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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8350i Review

BlackBerry Curve 8350i

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8350i Review
The 8350i was a mixed bag in terms of call performance.  Callers were impressed with how we sounded; they had no complaints and said we sounded loud and clear.  On our end they sounded very distant and hollow however, almost like the earpiece was recessed.  It was like talking to someone in a large room, with no echo.  Voices were thin but clear, and though they didn’t sound the greatest we still had no problems hearing and understanding them.

RIM has historically underrated battery performance, a practice we’re ok with since they’re pretty high to begin with.  iDEN has never been known for stellar battery performance, and the Curve is rated at a good but not great 4 hours or talk time.  In our testing we were able to shatter this rating and got 7h22m.  Needless to say, we were quite pleased.


Conclusion:

The Curve is a big step in the revitalization of the Nextel brand.  With the upcoming CABO it may not be the flagship device, but it is a powerful business tool and gives iDEN users a much needed refresh to the aging 7100i.  The inclusion of the 4.6 OS and increased memory shows that Sprint is serious about bringing a top-notch device to the iDEN network, rather than just slapping on a PTT button and running the same 4.3 OS their CDMA Curve sports.  Performance is noticeably improved, and while it is not a QChat smartphone the 8350i is a very solid offering and should be just what iDEN business users were looking for.

Pros

  • RIM somehow made the keyboard even better
  • The 4.6 OS is attractive, and more importantly performs flawlessly
  • Wi-Fi finally gives Nextel users some semblance of high speed data
  • It is bigger than past Curves, but the size is still good especially for an iDEN device
  • Amazing battery life

Cons

  • The Nextel network means Sprint offerings such as TV are not available
  • GPS cannot be used with Google Maps
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display320 x 240 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.40 x 2.40 x 0.70 inches
(112 x 61 x 18 mm)
4.70 oz  (133 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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