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 11/09/2009 | AgeUK
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I am Age! I love films, games, music (hip hop), books and learning new stuff. All the good things in life. Im a massive geek and run my own online gaming community, if you're into games, check it out www.enemyboat.co.uk
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Pro Feature packed, easy to use, nice big screen, good for everything.
Cons Makes you lazy, short battery life.
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"Blackberry Curve - changed my life. (or at least made me lazier)"

Im a bit behind the times, what with the Blackberry storm, the Iphone 3g and all the other new phones out at the moment, but i recently got my hands on a Blackberry Curve, for free via vodafone. I have a to say, i love it. I was worried it might be a bit poncy or "business man"-like, but it isn't really. I mean, it could be, but that's not the way i use it. I use it for the simple things in life, listening to music, making phone calls, sending texts, taking pictures, all the stuff i used to do with my old phone (before it broke :().

The blackberry is a blessing and a curse in disguise as a sexy little black thing. I chose it because im a massive geek and i love having a QWERTY keyboard. I'm too old and boring to be quick enough to use a normal phone keypad to type text messages. Perhaps grumpy would be a better term. Anyway, i knew i was going to be using my new phone to surf the web, so a keyboard is a better option. There aren't many phones with keyboards out there, so the choice is limited. However, i had heard of blackberry's awesome reputation so i chose this and i am glad i did.

Adding to my phone my details of two of my personal email addresses, i am now fortunate enough to be updated on my emails without even having to find a computer to check them. They arrive like text messages and you can choose the alert that comes with them. A little light in the top corner lights up and flashes red to alert you to new emails, texts or incoming calls, but the blackberry is so easily and majorly customizeable that you can set it up so you can easily tell the difference between the three. For example I have set mine to only vibrate for emails, to vibrate and give a tone for texts and to vibrate and play a song when ringing. Other neat little features are abundant. It comes with a little pouch to keep its large screen scratch free and key the keys from damage (Or accidental pressing). One setting allows you to program the phone so if it rings, pulling it out of the pouch will automatically answer the call! You can also set different alerts for in and out of the pouch.

Music wise, the phone has a good little speaker and a standard headphone jack. The sound quality is pretty good, my only gripes are there are no easy "skip track" buttons on the phone itself, without messing with the roller ball and the mute button is on top of it, so i often find if im putting it in my pocket (or just moving about too vigorously) the sound is muted when i didnt want it to be. But that's a minor point. Video and music play back is first class. Album covers are displayed, like on most modern MP3 players and its works well. The battery does run out quicker however.

The little light on the front, which as ive mentioned before flashes red when you have email or texts, lights up blue when you are connected to another device via blue tooth (i have my phone setup to link to my car CD player for hands free goodness) and Orange when the battery is low (which is quite often).


Internet browsing, though slow, is relatively good and the QWERTY makes it a joy.
The camera with it is pretty good, but only 3.2mp, nothing amazing in this day and age. However the screen is nice and large and there is no worries from a shaking hand (as i have had with other phones). I have recently discovered the joy of being able to e-mail pictures from it, which saves the hassle of connecting the phone to a pc to download them, if you only wanted to do one, on the fly. A very handy thing indeed.
One upside also, another simple thing is the power on and off time. Its nearly instant. Which is fabulous.

There are so many features its almost impossible to list them all, google maps, facebook applications, music downloads, and a handful of free games (including the amazing "Word Mole" which im totally hooked on) and many more.
All in all, its a cracking phone which i'd recommend to anyone.

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  • Amy69 published 11/09/2009
    Great review xx
  • harrisjalil published 11/09/2009
    Nice review here... and OMG yes ! Blackberry Curve 8900 really change my life ! have a good weekend .. Harris :-)
  • jeaniecz published 11/09/2009
    Good review! I think Curve is awesome, I chose the iphone in the end and dont regret my choice, but if I were going to have two cellphones, surely BB would come as second.
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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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