The Canadian telecom giant Research in Motion (RIM) has tied up with Tata tele-services, better recognized as Tata Indicom in our country, and released the first CDMA phone with trackball in India called the Blackberry 8530 Curve. The Blackberry curve 8530 is the CDMA version of the previously available Blackberry 8520 which had come with an Airtel connection.
The service providers Tata Indicom has promised 2 months of free data services and 3 months of free live TV along with the phone that is priced at Rs. 18,990/-. The smartphone measures around 109 x 60 x 13.90 mm and weighs around 106 grams including the battery. The crisp metallic looks and sleek body of the phone make it a must own device for users looking for high end devices.
The phone has a full QWERTY keypad and integrated keys for features like high speed internet access, Wi-Fi and GPS. The internal flash memory of 256MB and the enhanced processor with speeds of 528 MHz add to the performance of the device. The much talked about optical track pad makes navigating on pages a more enjoyable experience than the previous versions of the phone.
The 2 MP camera that is built in the device is a digital one and supports zoom and video recording facilities, though the video recording facility is only available with a MicroSD card. The memory slot of the phone is expandable up to 32 GB with MicroSD/SDHC memory cards, pretty good for users who are fond of storing large amount data in their phones.
Now, as it happens with all the mobile phone reviews, after reviewing the hardware of the phone the reviewer has to review the software capabilities of the phone, probably the best part in any phone review. The software of this phone is nothing less than awesome, with apps available from the ever growing Blackberry App world, under categories like games, news, weather and productivity etc. The apps for messenger sites like the IM, SMS and Blackberry messenger take the internet experience to a different level .Support for major BlackBerry services with access to up to 10 supported email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL and Gmail make checking mail at any place, at any time, an easy task. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server provides advanced security and IT administration for commercial distribution, if the phone is used for business purposes.
The Blackberry music sync makes it extremely easy for users to sync their devices with the computer and share photos, music and video. The phone comes with an advanced media player that has dedicated keys on the keypad for media navigation and comes with a 3.5 mm media jack. The phone provides an excellent GPS facility for location based applications.
“RIM is delighted to introduce the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 in India with Tata Indicom network and we are confident that it will appeal to a wide audience of customers with its exceptional messaging and social media apps as well as its powerful multimedia features,” said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, Research In Motion at the launch of the phone.
Well, the Managing director was pretty much to the point and monotonous in introducing the phone, but in my view for those who want to watch the football world cup on their phones should buy the phone as it comes free with a 3 months TV subscription. Apart from that, there is nothing in the phone that you won’t get in any other phone of this price. So, why not go for a more feature-full phone than this one (and probably GSM too)!!