BlackBerry Curve 8530 (MetroPCS) comparison

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BlackBerry Curve 9350 - black (Sprint)

BlackBerry Curve 9350 - black (Sprint)
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BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10
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BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Verizon Wireless)

BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Verizon Wireless)
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Price $99 at 1 store $199 at 1 store $49 to $399 at 4 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 2.5 stars out of 47 reviews 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 24 reviews 3.5 stars out of 123 reviews
Release date August 27, 2010 November 05, 2009 August 23, 2011 June 05, 2013 May 06, 2008
The Bottom Line 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. 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. For those who seek an affordable and entry-level BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the way to go. The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone for QWERTY diehards and e-mail addicts, but anyone who doesn't need a physical keyboard should skip it. Though we wish the smartphone supported Verizon's VCast multimedia services, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 is still an excellent smartphone that delivers on call quality and of course, e-mail.

Basic specs

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Specific absorption rate (SAR) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 0.97 W/Kg
Info unavailable
Cellular technology CDMA2000 1X
CDMA2000 1X
CDMA
Info unavailable CDMA2000 1X
Weight 3.7 oz
3.7 oz
3.49 oz
4.9 oz
4 oz
Talk time Up to 270 min
Info unavailable Up to 330 min
Info unavailable Up to 260 min
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Bluetooth 2.1
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Info unavailable Bluetooth 2.0
Service Provider MetroPCS
Verizon Wireless
Sprint Nextel
Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
Band / mode CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
CDMA 800/1900 (Dual Band)
Info unavailable CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
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