|The BlackBerry 8530 comes with 3G and GPS support and offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. A 528 MHz next-gen processor and dedicated media controls further enhance the experience of using the Curve 8530. A highly tactile QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad make for responsive typing and easy navigation. This BlackBerry smartphone offers a smooth navigating and browsing experience with BlackBerry OS 5.0. You can send your e-mails in real time by syncing the messages of this Curve 8530 with your company's BlackBerry Enterprise server. You can also access up to 10 personal/business POP3 or IMAP4 e-mail accounts and many IM clients come uploaded. The digital audio player of this Blackberry smartphone syncs with iTunes and Windows Media Player. Along with the 256 MB flash memory, the Blackberry 8530 has a microSD expansion slot (for up to 16GB card), so that you can easily store all your multimedia files.|
|Family Line||BlackBerry Curve|
|Storage Capacity||256 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1150 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 270 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 252 hr|
|Display Technology||TFT LCD|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.4 in.|
|Display Resolution||320 x 240 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
"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."
Average review score based on 6 user reviews
The Curve series phones all look similar, the 8530 is most closely related to the 8330. It has more memory, newer operating system support, and a touch trackpad instead of ball like the 8330. Virgin's plans ($25 + $10 for BIS/BES Blackberry service) are the cheapest for Blackberry handsets to my knowledge. I like how replacement parts are easily found on eBay for the housing, etc.
The phone functions well for everything I try doing. It runs multiple apps without slowing down much, and it has tools like spreadsheet, word, and powerpoint to go. They are immensely helpful for those in any business field. If you just want a toy it's not as flashy as others and the $10 for BIS/BES a month might not be worth it to you.
BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is a great messenger service and lightyears ahead of SMS texting, but you must consider that the people you wish to contact also have BBM. Wifi connection is a huge plus. Call reception and clarity is outstanding compared to many phones I've used. It also has plenty of security tools for users.
Overall, I'd say don't buy a Blackberry if you're not too tech savvy and require very simple operation. If you love technology and enjoy tweaking and modifying themes and advanced settings there is no better handset than a Blackberry. They support free tools for users to create their own apps and themes. RIM Blackberries also have many incredible features that sadly most consumers cannot easily tap into. You can also browse the web to find helpful forums and/or tutorials to help you do just about anything with these handsets.