RIM officially unveils Javelin
Research In Motion has officially announced its latest BlackBerry handset, the unveiling no doubt timed to stir up demand before the phone’s impending UK release.
RIM's BlackBerry 'Javelin' Curve 8900: up yours, Bold
As previously reported, the Curve 8900 - codenamed 'Javelin' - looks very similar to RIM’s Bold 9000. However, the 8900 has an ever-so-slightly smaller 109 x 60 x 13.5mm frame, lighter 110g body and 2.4in, 480 x 330 display.
But what else will you like about the 8900? Well, for starters, it has a 3.2-megapixel camera – Bold only has a two-megapixel snapper – and a Micro SD memory card slot that supports cards of up to 16GB in capacity. Bluetooth 2.0 and Micro USB also provide alternative ways of moving files.
The Curve 8900 is well connected. In addition to quad-band GSM capabilities, it’ll also connect you to the web over 802.11g Wi-Fi. But the talker doesn’t support 3G, as the Bold does.
Javelin sports a better camera than Bold, but no 3G
The Curve 8900’s entertainment features may help you take your mind off the web access speed, thanks to the aforementioned camera’s ability to shoot video and the device’s support for a range of audio formats, including MP3. A 3.5mm headphone jack’s built in.
But let’s not forget what BlackBerrys are all about: working on the go. So, to that end, the Curve 8900 supports Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, in addition to PDF documents.
RIM’s BlackBerry 8900 will be available around 20 December for an estimated handset only price of £420 ($620/€480).
Don't forget to read Register Hardware's BlackBerry Bold review.
At least with RIM, you have a choice.
They offer touchscreen, qwerty and flip - which is more than can be said for the Jesus Phone.
Nokia will be laughing all the way to the bank
The e71 has both 3G and wifi as well as a decent 3.2 MP camera. Heads at RIM should roll for this.
Probably good for a habitual hunt-n-peck typist. If you touch type you don't *know* where the keys are, they are just there in your muscle memory. In that situation it's as hard to find letters when you are reduced to looking at the keyboard as it is for a total noob, which is quite frustrating.
what is RIM up to?
A mix of 3G and not 3G, wi-fi and not wi-fi - I think I'll stick with my Curve.
Which is a shame - with the missing features and mixed reviews, I don't want to tie myself into two years of anguish just yet!!
Sheesh, what is it with the new BBs
Either 3G OR Wifi? FFS, my old crappy brick of a blackberry from 2 years ago had that, quad band n'all!