Smaller than the Bold, but the packaging for many features, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of our favorite all-time BlackBerries. The ideal is of medium size, with a QWERTY keyboard and a bright, high resolution, it is an almost perfect device for mobile email. Other key features include a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, video camera, a music player, GPS, a large capacity battery, Wi-Fi, and plenty of memory. The only important thing missing is 3G.
The BlackBerry 8900 is the latest BlackBerry Curve series, and is one of the best ever BlackBerries. Its name suggests that the grooves of the BlackBerry range just below the BlackBerry Bold, but despite its lack of 3G, its still a bit better than the Bold.
Like others in the series Curve, the 8900 has a full QWERTY keyboard 35-key keyboard with trackball. It looks almost identical to the Bold, except it is smaller and lighter, which on the same weight as many standard phones, and compact enough to fit easily into a jacket pocket or even in the jeans pocket . This fact alone device becomes more common for age curves or bold.
Before beginning our analysis, let’s take a moment to admire the ergonomics and the construction of 8900. Unboxing the 8900, you can not help but admire the quality of construction of the device – it just feels so solid and well built. Unlike many phones, taking the back to insert the SIM card and battery is so easy. The keys are really small, but they move crisply and anyone with fingers on the normal size range for Homo Sapiens should have no problem with them at all. You can even use it without help. The scroll wheel is the same as with previous blackberries – some love it, others are less enthusiastic. We’re not 100% in favor of the scroll wheel, but does the job.
Let’s move on to the next screen. It’s huge! At 2.44 inches wide and a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, this is just the type of display you need to read e-mails or surf the web (much less for viewing photos or watching videos.) In this screen matches with the 3G iPhone is just ahead of anything else in existence. The menus are very simple too, and once I got used to the scroll wheel and the total size of the device, you will find that 8900 is the phone almost perfect, ergonomically speaking. For us, it’s the closest I ever BlackBerry have reached perfection. Just a little more work in the menus and a scroll wheel smoother, and 100%.
Now, of course, the key selling point of a BlackBerry e-mail is in motion, and the 8900 does not disappoint. There is little difference here with previous BlackBerries, so we’ll just reiterate that the BlackBerry mobile email is the best in the business. It is compatible with virtually all standard mail. It also supports attachments, with a viewer and editor for Microsoft Office documents. Combining this with the large display and QWERTY keyboard means you get the best mobile email experience available. It is also a great environment for text messaging.
But the 8900 is much more than mobile messaging. On the one hand, has the best camera to appear on any BlackBerry to date. With 3.2 megapixels, LED flash and autofocus, it is the same quality as the camera on the BlackBerry Storm, and even the chamber of the Bold. It may not be a replacement for the 8-megapixel digital camera, but they produce excellent print quality images, and is a welcome addition. This marks one more way that the curve for 8900 is almost a conventional telephone. The phone has a media player too, of course, and with features like playlists, shuffle and organization by the artist and album, is a very useful MP3 player. It is very strong too! The headphone jack 3. 5 mm allows you to connect any compatible headset, as always. You can also use a stereo Bluetooth headset, if you prefer. With a 1GB microSD card provides as part of the sales package, and the possibility of extending this 16 GB, it will not be short of storage for music or videos. The video player works well too, with support for DivX and XviD, and flicker-free playback of high quality LCD screen. Even there are five games included (from Sudoku to BrickBreaker), although he reached the round of testing of these (all work can not be played on mobile phones in the UK!) There are also built in GPS, so you can find its current location, and this can be used with BlackBerry Maps.
The 8900 has a full range of connectivity options, including Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, USB and WiFi. The WiFi connection is very easy to configure, and allows access to email, web, or data on your PC. This is probably the best way to use the built-in web browser.
The 8900 has a huge heavy-duty battery, contributing to their weight significantly, but gives much staying power, even with heavy use. It can be recharged from the mains or via a USB cable from your PC.
The 8900 is a quad-band phone, meaning it can be used worldwide, and the utility that comes with an international charger too, so do not worry about forgetting to take your travel package. But the feature that is very obvious thing missing is 3G. The Bold has 3G, the storm has 3G, why not the 8900? To some this may be a show stopper, and surely is a shame to have to rely on 2G data transfer with this powerful device.
Finally, it is worth noting just what a crushing device is curve 8900. Besides the quality of physical construction, the coefficient is very high, with 8900 being the latest in a mature evolution of business devices. Unlike some competitors, there is very little about the 8900 with a “beta” feeling. Nice features include the wide range of ringtones and alerts (audio and visual), the richness of the status indicators on the screen (for example, missed calls, messages without opening, connection status, and alerts calendar.)
This is definitely one of our favorite all-time BlackBerries. The 8900 is really a multimedia device and can be done at a single point for communication, music, media, photography, web browsing and GPS too. Oh, if only had 3G! Apart from the lack of 3G, this really is the best BlackBerry ever.