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BlackBerry Curve 8350i review

6.1/10 AVG.

  • BlackBerry Curve  8350i
  • BlackBerry Curve  8350i

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The BlackBerry Curve 8350i currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The BlackBerry Curve is one of the most popular and advanced devices from RIM to date, and the 8350i iteration affords the bonus of push to talk (PTT) functionality. PTT allows users to connect with up to 20 people, via a direct, virtually instant connection similar to a walkie-talkie.

Boasting a quality 2MP camera, improved trackball navigation that allows the user to move in any direction, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, autonomous GPS (works in conjunction with the included Blackberry Maps app), MicroSD memory expandability and much more, the BlackBerry Cure 8250i is a powerful phone that can handle many tasks from both the casual user and professional business person alike.

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is also a bit of a departure from previous RIM devices in that it has a certain “fun factor” that is much better defined. Whereas prior models allowed for some casual, entertainment interaction, the BlackBerry Curve puts “fun” front and center with an easy-to-access Media icon that houses pictures, videos, music, ringtones and voice notes.

Add a contoured full Qwerty keypad, a large, high resolution screen and a time-honored text-based pop-up menu system and you have a wonderful device that is a genuinely capable of handling just about anything.

Pros: Quality RIM craftsmanship, solid build materials, unique and easy-to-use trackball interface, solid library of available, optional applications, easy-on-the-eyes display, excellent Qwerty keypad.

Cons: Deeper level functions not so intuitive (requires some learning), some learning curve required to fully realize the Curve’s true potential, more keystrokes required to get to an endpoint than some of its rivals.

Verdict: The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is a powerful, well-appointed phone that can handle daunting tasks and casual escapes with equal ease. This is an excellent phone which, though it may require a bit of study, will reward you with advanced functionality tenfold!

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


In the end it really is an outstanding phone, messaging device, personal communicator or whatever you want to call it. Telus' pricing is a bit steep at $249 on a three-year contract all the way up to $599 completely contract-free. Though, this is the absolute top of the heap in Telus' portfolio of M...

- Sean Cooper, Engadget

A very solid offering and should be just what iDEN business users were looking for.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i user manual here.

BlackBerry backs up the Curve 8350i with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Curve 8350i has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a Intel XScale processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Curve 8350i Specs

Release date September 10, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale
Internal Storage No
RAM 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.1 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 6.2 x 1.8 cm (4.4 x 2.4 x 0.7 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
5x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
240 x 180 pixels, 15 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments A camera-less version of Blackberry 8350i is also available from Sprint.
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