"Great Blackberry"on by BFPNick
Pros Trackpad, better internet, better OS
Cons no flash (not that i use this as my main camera anyway)
Summary Much improved over the 8330 Curve and a good alternate if your not into the Global Tour. I had many track ball problems with the 8330 and Tour and this is the perfect solution (The storm 1 & 2 didn't do it for me) Very good for the price. Had no problems and the battery life is great
Pros Small size, excellent features, ding-proof edges, fast wi-fi browsing, large bright screen, intuitive trackpad
Cons Needs a flash to really use the camera
Summary I loved my Pearl 8130, but when it came time to upgrade, the Curve seduced me with it's intuitive touch-pad, the added Wi-Fi, and it's bumper that made dings a thing of the past.
The Curve made good on all it's promises, the trackpad is a pleasure to use, there are plenty of free apps (I hate to pay for them) to take care of all my daily needs, shopping lists, fitness trackers, games, even a kindle reader. Battery power is fantastic and the Blackberry maps takes me where I need to go so I never get lost. I love being able to use the Wi-Fi network for browsing, it is faster than the wireless network, which is always another option. I also found the keyboard much easier to use than the other models that were on the market at the time.
The only improvement I would recommend on this model is to return the flash to the camera. I can only take photos outside and I miss being able to use the flash as a light, although the display is bright enough and large enough to get me around a dark room without bruising my shins.
Pros Good screen, decent reception and decent call quality. Pocketable.
Cons Plastic feel. The 2MP camera is only so-so even for low res. Even with bluetooth and GPS/WiFi turned off, battery life is a bit skimpy.
Summary One mention I'll point out based on some previous comments is that the trackpad is adjustable, folks. Buried in the menu, you CAN adjust the sensitivity of this thing, so if it zips around too much for you, you can slow it down to meet your comfort level. Also, while the battery is still short regardless, remember, if you leave your WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth on when not using them, it kills the battery much more quickly.
That being said, yes, it's rather cheap feeling for a Blackberry, and once you factor in the Verizon contract fees, you're paying $100+ a month to use it. Alternate: If you are in a strong cell area, you can get this phone through Virgin Mobile as a non-contract phone. You do have to pay up to $300 for it, but you're paying less than half per month (compared to Verizon or AT&T) to use it - so it'll pay for itself. It makes the few flaws this phone has more tolerable. I'd recommend this phone if you go this route, but not so much if you do it at contract monthly prices.
"No problems here"on by MrsSmithII
Pros Faster than my 8330
separation of sms from email
higher level of customization for profiles
far more reliable
Cons -too many similar folder icons; difficult to quickly tell which folder you need
- doesn't use a universal USB
Summary I'm not sure why the previous reviews are so negative. I especially don't understand the complaints of the phone 'not working'. If it doesn't work then it's broken - take it back.** I also have NO problem with battery life. I use several networking apps that update information constantly through the day and I still have at least 30% of my battery left when I plug it in at bedtime.
I had the 8330 previously and had many problems with it. I have had no problems at all with my 8530. Compared to the 8330 it is so easy to use. My browse and app speed is amazing, and get all my messages on time. I also have no problem getting my Hotmail messages and my call clarity is excellent.
If you're a power user then sure, this might be a simple phone to you - but for someone who just needs reliability and speed for messages, calls, and email: this phone is perfect.
Updated on Jun 23, 2010
Pros Familiar Interface and Operating System
Cons Cheap/Light Feel, No Flash, Micro-USB (RIM normally uses Mini-USB), Less than perfect thumb sensor...
Summary I ordered this phone for my fiance to replace her Pink Pearl (another failure amongst typically good Blackberrys). Upon receiving it I am about to return it and she hasn't even seen it. To start it feels very cheap in hand, I know the trend to be lighter is prevalent these days, but my kid has Hot-Wheels that weigh more... Then I noticed the lack of a flash, while my flash on my older Curve isn't perfect it helps sometimes when I need it... After booting the phone I realized that while I was looking forward to something better than the Trackball this new sensor is hit and miss when it comes to accurate tracking. Last but certainly not least is the new Micro-USB cord as opposed to everything RIM has used before (Mini-USB) I now need to replace half the accessories we have so she can charge it in the car etc... Ohh, and no free magnetic sleeve either....