BlackBerry 8330 Curve

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The BlackBerry 8330 Curve currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 20 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
312 MHz
Screen Size
No
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


CNET

Despite some spotty call quality, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 for Sprint is a great messaging device with the bonus of EV-DO and integrated GPS.

- Bonnie Cha, CNET
CrackBerry

The anticipation of a new device in your hands is always something that makes you a little crazy. The act of opening boxes, peeling off cling plastic covers and tossing aside instruction manuals gets my blood pumping.  Ever since I took this device out of its box I have been discovering new thi...

- Kevin Michaluk, CrackBerry


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BlackBerry released the 8330 Curve on March 31, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry 8330 Curve user manual here.


BlackBerry backs up the 8330 Curve with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 8330 Curve has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
No

The BlackBerry 8330 Curve's screen size is Unknown with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
312 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 11 days standby time.

8330 Curve Specs

Overview
Release date March 31, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry

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Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM 32 MB
ROM 96 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.54 W/kg
Body: 0.63 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Pink, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 6.1 x 1.6 cm (4.2 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 114 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features SSL
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


CNET

A great messaging device with more features than the Verizon model does

from CNET

General performance on the Curve 8330 was good. There were a few instances where we watched the hourglass do a few rotations (mostly when trying to use the multimedia functions), but other than that, the Curve was quite responsive. Web browsing was pleasant thanks to EV-DO; however, accessing som...More

General performance on the Curve 8330 was good. There were a few instances where we watched the hourglass do a few rotations (mostly when trying to use the multimedia functions), but other than that, the Curve was quite responsive. Web browsing was pleasant thanks to EV-DO; however, accessing some of the Sprint TV and Sprint Music Store content took a bit of time. As for multimedia performance, it was a bit mixed. Music playback through the phone's speakers sounded a bit hollow, and the sound tends to get blown out when you have the volume set at high. However, we don't suspect a lot of people listen to their music through the speakers, and, fortunately, the Curve is equipped with a 3.5mm jack so you can plug in a nice pair of headphones.

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CrackBerry

Discover new things about it everyday

from CrackBerry

The anticipation of a new device in your hands is always something that makes you a little crazy. The act of opening boxes, peeling off cling plastic covers and tossing aside instruction manuals gets my blood pumping.  Ever since I took this device out of its box I have been discovering new things about it everyday. I have really come to appreciate the little things like pressing the first letter of a menu item highlights it and a space key that will enter a “.” or “@” depending on what you are inputting, and the almost psychic adjustment of screen brightness depending on ambient light...

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The anticipation of a new device in your hands is always something that makes you a little crazy. The act of opening boxes, peeling off cling plastic covers and tossing aside instruction manuals gets my blood pumping.  Ever since I took this device out of its box I have been discovering new things about it everyday. I have really come to appreciate the little things like pressing the first letter of a menu item highlights it and a space key that will enter a “.” or “@” depending on what you are inputting, and the almost psychic adjustment of screen brightness depending on ambient light.

This device approaches perfection. And with new devices like the Bold, Niagara, Javelin, Thunder and KickStart looming I see nothing but a bright future of newly opened boxes and ignored instruction manuals. Besides. That’s why we have CrackBerry.com and CrackBerry.com’s Forums.

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User Reviews


piece of s*@!

i have had 4 blackberry curves in the last 5 or more years, and have to say everyone was junk but not as bad as my last 8330 curve. i dont know what it is about blackberry but i have problems all the time with freezing to the point of pulling the battery to fix it. my phone is up to date and everything and still junk and a waste of time.
i have had 4 blackberry curves in the last 5 or more years, and have to say everyone was junk but not as bad as my last 8330 curve. i dont know what it is about blackberry but i have problems all the time with freezing to the point of pulling the battery to fix it. my phone is up to date and everything and still junk and a waste of time. Less

I totally agree, my 8330 freezes up practically every other day, sometimes as much as 5 times in one day. I'm am so out of patience with this device.

Wow

This has got to be the least user friendly phone I've come across in a very long time! Thankfully this piece of junk is a work phone and I've got a better smartphone for personal use, although I have been using my own personal phone more and more for work purposes since it's not a heap of junk like th...More
This has got to be the least user friendly phone I've come across in a very long time! Thankfully this piece of junk is a work phone and I've got a better smartphone for personal use, although I have been using my own personal phone more and more for work purposes since it's not a heap of junk like this bb. Pro's - maybe the camera? Not sure, I use my HTC a lot more and it takes really good clear pictures all the time. Con's - small keypad, inability to easily customize (or customize all together), not user friendly at all. It's ugly, Overall, I recommend NOT getting this phone and get something a lot better in quality. Less

No regrets

I bought my BB curve a few months ago, and am now sticking to BB phones. I went through nearly 5 or 6 phones in the past 2 years so I've almost experienced every phone manufacturing company. I've been with samsung, sanyo, motorola, LG and I am by far happiest with this phone. It's my first smartphon...More
I bought my BB curve a few months ago, and am now sticking to BB phones. I went through nearly 5 or 6 phones in the past 2 years so I've almost experienced every phone manufacturing company. I've been with samsung, sanyo, motorola, LG and I am by far happiest with this phone. It's my first smartphone but was not hard at all to get used to. The keys are placed perfectly, nice and compact but not overly compact. Screen is rather big and if you have trouble seeing u can raise trhe font or even change the style. I have facebook, msn, aim and many others on the BB curve. Lots of features and looks nice. Got a case so i would never break this phone. Even with the case it still looks spectacular. The BB Curve is literally for anybody. Less

absolute junk

after 3 phones in the last 3 months i think its time to never buy another one again im going back to motorola and gonna actually stick to what works

BB Curve 8330

I had a Palm Treo 650 before I got the BB Curve. All the hype and a good talking salesperson convinced me to get the Curve 8330. I must say after having this Curve for the past 15 months, i should have stayed with the Palm and upgraded to the Treo 750. The BB web browser is so slow, and using the navig...More
I had a Palm Treo 650 before I got the BB Curve. All the hype and a good talking salesperson convinced me to get the Curve 8330. I must say after having this Curve for the past 15 months, i should have stayed with the Palm and upgraded to the Treo 750. The BB web browser is so slow, and using the navigator, forget it. By the time the navigator gets the route, you are already at your destination.One thing that is real irritating is the fact, that if the battery dies the radio takes forever to restart, up to a half hour after plugging in the charger. The trackball is another issue. When I bought this phone, i didn't even make it out of the store before the trackball quit. They swapped the phone, and the trackball has quit again. From what I hear this is a common problem, to the point that they have changed the phone to a new button design. Blackberry messenger is a nice feature, except that no one that I know uses this feature so to me it is a useless feature Less

I Love my BB curve

That's amazing propuct with many good features in such small size. It can play movie ,music and use it as vedio recorder and camera. Very very good!!!!!!

Unreal

I got my Curve in the new telus deal where it's free, (because of the new curves) and I'm so happy with it. I''ve had 6 phones all samsung, motorola, LG but i just switched to blackberry and i love this phone. No problems at all. I txt 24/7 and the battery still lasts a good two days. just...wow

Not Good, AWESOME!

Well, to start I was one of those who swore that I would never get a smartphone or PDA. This phone changed me. A friend of mine could not stop raving about his so I started to look into them and ultimately got one. Oh am I happy. I always thought that Blackberry's where hard to use and for businessmen...More
Well, to start I was one of those who swore that I would never get a smartphone or PDA. This phone changed me. A friend of mine could not stop raving about his so I started to look into them and ultimately got one. Oh am I happy. I always thought that Blackberry's where hard to use and for businessmen only. This phone is very straight forward and has a no frills approach to its applications and menus. I love the track ball, you can set the sensitivity. At first this phone seems a bit complicated but you can actually use folders just like your computer desktop and clean up the menu. The more you make the phone yours the better it is. Oh and this thing is fast. I have not been held up once or even had lag in any application that I have run. If you are still shying away from smartphones or think you don't need one take a look at this phone. If you do it right you can get lots of rebates and discounts. This is a good phone to upgrade to. Less

Amazing phone

Amazzinng Phone. , perfect for anyone. camera is amazing, phone calls are very clear web is fast, phone has many helpful apps, and amazing email and text capibility. you should deffinatly pick the blackberry curve 8330 for your next cell. deffinatly worth the money.

Love my curve!

I work for a mobility carrier, so I got my curve for free, as well as free service. If not for that I would have NEVER have got blackberry or any data device for that matter, but I'm glad I choose the curve because now I am in love!!! Due to my job, I talk cell phones and service ALL day, so I'll be...More
I work for a mobility carrier, so I got my curve for free, as well as free service. If not for that I would have NEVER have got blackberry or any data device for that matter, but I'm glad I choose the curve because now I am in love!!! Due to my job, I talk cell phones and service ALL day, so I'll be brief...from my experience so far, the curve is fantastic. It looks great, feels great and works great. It did take a few days over the holidays to play around with it and learn how the features work, but if you give your self some time to explore you will not be dissapointed. And remember, this is a data device, not "just a cell phone"- for people who get overwhelmed easily with technology, stick with Nokia because you will just get confused. My only beef with my curve if how the camera lens on the back is so "open" and prone to get dirt and particles in it.... I need to invest in a protective case other then the one that comes with it. Also, becuase my data service is free, I use my curve to tether to my lap top for free high speed internet, and it works like a charm! I'm typing this up as I "tether".... because I live in a rural area, high speed DSL or cable internet isn't available, so not being on dial-up (yes, I said dial-up) is a nerds dream come true!!! Less

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