BlackBerry Curve 8900

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BlackBerry Curve 8900

A sleek twist on a classic style. You can keep your finger on the pulse of what's important to you with the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone. The str...

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published 24/08/2009 | Speakeeze
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"Blackberry Curve 8900, unbeatable, does everything!!"

During the last ten years I've owned Nokia, Motorola and HTC handsets. However, when I got my hands on a brand new Blackberry Curve 8900 everything became so incredibly easy.


When I assessed the merits of the Blackberrys I narrowed my choice down to the Curve but had to choose between the keypad or touchscreen versions. I'm glad to say that I made the right choice with the keypad version as pictured here.


This box of tricks does everything I need. The Blackberry Curve 8900 has its own very specific way of operating which is very different to others manufacturers. Being a typical bloke I didn't read the instructions and leaped straight in. I'm also a bit of a technophobe and expected to struggle a little. However, in my opinion and experience the Curve 8900 is easier to operate and navigate than any other mobile handset. I was up and running with calls, email, text, mms, music and photos within an hour once the handset became registered with the network.


The Blackberry Curve 8900 also charges incredibly quickly. I get a full battery with a 45 minute charge which then keeps me going for at least three or four days (and I use this a lot!). Even when I've used the built in GPS navigation it seems to go on and on.


I have a googlemail account for personal emails and it was a breeze for the Curve to synchronise with my online account. I didn't need to be a techno-wizard to accomplish this; I just needed my email address and password and the Blackberry did the rest for me. Emails now arrive instantly and I can view these anywhere with all of their attachments whether word, excel, pdf, jpeg files, it opens just about anything sent to me.


The primary reason for having one of these handsets is to make calls. The clarity is always good and the handset searches for networks and reception very quickly and easily. Side volume buttons are easy to operate mid call, as are a whole host of other features such as your diary, tasks or email.


I chose the keypad version of this mobile phone as I found the touchscreen version a lot slower and somewhat of a pain. Even though I have butterfingers most of the time I can whizz across the keyboard and tracker-ball without any problem at all. This of course reduces your screen size a little, however the screen on the keyboard version is ample and pictures, videos and photos are crisp and clear. The camera by the way, is 3.2 megapixels and gives some great results with the onboard flash unit. Once really accomplished you can even make a video and have it on Youtube within minutes without needing to go via your PC.


The Blackberry Curve 8900 can also replace your iPod. I uploaded all of my tunes and now just have the one gadget to carry. The headphones plug into a standard jack socket and give a good sound, however you can upgrade these if you don't want to upset passengers on the train. The headphones supplied double as a handsfree and your calls will automatically take priority over any music you're playing.


Although I would recommend doing this, the Curve seems quite robust. My 6 year old has occasionally thrown it around and so far, so good (touch wood). The handset is very good quality and doesn't have the cheaper, plasticy feel of other handsets.


In the box you'll receive the charger, headphone handsfree, software and a cover. The software allows you to synchronise the Blackberry with anything on your PC, and I would only recommend sychronising with a PC, this seemed more complicated on a Mac. The cover is a good one that does the job. Its a RIM cover which I'm told puts the phone into sleep mode when inserted, to save some battery power. There are many other covers on the market but make sure you get a RIM compatible cover or you'll lose this functionality.


The Blackberry Curve 8900 features include: Contact, SMS/MMS, Clock, Email, web browser, calandar, media, maps/gps, camera, music, basic word & excel, instant messaging, games, download file, and Blackberry App World. There really is more than most people need in this phone, but if you need more its easy to download from a plethora of applications direct to your phone. There are new free or priced applications coming out each week and usually take no more than a couple of clicks and 2/3 minutes to download.

The only thing that I can't really do on the Blackberry is make presentations to clients. But other than that the Curve has replaced everything and some days I don't need to take the laptop with me - I'm travelling light!


So in summary, great phone. Go for the keypad version and you'll have no regrets. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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  • Amy69 published 31/08/2009
    Im thinking of getting this like xx
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Product Information : BlackBerry Curve 8900

Manufacturer's product description

A sleek twist on a classic style. You can keep your finger on the pulse of what's important to you with the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone. The striking 480 x 360-pixel screen offers up crisp on-the-go video, images, text, maps and more. With a refined design, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is an easy-to-use device that delivers expanded functionality and reliable results.

Product Details

Product Description: BlackBerry Curve 8900 - GSM - BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry Curve 8900 - black - GSM - BlackBerry smartphone

Product Type: BlackBerry smartphone

Service Provider: Not specified, AT&T, Vodafone

Form Factor: Full keyboard

Dimensions (WxDxH): 60 mm x 14 mm x 109 mm, 60 mm x 13 mm x 109 mm, 6 cm x 1.4 cm x 10.9 cm

Weight: 110 g

Technology: GSM

Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Display: LCD display - colour - 2.44" - TFT, LCD display - 2.44" - TFT

Input Device(s): QWERTY keyboard, AZERTY keyboard, Keyboard, QWERTZ keyboard

Operating System: BlackBerry Handheld Software

Instant Messaging Services: AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM), ICQ, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger), Yahoo! Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+, WMAPro, MIDI , XviD, MPEG-4, WMV, H.263

Supported Memory Card: microSDHC, Micro SD Card, microSDHC, microSD

Talk Time: Up to 330 minutes, Up to 300 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 356 hours, Up to 360 hours

Colour: Black

Mobile Services: XM Radio streaming

Pricing Type: Refurbished

General

MPN: BB8900, Curve 8900, 3980228, PRD-19374-041, 65028, PRD-17116-027, PRD-17116-042, PRD-17116-041, W990242, 8900, PRD-17116-043, PRD-17116-041-DOA, BB8900CURVE

Product Type: BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry smartphone - refurbished

Form Factor: Full keyboard

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Aerial: Internal

Width: 60 mm, 6 cm

Depth: 14 mm, 13 mm, 1.4 cm

Height: 109 mm, 10.9 cm

Weight: 110 g

Body Colour: Black

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Cellular

Technology: GSM

Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)

Service Provider: Not specified, AT&T, Vodafone

Operating System: BlackBerry Handheld Software

Input Device(s): QWERTY, AZERTY, Keyboard, QWERTZ

Phone Navigation Buttons: Trackball

Application Software: Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, E-mail, Organizer, Browser, Media Player, Alarm

Software Platforms Supported: Java

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Instant Messaging Services: AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM), ICQ, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger), Yahoo! Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Downloadable Content: Ring tones, screensavers, wallpapers

Mobile Services: XM Radio streaming

Messaging & Data Features: PDF support

Supported Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4, MIME

Communications

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE

Wireless Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

WLAN Security: WPA, WPA2

Bluetooth Profiles: Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN), Hands Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP), Serial Port Profile (SPP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), SIM Access Profile (SAP)

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Phone Features

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, voice dialing, vibrating alert

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Ring Tone Formats: MIDI, MP3

Additional Features: Multitasking

Organiser

Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+, WMAPro, MIDI

Supported Digital Video Standards: XviD, MPEG-4, WMV, H.263

Memory

User Memory: 256 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC, Micro SD Card, microSDHC, microSD

ROM: 256 MB - Flash

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Still Image Formats: JPEG

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Digital Zoom: 2

Camera Light Source: Flash

Video Recorder Resolutions: 176 x 144 (QCIF), 352 x 480

Features: Picture stabiliser, video recording

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia

Navigation System

Navigation: A-GPS receiver, GPS receiver

Navigation Software & Services: BlackBerry Maps

Display

Type: LCD display - colour, LCD display

Technology: TFT transmissive, TFT

Diagonal Size: 2.44"

Display Resolution: 480 x 360 pixels

Colour Depth: 65,536 colours

Features: Wallpaper, screen saver

Connections

Connector Type: Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ USB

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Capacity: 1400 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk ( GSM ) - up to 330 min ¦ Standby ( GSM ) - up to 356 hrs

Miscellaneous

Compliant Standards: HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible), AES, Triple DES, HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)

Included Accessories: Power adapter, Stereo headset, power adapter

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