Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8330 Review: The Perspective From a New to BlackBerry User

By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Jun 2008 02:29 am
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Sprint 8330 Curve I love it when our loyal CrackBerry members volunteer the time and effort to put together a real masterpiece for the CrackBerry blogs.

Today we have Paul Johnson, aka pmjohnson99, with his in-depth impressions of Sprint's new BlackBerry Curve 8330. This is Paul's first BlackBerry, but I wouldn't consider him a Newbie. He became a member of CrackBerry.com months ago and like so many other CDMA subscribers out there waited eagerly for the 8330's release. When he finally got his hands on his new Curve, he was already educated and hit the ground running.

While Paul may be new to BlackBerry, he's not new to technology. He's a Print Production Artist / Graphic Designer in LA, has worked as an IT admin, computer tech and audio/visual specialist and reads sites like CrackBerry, BGR and Engadget constantly throughout the day. I think you'll enjoy his straight up review - I know I did. Read Paul's Review After the Jump.

Sprint BlackBerry 8300 Curve Review: The Perspective From a New to BlackBerry User
by Paul Johnson

Introduction 

My background with BlackBerry is short compared to some. I have researched the subject for almost a year now so I am not a “Newbie” but a “Newbie With Knowledge”. When my local Sprint Rep, Belinda, wrestled a newly released 8330 away from the teaming masses for me to call my own I was ready to dive in headfirst.  Coming from a Motorola E815 (don’t laugh, that phone was a work-horse) I was just happy to be able to finally do the things the cool kids were doing in the CrackBerry world.  I was going to email, brick break and laugh in the face of Wi-Fi fees as I tethered with reckless abandon. I was going to rule with a cellular fist!

The CDMA Curve, or 8330*, or sCurve, as some have called it, has the basic shape and size of older BlackBerry Curves.  I didn’t want to do an “unboxing” for this review as we all know what comes in that cardboard “Ark of the Covenant”.

Some notable updates to this device are the included 1GB micro SD card and 96MB of internal memory, an increase over the normal 64MB.  I believe the memory increase is due to CDMA technology uses different software protocols than GSM, which may require more space.  There is an internal GPS, but no Wi-Fi built into the device.

[ Note - for the sake of this article I will refer to the Sprint Curve as the 8330, I am fully aware that Verizon’s curve is the same model, but this article is only about the Sprint Curve and it gets redundant to keep writing “Sprint Curve” ]

The 8330 is colored in RIM’s “Titanium” color scheme that has been modified with some new sophistication. I went to a local T-Mobile store to compare Curves and was pleasantly surprised that 8330 owners didn’t just get a hand-me-down, they got an update to the Curve family.

The Sprint Curve has the standard QWERTY backlit keyboard colored like AT&T’s red Curve.  The number keys are lighter and the rest of the letter keys are dark.  I like this layout because the numerical keys are easier to see when dialing at arms length.  RIM is known for making great keyboards and they continue this tradition with the 8330.  I do wish, however, the keyboard would seat into the device more solidly. The keyboard wiggles a bit with a slight “clicky” sound when keys are pressed.  I feel the four function keys above are constructed better and maybe RIM could take cues from how these are put together.

Having large fingers made typing with the tiny keys a challenge initially.  To overcome the challenge of typing I became Zen-like.  I typed without actually thinking about hitting the keys. Once I began to realize how much easier typing is in a Zen state of mind I began to speed up and develop my BlackBerry Prayer Position:  hands clinched, lips slightly moving almost mouthing a mantra, looking down in deep mediation…etc.

Sprint 8330 vs. T-Mobile 8320
The T-Mobile 8320 on the right, you notice the pure black screen and
taller screen bezel on the 8330

Surrounding the screen of the 8330 is a beautiful rich-black plastic bezel. It gives a  glass-like appearance and reminds me a lot of the T-Mobile Shadow or even the AT&T Shine. The bezel is also extended an extra ¼ of an inch higher completely engulfing the earpiece opening. The taller bezel gives you the illusion of a taller screen and a more stylish device.  There was also the removal of two slightly raised plastic rails flanking the screen making the screen area appear smooth and sleek. All these changes give a more unified look to the device. When placed next to the 8320 you really appreciate the sophistication these changes have added to the phone.

Sprint 8330 Curve
Curve looking dark and mysterious

The 8330 is a solid 114 grams, a full 3 grams heavier than older Curves. I know it might not seem much but this device does feel slightly heavier. I imagine this difference in weight is due to the difference in radios used (GSM vs. CDMA).  The phone has a solid feel and is well balanced, especially when typing.  This added weight is nice, but I still think you can add some more weight. Maybe through the addition of metal side rails and battery cover.  A little bling can go a long way.

Setup out of the Box…

Like most people I ignored all warnings about how to setup a new BlackBerry device, set fire to the manuals and just turned the thing on. Unfortunately on the way home from the store I got a call from Sprint CS phone saying they were having trouble porting my number to my new phone and it may take a few days.  If I waited this long what’s a few more days? No big deal.

The porting issue didn’t affect the setup of email and other functions of the phone thankfully. I had a temporary number assigned so Sprint could sell me my Curve. My old phone was still working at the time so I was covered for communication. Porting ended up taking 5 days.

A side note about Sprint’s CS: I know that many of you have your qualms about Sprint’s CS, and I’ll admit I was a bit cavalier with my ideas that CS isn’t really important if things work.  And even if they don’t work how complicated can an issue get?

The most I will say about Sprint’s CS is this: there is a vast difference between a helpful CS agent and a useful CS agent.  It’s one thing to have a CS agent telling you how they want to help you and another thing for that person to actually help you. An agent’s heart may be in the right place, but that doesn’t mean they are ever going to actually help you without a little help for themselves.

It seemed like with each phone call I would have to re-explain my issue and with each call I got a new reason as to why the port didn’t go through. It resulted in me calling my previous carrier and telling them to get ready to receive a port request the port and then calling Sprint and telling them to send the request. After my own coordination of the process within minutes my normal phone number and my new Curve became one.  I imagine I would have had a smoother port if I didn’t use a third party carrier with a leased number on Verizon’s network.   Because of my situation I don’t put all the blame on Sprint for my troubles.

Setup was easy through the setup wizard.  I signed up my Yahoo! and work e mail accounts and provisioned the phone.  Later I went to Sprint’s BIS site changed my signature on outgoing messages and was set.  I organized programs into folders and created my first self-imposed BB rule: I must be able to fit everything onto one home screen. If I cannot I either have to put the icon in a folder or get rid of it.  The navigation of my home screen is all on one screen and if something is really important then I can program a convenience key to get to it (currently I have these two buttons programmed to open the application switcher and activate my key lock).

My Home Screen Setup
My home screen setup for easy nagivation
and a bPhone theme

I installed Desktop Manager on my PC and PocketMac on my Powerbook which is where my contacts were stored. It took a little coxing, but I got PocketMac to work seamlessly with the device.  I have no idea when RIM plans to give a Mac version of DM but I have heard rumors that it would be sometime this summer. Rumors being what they are…I’m not holding my breath.

Included Software

Sprint really took the bull by the horns by allowing the user to have full functionality (with the exception of MMS).  The GPS worked freely and Sprint installed, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger and BlackBerry Messenger.  Sprint also installs Sprint TV, Sprint Music Store, Software Store.

Chat Applications
Choices, choices... most of the bigger chat applications come
on the phone. And others can be had for nothing or you can
pay for a 3rd party app.

Pocket Express is also preinstalled which is more of a store front posing as a software suite. It offers news, weather, travel info and many other tools, but this is all on top of the huge catalog of purchasable extras for your phone. 

Pocket Express
Pocket Express offers you a "taste" before pulling
you into the world of (gulp) purchased software.

Since I am on the SEP plan I get free Sprint Navigation which is, of course, powered by Telenav. You are also allowed to keep BB Maps and can easily download Google Maps. I find having all three apps is not redundant as they each work a bit differently.  Google maps can access information quicker, but does not work with the internal GPS. BlackBerry maps will work with the internal GPS, but doesn’t offer voice instructions or turn by turn navigation. You only receive a route summary and a path drawn on the map. You can see how lost you are, but aren’t given instructions that will get you back on track.

Sprint Navigation powered by Telenav is a really great navigation program that will actually guide you to your destination with turn by turn voice instructions.  You have full search capabilities like Google and BB Maps, but you also have real time updating of your progress and both 2D, 3D  and Turn Icon “follow me” functionality. With Turn Icon you are given icons along with voice direction and no map. I like this option the most since the big icons are easier to follow on the Curves small screen. Also safer than watching a hypnotizing red arrow move on screen.

Navigation
 
Navigation
 

Navigation
Sprint Navigation was an inviting program that really shaped
itself for my needs.

Sprint Navigation also works on my Bluetooth headset. Simply press the speaker button on your keyboard and you are given instructions through your headset. This is a lot better since the Berry’s tiny speaker doesn’t compete well with road noice.  Pressing the space bar will repeat any missed instruction.  Overall I really do like this service and at $0 a month the price is right.

I downloaded the bPhone Today, Icon and Zen themes and changed the background. The clown fish of bPhone were too distracting. I, of course, went to the CrackBerry WAP site and downloaded the CrackBerry desktop shortcut as well as Viigo. Viigo is great for managing your RSS feeds in one place.

Home Screen

Today Screen
bPhone themes with my homemade background

TV Guide
TV Guide Mobile's very useful interface

I tried Opera Mini but immediately realized the built in Berry browser is more than adequate for reading news articles, forum posts, and WAP enabled sites. With the BlackBerry Browser you have the option of Column View and Page View. The ladder shows the entire page on your device and gives you a tiny box to scroll to an area you want to blow up. From there you can switch back to Column View, which allows your device to wrap the text in a more useful layout for reading.

Sprint’s EVDO network is speedy and I never found myself waiting longer than I thought I should to have a page load. When compared next to an EDGE enabled Curve you do notice a speed difference.  I was disappointed, however, when I realized I could not take phone calls and receive email at the same time as EVDO does not support simultaneous voice and data.

The speed obtained from EVDO does come at a price. I think the EVDO technology utilized is constantly pulling info over the network so you do experience a quicker battery drain. From a full charge I can get a 8-12 hour day of  normal call and browsing use. When my browsing was increased I did noticed a sharp decline in battery life. I would have liked for RIM to include increased battery capacity over the normal 1500 mAh.

Sound and call quality are very good. I received coverage in places where other phones had issues even with the same carrier. Calls came in loud and clear and I could use the speakerphone pretty comfortably without having to shout into it. Switching from a flip phone to the Curve was not at all uncomfortable. A flip phone gave me the reassurance I was speaking “into” the phone due to its slightly angled shape. Moving to a candy bar shape was a big transition as you are talking into air but a few phone calls relieved me of any apprehension.

I tethered both my PC and Mac to the data network with my 8330 via Bluetooth. The setup was easy and I was able to surf the web at limited speeds.  But I see tethering coming in handy when I can’t get to free Wi-Fi or some sort of connection. I don’t know if Sprint charges or will charge for this. I know for normal accounts there is a $15 charge for tethering, but with SEP I am assuming that this is “unlimited” as well. We shall see on my first bill.

Speed Test
My posted speeds while tethered. This was good enough to browse.

I purchased an ARKON car mount with suction cup and vent mounting options. I opted for the vent since we have a law here in California preventing you from affixing anything to the middle of your windshield.

Arkon Car Mount

I have also installed my 8330 into a silicone skin and ordered a car charger. The silicone skin is made for older Curves and it does not accommodate the newly relocated LED of the 8330.  I would like to see the new LED considered, but it isn’t a deal breaker since the skin fits fine.  The 8330 comes with the standard Berry sleeve holster with sleep magnet. It performs well and I would keep using it if it had a belt clip.

The new Curve has the newest Berry media player, but I really don’t see making this my main audio device. The iPod is still the best at organizing and playing music. I was annoyed at the fact that you can’t scan an mp3 at shorter intervals than 10 seconds and there is no podcasting iTunes support.  I was impressed, however, that the Curve displayed the album art of my music.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

Pros

  • Opens PDF’s, Word, and Excel docs.
  • Updated Design gives more contemporary look.
  • Email Setup and desktop tethering were simple and painless processes.

Cons

  • Can’t take calls and use the data network at the same time.
  • Battery life is shorter than other Curves.
  • Media player and organization needs improvement.  

Topics: Device Reviews

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70 comments

Bla1ze

Great review Paul, I enjoyed it..you gave it from a "new BlackBerry user" expericence which made it even better..once again Nice work!!

Sandipan

Great review Paul....That too from a newbie with knowledge...Loved it...Now welcome to Bberry Nirvana....

Stonewall

Great review Paul,
We parallel too much. I too carry the moto E815 and have been sitting on the sidelines studying the smartphone market through sites like CrackBerry.com. It's nice to get the view of the device of someone who is "fresh" to the BB phones. I would love to see a follow-up to this down the road. Heck who knows, maybe a guest on the CrackBerry Podcast with Kevin & Craig!

Again, congrats on the new device!

Anonymous

I was waiting for this review, a a newbie myself I hope they have one in stock . nice going.

Anonymous

do you miss calls if an email is coming in ? What happens on the other persons end a busy tone?

Bla1ze

No you don't miss calls when an email is coming,however if you are on the device emails will not come in until you are off, but what I really think Paul was referring to using it as a modem in this case..so no other activity when being used as a modem.

pmjohnson99

Yeah...you don't miss calls. As soon as you hang up your phone, however, your mailbox is flooded with any emails you would have come in during the call. I see this as being a problem if you are on an important business call and you are waiting for an equally important email.

I ran an additional test and figured out if you are tethered and you receive a call you connection is interrupted, but not disconnected. And I also noticed that the interruption affects uploads more than downloads. So I think you might be able to receive emails on a tethered computer while on a call. It is hard to say for sure with out a lot of real world testing.

MEMcKimmy

I really appreciated this review. I too am currently a Moto e815 user getting ready to make the jump to a curve, so it's nice to hear from a user going through a similar experience.

My 8330 will be with Verizon, which will make some things (GPS functionality, installed software, etc.) inevitably different. I'll be interested to see if and how my experience mirrors yours.

webmeister

What is about the Blackberry Curve that makes it a step up from the Motorola E815 in particular? I, too, was an E815 user until recently and just bought a Curve 8330 with Bell Mobility here in Canada.

I'd like to answer my own question by saying the heft, industrial design and general quality, all-of-a-piece feel is what attracted me to the Curve. These are also attributes of the Motorola E815. Not to say that the ability to consolidate my PDA and phone into one box wasn't an attraction! The jury's out on the MP3 capabilities, though, mainly because I'm a die-hard iPod user and very fond of the Apple UI. We'll see what improvements come down the pipe on that front.

/Eric
Ottawa, Canada

Mike K

Nice review, the only thing I'd add is that GPS should work in Google Maps, but the My Location feature will take precedence at first, so you have to allow Gmaps to access GPS information.

I have big hands too so I switched to the Pearl as it has larger keys.

pmjohnson99

I have tried to set that option, but to no avail. I have read around the net that the latest version of Gmaps started doing this, so this might be an "upgrade" for the time being.

I would like to see maybe an older version of Gmaps on my 8330 and see if that is indeed the case. But since I got the phone after the update, I don't think I could find an older version. Honestly I think this way of navigating does speed up the process a bit. Gmaps is nice to get traffic summaries way quicker than Sprint Navigation. But of course you really can't tell where you are. 1700 ft in a city like Los Angeles could be an different zip code.

mcangeli

When I upgraded the os on my 8310 and I reinstalled gmaps, it at first did the triangulation thing (my location with in 2300 meters).

What you have to do to enable the internal GPS is go to options, advanced, applications, gmaps, then edit permissions.

Under connections, you can either allow all, or allow Location (GPS).

By default, BB turns off this permission and gmaps uses the "default" way of finding location rather than the internal GPS.

Once I allowed GPS I got my location down to with in three meters (a big improvement over 2300) and can almost see myself when I'm sitting in my driveway....

pmjohnson99

I was trying to figure this out and realized that I was actually giving me my location, it was just also giving me the big circle saying my approximate location to play it safe.

Well I went online to look for some more info when lo and behold I find there is a new version of Google Mobile Maps! It is way better and works perfectly with the GPS. I get a location that is 10 meters within my location. It has a really good sat view and it updates as I walk across my house. It can even tell you what direction you are moving in. It also works faster and has both driving directions and transit directions! If you live in one of their select cities (40 through out the world) you can get bus and train info for how to get somewhere. Transit info also includes schedule information.

I would recommend it for anyone with GPS for their phone. Doesn't seem to have turn-by-turn, but definitely worth the bandwidth it takes to download.

jlzimny

I just got this Curve 8330 this past weekend, and LOVE it. I had the 8703e, and this is by far better. My only complaint is the battery life isn't as good as I would like, but that just means I have to charge it every night. I was so happy about this phone that my brother went out two days later to get the same one. haha.

celzey

I just got my Verizon 8330 coming from a Treo. Your review hit it all and was great especially from a "newbie". Just a quick note, try out the PRO CLIP holders for your car. The absolute BEST I have come accross in many years and the Seidio cases for the 8330 are a perfect fit to all the holes, cameas etc.Thanks again for a great review

Hi-Definition

Even though the owners of the same device you have; know the sublime'ness of the phone; it's a great read for noobs and dinosaurs alike. Nice review.

Btw, what car do you sport...an Audi?

pmjohnson99

Good eye Hydro. I sport an A4 Avant. Only think I don't like about the car is that it seems to be a ding magnet in parking lots.

curious

By any chance, was your sales rep Belinda in the Sprint Pasadena store?

pmjohnson99

Yes it was. It's actually the Pasadena Store on Foothill NOT the one in Old Town. Shout out to Belinda, she was really helpful and even called me weeks after we initially spoke about the phone. She was also very helpful in figuring out ways to get my SEP plan to work with my company discount.

Anonymous

Awesome. Shes a good friend of mine! I knew there could only be 1 girl named Belinda that worked at Sprint.

avt123

Great review. I also just purchased the Sprint 8330 Curve last week. I love it. Have you tried Sprint TV yet? I was actually surprised how well (not amazing ) the picture quality comes in. The only thing I have a problem with is the battery life. Being on AIM, constantly receiving emails and SMS messages and browsing the web does do a number to the battery.

pmjohnson99

I have tried Sprint TV. I too was amazed at how well it worked. There were times when it would lag, but for things like Mobile CNN or any other live programming it's actually really cool. If I see a story on CNN's site, I'll go to Sprint TV to watch it.

avt123

Yea it does lag sometimes but if you are in a full service area it works amazingly. I was watching the NFL Network and was fascinated by how well the game that was on looked. Really an awesome feature Sprint has to offer.

pmjohnson99

Thanks everyone for your great responses. I was telling Kevin that these things are a lot harder to write (and edit) then you think they would be. I really gained an appreciation for what people like Kevin and other bloggers have to do to keep a site running and with fresh content.

missadrienneg

Hey Paul,
Great review. I own an 8800 and have been dying to get my hands on a curve. I just purchased one although its not the 8330, but look forward to experiencing the difference in models. I miss not having the camera.
Speaking of Camera, you dind't mention much about the camera or video capabilities. Thoughts?

pmjohnson99

I didn't mention the camera much because it seems to be the standard camera RIM is using with its latest phones. It's 2 MP with 5x digital zoom (odd increments only) and video recording ability. It's actually not a bad camera, but since it has been around for a while I really didn't feel it was worth mentioning.

It does have a crazy bright flash that really only seems to blind your subjects. It takes descent enough pictures. I would have liked for RIM to have made it the 3.2 MP that was rumored months ago, but they didn't.

serpico

I love my Telus 8330 Curve too. Very similar to this one except in silver. My wife loves hers too. Crackberry is my number one resource for everything. I think I'm going to shop for that suction cup holder so I can use my GPS more often.

dmevis

Thank you very much for the review. It was great. Frankly, I tire of Kevin's artificially sweat reviews of anything Blackberry. I hope that he learns something from your review.

pmjohnson99

Kevin's guidance was very instrumental in writing what I did. I did try to make sure it was well balanced, but Kevin was able to guide me to where it needed to go.

artie

I got tired of waiting for the Curve to come to Sprint and bought the 8130 which is a Great device. That was in November of last year. I would rather have the larger screen of the Curve; maybe there will be a giveaway of a Sprint Curve somewhere and I'll win it.
Thanks again.

Guy from SU

Great review! I think I'll also pick up one of the vent mountable holders for my car. Currently when I use the GPS in my car I let the phone sit on my lap. That holder provides a much better presentation and looks good too!

I just picked up one of the Charging Pods. Definitely $25 well spent!!

PhxBlue

Nice write up! I always thought the original Titanium Curve was the sexiest... That was until you posted a side by side picture with the Sprint version. That Sprint version is BEEYOOTEEFUL!

Orbra

Wonderful review! I really like how you customized the bPhone theme. Can you share blog/somewhere how to do that? I really like your second screen with Messages/Calendar/Call Log view. Is that theme just for your model? I downloaded the one for my 8310 Curve but I don't see anything like that screen.

Its always good to have a review done by someone that has done some real research on things == not just depending on what someone else (especially vendor) say about a product. User comments are always valuable and that's one of the things I really enjoy about the Crackberry web presence.

pmjohnson99

All I did was make a background I liked and subbed it for the default one that comes with the bPhone "Today" theme. You can do this on the phone by picking an image in your library you like and set it as your background.

parabola

Hi, very nice review! I have an 8330 with Bell, but it wasn't until this review that I realized the placement of the LED differed on CDMA Curves. I love this phone so far, but one annoyance is that the LED is not visible when in the clip-on holster! I'm so used to it being 'on top'. Now when in the holster, it's useless.

Or maybe there's an OEM one specific for 8330 with a little notch to make it viewable ... I just got the generic 8300 one.

Davec66

This is not included in any pro pack or the simply everything plan. So watch your usage or you will get a big shock on that first bill. You don't need a plan to teather any EVDO sprint phone but charges add up fast at .03 cent per KB.
Sprints EVDO technology is the same Rev A technology used on their air cards, they both run at the same speed. However only work inside the data network. The advantage of PAM is you aren't required to purchase a card and sign a 2 year agreement and PAM is 15-30 dollars a month where Air card plans run from 40 to 60 for unlimited use. Sprint was the last to get the curve because of this technology and the abilty to record video that other curves don't have. Plans that offer free tethering are running at dial up speed, EVDO Rev A is 600-800KBS or comparable to DSL.
DaveC66
sprint rep.

I like the coment about helpful and knowledgable CS reps. Due to the creation of the simply everything plan, sprint hired on several thousand new CS reps in the last 6 months to handle the conversion of plans and they simply aren't as aware of every feature and cabability of a phone they have never held in their hand. If you have a Blackberry ask for blackberry support, these folks are trianed for BB and not part of the new hires.

pmjohnson99

Actually the phone operates EVDO REV 0. The only phone Sprint has that operates on REV A is the Mogul (and the Touch if you hack it right). The new Palm 850 will be REV A also.

Verizon even says explicitly on their site their Curve isn't REV A upgradeable. I don't know if this is because they don't want to, or it just can't do it.

I hope the Sprint Curve will be upgradeable to REV A.

I'll have to see my bill if I am being charged. I have heard people not being charged and others being "surprised". We shall see.

Anonymous

does anyone know what background is on the curve on the main screen....its kinda brown with a "sun" looking thing in the middle. Looks kinda cool

Anonymous

does anyone know what background is on the curve on the main screen....its kinda brown with a "sun" looking thing in the middle. Looks kinda cool

Brunizil1979

Well presented, Paul!!! I too just became a new BBerry user and I fine this phone quite impressive! I think lots of sprint blackberry users will appreciate your review.

curve 8330

The only thing that i don't like about the new curve is that you cant send or receive MMS text.. everything else on this phone is great............

styxgroupi

I too have an 8330 but my carrier is alltel. I love it with a few excpetions well only thus far 1. No incoming video view it directs me to alltel's site to view from computer. Not real good if no puter is available. 2. The desk top manager version 4.3 locks up put everytime even after the normal uninsall/reinstall stuff. I was told it had issues and to d/l version 4.2 but not sure if it will change my BB OS. While I can MMS with alltel. Your review gets a heads up from another newbie!

Chapdaddy

FWIW, while you can't receive push email while on the phone, you can send/browse emails while on the phone. While on a call,just hit the "ESC" key and the prompt comes up asking if you want to continue the call and exit to home screen. Select "yes" and then from homescreen,select your email option and browse messages or send messages as you like. If you have long winded callers,it's nice to be able to multi task on your mobile :) Great review, BTW,thorough and thoughtful.

pmjohnson99

Yes, but you must make sure you don't roll and click too much. I was doing this and my wife realized I was reading emails when she could hear me selecting stuff.

BioGenecide

This review was exactly what I wanted to read. Thanks for the time you put into such a detailed review. Awesome job!!!

FitzCrisp

I am a recent convert from a Treo 650 (which now seems enormous!). Two complaints I have so far: First, attempting to send picture mail to someone caused several new gray hairs to develop. After stubbornly attempting and reattempting, I found a blog on Crackberry stating that Sprint specifically blocks that feature for the 8330. Weird, huh?

Next, my Treo had "Documents to Go" and I loved unfolding my little keyboard and typing real documents on my phone. I downloaded "E Office" for the 8330 and was completely disappointed. For those of us whose brains understand Word, Power Point, and Excel, the tree menu (and E Office in general) is clunky and frustrating.

If someone finds my comments are inaccurate, please help me! I am celtic22@gmail.com.

toyotachick

I just recently for the curve 8330 through sprint and I am trying to send picture mail to a verizon customer and its not working. Can anyone help me out?

pmjohnson99

Well, I got my first bill and there was no mention of any tethering or modem-ing being done, so I will assume that as long as you keep you tethering low you will probably be okay. I honestly haven't had much need to tether, but the option is nice to have.

LegendKBizz

I was just curious. Sending Pics via e-mail can get kinda annoying and takes forever

Anonymous

Just purchased the 8330 for sprint after looking and searching tirelessly for it (literally sold out everywhere, this is what happens when you wait a whole year after the phone is released to introduce it on your carrier SPRINT). And after having my now dinosaur 8703e, i am more than pleased with this phone. It's all i have dreamed of and more. Hopefully Sprint releases more quality BlackBerry's before they go under.

Greg McCoy

I have been trying for several weeks now to find a BB Curve for Sprint...the 8330. Our local stores, as well as Sprint itself, keep telling me that they are back ordered with no delivery date in sight......Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Anonymous

Sprint told me my best bet of getting one would be to order it online. All of the stores are out and no one could give me an answer of an approximate shipment. Mine is coming in the mail on Monday :)

Anonymous

I just recently ordered my BB Curve in Titanium from LetsTalk.com and it was free with a free SD Card. SO that was a awesome buy for me.

megaph0ne

today!

also, if you paid $179 for it, heads up!

they just lowered the price to $149

call them back and tell them you want the extra $30 back

i did!
:D

Dale C

So how is the Sprint service and stuff so far? I had Nextel a few years ago at the time Sprint and Nextel were merging. It was mainly for the walkie-talkie feature with my girlfriend, but I was on the UMD campus most of the time and the service was horrible. They told me they were 'updating the network' because of the merger. CS was horrible back then and I hear sprint/nextel are dropping customers like flies. It seems this phone is really nice, but I dunno if I want to risk being miserable on a 2 year plan.

Also to the OP, I work for the government. Were you able to get the 15% discount on the $99 unlimited simply everything plan?

Anyone know if Sprint will be getting the Bold?

pmjohnson99

I just saw this and had a similar situation. I was not able to use my 21% work discount on the $99 SEP plan. I had to lower it to either the $89 or lower plan. It took a couple of tries, and I had to talk to our coroporate rep, but they were able to push it through. They won't do it for $99 though.

Sprint service is overall good, I do notice a lower reception quality from Verizon, I have coverage everywhere though. But I also noticed a difference with reception on my Curve on Sprint vs. another Sprint Phone. Possibly need to update their radio software.

krice13

Great review! I saw you had skin issues with the LED light. It does suck that they haven't come out with OEM skins in all different colors yet for the 8330. I have an 8330 from Verizon and they actually sell 3 different color skins for it that are made specifically for the 8330, LED and all! Maybe you should check there! :-)

Jeremy G.

Unfortunately Sprint does not honor any kind of discount for the SEP's. Not even the SERO or Customer 5% loyalty discount. Many reps stated that Sprint is offering such a "Quality Discounted Plan", that they will not give further discounts. Far as the BOLD, which I am also quite excited about getting as well. A very good friend of mine at Sprint swears that Verizon will get the Bold first, and a few months later Sprint will. She was not sure about other carriers though. It makes sense as well because RIM stated that Verizon will have exclusiveness is they make their sales quota. Which given their exceptionally high priced plans, doesn't seem likely far as Blackberry phones go.

Anonymous

I can't wait to get my Curve in a few weeks!
Telus has just released it in the same pink colour that the pearl comes in.
Excited!!!

berryhater

This is the worst sounding phone you'll ever buy. And I don't mean on your earpiece. I mean on your callers end. Every single background noise is amplified to the point of almost being painful to your callers. It's so loud that it actually is drowns out the person actually using the phone. My wife was on hers with the kids playing in the other room and it was so loud it actually made me jump. I thought they were right in her face screaming and she said they were in the next room. It's terrible. If oyu read the forums there are tons of people with the same complaint but no fixes yet. This phone is HORRIBLE. If you're using this for business, you will be embarrassed to no end. This will lose you deals if you try to conduct business over this phone.

Anonymous

Did you try adjusting the volume? I know that sounds crazy but I haven't experienced that problem. I will admit when the volume is up you and the caller will be upset with the noise.

Mychal#CB

Thanks...I needed this!

CubsFan23

My new Blackberry Curve 8330 is on its way...and I can't wait to get my hands on it, open the box, feel my heart racing....LOL....I thought I was the only one who felt that. Thanks

Anonymous

How do you change the themes of the background? and will it do anything to my phone?

-thank you

akaquietstorm

you go on crackberry.com and download free wallpapers...it is easier to email it to your phone..once you do that click on the applications icon to the left of the trackball once you see the picture and it will ask you if you want to save it as a walllpaper and that is it.

jdavila429

ive had my 8330 for a couple of months now and i love it. bar none the best phone i have ever had. i am a limo driver so the gps rocks. i love the sprint tv for when i am sittin in the limo doin nothin. im wonderin if there is a design flaw or if this is intentional. when i listen to the mp3 player or talk on the phone using the earbuds that came with the 8330 everything works great. when i am watching sprint tv i can not use the earbuds, why is this? i would love to be able to use the earbuds when watching tv. sometimes the speaker volume is not loud enough. is there software i can download or maybe an adapter i can buy? i welcome any info and ideas....................

723nemo

I love my new curve. I am a sprint customer and they allow everything in their data package. I am still learning new things about my curve all the time. Had a pearl, liked it. Got a curve, love it!

3Shomos

I like my curve 8330, don't get me wrong, but I've only had mine for about 3 months and the ball you use to navigate around has already stopped working sometimes.

nikki1209

I have had Sprint phones before and never had a problem recieving emails. My new 8330 gives me a message that the email is too big and can't recieve it. Any suggestions?

amateriat

Well, I'm a bit late here, but I too have just moved from a Moto e815 (which seems to have a towering rep among their straight cellphones) to an 8330 (via Boost Mobile), and I'm certainly enjoying the ride so far, although I'm still getting to grips with a few of its more interesting features (some of the voice-prompts in the hands-free dialing setup need tweaking, among other things). REALLY glad to have just *one* device as a phone and PIM; glad to have the Web, e-mail and GPS along for the ride too, of course.

And, yeah, it's my first BB; a good friend got rid of hers because of the CrackBerry Effect (i.e. she liked hers a bit *too* much), but I think I can handle it just fine. I think...