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BlackBerry Curve 8900 review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The BlackBerry Curve 8900 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a powerhouse smartphone that can handle almost any task. Along with its legendary RIM Push email, which delivers mail to your phone as it is sent, the 8900 also boasts Wi-Fi support, built-in GPS, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth, speakerphone and much more.

With an updated OS, email is now more user-friendly than ever, eliminating the need to purchase a separate email reader, as mail is represented in all its HTML glory.

The 8900 Curve is sleek, fast and modern. RIM has taken so much of what is right in their BlackBerry product mix and poured it on strong with this sturdy and capable device.

With a nod to its non-corporate fans, the Curve offers up an enhanced Media Player and improved trackball navigation.

The backlit QWERTY keyboard consists of 35 contoured keys, and is clearly designed with speed and ease in mind.

The 2.44 inch, 480 x 360 high resolution display is crystal clear, presenting crisp images and well-defined color differentiation.

If you are looking to upgrade to a smartphone, you would do well to consider the BlackBerry 8900 Curve.

Pros: Powerful, capable, fast. Trackball interface a competent alternative to “touchscreen”. Deep feature set. Quality build materials.

Cons: Some deeper functions remain a bit cryptic for the lay user, but still within reach.

Verdict: The BlackBerry 8900 Curve can mix it up with any smartphone on the market.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
512 MHz
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The sharp and compact BlackBerry Curve 8900 spells business and oozes with class

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
MobileBurn

When everything is added up, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of the best smartphones on the market. The 8300 series was great, but the 8900 series is even better. With GPS, an autofocus camera, good web browsing, and WiFi/UMA support, the only thing that appears to be missing is 3G. We can live wit...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Engadget

Along with the Pearl, the Curve series represents the kinder, gentler side of BlackBerry; it's the side that appeals to consumers without sacrificing power, and from time to time, it's the side that's even been known to show some sex appeal. The Curve 8900 really takes that sex appeal to the next le...

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget
Wired

Barack Obama would love to get his executive mitts on the new BlackBerry Curve. Just like our new prez, RIM's latest smartphone is full of change. But unlike Mr. Obama, not all the change is promising. RIM claims the Curve 8900 is the "thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone" to date...

- Maren Jinnett , Wired
TechCrunch

Overall, the 8900 is a fine BlackBerry and probably the best phone available for T-Mobile. Yes, I know the G1 is fantastic and all, but I still think the hardware isn’t where it should be. It’s big and clunky. The Sidekick still has a place in my heart, but MS/Danger really need to pull...

- Peter Ha, TechCrunch


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BlackBerry released the Curve 8900 on November 13, 2008.


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BlackBerry backs up the Curve 8900 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.4"

The BlackBerry Curve 8900's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
512 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 512 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 19 days standby time.

Curve 8900 Specs

Overview
Release date November 13, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Intel XScale 512 MHz
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.01 W/kg
Body: 0.59 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & 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: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 6.0 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
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
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
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, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Javelin

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GSMArena

It comes to update the Curve line and it does its job quite well

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is less controversial than the TouchBerry Storm. It comes to update the Curve line and it does its job quite well. We guess only the missing 3G won't let us call the 8900 Curve the perfect upgrade. Anyway, on home Blackberry turf the Curve 8900 certainly holds a high pos...More

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is less controversial than the TouchBerry Storm. It comes to update the Curve line and it does its job quite well. We guess only the missing 3G won't let us call the 8900 Curve the perfect upgrade. Anyway, on home Blackberry turf the Curve 8900 certainly holds a high position. As to reaching outside the BlackBerry realm, the Curve 8900 does have the looks and some of the skill to try and earn new customers for the company. But the very concept of the closed BlackBerry ecosystem is a limitation. In our case, the Curve 8900 is not a bad phone, but once the BlackBerry Internet Service account is out of the equation, it is much worse a deal than what the competitors can offer.

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MobileBurn

The same basic form factor as the original 8300 series devices, but gets some nicely upgraded features

from MobileBurn

When everything is added up, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of the best smartphones on the market. The 8300 series was great, but the 8900 series is even better. With GPS, an autofocus camera, good web browsing, and WiFi/UMA support, the only thing that appears to be missing is 3G. We can live with that, for now.

We at MobileBurn give the BlackBerry Curve 8900 a well-deserved "Highly Recommended" rating....

More

When everything is added up, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of the best smartphones on the market. The 8300 series was great, but the 8900 series is even better. With GPS, an autofocus camera, good web browsing, and WiFi/UMA support, the only thing that appears to be missing is 3G. We can live with that, for now.

We at MobileBurn give the BlackBerry Curve 8900 a well-deserved "Highly Recommended" rating.

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Engadget

This is a really stunning phone, and we think it goes without saying that this is the best-looking device RIM has crafted to date

from Engadget

Along with the Pearl, the Curve series represents the kinder, gentler side of BlackBerry; it's the side that appeals to consumers without sacrificing power, and from time to time, it's the side that's even been known to show some sex appeal. The Curve 8900 really takes that sex appeal to the next level, delivering one of the most drop-dead gorgeous phones ever to grace a corporate boardroom - and it just so happens that T-Mobile USA's the first American carrier to deliver it, so we've taken the opportunity to put it through its paces. Does it out-Bold the Bold? Read on....

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Along with the Pearl, the Curve series represents the kinder, gentler side of BlackBerry; it's the side that appeals to consumers without sacrificing power, and from time to time, it's the side that's even been known to show some sex appeal. The Curve 8900 really takes that sex appeal to the next level, delivering one of the most drop-dead gorgeous phones ever to grace a corporate boardroom - and it just so happens that T-Mobile USA's the first American carrier to deliver it, so we've taken the opportunity to put it through its paces. Does it out-Bold the Bold? Read on.

Flaws aside, is this the best BlackBerry RIM has ever made? Not necessarily - we bet we could find a diehard Bold lover for every 8900 lover out there - but until the Storm gets its act together, it's certainly in the top two. Think of it as a Bold with the style-to-power ratio knob turned just a tiny bit further in the direction of style. Sure, you give up 3G, but who needs high-speed data when you're hypnotized by all that chrome?

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Wired

Inside this new Curve are some seriously necessary upgrades

from Wired

Barack Obama would love to get his executive mitts on the new BlackBerry Curve. Just like our new prez, RIM's latest smartphone is full of change. But unlike Mr. Obama, not all the change is promising.

RIM claims the Curve 8900 is the "thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone" to date. The body design is actually gorgeous, combining the Bold's sleek, noir face and brilliant screen with the 8300's graphite-hued back and silver accents. If there's one glaring flaw in the chassis' design, it's that the top of the phone slants abruptly, making it hard to press the Lock and Mute buttons — especially since the phone is noticeably longer than its predecessor. In fact, that extra bit at the top made us seriously consider rounding the edge off ourselves with a power sander, just to revert back to the Curve's near-perfect curves....

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Barack Obama would love to get his executive mitts on the new BlackBerry Curve. Just like our new prez, RIM's latest smartphone is full of change. But unlike Mr. Obama, not all the change is promising.

RIM claims the Curve 8900 is the "thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone" to date. The body design is actually gorgeous, combining the Bold's sleek, noir face and brilliant screen with the 8300's graphite-hued back and silver accents. If there's one glaring flaw in the chassis' design, it's that the top of the phone slants abruptly, making it hard to press the Lock and Mute buttons — especially since the phone is noticeably longer than its predecessor. In fact, that extra bit at the top made us seriously consider rounding the edge off ourselves with a power sander, just to revert back to the Curve's near-perfect curves.

But we're not completely superficial here at Wired. We really know it's all about what's on the inside that counts. And inside this new Curve are some seriously necessary upgrades.

Urbanites with deep wireless broadband penetration or frequent connection to hotspots will appreciate the device's killer Wi-Fi support, which is quick and easy to set up. The camera gets an upgrade from 2 to 3.2 megapixels (take that, iPhone!) with well-designed autofocus, image-stabilization capabilities and a flash powerful enough to cause a few of our subjects to wince. Even better, the amateur Spike Jonze in you can now record up to 20 hrs of video by maxing out the Berry's 16-GB MicroSD storage. That's about 20 hrs of pure YouTube taser-footage possibilities, though the sound quality is definitely sub-par. Viewing videos and pictures on the 2.5-inch, 480 x 320 pixel screen is fantastic; especially since the screen's ambient light sensors adjust brightness deftly no matter how dark a room we were in. 

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TechCrunch

For all intents and purposes the 8900 is a baby Bold

from TechCrunch

Overall, the 8900 is a fine BlackBerry and probably the best phone available for T-Mobile. Yes, I know the G1 is fantastic and all, but I still think the hardware isn’t where it should be. It’s big and clunky. The Sidekick still has a place in my heart, but MS/Danger really need to pu...More

Overall, the 8900 is a fine BlackBerry and probably the best phone available for T-Mobile. Yes, I know the G1 is fantastic and all, but I still think the hardware isn’t where it should be. It’s big and clunky. The Sidekick still has a place in my heart, but MS/Danger really need to pull out the big guns with their next revision or they’re toast. If you’re looking to upgrade, or switch to T-Mobile, then I insist you pick up the 8900. It’s a superb upgrade from the 8320 and everything but 3G is present. What can I say? I’m as giddy as a school girl and happy with the 8900 so far.

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CNET

Attractively designed, it's great for email, messaging and length of battery life, but lacks 3G

from CNET

If the BlackBerry Bold is too bold for you and the BlackBerry Storm doesn't float your boat, then you may want to check out the BlackBerry Curve 8900, RIM's latest email-friendly handset.

One of RIM's most compact phones to date, the 8900 looks great, and made us keen to discover whether good things really do come in small packages....

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If the BlackBerry Bold is too bold for you and the BlackBerry Storm doesn't float your boat, then you may want to check out the BlackBerry Curve 8900, RIM's latest email-friendly handset.

One of RIM's most compact phones to date, the 8900 looks great, and made us keen to discover whether good things really do come in small packages.

You can get the 8900 from T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse for free on a monthly contract.

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CrackBerry

Just one slick device

from CrackBerry

This is a great device. The overall build of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has me loving it. Now the question people keep asking me is What device do you prefer? or What will be your daily device? and I have to admit, while the BlackBerry Curve 8900 packs a lot of punch into a very small, sexy package I am still a Bold man myself.

The only real factor here stopping me from swaying the other way is the size of the 8900. It's a bit too small for me if you can believe that! My Bold just feels better to me in my hands. When holding the 8900 I feel like Andre the Giant holding a beer can. It's a compliment to RIM that they can build such a small device that contains so much performance.

The lack of 3G here was never even a factor for me, at least in the short time that I have had the device, and I think that will be the cas moving onward as well. I guess the best way to put it would be that while it would be nice if the 8900 had 3G, the device itself is so good otherwise that unless you really need to talk and email at the same time the few extra seconds for browsing and downloading compared to the Bold shouldn't deter you from considering this as your smartphone of choice. From the sheer amount of people that have said they are waiting for the Curve 8900 over all other devices out there, I don't think RIM will have any issues getting these devices off the shelf. The 8900 is definitely worthy of the Curve name, and is a next step to build upon the success of the 8300 series.

That's it for me folks! I hope you have enjoyed my review on the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Please leave any comments and questions you may have in the comments and check out the Curve 8900 forums for more conversation. Keep Crack'n!!...

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This is a great device. The overall build of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has me loving it. Now the question people keep asking me is What device do you prefer? or What will be your daily device? and I have to admit, while the BlackBerry Curve 8900 packs a lot of punch into a very small, sexy package I am still a Bold man myself.

The only real factor here stopping me from swaying the other way is the size of the 8900. It's a bit too small for me if you can believe that! My Bold just feels better to me in my hands. When holding the 8900 I feel like Andre the Giant holding a beer can. It's a compliment to RIM that they can build such a small device that contains so much performance.

The lack of 3G here was never even a factor for me, at least in the short time that I have had the device, and I think that will be the cas moving onward as well. I guess the best way to put it would be that while it would be nice if the 8900 had 3G, the device itself is so good otherwise that unless you really need to talk and email at the same time the few extra seconds for browsing and downloading compared to the Bold shouldn't deter you from considering this as your smartphone of choice. From the sheer amount of people that have said they are waiting for the Curve 8900 over all other devices out there, I don't think RIM will have any issues getting these devices off the shelf. The 8900 is definitely worthy of the Curve name, and is a next step to build upon the success of the 8300 series.

That's it for me folks! I hope you have enjoyed my review on the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Please leave any comments and questions you may have in the comments and check out the Curve 8900 forums for more conversation. Keep Crack'n!!

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User Reviews


I LOVE this phone!

This is my 2nd blackberry and I absolutely love it. The aesthetics of the phone are great, and I knew with the enhanced features offered in the 8900, as opposed to the older Curve models, this was a good choice. Compared to the Bold, this phone really stacks up. I chose the Curve because I didn't care...More
This is my 2nd blackberry and I absolutely love it. The aesthetics of the phone are great, and I knew with the enhanced features offered in the 8900, as opposed to the older Curve models, this was a good choice. Compared to the Bold, this phone really stacks up. I chose the Curve because I didn't care about internet usage so 3G wasn't a seller for me. What was a seller was the 3.2 mp camera, wifi ability, and upgradable to 16gb memory. I have since uploaded 2 gb of music, and 2 gb of tv shows on my phone. The quality is great. A concern I did have was the battery life, but that hasn't been an issue. I've been able to watch over 3 hours of video, or play over 6 hours of music before the phone shows I have a low battery. The weight of the phone is great. Much lighter than my previous BB 8700. The only thing that took some getting used to was the distance between the keys. While it's pretty standard, coming from the 8700, I have struggled a little bit. But that's nothing in the grand scheme of things. My only suggestion would be to purchase a case as the one it comes with is just a leather sleeve that doesn't fit the phone well at all. I got a rubber case and a screen protector. Less

Amazing Phone!

This is my first blackberry...and I simply love it...I have other smart phones but they just don't compare to this. As for this vs the bold. I had to take the 8900 its smaller, has almost the EXACT same screen, has a 3.2mp camera vs 2 mp and cost less so its a good phone to have. So far I've had it for...More
This is my first blackberry...and I simply love it...I have other smart phones but they just don't compare to this. As for this vs the bold. I had to take the 8900 its smaller, has almost the EXACT same screen, has a 3.2mp camera vs 2 mp and cost less so its a good phone to have. So far I've had it for a month and its great! I highly recommend this phone! Less

Great new BB

I've had this phone for just over a week and I love it. It fixes all of the downfalls of the original Curve and looks good too. The size is smaller than the 8300 series and it weighs less as well. The phone actually feels like it is more substantial and better built than the 8033 series. WiFi works...More
I've had this phone for just over a week and I love it. It fixes all of the downfalls of the original Curve and looks good too. The size is smaller than the 8300 series and it weighs less as well. The phone actually feels like it is more substantial and better built than the 8033 series. WiFi works great as does the GPS. The Screen is absolutely amazing and has to be seen. Keyboard is a slight upgrade from the old Curve and won't disappoint. The new Atomic Trackball is better than the old version without a doubt. Scrolling is faster and more precise. Less

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