12-09-2008, 03:22 AM
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I switched from the 8830 to 8330 (both Verizon) a little over a month ago. It took me a while to make the decision, because I really loved the 8830, but Iíve been very happy with the Curve.
Here are some pros & cons based on my own personal preferences. Your mileage may vary...
-More internal memory (this was actually the reason I switched Ė my 8830 was low on memory and started deleting my calendar appointments. Oops!)
-Two convenience keys (handy, but I wasnít missing a 2nd key, so I didnít count it in the ďplusĒ column when I was making my decision.)
-The Curve is less pop-tart-like Ė the slightly narrower form fits my hand better, and I like that itís also a bit shorter than the 8830. Personal preference, of course.
-The spacing of the Curveís keyboard is more comfortable for me. I was fast on the 8830ís keyboard, but Iím even faster on the Curve.
-The colors of the Curveís keyboard are much easier to read when the keyboard is backlit. I found the 8830ís silver/blue combo difficult to read.
-I find it handy that the Curve's headset jack is now the standard 3.5mm, so I can plug it into my car stereo on the rare occasion I leave my MP3 player at home. For me this ranks as "cool" and not anywhere near "necessary."
Curve cons (some of these are going to sound nitpicky, but they all mattered to me):
-I definitely felt the 8830 had a more solid feel and better build quality. The Curve isnít bad, but itís not quite the little tank the 8830 was.
-The back of the Curve isnít flat like the 8830. Instead, itís slightly convex. I often lay my phone down and poke away at the buttons while I transfer info to/from the phone, and the wobble of the Curve is a little annoying. Not a huge deal, but itís something Iíve noticed.
-You have to remove the battery to access the media card. Irritating.
-The standby feature isnít quite as elegant on the Curve. Unlike the 8830ís standby button that canít be roused by pressing any key other than the standby key on top of the device, the Curveís screen will come on and say ďIn standby modeĒ when any of the 4 function keys are pressed. It wonít make a phone call or anything, but itís just another opportunity for the battery to drain. I would classify it as a minor annoyance, nothing more, but it was a difference I didnít expect.
-I love Boxwaveís screen protectors, but the shape of their 8330 protector leaves something to be desired. It only covers the portion of the screen that lights up, where the 8830 version covered the entire screen area. (Hey, I told you some of this stuff was trivial.) Iíve put a Ghost Armor screen protector on the Curve, which I think is a highly protective piece of gear, but it isnít as crystal clear as Boxwaveís product.
-The trackball on my 8830 was silky smooth, but my Curve has just the slightest hint of a gritty feeling. I only noticed it the first few days, and now itís a complete non-issue. Iíve had occasion to use other Curves here and there, and some of them felt VERY gritty. Maybe I just lucked out, or maybe those other ones were dirty.
Differences that may be good or bad (or perhaps just different), depending on your situation and personal preference:
-I donít personally count the addition of a camera as a plus. Some companies donít allow cameras onsite, so it could actually be a liability.
-No overseas use. I kept my 8830 for those times I may need a phone outside North America.
-Seems like the rubbery material on the sides, top and bottom of the Curve should be pretty robust over time. If you keep yours in a case, then it might not matter. I carried my 8830 for 18 months with no case and it looks almost new, so I wasn't missing the rubber. Just a matter of passing interest.
Hopefully something in there is helpful in making your decision. Really, I don't think you can go wrong with either the 8830 or the 8330.
FYI, I switched to the Storm for 3 days. While it was a cool device, we just didn't hit it off. I'm more efficient on my Curve, and that's what matters to me.