I just got back from Pepcom with David and we got a chance to play with the BlackBerry Curve 8530 that Verizon is releasing today. They only had the device in Urple but they told me that it will also be coming in black.
UPDATE: Adam @Crackberry was busy all night posting a review, pictures, unboxing, and spec sheets for the 8530. I totally forgot to mention that it is running OS 5.0! The spec sheet also points out that it is coming with App World Pre-Installed…
The 8530 is really going to be a hit in my humble opinion. With Wi-Fi AND GPS along with 3G and a trackpad this device is way ahead of the GSM 8520. Don’t forget it is also the second BlackBerry to support OpenGL 3D graphics for games. The only downside is the lower resolution screen which does not look bad at all and a subpar camera with no flash.
The only thing I really noticed about the 8530 while playing with it at Pepcom was that the Call, End Call, back, and menu button were much harder to press than the 8520 even though the design looks the same… Not sure what the story is with that.
The device will be available today for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement with a BlackBerry plan. Sadly the device will also come with no memory card.
Keep an eye out for it on www.verizonwireless.com