RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review
Like the Bold and 8350i, the 8900 runs on RIM’s new 4.6 OS. It is beautiful; with modern icons and a more refined look overall. Functionality, however, remains basically the same as past OS versions. There have been some minor adjustments and tweaks to the categories, but anyone who has used the BlackBerry OS before will find themselves right at home on 4.6.
The layout is for the most part straightforward, but for a new user can still be intimidating at first glance. Since every program has its own icon the user is inundated with 19 icons on the main menu, some of which are merely folders which lead to more icons. It is slightly cleaner on the Curve, with fewer main level icons and a bit more folder organization, but there are still redundant instances like the Music icon which can also be accessed via Media. This can be overwhelming for someone first picking up a BlackBerry, but once you use it you realize that the OS is very customizable and on the whole RIM’s approach is much better than, say, Windows Mobile (TouchFLO 3D aside.) Its constant request for confirmation is very Windows XPish though, and quite frustrating.
We said the 8350i ran as smooth as we’d ever seen, and the 8900 is definitely on par with it. There is no hint of the issues reported with the Bold and Storm (which runs the 4.7 OS, a touchscreen version of 4.6.) Business users, the target audience, will be happy to see that their stable BlackBerry has returned and can go back to focusing on business instead of if their device will crash or not.
There isn’t anything new about the phonebook, which is a good thing. It’s as simple and straightforward as ever, and you can store virtually an unlimited amount of contacts. Each contact can hold three email addresses, two work phone numbers, two home numbers, a mobile, pager, fax and “other” number as well as a space for a BlackBerry PIN number. There is a slot for both a home and work address, as well as dates for anniversary and birthdays. Contacts can be sorted by user definable categories, each entry can have a custom ringer and picture ID, and there is a section for a webpage and notes.
Users can search directly from the main screen by typing in either the first or last name, and as you start to type a number in the phone application the Curve matches it with the contact list. When an entry is highlighted from the main contacts view the user can hit the send button to initiate a call. If the entry has multiple numbers it will bring up a popup window where you can select which one you want to call.
Again, nothing new here. Like the phonebook, the calendar function is very robust. It can be managed either on your phone or on your PC, and when paired to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) it can be remotely managed and synced over the air. Creating an appointment is simple, and options such as reminders and recurrence are present. Appointments can also be marked as private for added security.
Other basic PIM functions are available, such as Tasks and a Memo Pad. Tasks is very basic, but reminders can be set and they can also be grouped into categories. The Memo Pad is a basic notepad, no bells and whistles. A Voice Note Recorder is present for taking notes on the go, and a basic calculator is also available.
1. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
love how in your initial comments, you talk about the other attempts at media devices like the "pearl and storm". dude, the storm just came out, already sold over 1 million units (and its on bogo now with all other blackberries on VZW), sells like wildfire, and you act like it was yesterdays news. Ugh.
2. fracturedpsyche (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
didn't the pearl come out before the curve?
3. andrew_espana (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Mar 2009)
i've seen the youtube video player on this, and to be honest it made the thirteen inch in my bedroom look like caca, lmfao
4. jsb (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jul 2009)
It is said there will be a 8930 for CDMA users? Anymore info on when?
5. felix006 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Lukin forward 2 buy dis fone.. Hope it dosnt fail 2 impress