The Sprint version of the phone has Sprint-specific apps that include access to the Sprint Music Store, Sprint TV, Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile, and Sprint Football Live. There's also Sprint Zone, a hub for news and user tips. A few more apps that come with the phone are Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, and Pandora. The Curve 3G 9330 comes with five games: BrickBreaker, Word Mole, Texas Hold'em King 2, Sudoku, and Klondike. You can get more games and apps from BlackBerry App World.
The Curve 3G 9330 isn't all work and no play. It also has a music player with support for MP3, WMA, AAC, and MIDI file formats, a video player with MPEG4, WMV, H.263, and H.264 codecs, and a 2-megapixel camera. For more on that, again, check out our review of the Curve 3G 9300.
We tested the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 in San Francisco using Sprint service. Call quality was pretty good, on the whole. We heard our callers loud and clear with little to no distortion in voice quality. On their end, callers said the same thing, reporting very little background noise. They said our voice quality did seem a bit tinny, but only a little.
We enjoyed good EV-DO coverage with Sprint. We managed to load the CNET mobile page in just 9 seconds. We also downloaded a 1.2MB app in just 25 seconds. Navigating the phone was speedy, and we enjoyed using the optical trackpad. Launching apps felt instantaneous, and transitions between screens 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 42 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Curve 3G 9330 has a digital SAR of 1.28 watts per kilogram and has an M4/T4 hearing-aid compatibility rating.