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BlackBerry Curve 8530

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BlackBerry Curve 8530

MobileTechReview.com
17 February 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Sprint)

PC Magazine
13 February 2010
  • Conclusion: Sprint's version of the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is superior to Verizon's thanks to lower plan prices and more video services.
  • Pros: Refined form factor. Excellent keyboard. Plenty of streamed video services. Costs less than the Verizon version.
  • Cons: Sluggish Web browser. Could use a bump in screen and camera resolution. Middling battery life.
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Virgin Mobile)

PC Magazine
13 February 2010
  • Conclusion: The BlackBerry Curve 8530 may be a low-end smartphone nowadays, but it's a great buy when combined with Virgin Mobile's low-priced, nationwide service plans.
  • Pros: Very low monthly rates. Just enough smartphone power to get the job done.
  • Cons: Subpar screen resolution, camera sensor, and Web browser.
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Verizon Wireless)

PC Magazine
12 February 2010
  • Conclusion: RIM updates its popular Curve on Verizon by adding Wi-Fi, a faster CPU, and BlackBerry OS 5.0, but it's still not enough to lead the pack.
  • Pros: Lighter and faster than before. Finally includes Wi-Fi. Good voice quality. Excellent QWERTY keyboard.
  • Cons: Low screen resolution. Middling camera. Updated Web browser is still clunky.
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (MetroPCS)

CNET
6 February 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (MetroPCS)

PC Magazine
4 February 2010
  • Conclusion: The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a nicely honed update to the existing Curve 8330, and an excellent value for MetroPCS subscribers looking for a proper smartphone.
  • Pros: Comfortable, usable form factor. Lightweight. Includes Wi-Fi, GPS, and push e-mail. Stellar plan pricing.
  • Cons: No 3G.
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530

CNET
3 February 2010
  • Summary: While we're not huge fans of the design, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers and offers more than its GSM counterpart.
  • Pros: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 has 3G and GPS support, which the T-Mobile version did not. The compact smartphone also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel camera.
  • Cons: The smartphone feels a bit cheap in the hand and has a low-resolution screen. You can only save apps to the phone's main memory.
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry Curve 8530 - Sprint

CNET
15 January 2010
  • Summary: Some design issues aside, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a great value for Sprint customers looking for an entry-level smartphone.
  • Pros: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 offers ease of use and a compact design. Its features include Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2-megapixel camera.
  • Cons: The smartphone feels a bit cheap and it has a low-resolution screen. Its call quality could be better.
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Overall 7
7.0

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 Review

Phone Arena
15 December 2009
  • 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
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