Figured since I have been posting a lot of reviews lately I would share a review on my newest piece of tech…
Anyone that knows me knows I love Phones, (sadly I hate to talk to people) but I am a regular reader of Boy Genius, Endgadget, Gizmodo, Crackberry and Howard Forums Etc Etc. I have owned and more then likely destroyed, modified and reflashed everything from a Startec to a D&G 24 karat edition phone.. So to put it plain.. I fucks with the phone game.. I speaks it, can tell you the product roadmap for Moto, Lg, Sammy, HTC (if you don’t know who they are then stop reading) in short I didn’t get an IPHONE because I knew in 2 years it would be 3G and kick ass. (got it no preorder with a buddy at AT&T)
So lets talk about the new everyday phone I copped…
The Blackberry Curve 8330 from Verizon, I know the Curve has been out for about a year on AT&T and T Mobile but it’s just getting to Sprint, Verizon, ALLTEL and the CDMA carriers and it was worth the wait.
I had the Blackberry 8830 world edition phone which would be great if I traveled the world as much as I used to but other then a trip to Canada or a vacation to the islands I do not have a reason to need it. I mainly got the phone for the trackball and the fact that I was switching to Verizon and wanted the newest Blackberry they had.
The 8830 has some shortcomings such as NO CAMERA! As a business model it didn’t have a camera due to many companies not allowing them on site (FBI, CIA, NSA) but those people still want and need to latest and greatest BB tech.
I found out that the CURVE was coming to Verizon at the beginning of the year and it has been a waiting game, the Curve is seen as the best full featured BB yet and it has a Camera!! So when I saw it online was hitting stores 5/2/08 I put in motion the plan I had been hatching for months..
I was not in my upgrade cycle and the full retail of the phone is over 600.00 I knew I needed a plan… Verizon has a policy which if you have to have your phone replaced 3 or more times within a year you can request a different model or equal retail value, Hmmmm….
So on 4/27/08 I went to the Verizon store in Owings mills and had my unit replaced, it was doing some very strange resetting dance… (Helps when you’re a tech head with a BB programming manual) .
On 5/1/08 the 8830 simply wiped all my information out, mind you I am quite upset by this as I didn’t have the unit backed up (or so I told the Verizon tech guy on the phone at 9pm) Seems that due to the units I was getting being refurbes I choose to speak to a nice supervisor who was more then willing to replace my unit with anything or equal value.. (Remember I have the highest level BB)
SUPERVISOR-“Just so happens that a new BB is out”
Me- “O really? I didn’t know, lemme look it up online while we speak”
SUPERVISOR-“It’s the new Curve, only thing about it is its not a world edition and it has a camera”
ME-“Sigh, at this point I just need a phone”
SUPERVISOR-“well let me put that order in, would you like it overnighted or pick up at a local store”
ME-“I have to go to petsmart so I may we well pick it up”
SUPERVISOR-“Great, it will be new in box and waiting for u”
SUPERVISOR-“Mr. Hughes, because of the issues you have been having I am issuing you a credit for one month of service”
ME-“thank you for going above and beyond to service your customers, I wish my tech support reps did the same, have a good night”
So I strolled into Verizon, went to the tech support desk, they pulled up the notes on my account, brought out a new in box Curve, let me crack it open to ensure I knew it was new and activated it.. total cost =0.00
So let me get to a review of the phone…..
Best Feature every is the fact this phone uses a regular headphone jack, meaning my BOSE TRIPORT earbuds work great, no need to carry an IPOD! I loaded my halo playlist on the phone and have been rocking out…