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BlackBerry Curve 8530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 529 reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8530. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the design and performance are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the battery, while the reliability and screen get negative views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8530

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 401 user reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8530 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The usability and price also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the GPS navigation and screen.

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62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Blackberry Curve 8530 Camera GPS Wifi 3G CDMA ONLY (DOES NOT WORK OUTSIDE US)Blackberry Curve 8530 Camera GPS Wifi 3G CDMA ONLY (DOES NOT WORK OUTSIDE US)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Alex Colon (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Cricket Wireless)

 

Product not yet reviewed by PCMag Editors.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Virgin Mobile)

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is more of a good thing on Virgin Mobile, with its delectable combination of smartphone power and low monthly fees.

Very low monthly rates. Just enough smartphone power to get the job done.

Subpar screen resolution, camera sensor, and Web browser.

Apps, Multimedia, and Conclusions Virgin preinstalled dedicated Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Maps apps. There's also a link to BlackBerry App World, which contains thousands of third-party free and paid apps. Like all BlackBerrys, the Curve...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Nicole Lee (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (MetroPCS) review:

 

While you don't often see smartphones offered by smaller carriers, BlackBerrys tend to be the exception to the norm. The BlackBerry Curve 8530, for example, is now available for MetroPCS , after making the rounds with Verizon and Sprint. The Curve 8530...

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 for MetroPCS has a lightweight and compact design with features like Wi-Fi, EV-DO, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2.0-megapixel camera. It has fantastic call quality as well.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 has a low-resolution screen, and we experienced spotty 3G service.

Though not the best BlackBerry on the market, the Curve 8530 is a great entry-level smartphone, especially with MetroPCS's inexpensive unlimited monthly plan.

Aug, 2010

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (MetroPCS)

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8530's classic form factor and stellar MetroPCS pricing make it a powerful budget smartphone.

Comfortable, usable form factor. Lightweight. Includes Wi-Fi, GPS, and push e-mail. Stellar plan pricing.

No 3G.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions The Curve has always been a decent multimedia device, and the Curve 8530 is no exception. The Curve includes a standard-size 3.5mm headphone jack, a boon for audiophiles with upgraded headphones. The microSD card...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Sprint)

 

Sprint's BlackBerry Curve 8530 gets all of the same benefits as the Verizon version plus a few extra, though it's no longer a class leader like the first one was.

Refined form factor. Excellent keyboard. Plenty of streamed video services. Costs less than the Verizon version.

Sluggish Web browser. Could use a bump in screen and camera resolution. Middling battery life.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions The Curve 8530's 528 MHz Qualcomm processor makes the UI and apps move at a good clip. The new trackpad is sensitive, accurate, and doesn't gunk up like the old trackballs. BlackBerry OS 5.0 includes threaded text...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 - Sprint review: BlackBerry Curve 8530 - Sprint

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8500 series is making the rounds to all the carriers, including Sprint , which offers the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530. Like the others, the smartphone is a great foray into the world of smartphones for the first-time buyer. Though it...

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 offers ease of use and a compact design. Its features include Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The smartphone feels a bit cheap and it has a low-resolution screen. Its call quality could be better.

Some design issues aside, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a great value for Sprint customers looking for an entry-level smartphone.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Verizon Wireless) Review

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a good smart phone for work and play. The identically priced Droid Eris will be a more compelling device for many because of its better Web browser, larger screen, customizable touch interface, and larger selection of apps....

Compact, lightweight design, Fast processor, Spacious keyboard and responsive trackpad, Convenient multimedia keys

Poor Web browser, Low-res screen, No camera flash

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Verizon Wireless)

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 includes a few important enhancements over the popular, well-loved Curve 8330, but the competition has outpaced the former Editor's Choice.

Lighter and faster than before. Finally includes Wi-Fi. Good voice quality. Excellent QWERTY keyboard.

Low screen resolution. Middling camera. Updated Web browser is still clunky.

Camera and Conclusions The 2-megapixel camera remains the same as before, though RIM dropped the LED flash and portrait mirror. Test photos were overly dark and grainy, with blown out highlights; this was OK in 2007, but RIM should have upgraded the...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8530 review:

 

Editors' note: Portions of the Feature section were taken from our review of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 for T-Mobile since the two smartphones have similar capabilities.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 has 3G and GPS support, which the T-Mobile version did not. The compact smartphone also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The smartphone feels a bit cheap in the hand and has a low-resolution screen. You can only save apps to the phone's main memory.

While we're not huge fans of the design, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers and offers more than its GSM counterpart.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 Review

 

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 hits the sweet spot of price, functionality and cool, but it's getting long in the tooth. So how does RIM make their most popular device even better? How about making it smaller, faster and adding Wi-Fi...

Dec, 2009