- Screen: 2.4 inch TFT screen with 65536 colors at a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels
- GPS: Yes
- Wi-Fi: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes (2.0 stereo Bluetooth)
- Dimensions: 4.29 x 2.36 x 0.53 inches
- Weight: 109.9 grams
- Price: Approximately 500 USD
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Looks, Design, Build Quality and Ergonomics (5 out of 5)
Blackberry states that the Curve 8900 is the thinnest and lightest Blackberry smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Curve 8900 was formerly nicknamed the Javelin which is a spear like weapon and the sleek design lives up to such a fierce name. This Blackberry is not as wide as its predecessor, the 8300, and it’s also thinner and lighter than all previous models of Blackberry phones.
The 2.4 inch TFT screen is also slightly smaller than the one found on the Blackberry 8300, but that does not mean it is in any way short of features. It is bright and crisp and is able to produce an excellent screen display at a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, allowing for easy viewing even when you’re out in the sun.
The phone body is made of light plastic rather than a blend of plastic and chrome metal finish used in previous models. This makes the phone lighter than previous versions. The battery lid also gives an impression of a glossy metal surface, but it is made of the same plastic material used throughout the body of the phone.
Just below the 2.4 inch screen you will find the trackball which has now become a symbol for Blackberry phones. The trackball is surrounded by calling keys with two keys nicely placed on each side. At the left side of the trackball you will find the CALL key and the MENU key and at the right side are the END CALL and the REVERSE key. Just below these keys you will see a 35 key back-lit full QWERTY keyboard that is specially designed to enable users to type with comfort and ease. This keyboard is much better than the ones you will find on any other business phone.
On the left panel of the phone there is silver convenience key that shines on the black surface. At the right hand side there is a headphone jack along with the volume key that can also be used as a zoom key while in camera mode. Just below the volume key there is a USB charging port that can also be used to transfer data.
On the top panel you will find the lock key and a mute key which is used to mute volume while listening to songs and watching movies. The back panel holds the 3.2 megapixel camera along with a flash that are neatly placed on the top. While the rest of the back panel constitutes the battery lid which I mentioned before has a beautiful shiny surface that gives a metallic look. A beautiful Blackberry logo also shines on the battery lid.
Features and Performance (5 out of 5)
The Blackberry Curve 8900 has everything that a business phone should have. It is rich in features and provides the ultimate in performance for its users. This is the reason it has become so popular in a short span of time. It uses the same Blackberry 4.6 operating system that is used by the Blackberry Bold. The MENU interface is also richly designed featuring beautiful icons for different functions. The interface truly allows easy access to all the features of the phone.
Just like we have seen on the Blackberry Bold, the phone book can store an unlimited number of contacts and handles all contact details and information with ease. For instance you can easily find a contact by just typing the name in the search box on the main screen. The phone organizer menu has also not changed much and you will find the same easy interface as you may have seen on the Blackberry Bold. The organizer als consists of all the popular functions that we have seen on the Bold, like the calendar, scheduler, clock, alarm, voice note recorder and much more.
The phone is also rich in connectivity and features in-built Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth setup that lets you connect to any internet connection or other computers with ease. Wi-Fi connectivity was deeply missed on the Storm, and it seems like the Curve 8900 makes up for it. The Curve 8900 is a quad band GSM phone that can be connected to a wide range of networks all over the world. It is also a GPS enabled phone with in-built Google maps that allows the user to access complete navigational details in any part of the world.
The Blackberry Curve 8900 also feature in-built instant messaging clients like Google Talk, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail for staying in touch with business clients, friends and family. It uses the same easy SMS and MMS interface as used by other Blackberry phones and sending and receiving messages is a piece of cake.
The Curve 8900 is a multimedia-rich phone with its 3.2 mega-pixel camera that is supported by a flash to click pictures even in dark areas. The camera comes with 2x digital zoom and has features like Auto focus and Image stabilization. The phone has an in-built media player that supports a wide range of file formats. The Curve 8900 also supports a wide range of ringtones and polyphonic tunes and is compatible with formats like 3gp, WAV, MIDI, AMR-NB, GSM610, PCM, MP3 and many more.
The Blackberry Curve 8900 is equipped with a removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell battery that claims to have a talk times up to 5.5 hours and a standby time of 356 hours.
Value for money (3 out of 5)
The market price of approximately USD 500.00 might seem to be a little expensive for some of us, but the Blackberry Curve 8900 will be liked by businessmen who need a universal device that comes handy while they are on the move and are willing to pay a higher price for the rich features offered by this RIM Smartphone.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
The Blackberry Curve 8900 is a true business phone that is rich in features and multimedia along with great performance. As I have mentioned before, it has everything a business person can ever need in a phone. Along with those excellent business features it also boasts of a superb multimedia experience that comes in handy while you are waiting at the airport or for a meeting that had been delayed. I strongly recommend this phone to all my readers who need a powerful device to stay connected to the rest of the world while they are on the move.