BlackBerry Curve 8900 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

Neat black and silver design that shouldn’t embarrass anybody, whether professional or consumer.

Ease of Use

The keyboard is superb, the screen, clear and sharp. We can’t help wishing for a touch-screen, but what is here works very well.

Features

HTML email is one of the stars of the show, as is a fairly good camera and 3.5mm headset jack. But you’ll miss 3G if you are a fan of faster connections.

Performance

The Curve 8900 zips along on its capable processor. We did find it took absolutely ages to boot, but that seems to be a general feature in modern BlackBerry devices.

Battery Life

Battery life is very good. If you steer clear of Wi-Fi and GPS-heavy activity you should get at least two days between charges and probably more.

 BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:54:13 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Good battery life, large keyboard and a functional front screen

Cons:

No 3G, slow to boot, no touch-screen

The Curve 8900 is the thinnest BlackBerry ever and quite an advance on the previous Curve model. At just 13.5mm thick it won’t trouble some of those waif-like candybar handsets out there, but for a smartphone with a mini keyboard and full BlackBerry mobile email on offer, it is pretty good going.


At 109x60mm wide you’ll need a good-sized pocket to house the Curve 8900. The screen measures 2.5 inches and delivers 480x360 pixels. It is superbly clear and bright, although it isn’t a patch on the Storm’s larger screen. But this is only important if you are into web browsing or want to experience HTML email –one of BlackBerry’s new operating system features – at its best.


The keyboard is excellent. RIM really has got the measure of producing tiny keys that work well. Nicely shaped, you get a good click when you press one, and we managed a fast typing speed.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 – Looks good inside and out

The new operating system has a few other tricks up its sleeve apart from HTML email support. The web browser has improved, and there is a neat new look to the layout and design of the buttons. If you are upgrading from an earlier BlackBerry it might take a while to get used to things, but we think the new design is an improvement.

If you use your mobile as an alarm clock, the easy to access ‘bedside mode’, which turns the Curve 8900 into a digital alarm clock, is a real boon. It is a simple feature to use and it makes sure you aren’t interrupted by incoming email while getting some shuteye.

The Curve 8900 has a silver and black casing, and is sleek enough to keep both style-conscious consumers and professionals happy.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 – Mobile email plus extras

The BlackBerry always excels with its mobile email support. It’ll collect messages from up to 10 POP accounts and you can use it with RIM’s own enterprise email software if you are an office bod.

The device houses a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headset connector, GPS and Wi-Fi. However, unlike the BlackBerry Bold there is no 3G support. The lack of 3G does not hugely affect the BlackBerry Curve 8900, as email delivery is still swift, but it could be a deal breaker nonetheless.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 – The verdict

Anyone already using a Curve is likely to find this a very worthwhile upgrade. If you are thinking of a new BlackBerry from scratch, then either the Storm or the Bold might also be worth considering.