The BlackBerry Curve 8530, One Reason Why BlackBerry gets a Bad Rap


Being a very big BlackBerry user, or fanboy some might say, I get asked a lot of questions about BlackBerry device. Most of the time I get questions from friends about my opinion on BlackBerry or I get asked technical questions about BlackBerry such as why doesn’t my BlackBerry do this, etc.  A lot of people who complain about their BlackBerry device are Curve 8530 users. Now the curve name use to be good brand name. Especially with the 8330 back in its day.  The device at one time was the best selling smartphone in the United States and for its time was a great BlackBerry device. However when RIM launched the BlackBerry Curve 8530, I feel like they gave the device a bad name.

A lot of people that  I know that have switch from BlackBerry to Android or the iPhone have told me that the device they had was the BlackBerry Curve 8530. They said they had a lot of issues with the device. Such as software going bad on the device, the device freezing a lot, the battery goes bad on the device, and a lot more problems.

Now every BlackBerry device has their handful of issues that some users might see, however the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is the device that usually has the most issues.   The BlackBerry Curve 8530 was never a flagship device. It was meant to be a low cost BlackBerry device. It only a 528 MHZ processor, 256 MB of RAM and a 2 MP camera on it. With those types of specs you shouldn’t really expect your device to run the way devices nowadays run. RIM should have put a lot more effort into the Curve 8530 by putting in a better processor and more RAM on the device. If you take care of your BlackBerry such as making sure it doesn’t drop, come in contact with liquid and gets its daily event log cleaning and memory cleaning then the device will run a lot smoother.  Now compared to device such as the BlackBerry Bold 9930 or the BlackBerry Torch 9850, the Curve 8530 doesn’t stack up specification wise. This is the device that has causes a lot of customers to go to different platforms.

So if you’re a BlackBerry Curve 8530 customer and are getting fed up with the device, don’t jump ship just yet! There are many great BlackBerry devices out there that are much better spec wise than the Curve 8530. The BlackBerry Bold 9900/30, Torch 9850/60 and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 are all device with 1.2 GHZ processors, 768 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of on board Memory. You will see a big difference in the way a BlackBerry 7 is as well.  Even the newer BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 have a lot better hardware inside the device and run very well! So go to your local Carrier store and ask to see some of the new BlackBerry 7 devices!

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