BlackBerry 8530 Curve

6.2/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
2.5"

The BlackBerry 8530 Curve's screen is 2.5 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
528 MHz

There is a 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 5.0 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
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 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 10.5 days standby time, 270 minutes (2G), 0 minutes (3G).



Compared to the previous Verizon Curve, it has a faster CPU, has more flash memory, it has Wi-Fi, it can do simultaneous voice and data, it has the optical trackpad and an updated look and feel.

- Kevin Michaluk , CrackBerry 

Reviews summary

6.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

The Blackberry 8530 offers newcomers to the world of RIM an entry-level device that doesn’t feel entry-level at all.

If you’ve decided to upgrade to a smartphone then the BlackBerry 8530 may well persuade you to take the plunge. In addition to the heavily sculptured, contoured QWERTY keyboard, 320 x 240 pixel display and solid build materials, the BlackBerry 8530 offers the next step in trackball evolution: the trackpad.

The original BlackBerries featured an effective trackwheel, located on the right side of the device, which allowed you to scroll through the then super-modern icons and select an application. Eventually RIM moved to a much more powerful trackball, located in the center of the device, and offering better tactile response and increased directional functionality.

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Now RIM has introduced the trackpad, which retains the location and functions of the trackball, but eliminates problems that came with the trackball, such as dust, dirt, and other impediments affecting the smooth operation of the interface.

In addition to the new trackpad, you get Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G speeds. Throw in a powerful 528MHz processor, expandable memory, a full suite of native applications to get you started, a 2MP camera, video record, MP3 player, etc., and you have a powerful device that can help you work and play with the best of them.

There are many reasons for the cult of fans and brand loyalty that has built up around RIM’s line of BlackBerry smartphones, and if you want in on the secret the BlackBerry 8530 is a great way to start.


Reviews (6.2/10 Avg. rating)


PhoneArena

It’s a perfectly acceptable refresh of the 8330

from PhoneArena

In keeping with tradition the Curve 8530 is a very solid performer when it comes to call quality.  Callers rated us as an 8.5/10, saying that we sounded very clear but that they could tell we were on a cell phone.  On our end they sounded good as well, although a bit quiet.  Callers sounded very close as well, as if they were sitting right next to us.  The 4.5 hours of talk time is a noticeable departure from the original Curve’s 6 hours, especially since they use the same battery.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a fine phone, and all things being equal it’s a perfectly acceptable refresh of the 8330.  Call quality is good and the OS runs buttery smooth.  However, at the current $99 price point we’d spend the extra $50 on the Tour if we had to have a BlackBerry, or pick up more capable phones like the Droid Eris and Palm Pixi for the same price....

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In keeping with tradition the Curve 8530 is a very solid performer when it comes to call quality.  Callers rated us as an 8.5/10, saying that we sounded very clear but that they could tell we were on a cell phone.  On our end they sounded good as well, although a bit quiet.  Callers sounded very close as well, as if they were sitting right next to us.  The 4.5 hours of talk time is a noticeable departure from the original Curve’s 6 hours, especially since they use the same battery.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a fine phone, and all things being equal it’s a perfectly acceptable refresh of the 8330.  Call quality is good and the OS runs buttery smooth.  However, at the current $99 price point we’d spend the extra $50 on the Tour if we had to have a BlackBerry, or pick up more capable phones like the Droid Eris and Palm Pixi for the same price.

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BGR

Great little smartphone that will please a large number of people

from BGR

We’re really torn about the Curve 8530. On one hand we think it’s a great little smartphone that will please a large number of people at the somewhat decent price of $99.99 on a 2-year. The only problem is that you can get something like the BlackBerry Tour 9630 with a better keypad,...More

We’re really torn about the Curve 8530. On one hand we think it’s a great little smartphone that will please a large number of people at the somewhat decent price of $99.99 on a 2-year. The only problem is that you can get something like the BlackBerry Tour 9630 with a better keypad, display, camera and international support for a few dollars more, if even that (we found a bunch of online retailers offering both the 8530 and 9630 for free on contract this morning). Of course the “upgrade” to the 9630 would come at the price of Wi-Fi and that oh-so-sweet optical trackpad. So what’s our final word? Go the your local dealer and take the Curve 8530 for a spin. If you like it, great. Go nuts and buy it. But if you don’t, by all means get something else. Just don’t say it’s not a capable smartphone.

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CrackBerry

It has updated look and feel

from CrackBerry

In a sector where devices grow up and grow old fast, the Curve 8330 is definitely aged and ready for retirement. Luckily, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is more than ready, willing and able to step into the 8330's shoes to handle the task of being the entry-level BlackBerry of choice for Verizon.

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In a sector where devices grow up and grow old fast, the Curve 8330 is definitely aged and ready for retirement. Luckily, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is more than ready, willing and able to step into the 8330's shoes to handle the task of being the entry-level BlackBerry of choice for Verizon.

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Cool looks, good phone

The curve is a great phone to me, perfect for me too. I would say the bold would be a better phone but it is a little more expensive. The phone is also good for teenagers. I do have a few problems just with the camera because it is not the best but it has zoom and that is great. The phone is easy to le...More
The curve is a great phone to me, perfect for me too. I would say the bold would be a better phone but it is a little more expensive. The phone is also good for teenagers. I do have a few problems just with the camera because it is not the best but it has zoom and that is great. The phone is easy to learn how to use. I would suggest for older men and women to get the bold because this phone is more for teenagers. Less

Great phone for on the go people

For me, this is a great phone. I get all of my email and Facebook guickly, often before my computer does. I have big hands, it took a day or two to learn to use the key-board, but now it is fast and simple. The phone itself is easy to use and has a fast learning curve. The nav-aids are accurate as well. Rick
For me, this is a great phone. I get all of my email and Facebook guickly, often before my computer does. I have big hands, it took a day or two to learn to use the key-board, but now it is fast and simple. The phone itself is easy to use and has a fast learning curve. The nav-aids are accurate as well. Rick Less

I agree with you,,,fully,,,i had bought a phone a few days before trading it in for the blackberry , 8530 works very well, was a little difficult to use the keys, but after a few days i knew where everything was. its fast, and sleek, dont know what took me so long to buy one.

Best Phone if you use data

Best phone in Canada right now if you use data, and want to save some $$. You have to pay $100 but you are not under any contract and I have a $30 plan. 50 mins, unlimited text, unlimited social (facebook, msn, yahoo, email, gmail, twitter, you name it) If you are low on the $$ then get this phone.
Best phone in Canada right now if you use data, and want to save some $$. You have to pay $100 but you are not under any contract and I have a $30 plan. 50 mins, unlimited text, unlimited social (facebook, msn, yahoo, email, gmail, twitter, you name it) If you are low on the $$ then get this phone. Less

What a disappointment

I have used Palm phones for years, and when my contract was up, friends encouraged me to go to a BB "you will love it.." I am absolutely NOT happy with the BB Curve. I miss the touch screen of the Palm. I miss the clarity of the Palm camera. Palm has a far more user friendly calendar, and the syncin...More
I have used Palm phones for years, and when my contract was up, friends encouraged me to go to a BB "you will love it.." I am absolutely NOT happy with the BB Curve. I miss the touch screen of the Palm. I miss the clarity of the Palm camera. Palm has a far more user friendly calendar, and the syncing to my laptop is friendlier, I have only had this phone for 6 months, and already it is having issues with syncing and upgrades. Whenever it gets a blackberry software upgrade, it randomly deletes portions of my calendar and address book. I would not recommend this phone to anyone. Less

(not worth the money)dont buy it

do not buy this phone.its too much.i recommend the lg bliss because it has good features such as internet,it is a touch screen phone,cheaper, and is worth the money.

Worth the $ 24 and fees to upgrade.

First experience with BB and I have to say it grows on you. The first week I was blown away by the Battery Life, or lack of it. Second week I discovered turning off the WiFi and using Standby and the holster suddenly it's lasting days. I am impressed with the ease of use and the features out of the bo...More
First experience with BB and I have to say it grows on you. The first week I was blown away by the Battery Life, or lack of it. Second week I discovered turning off the WiFi and using Standby and the holster suddenly it's lasting days. I am impressed with the ease of use and the features out of the box as well as ease of loading apps like setting up G Mail and the like. Good all around package. Would buy another. Less
Phonedog

FANTASTIC PHONE!

from Phonedog
Pro: Good Battery Life BEst On Any Smartphone next to Iphone, Fun, Does Everything you need AND MORE, stylish, Very Customizable Con: Long Bootup Using experience: 1 months Any Problems i've had with this phone has not been to its own fault for example i have a problem with the BBM but thats because...More
Pro: Good Battery Life BEst On Any Smartphone next to Iphone, Fun, Does Everything you need AND MORE, stylish, Very Customizable Con: Long Bootup Using experience: 1 months Any Problems i've had with this phone has not been to its own fault for example i have a problem with the BBM but thats because of BBM not the phone. THIS IS A EXCELLENT PHONE my first personal blackberry i have tested many phones Iphone,G1,Blackberry Pearl, Droid, and this is my favorite phone SIze- PErfect Not to Big Not TO Small Look-Sexy and Smoove a little bit cheap looking but not really Use-Unliited Possibilities and ways to make this YOUR blackberry does everything you need and WAY WAY more CAll Quality-GREAT LOUD AND CLEAR, BEst SERVICE i ever had on a phone and the WiFi Works great picking it up anywhere i have a signal and switching over to that for faster use of apps and web browsing Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 5, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 5.0

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Processor 528 MHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Body: 0.66 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
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 270 minutes
3G Talk Time No
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Smoky Violet, Black, Royal Purple, Silver, Oyster
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 6.0 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 105 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 2.5 inches
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 D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
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, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
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, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 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 Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
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 Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Aries

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