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.