Conclusion: It's hard not to pick this 'Berry; it's one of RIM's best smartphones yet in a compact package. Gone is the burden of choice-- WiFi or GPS, and the camera is excellent, UMA calling works well and the phone feels great in the hand. It's fairly stable for a new model and in general, BlackBerry OS is one of the most stable on the market.
Pros: Fast, attractive, very good ergonomics. Improved speed and web browsing compared to older BlackBerry OS versions (i.e.; the first gen Curve and Pearl ), high resolution display that's sharp and vivid, very good camera, strong video and music playback, good GPS performance. Has 3.5mm headphone jack and A2DP. UMA is a big plus and works well.
Cons: Display resolution is very high for the size and text is hard to read-- the display is the same resolution as the Storm's, which measures 1.1" larger! No 3G. Reception is middling.
Summary: At $199, the Curve 8900 is a gorgeous and powerful device that’s packed to the brim with excellent features and hardware. It has a beautiful display, a solid camera, a beefy 512-MHz processor, and it’s excellent for e-mail, messaging, and playing multimedia. If this smart phone didn’t ride on T-Mobile’s last-generation EDGE network as opposed to its new 3G one, it would easily be an Editors’ Choice pick.
Pros: Sleek industrial design, Good call quality, Fast processor, Solid 3.2-MP camera, Very good attachment support,
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a powerhouse smartphone that can handle almost any task. Along with its legendary RIM Push email, which delivers mail to your phone as it is sent, the 8900 also boasts Wi-Fi support, built-in GPS, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth, speakerphone and much more. With an updated OS, email is now more user-friendly than ever, eliminating the need to purchase a separate email reader, as mail is represented in all its HTML glory.
The Curve 8900 is the smallest and lightest BlackBerry with a full QWERTY keyboard, but the lack of 3G is disappointing.
Good Gear Guide.au
14 December 2009
Summary: Despite lacking 3G, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is still an excellent smartphone, and it boasts an outstanding display. The stylish and compact design makes it the best looking BlackBerry yet, without compromising the end user experience.
Excerpt: RIM (BlackBerry) came out with some brand-new BlackBerry handset designs last year that diverted attention from what it does best: make solid business smartphones for businesspeople. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 returns to the original remit, having picked up a few neat tricks along the way.