BlackBerry Curve 8530: Conclusion

January 22, 2010 by Shaun Mahal Reads (422,873)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 6
    • Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Value
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


On other carriers, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is stripped down and made to fit nicely into place in its product line. For Sprint however, this is not the case. You get the newest operating system, the newest hardware with the track pad, Wi-Fi, all things you won’t see on other Sprint BlackBerrys… at the best price.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530The Curve 8530 will fall short in certain aspects, though — it is less powerful than the Tour, its keyboard isn’t as slick as it could be, its camera doesn’t hit the benchmark of 3.2 megapixel with auto focus, and the screen isn’t as impressive.

On balance, however, unless you’re a world-traveling power user, the Curve is a much better deal than any other BlackBerry for Sprint right now.


  • Trackpad
  • Updated styling
  • Battery life outperforms other BlackBerrys
  • Smaller than the Tour


  • Just average call quality
  • Small LED indicator
  • Low-resolution camera
  • Smaller than the Tour – less screen real estate




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