Pros Great design for one-handed use, good voice quality
Cons "rough" tracking ball, defective browser software
Summary I have been using a work-issued AT&T Curve for about 8 months, but since the job only pays for data, I still had to haul two devices around. I decided to buy my own Curve and went with Verizon because of the superior network in my area. You would've thought that coming out long after AT&T would give Verizon an advantage in terms of improving upon the earlier model, but no such luck.
The tracking ball on the 8330 is rough and grainy and not as smooth as the AT&T Curve. This makes a big difference when you're in the midst of writing a lot of emails and scanning lists. The worst part is that the Verizon sales guy tried to convince me that it was rough at first but that it would get smoother over time. Not the first stupid thing I've heard come out of a wireless sales person's mouth (nor the 2nd or 3rd).
My model also came with a software defect that prevents me from using the browser for anything other than setting up email accounts. I called customer service and they said there was a batch of 8330's that all have the same problem, and to go back to the store to exchange mine. Once again, with so many months to prepare, why get it wrong?
Finally, the design of both the hardware and the interface are aesthetically inferior to AT&T's Curve. The application icons are kind of goofy in a cartoonish sort of way. The shell of the unit is ugly. The email in-box interface is harsh and noticeably narrower than AT&T's. These might seem like slightly petty comments, but anyone who lives in Crackberryville (i.e. your wife feels like she's competing with the device for your attention) knows that having something nice to look at can be but one added little extra to help you get through the day.
It's still a Blackberry, meaning it's still the best mobile device for business. Just seems to me like Verizon cut corners on this, probably because they could since they know they have a better network. Hopefully the new unit I pick up will not have the browser software issues I describe above.
Pros Push email, beautiful crisp GUI, Multi-media features, style and design
Cons Speed, slower processor than some Windows Mobile Phones on the market, internet browser
Summary The Verizon Wireless 8330 (Curve) is a mobile Smartphone with attractive features for the power-users and consumers. It is a world-class text/email messaging device. Emails are pushed and received almost instantaneously. The device can handle up to 10 email accounts and effortlessly pushes the emails into your device. You do not have to ?retrieve? or ?pull? your emails like I had to do on a Windows Mobile device. Businesses love the Blackberry because of its security, and it is generally the smartphone of choice for executive types. In fact, at my company, all employees from mailroom staff to the CEO are encouraged to buy a Blackberry.
The Blackberry Curve is superior to the 8830 Worldphone by Verizon because it has a built in MP3 player, camera, and camcorder. The Curve comes with software you can download into your laptop which you can use to rip your favorite CDs. I have several of my favorite albums on my Blackberry Curve. Paired with an excellent headset you can enjoy music while composing emails on your Curve. I own a pair of noise cancelling Bose headphones, and find the music experience on the Curve to be top-notch. It is not meant to replace your MP3 player (I own a Zune 80), but for a business Smartphone its multi-media offerings are solid.
Windows Mobile smartphone users brag about the versatility and flexibility of their phone. I have been able to download (mostly free) numerous third party apps including voice recognition apps (Vlingo.com and Jott.com), Facebook, Jumobi, Googlemaps, Opera, Mobireader (e-book reader), etc. I consider myself a power-user, and I have not felt that the Blackberry lacks third party apps. There is a new app call ?Blipsocial? which tries to marry the GPS functionality of the 8330 with apps such as Facebook. You can use it map out how close or far away your ?friends? are from you using the GPS on their device.
The Blackberry 8330 Curve is small, slick and easily fits into my pocket. The keyboard is easy to use, although I did prefer the keyboard on my old Samsung SCH i760. The Curve is a ?cool? mobile device for the busy professional who also wants a little fun in his/her life. I recommend it?at least until the Bold comes out for Verizon.
Pros Compact, great design, works great
Cons Wish it had wi-fi
Summary I switched from my RAZR to my corporate program and picked this phone primarily because it was the smallest Blackberry/smartphone available. So far (1 month) it works great and I love it. It's compact enough to fit in my pants pocket (sorry - can't stand the belt holster thing). Service has been great (more a function of the switch from a local carrier to Verizon). I was initially a little concerned that since it wasn't a Windows Mobile device that it wouldn't sync well with my corporate email/calendar/tasks. With a few tweaks to the settings, it's worked perfectly. I'm not an emailing/texting fiend so the compact keyboard works fine for my frequency of use. I also don't really use it as an mp3 player, but I was able to easily load some songs and pictures onto the memory card for occasional use (my suggestion: use the "mass storage mode" instead of the Blackberry Desktop software to transfer files).
Battery life has been great - I regularly go several days without recharging.
My only 'complaint' is that it doesn't have wi-fi. The EVDO connection provides pretty good data speeds, but it would be preferable to have wi-fi for when you have that option.
Pros The ease of use! I must admit I am a tech guy, but the set up features were great. They walked you through mostly everything that was of immediate need. Email is very nice! I have heard this many times, but I will put in another approval.
Cons Ringer is kind of soft. I wish they were louder. They only offer volume settings, not an adjustment. "Loud" setting is not that loud. Small buttons is my other beef, but Im getting used to it. You will read later that I dont like VW either....
Summary I was a typical flip smartphone user before my Crackberry. I was very reluctant to spend more money, didnt think I needed it, but WOW IS IT WORTH IT! I didnt realize what I was missing! Yeah, Crackberry sums it up. Nice packaging, nice design, camera works good, Maps are awesome, email from work is a must for the people who are serious about work and it works great. I cant believe I did without it for so long. I did choose the Curve over the World just because I didnt need all the extras, but my father in law really loves his! I think they are both very similar. I must say however I made a switch from VW to Alltel. This is coming from a VW inception customer, I love the cell service, HATE the customer service. It took them over 4 months to change a plan for me, so I made the change for myself! Sorry VW! BTW, I love Alltel so far. Great service.
Bottom line, to all those people out there who like the technology, but like the money in their wallets/purses more?! Or maybe you dont think you need all the Blackberry features?? Relax, take a deep breath and jump in! You will love it! I think the extra 30 bucks a month is worth every penny. I already saved a major fumble at work while I was in the middle of a seminar. I do have a regular cell phone for work, but gave it back and asked for the monthly expense report towards my new Blackberry. They were pretty receptive!
Well enough marketing for RIM. They put out a nice product so they deserve the props! Again, if your in the market for a phone and reading these CNET ads, the Curve is a great choice!!! I reviewed the various VW PDAs, the Samsung and the IPhone.... I think I made the right chioce! The IPhone was a close second, but ATT HAS NO BARS in my area!
Pros I've had my curve for 5 months. The fonts are LARGE, excellent volume, speakerphone doesn't distort, and you don't have to go through different categories to send a picture message/text/or email. You can do all of that by a simple left click!
Cons I've had an issue receiving picture messages since I got the phone. Have had the phone looked at twice, yet the problem remains. I can get text messages as well as emails. I love the phone enough to look past not having picture capability.
Summary I've had the Samsung Glyde, the Dare, the Palm Centro, A Moto Q, and an IPhone. I love phones and want the newest best thing as well as ease of use so I am constantly switching phones. In the end I always come back to my blackberry curve. To me that says something.