RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900
Review Looking a lot like Blackberry's flagship, the Bold 9000, the latest handset from Canadian email maestro Research in Motion (RIM), is a slightly more compact version of that phone but still manages to pack in almost all of the same features.
There's Wi-Fi, GPS and a gloriously detailed screen, as well as Blackberry's trademark ease with email. But the 8900's glaring omission is 3G connectivity. Yes, that helps to reduce both price and size, but this is a smartphone, and good web access is essential to get the most out of it, so this seems like an unnecessary handicap. With its Wi-Fi connection, fast surfing isn't impossible, but it does severely limit your options as to where you can do it.
RIM's BlackBerry 8900: Bold junior
Looks-wise, the 8900 clearly takes after the Bold rather than its immediate predecessors in the Curve series, which, lacking the new model's delicately curving style, tended to come over rather blocky and corporate. Just because it's efficient doesn't mean a smartphone can't look cool.
The 8900 also manages to be significantly smaller than the Bold, measuring 109 x 60 x 14mm and weighing 110g to the Bold's 114 x 66 x 15mm and 136g. Anything that helps a Blackberry fit more easily in your pocket has got to be a good thing, and this one manages it without sacrificing any usability.
The 2.4in, 480 x 360, 65,000-colour screen looks great, as does the icon-based menu system from the latest BlackBerry 4.6 OS, which we've seen on both Blackberry's recent Bold and Storm models. There's a quick, six-icon bar on the home screen for easy access to the most-used functions, and the menu button brings up a feast of apps, all easily accessed using the Blackberry's rather lovely trackball. Incidentally, the 8900 comes with a little leather-look pouch to protect the screen which is effective, but does bulk it out quite considerably.
Got this last week and I am very happy with it. First of all its very nice looking, quite thin too, and apart from the full keyboard making it slightly wider, its no bigger than any normal phone.
Navigation is great.
OS is great.
Keyboard takes a little gettin used too, but its great after that.
Im not really bothered about 3g, but it has wi-fi and bluetooth.
Comes with a 1GB microSD card.
Battery life is great.
Best BlackBerry I've ever owned
Just got the new Curve having owned the old Curve, 8707, 8700, 7230 and 6230 before (I do know my BlackBerries), this really is the best BlackBerry I've ever owned.
Sure, it doesn't have 3G but for what the BlackBerry is best at, email and calendar, this doesn't make any difference. Web speeds are still fine for what I use on the move and the battery life is significantly better than the Bold. Screen is lovely, as is the keyboard.
Camera is good too but as I also have a normal mobile (C902), this doesn't make much difference to me.
Only grumble is they have changed the charger to a mini-USB which means a number of chargers and cable don't work.
Another one who is a convert to BB
I've had this for about a week and a half now, and I have to say, I'm fairly impressed with it! Although I am slightly peeved that I think the net is a bit slow to browse, the rest of the device is very good - email is quick to display, the interface is foolproof - and with googlemaps installed, the GPS is VERY good as well! I haggled with my network to get a very cheap deal on it, and i'll be happy to stick with this one!