BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 review: BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330

The Verizon version of the phone comes with a few Verizon-specific apps. They include V Cast Music with Rhapsody, Verizon's music store, and V Cast Video, Verizon's video streaming service. You also get visual voice mail, but you do have to pay a $4.99 monthly fee for it. Other apps included with the phone are VZW Tones, Verizon's ringtone store, and Bing. There are also a few games like BrickBreaker, Texas Hold Em, Word Mole, Sudoku, and Klondike. If you want more apps, you can get them from the BlackBerry App World.

As for multimedia, the Curve 3G 9330 has a music player with support for MP3, WMA, AAC, and MIDI file formats, plus there's a video player with MPEG4, WMV, H.263 and H.264 support. The 2-megapixel camera is similar to the one on the Curve 3G 9300, and the photo quality is just as mediocre.

We tested the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless. Call quality was very good on the whole. We experienced little to no distortion with loud and clear voice quality. Callers also said it was good as well, though they did hear a tiny bit of static. They also said our voice quality was a little harsh at times.

We enjoyed good 3G coverage from Verizon Wireless. It rarely dropped out, even when were in the subway. We managed to load CNET's front page in around 34 seconds and the mobile version of CNN in just 12 seconds. We downloaded a song from V Cast in around 30 seconds. We also experienced very little buffering when watching streaming video. Video quality was quite pixelated, though.

The audio quality over the speaker was fine, but nothing earth-shattering. The sound was a bit hollow, and we didn't sense much bass at all. We would definitely recommend using a headset for better audio. We like that there are external media keys so we can control the music without looking at the phone.

We found the optical touchpad and overall navigation to be quite smooth thanks to the 624Mhz processor. Launching apps felt snappy, and transitions felt smooth.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 has a 1,150 mAH lithium ion battery with a rated talk time of 4.5 hours and up to 19 days standby time. It has a tested talk time of 4 hours and 11 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Curve 3G 9330 has a digital SAR of 1.28 watts per kilogram and has a M4/T4 hearing aid compatibility rating.

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    Blackberry Curve 3G 9330 - charcoal gray (Verizon Wireless)

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    • Talk Time Up to 270 min
    • Technology CDMA2000 1X
    • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
    • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
    • Weight 3.7 oz
    • Diagonal Size 2.4 in
    • Sensor Resolution 2 pixels