tour
Cons: Just average call quality, Small LED indicator, Low-resolution camera, Smaller than the Tour - less screen real estate
Excerpt: Research In Motion has been fantastic in their ability to listen to customers and add features to the BlackBerry which have not been traditionally found in what many consider to be an enterprise smartphone. With the addition of features such as a camera and the ability to play music and video, RIM successfully crossed over to the consumer market where the company has found a great deal of success.