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The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 — codenamed Aries — is a smartphone designed as a sibling to the Curve 8520 (aka Gemini) .

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Pros

WiFi

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cheaper than the high end Blackberries such as the Storm 2 and Bold 2

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improved internals - more than double the memory (256MB) and a faster CPU

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CDMA and available at the same time as GSM version

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solid quality build - standard for a Blackberry

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QWERTY keyboard

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new optical trackpad

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3G

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Cons

Curve 2 nomenclature is misleading - technically inferior than the Curve 8900

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same display and camera as the previous generation offering (8330)

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feels cheaper than the more expensive Blackberry models

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software is evolving too slowly compared to other options like Android

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crappy Blackberry web browser

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The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 — codenamed Aries — is a smartphone designed as a sibling to the Curve 8520 (aka Gemini). It is essentially the exact same thing as its peer, save for the fact that the 8530 Aries utilizes CDMA, which makes it eligible for a launch through Verizon Wireless, where it will be renamed the Verizon BlackBery Curve 2. Other notable distinctions include the addition of 3G connectivity, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi networking, and a GPS radio. Signature to the Curve 8530 is that users can now access the Internet AND chat at the same time, which is a first for Verizon. Additional features include a micro-SD slot, a critically acclaimed optical trackpad that critics cite as easy to use, and a 2MP camera. Two drawbacks are the lack of free calling over Wi-Fi (UMA) and a relatively poor quality web browser.

Features
  • Blackberry Curve 8530 Aries Smartphone
  • Verizon Launch (BlackBerry Curve 2)
  • CDMA Data Interface
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 802.11b/g Networking
  • Integrated GPS Radio
  • micro-SD
  • QWERY Keyboard
  • 2MP Camera
  • 320x240 Resolution
  • Bluetooth
  • OS 5.0
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