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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review

BlackBerry Curve 8900

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review
The Curve is not only a top notch business device but just as importantly performs well as a phone.  Like the 8350i we thought the speaker sounded recessed within the device leading to a very hollow.  We still could hear them just fine, but voice quality wasn’t top notch.  Callers said we sounded “quite good” and were impressed with the clarity.   We did experience a few dropped calls during testing, but we have a feeling that this has as much to do with T-Mobile than it does with RIM.  Battery life is rated at 5.5 hours of talk time, but as usual RIM has underrated their product.  In our testing we fell just short of 8.5 hours, which is as respectable as it gets.


Conclusion:

The 8900 is a worthy successor to the wildly successful 8300.  It combines all of the features we loved the first time around with a better form factor and increased specs.  The display is the on par with the Storm as the best we’ve ever seen from RIM, and though the keyboard is a bit small the overall feel is also RIM’s best effort.  The 4.6 OS is shiny and polished, though with Palm’s recent Pre announcement we feel RIM is about due for a drastic change that goes beyond cosmetics.  It doesn’t detract from the Curve’s performance too much though, and all in all we love what we see.


Pros

  • Near perfect feel
  • Best in class high-resolution display
  • Quick, polished, bug-free OS
  • Greatly improved camera performance over the Storm
  • Solid phone performance, including amazing battery life

Cons

  • Keyboard may be a bit too small for larger fingers
  • The OS may be bug-free, but it’s far from perfect
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display2.4 inches, 480 x 360 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
512 MHz
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.53 inches
(109 x 60 x 13.5 mm)
3.87 oz  (110 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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