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(If you want a real bump in performance, you'll have to wait for the Black Berry Bold 9000, but that model will be available on Verizon.) Sounding virtually identical to the Verizon model, this Curve exhibited clear, punchy voice quality.If anything, the Sprint version had a slight amount of choppiness, but I'll chalk that up to the remote area of Massachusetts in which I tested the two phones.The left-hand side of the Curve 8330 contains a standard-size 3.5mm headphone jack, a miniature USB port, and a voice-dialing activation button.On the right-hand side you'll find hardware volume controls and a camera button.Still, it takes nicely detailed pictures, but they have a slight orange tinge.It also captures decent-looking 240-by-176 videos at 14 frames per second.Both the Sprint and Verizon versions were able to hold onto high-speed EV-DO connections.
MP3 and AAC files sounded clear and punchy through a set of wired Creative Zen Aurvana earphones, as well as through the Bluetooth Etymotic Ety8.
(By comparison, the diminutive Palm Centro weighs about the same at 4.2 ounces but is a nightmare to type on, given its cramped, tiny keys.) The Curve features the usual RIM lineup of hardware specs: a 312-MHz CPU and 32MB of internal RAM, along with the aforementioned LCD screen.
Black Berry OS is just as good as always: It responds quickly to commands and makes getting around the 8330 very easy.
Also, the speakerphone was loud and clear enough for outdoor use.
Since this is a Black Berry, you get oodles of messaging options, including a built-in POP/IMAP/Web client that supports up to ten accounts using Black Berry Internet Solution (BIS).