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  1. peanuts123's Avatar
    Besides the upcoming BB 8530 has WiFi and OS, what is the difference between the 8530 and the 8330? Is it worth it to buy the B1G1 8330 device that is almost 2 years old or hold off to whenever Sprint decides to release the 8530 device? Does the OS make a big deal for e-mail, web surfing or texting? Thanks in advance for all your help.
    12-02-09 02:08 PM
  2. xtort's Avatar
    1. 256MB RAM vs 96MB in the 8330, so using OS 5 will be a lot better on the 8530.
    2. Bluetooth 2.1 vs 2.0 in the 8330.
    3. 1/2 hour more talk time in the 8530.
    4. Trackpad vs Trackball in the 8330.

    Other than that, nothing much else other than what you found. The 8530 is a device *guaranteed* to run OS 5 with the 256MB RAM. The 8330 can probably do it, but the 96MB RAM will make things sluggish.

    IMHO, I wouldn't trade up. I'd rather go up to the Bold 9000 because of HSDPA and half VGA screen.
    Last edited by xtort; 12-02-09 at 05:52 PM.
    12-02-09 05:45 PM
  3. atomicdog21's Avatar
    xtort was right all around really. I did a compare on the BB site as I was curious myself. The 8530 also has some expanded media play options including some more full fledged streaming video formats, but pretty minor. Also bear in mind that if you switch to a GSM network, theri 8520 has 2.0 bluetooth and is only allllllmost as nice as the 8530 on CDMA.

    Personal opinion? Love the 8330. Absolute workhorse. But RIM is bringing out so many new BBs that are going to revamp their entire line, the 8530 is clearly superior, for options to you if nothing else. As for the bold 9000? It's nice, but the bold 9700 is the best BB out right now. Period.
    12-02-09 09:01 PM
  4. Coraya's Avatar
    Are you sure about 96mb on the 8330? Mine says 12mb. Its an 8330 from verizon

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    12-02-09 10:42 PM
  5. BergerKing's Avatar
    That's probably your file free memory, Coraya. 96MB is the RAM memory on the 8330 Curve. You have a bunch of messages or applications on your device? Or are you running the 5.0 OS? That would explain a lot.

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    12-03-09 12:39 AM
  6. Coraya's Avatar
    running the Hybrid 5.0 OS llol. but honestly. is it not possible to make these phones with like 32 GB. yes Gigabytes. im saying this because, microSD cards come in up to 32 GB, i believe. and they cant make a phone of this size with that amount of memory? why are we stuck in the MB still? its really confusing to me.
    12-03-09 07:31 AM
  7. xtort's Avatar
    These things have the processing power of an 80386 processor, so don't expect much. Adding more RAM won't do anything, seeing that the BB OS constantly keeps getting bigger and still has to be installed into RAM. Think of "big cup/thin straw". Your RAM is the big cup, but your processor is the thin straw. You can only put so much through a thin straw, the processor works in the same fashion. The speed of the processor in the 8530 is 528 MHz, the one in the 8330 is 312 MHz. The 8530 has the bigger straw, so it will run 5.0 much better than the 8330.
    Last edited by xtort; 12-04-09 at 02:27 PM.
    12-04-09 02:21 PM
  8. Coraya's Avatar
    No I dnt mean 32gb in ram memory although you explained yourself very well ( thank you by the way). But I meant like flash memory or hdd space. Why are they not in the gb?

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    12-04-09 04:09 PM
  9. xtort's Avatar
    The amount of space that BB apps take is not large at all, that's why. I think the biggest application I have on my BB takes up 2.5MB. BlackBerry designs it's products around the principal that they are for corporate use, unlike Apple where they design their products to be a mobile multimedia platform where you play MP3's, watch movies, play games, etc. iPhone apps are also much larger, so more space is required.

    Though BB is adding more multimedia features to their phones, they weren't designed to be a multimedia platform. The MP3 playback, camera, and basic video playback features are there for convenience, seeing that other smartphones based on Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm do the same thing.

    Now for a 312MHz XScale processor, you're not going to be playing compressed MPEG movies (or very well for that matter), so why put in additional space when the device can't handle multimedia all that well? This processor was nearly slower than the one in my Dell Axim x50 and I was barely able to play DivX at a reasonable framerate on Windows Mobile.

    I hope that answers it.
    12-04-09 05:40 PM
  10. Belhade's Avatar
    I love my 8330 but the abscence of wifi is a bit of a sore spot.

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    12-04-09 08:10 PM