BlackBerry 8900 Review
In a nutshell: Smaller than the Bold, but packing in
nearly as many features, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of our all-time
favourite BlackBerries. Ideally-sized, with a brilliant QWERTY keypad
and a hi-res screen, this is an almost perfect device for mobile email.
Other top features include a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, a video
camera, a music player, GPS, a heavy duty battery, WiFi, and plenty
of memory. The only significant thing missing is 3G.
Review: February 2009.
The BlackBerry 8900 is the latest in the BlackBerry Curve series, and
is one of the best BlackBerries ever. Its name suggests that it slots
into the BlackBerry range just below the BlackBerry
Bold, but although it lacks 3G, in some ways its even better than
Like the others in the Curve series, the 8900 features a full 35-key
QWERTY keypad with a trackball. It looks almost identical to the Bold,
except that it's smaller and lighter, making it about the same weight
as many ordinary mobiles, and compact enough to fit easily into a jacket
pocket, or even into a jeans pocket. This fact alone makes it into a
much more mainstream device than the old Curves or the Bold.
Before we start our review proper, let's just take a moment to admire
the ergonomics and construction of the 8900. Unboxing the 8900, you
can't help but admire the build quality of the device - it just feels
so solid and well constructed. Unlike so many phones, taking the back
off to insert the sim card and battery is so easy. The keys are admittedly
small, but they move crisply and anyone with fingers in the normal size
range for a Homo Sapien should have no problem with them at all. You
can even use it single-handedly. The trackball is just like with previous
BlackBerries - some love it, some are less keen. We aren't 100% in favour
of the trackball, but it does the job.
Let's move on to the display next. It's enormous! At 2.44 inches across
and a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, this is just the kind of screen
that we need when reading emails or browsing the web (not to mention
viewing photos or watching videos.) This screen matches the iPhone 3G
and outperforms just about anything else in existence. The menus are
reasonably simple too, and once you've got used to the trackball and
the overall size of the device, you'll find that the 8900 is almost
the perfect phone, ergonomically speaking. For us, it's the closest
that BlackBerry have ever come to perfection. Just a little more work
on the menus and a smoother trackball, and it would be 100%.
Now, of course, the key selling point of a BlackBerry is email on the
move, and the 8900 doesn't disappoint. There's little difference here
with previous BlackBerries, so we'll just reiterate that the BlackBerry
implementation of mobile email is the best in the business. It is compatible
with virtually all email standards. It also supports attachments, with
a viewer and editor for Microsoft Office documents. Combining this with
the huge screen and the QWERTY keyboard means that you get the best
mobile email experience currently available. It's also a brilliant environment
for text messaging.
But the 8900 does a lot more than just mobile messaging. For one thing,
it has the best camera to appear on any BlackBerry to date. With 3.2
megapixels, a LED flash and autofocus, it's the same quality as the
camera on the BlackBerry Storm, and
outperforms even the camera on the Bold. It may not be an 8 megapixel
replacement for a digital camera, but it will produce excellent print
quality images, and is a very welcome addition. It marks one more way
in which the 8900 Curve is almost a mainstream handset. The phone has
a media player too, of course, and with features like playlists, shuffle
and organising by artist and album, it's a very usable MP3 player. It's
very loud too! The 3.5mm headphone jack allows you to plug in any compatible
headset, in addition to the one supplied. You can also use a stereo
Bluetooth headset if you prefer. With a 1GB microSD card supplied as
part of the sales package, and the potential to expand this to 16GB,
you certainly won't be short of storage for music or videos. The video
player works well too, with support for DivX & XviD, and flicker-free
playback on the high quality LCD display. There are even 5 games included
(from Sudoku to BrickBreaker), although we didn't get round to testing
these (all work, no play at Mobile Phones UK!) There is also built-in
GPS, so you can find your current location, and this can be used with
the BlackBerry Maps application.
The 8900 has a full choice of connectivity options, including Bluetooth
2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate, USB and WiFi. The WiFi connection is very
easy to set up, and lets you access email, the web, or data on your
PC. This is probably the best way to make use of the built-in web browser.
The 8900 has a whopping heavy duty battery, which contributes to its
weight quite significantly, but gives it plenty of power to last even
with heavy use. You can recharge it from the mains or via a USB cable
on your PC.
The 8900 is a quadband phone, which means that you can use it worldwide,
and usefully it is provided with an international charger too, so no
worries about forgetting to pack your travel socket. But the one feature
that is very obviously missing is 3G. The Bold has 3G, the Storm has
3G, so why not the 8900? For some this may be a show stopper, and it
certainly is a pity to have to rely on 2G data transfer with a device
Finally, it's worth pointing out just what a polished device the Curve
8900 is. As well as the physical build quality, the usability factor
is very high, with the 8900 being the latest in a mature evolution of
business devices. Unlike some competitors, there's very little about
the 8900 with a "beta" feeling. Nice features include the
wide choice of ringtones and alerts (both audio and visual), the wealth
of status indicators on the home screen (e.g. missed calls, unopened
messages, connection status, and calendar alerts.)
This is definitely one of our favourite BlackBerries of all time. The
8900 really is an accomplished multimedia device and can become a one-stop
shop for communication, music, media, photography, web browsing and
GPS too. Oh, if only it had 3G! Apart from the missing 3G, this really
is the best BlackBerry of all time.
Before buying, consider the Nokia E63 too.
Features of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilisation
and 2x digital zoom
- Video recording (240 x 180 pixels)
- LCD display: 480 x 360 pixels, 65,000 colours (2.44 inches)
- Media player (Supports MP3, WMA, MIDI, AMR-NB, WMA, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+,
3GP formats plus DivX & XviD support)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push
email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones plus a wide choice of alerts and visual indicators
- GPS with BlackBerry Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Vibration alert
- Internet: Web browser, RSS feeds, GPRS, EDGE
- Connectivity: WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, USB, RIM wireless modem,
3.5mm stereo headset port
- Memory: 128 Mbytes plus 1GB microSD memory card (up to 16GB)
- Size: 109 x 60 x 13.5 mm
- Weight: 110g
- Quadband GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz)
- Talktime: 5.5 hours
- Battery standby: 356 hours
BlackBerry 8900 User Reviews
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Average rating from 113 reviews:
Reviewed by lou review from uk on 3rd Sep 2012
bag of P@@
Reviewed by Aloo from Pakistan on 31st Jul 2012
Good fone for txting n calling bad for net but iv got a iphone 4s 4
Reviewed by ALISTAIR MUNRO from GLASGOW on 16th
I had this phone passed onto me from family for nothing.
This is the best phone i have ever had.
The music quality is excellent.Pictures are very good,especially transferring
from pc to phone. The text reading is excellent,clear and large. The
speaker is the best I have heard,and I love music,so I think this is
The camera,and video are extremely good and the video playback is also
Making and receiving calls is excellent with a clarity that is pleasing.
The build is strong,and once you get used to the keyboard,it is by far
Ringtones and text tones are as loud as you can get.
Love this phone and i would not part with it
Reviewed by Laura from England on 24th Mar 2012
I really do not recommend this Blackberry device. I have had mine since
August 2O11 and it has always let me down. First two weeks was fantastic
with this phone, but after the fortnight I got rather sick of it. It
kept freezing, slow at downloading apps from BAW (Blackberry App World)
and it constantly needed the battery pull. I used to have to take the
battery out more than 3 times a day due to the device freezing. It needed
to be reset about six times in less than eight months of use. The trackball
gets hard to use after a certain amount of time because of the dirt,
grease, oil, off your fingers. Do not buy it!
Reviewed by Elvis from Cameroon on 14th Mar 2012
This is a MEGA phone.
Reviewed by Amair khan from England on 13th Mar
1star because its old.
Reviewed by Goran from Serbia on 19th Feb 2012
I had this phone for about 2 weeks, and is great and bad in the same
time.If you just want to make call and check email then you shoud buy
this phone.Exellent audio quality and reception whith great keyboard
make him outstanding phone.
But...if you want to do some internet browsing, music,camera, bluetooth
transfer, games you shoud forget this phone.
Internet extremely slow, practically useless, bluetooth almost impossible
to use (you must bee computer expert), froget about games, and it is
very possible that you need to clean the trackball every week or so,
because it is very easy to get dirty.
Reviewed by liam from england on 17th Feb 2012
you should get a blackberry the this phone is the best blackberry that
has came out
Reviewed by bob from moon on 11th Feb 2012
excellent phone everyone should have one 100%
Reviewed by vgbh from uk on 23rd Jan 2012
Reviewed by kalpesh mewada from india on 6th Jan
i love my b.berry
Reviewed by hillary briss from wales on 29th Dec
this phone is a joke. Extremely slow. Constantly crashes. the browser
no longer lets me click on any links. Avoid this like the plague. the
phone will work well for 6 months and then slowly fail in the most horrible
of ways. you have been warned.
Reviewed by Ankitkumar Pandey from INDIA on 23rd
I like blackberry8900 curve against any other mobile , it gives a significant
role for live. But I can not blame that it has not 3G.
Reviewed by Patrick from Ireland on 7th Nov 2009
This phone is brilliant for sure. It has everything I need and more.
Reviewed by lk from dyu on 7th Nov 2009
Reviewed by Oman Rohman Rochim from Indonesia on
6th Nov 2009
I love Blackberry Curve (Javelin) 8900, it will be more excellent Smartphone
if built in with 3G as well as optical pointing device instead the old
stone age of trackball.
Reviewed by David from Scotland on 28th Oct 2009
I have had this BB for about 3 months and it is excellent. So good,
in fact, that I bought one for my mum and she is now a "Crackberry"
addict too! I use it for work and play. The push email is excellent,
sometimes arriving on my BB before my desktop at work! My wife has an
iPhone 3G which is also excellent and was better for Facebook until
the new Facebook App was released for BB last week. I have had a couple
of "General Service Error"s, but a battery pull (and 10 minute wait)
sort it out. Battery life is much, much, much better than the iPhone!
Great screen, intuitive menus, decent camera and useable video camera.
No phone is perfect, but this is very close! Highly recommended. 5*.
Reviewed by Winston from Zanzibar, Tanzania on
19th Oct 2009
Excellent phone, I like it very much.
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 17th Oct 2009
I had this phone for approx three weeks before the "General Service
Error" started got fed up returned it and accepted a Nokia E63 and have
not looked back (3g, WiFi and free push mail) no gps but thats what
the one fitted to the car is for.
Reviewed by Dee from UK on 12th Oct 2009
Like all Blackberries, this phone is pointless unless you want to subscribe
to the extortionate Blackberry push system, all other makers allow you
pick up mail for FREE, yes you have to 'pull' mail with others rather
than have it pushed to you, but are you really that crazy to pay for
the difference? Also when you have a probelm Balckberry will not help,
the simply refer you to online forums (so the opther suckers who have
had the same problem end up supporting you) or wait for it - you can
PAY (yes PAY!) for an 'indicendt' to be investigated. We should all
rebel and take our business elsewhere.
Reviewed by Nadine from UK on 10th Oct 2009
Received mine two days ago: setting email a doddle and have experienced
no problems with call dropping, 'white screen of death', freezing etc
as I have with my sony c902. Would definitely recommend this phone to
anyone, no longer the perception that if you have a business you need
a Blackberry. Anyone can have it! Takes some getting used with regard
to typing etc but after say 1 day's use you are fine. Great features
and looks fantastic. Highly highly recommend. Lack of 3G is not even
an issue to worry about.
Reviewed by Carl Johnson from England on 5th Oct
Great phone, one downfall, break esily. i put down the phone from a
call and tried making one myself, a message popped up saying 'general
service report: generaly error!' and from then i could not make/recieve
calls or texts. whenever people tried phoning me it went staright to
answer phone, twice this has happened in a month with two brand new
phones. and RIM tried making me pay for a replacement
Reviewed by lee from UK on 3rd Oct 2009
This is a top class phone, had a bold and now this one, this just beats
the bold in my opinion, camera slightly better, slightly smaller in
your pocket, this phone is brilliant you get your emails delivered straight
to you as well as facebook messages/updates, can sync your music from
your i tunes library, the two minus points is there is no 3G, limited
applications from blackberry to download, but top phone buy it!!!
Reviewed by andrew foster from england on 27th
i have had mine for three months the email is great and the build very
good.I was a nokia fan but the blackberry is better.The only thing i
find is that if you send ring tones or files to other phones you have
to synic it with your phone first and you have to be in that aplcation
Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 26th Sep 2009
The biggest pile of junk ever. Nothing but problems - I've had mine
replaced 3 times, and Orange have now given me a HTC Touch 3g instead.
Fingers crossed that'll be better!!! It constantly restarts, writing
a text or email, whilst on the phone or even when doing nothing!! I've
had 3 other Blackberry's and they've been perfect, but this is the biggest
pile of junk I've ever seen. Orange tried to palm me off with a 9000,
but their technical support guy told me that this has more problems
than the 8900!! Never ever ever buy one of these phones!!
Reviewed by starkiss from UK on 21st Sep 2009
In Response to Biggal86. You need to go to your media icon, within there
go to options and chose "receive using bluetooth" then pair the device.
There you go bobs your uncle frannys your aunt.
Reply by GVS from UK on 18th November
A big thanks for the advice on file transfer using Bluetoth - could
never work out how to do it til I read your post! Teh BB Curve is a
GREAT phone by the way!
Reviewed by Mick from UK on 19th Sep 2009
I'm confused with the review from pzzaz. I've been using my 8900 since
January of this year and have never missed a call due the the vibration
not being strong enough. I'm running software version 126.96.36.199. Perhaps
the earlier versions were not as good. That aside, the device is excellent
and I cannot fault it in any way. I would never go back to a traditional
phone that's for sure. Highly recommended 100%.
Reviewed by Biggal86 from UK on 19th Sep 2009
Ok,,,how much am i lovin the BB Curve 8900 right now....i cannot leave
it alone for 5 mins!!! Only thing that is frustratin me is I still av
loads of pics n music on my old fone to transfer and I cannot seem to
bluetooth it cos it keeps sayin fail...if any1 knows what i can do then
thatd b a great help!!
Reviewed by pzzaz from UK on 17th Sep 2009
If you want a phone that vibrates DO NOT GET this one.Its vibration
is so weak it is unnoticeable! RIM is misleading people by saying it
has a vibrating alert. It's vibration is anything but alerting. I usually
have my phone in my pocket and always get notified by its vibration.
With this one I had a ton of missed calls. I returned it the next day.
If you don't require a vibrating alert then I guess this is a good smartphone.
Reviewed by Maxine from Chichester, UK on 15th
Love this phone, it's brilliant for texting and emails. Strongly recommend.
Reviewed by Shane from UK on 9th Sep 2009
In a nutshell, excellent! I could not cope without my 8900.
Reviewed by MissCheeky from UK on 9th Sep 2009
I got this phone two weeks ago and can't put it down, it's the best
phone I have ever had. I have always had sony ericssons and was a bit
aprehensive about getting this one but my friends have it and they were
all raving about it. Its got some great features the Wi Fi drains the
battery a bit and the phone doesnt vibrate and ring both at the same
time, it vibrates and then rings which is something I thought blackberry
would have thought about. Overall this is a great phone, I highly recommend
it, it is packed with the latest techonology and is great for work and
play. The sound quality is great too. I was a bit slow with the qwerty
keypad but you soon get used to it. So if you are waiting to upgrade
your phoen I would recommend the blackberry curve it's the best phone
on the market.
Reviewed by B from UK on 9th Sep 2009
LOVE IT! Takes a day or two to get used to if you haven't had a Blackberry
before but now I dont know how I survived without it! Tried the iphone
and many others and this beats them all, particularly if you do a lot
of typing. You always see celebrities with them and now I know why!
Reviewed by Brad from Brighton, UK on 6th Sep
I would echo Josh's comments to the letter.
Reviewed by Josh Graham from United Kingdom on
3rd Sep 2009
I have had this phone for 6 months now, for me I have had no problems.
Extremley happy with this phone. EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT.
Reviewed by Minty from Scotland on 6th Aug 2009
Had this phone for nearly a month now, in a word fantastic. Ive had
alsorts of phones in the past, none of them come close to this. I took
me a couple of hours to get used to it. Ihad a go with an Iphone, but
it wasnt for me. Once you have mastered the trackball its a doddle to
Reviewed by bex from england on 1st Aug 2009
have put up with this phone for 6 weeks now of an 18mnth contract,ive
had 3 replacement phones and 1 replacement simcard,as the problem i
am getting with it is it keep cutting out and breaking up on calls its
terrible i love the phone to dont get me wrong but this is terrible
icant put up with it much longer its driving me up the wall,i know of
5 other people who are having other problems with their phone too ,,,please
blackerry sort it out,i wouldnt suggest any 1 go for this phone until
theyve ironed out these problems
Reviewed by nj from indonesia on 30th Jul 2009
I purchsed blackberry 8900 in one of the handphone shop! I using about
1 months ago, I like it v much with the design n v small and easy to
use But but got 1 problem it ll restart itself or like to hang!! My
memory still got a lot space How to prevent it ll hang or restsrt it??
I need help or any advice?? Tq
Reviewed by Lu from Midlands on 24th Jul 2009
I had a BB 8900 Curve for 10 days and the trackball broke. T Mobile
kindly replaced it. I've had this one now for a month and the trackball
again has broken. Then, this morning the speaker has gone on it. It
wont ring, play music, it doesnt make a noise if a message comes through,
speakerphone doesnt work neither does the alarm. Awful! I should have
listened to family & friends about BB's. This was my 1st and last BB.
Back to good old Sony's.
Reviewed by Rosie from Scotland on 21st Jul 2009
I got this phone 4 days ago and literally have not been able to put
it down - I am about to get in so much trouble at work! Where to start?!
This is my first Blackberry and before I had a look at it up and running
in the shop, wasn't convinced about shape/size etc. But as soon as I
saw it on and working, I loved it - the look and shape, it looks so
much more sexier and expensive than any other phone I have seen. The
screen is brilliant quality, I have loaded a few videos on to it and
the clarity is amazing. The keypad - I got used to it about 30 seconds
after using it! The roller ball, I don't mind it at all, and I am really
surprised at how many people don't like it, maybe I like it because
mine works properly, not 100% accurate but near enough. The camera is
good too - and excellent quality for just a 3.2. I love, love, love
getting emails straight to my phone just like a text, that and facebook
alerts. I haven't checked my mail on a computer since I got the phone
- I haven't needed to. I am not going to go on and on - the whole phone
overall is the best phone I have ever had, easy to use, I love that
you can change your font style and size too - a nice little feature
there. I have a 2gb memory card so I have lots of music on it, and again,
sound quality is excellent. I did however have to go back into the shop
the next day to get them to set up my internet etc properly as I could
only get access through my wifi hub connection at home. But there was
some problem on the Blackberry-Orange site which was promptly sorted
for me. I really can't think of anything bad to say about this phone.
As I said at the top of this review, this is my first Blackberry, and
I will never go back to anything else now.
Reviewed by Babeee from UK on 19th Jul 2009
I avern't got the phone...but read the reviews (mostly outstanding)
And seen the phone itself...And - LOVE IT!!!! Its abit expensive but
by october it may av gone down! Fingers crossed!
Reviewed by Chris P Bacon from London, UK on 17th
Got this phone last week and haven't been able to put it down since.
It's awsome in every way and it has a screen to die for. I cannot understand
some of the poor reviews below because it really is a great phone with
all the features you need. I appreciate it doesn't have 3g but it does
have wi-fi and the email is brilliant. You really will not be disapointed.
go on... go buy one.
Reviewed by George from UK on 14th Jul 2009
Nice phone, excellent for emailing and texting. I just wish I had gone
down the BlackBerry route sooner. In a nutshell, a brilliant piece of
Reviewed by ronnie size from gipsieland on 13th
well,just illusion.no good signal,no 3G,horrible battery when you use
phone hard.freezing constantly.piece of rubbish,like all blackberrys.this
my second,but finally last blackberry.
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 7th Jul 2009
Ok so, I got the BB curve 8900 as an upgrade from Orange and sent it
back after two days. The phone was functioning fine and I liked the
look and feel of the whole thing.. The two gripes I have are the track
ball and the key pad. The track ball seems to me so fragile and sometimes
doesn't register at all. The key pad moves around and isn't stuck to
the device... It all just seemed a little tacky and badly put together,
plus no 3G and only 1 gig of memory (I think that might be orange)!!!!
I've read so many reviews from this site and really can't make up my
mind as what will replace the curve. I think we all have to remember
that there's a war going on in the mobile phone world. There doesn't
seem to be many phone companies at the moment who're willing to really
test their phones before release (maybe the exception is Apple??). All
iphones seem to have so many really bad glitches.. Or maybe it's a mix
of manufacturer and network blunders?? Really am thinking of just sticking
to a simple function mobile that texts and calls and lugging the laptop
Reviewed by Enie from Indonesia on 28th Jun 2009
I really love my Javelin 8900. I had it on March 09 until now. It's
no big deal the Javelin doesn't have 3G. It helps me to connect internet,
push email, FB, YM & BlackBerry Messenger. I am just satisfied with
my 1st BlackBerry that I ever had!!
Reviewed by Bob from UK on 26th Jun 2009
My second dreadful experience of a Blackberry after 3 years of bliss
with a Palm Treo. What a nightmare to set up!!! My wife has an ipod
touch (not an iphone). she downloaded an app and within 3 minutes had
synched her mail. The Blackberry is specifically designed to do this.
(Buy a normal mobile if you don't want this feature) Yet setting it
up to do this reliably is awkward and slow and needs some it knowledge.
You can tell its been designed by IT geeks. It has nothing of the simplicity
or user friendliness of a nokia or samsung. even changing the tones
is hidden away. i'm sure once its up and working it will be ok, but
really, you guys at blackberry could learn a lot from buying and using
a Palm Treo for a while!!
Reviewed by MarkC from UK on 7th Jun 2009
I have had this phone for about 2 months now, I didnt want to do a review
without having to properly live with it for a while. Previously I have
had normal phones and this is my first internet / email phone. Starting
externally the phone is of a reasonable size easliy fitting into your
pocket. The key pad is big enough and the buttons have good definition
that even i can work them with either my finger tips or finger nail
however the key pad does have some play in it, that may anoy some people
but it doesnt bother me. The track ball works fine but is a little delicate
again it feels like it is loose, as it is almost too easy to scroll.
Sometimes when pressing the track ball to select an item the ball will
rotate slightly due to it being loose and you end up selecting a different
item. To get round this i highlight the item on the screen i want then
press enter on the keypad, this works 90% of the time. Screen is good
quality and can show detail from webpages if your eyes are good enough
to read it you can do without zooming in and out on many web pages as
the definition is fantastic. Getting used to pressing the blackberry
button to access menues, options etc did take a few days to get used
to to but now it is second nature. Speaker is clear and can be used
as a speaker phone, but at full volume it gets very crackly and aint
much use. (i thought this was a defect in my handset so i got it replaced,
the replacement was the same, i guess it is design feature to make you
go and buy a proper hands free kit and not wear out the phone speaker).
Use as a phone is great quick access to phone book, easy to use. Internet
use is fine, edge vs HSPDA who cares, it works good enough for me. I
have raced webpage loading with an iphone the 8900 was only a few seconds
slower to load the website. Email blackberrys were built for email and
it works brilliantly the 8900, it has almost replaced my laptop for
email access. Battery life is a little dissapointing based upon the
figures above 356 hours standby, thats just not possible. I have enabled
auto on-off so it turns itself off overnight, i dont have bluetooth
or wifi turned on unless i am using them, and i only talk on it about
30 mins a day, doing this i get about 3-4 days from a full charge. This
is not bad perfromance considering my previous phone what was a basic
phone and only lasted 3-4 days as well. I bought this phone for the
following features, making phone calls, email and a some internet, it
performs those functions excellently. You can do more with it by downloading
apps but I am not interested in that, as it is a business tool and not
a toy. I would recommend this phone to anyone who wants the above features.
Reviewed by emma from newport,s wales on 31st
im so glad to have another blackberry,had the pearl before and loved
that,now got this beauty and will definately stick with blackberry from
now on. Its easy to use and anything your unsure of you can check the
help bit out within the phone,kind of like internal manual. im quite
impressed with the camera,more than adequate,lovely to txt on(main reason
i got another bb)got loads of apps like the usual facebook,msn etc.
the only thing is as im with t mobile,it takes a while b4 getting emails
then i only get the selcted few,and i cant always use the web on it
if not in wifi area as its either very slow or says unavailable, the
battery is okay,have had better, other than that i love this phone and
like the fact not everyone u see has this phone so it turns heads a
bit more than usual sony's and nokia. love it,want it go and buy it
Reviewed by Bad Attitude from USA on 31st May
Love it,instint wifi connect,fast upload/download GPS is awesome google
search is graet weather anywhere you want to check sports all on fast
web search. Great mp3
Reviewed by Mike Mahoney from England on 27th
It took me several weeks of research and looking at reviews before taking
a 'leap of faith' and going for the Blackberry 8900. I had previously
only ever used my phones for talk and text and had always had Nokia
or Sony Ericcson and I was worried whether I would be happy in using
the Blackberry as a phone. Well, I didn't need to worry. I am absolutely
not technical when it comes to phones but it has only taken me a few
days to get used to the Blackberry and now it is second nature. And
I am now making use of so much more on the phone than I thought I would.
Unlike others on this site, I have had no issues whatsoever with it
'only being a 2G' phone. Even in the worst signal areas I am able to
connect to the internet very quickly. Also, even with the huge amount
of playing around with it in the first few days, the battery life is
brilliant (without having to turn off wi-fi) and the roller ball is
great to work with and will last the life of the phone. When you add
to this beautiful build quality and a fantastic screen this is a phone
I have become completely hooked on. I must say that my local O2 shop
were absolutely great (and patient) in getting me to understand everything
about the phone and how to set various things up and took 2 hours in
making sure I was happy with it. Maybe this is why I've not had the
problems of one or two others, but these seem to be very isolated and
unlucky cases to me. I would unhesitatingly recommend the 8900 to anyone
- but beware because you will be charmed by the Blackberry.
Reviewed by Ahmad Fadhil from Indonesia on 18th
well, very pity about a missing 3G on 8900.
Reviewed by Laura from England on 9th May 2009
This is the worst phone I've ever had! 1). the battery kept dying and
no amount of charging would resolve the problem 2). The camera phone
kept freezing so couldn't take pictures 3). Has an annoying message
that comes up every time I get a text saying my sim card is full up,
even when I delete a lot of messages off and I don't know why it doesn't
save some of it to the phone. 4). The roller ball doesn't work properly
so I can't scroll to the right. 5). The text message part is weird and
the automatic spell checker will change the word to what it likes even
if the spelling is correct on certain words. I bought it on the strength
of the good reviews on this site and I'm very disappointed with it.
I'm taking back to the shop on Monday as I've only had it 3 months.
Reviewed by Jaz from UK on 28th Apr 2009
Great phone. Had a issue witb battery life like most people however
have worked out the tricks. Firstly turn off wi-fi if you are not using
it, press the mute button (top right) for a 1 sec and this will double
your phone memory [Editor's comment: you mean battery life?]. While
in standby you still get textx, calls etc
Reviewed by James from UK on 28th Apr 2009
Decent device, not ground breaking. Good at email, nice solid design,
but no 3G so slow browsing etc
Reviewed by Richard Lewis from Banbury, UK on
27th Apr 2009
Funnily enough I'm writing this on my 8900. I loved the term Crackberry
because that sums this phone up perfectly, I can't put the thing down.
Initially I was a little disappointed about the lack of 3G but in practice
its not a big deal. I was looking at getting an iphone but felt it was
a bit poncy, the Curve on the other hand is a robust utility device.
It also bucks the touchscreen trend which many modern phones seem to
be for the sake of it. I highly recommend this phone.
Reviewed by Richard from England on 26th Apr 2009
Got one of these for my wife yesterday to use at work. What a brilliant
phone! Had it all setup and browsing internet throught wifi within 10
minutes. I don't need one for email but think I'll get one anyway I'm
Reviewed by Harj from London on 25th Apr 2009
Just got the phone on o2 a update. O2 was cheeking enough to give me
a second hand phone. However i was switched on to work this out and
reported it out to o2 who provied me with a replacement and have me
a New one. Very good phone. Missing GPS for internet. Internet is not
the best, however love the phone
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 23rd Apr 2009
Reviewed by Gary from UK on 21st Apr 2009
I have now been using this phone for six weeks and can honestly say
it is the best phone I have ever had. It has everything I need and more.
I just wish I had migrated over to a BlackBerry sooner. Well done RIM
and keep up the good work! 100%
Reviewed by Rayan from uk on 20th Apr 2009
i was useing nokia phone last 14 years & i had use about models of nokia
phones on that 14 years.i didnt change my brand. i just bought this
Blackberry 8900 phone ,i really love it its very User Friendly and nokia
didnt even Think about this kind of Tecknowledge......
Reviewed by Felix Gonzales from United States on
17th Apr 2009
sounds like either you got paid to blow all that sunshine up our you
know whats, about this product or are going to get paid. I haddle all
the complaints for our users and I can't begin to tell you the nightmare
it has been trying to resolve the issues that we have encountered with
this new 8900 device so much so that the first device was replaced and
this second unit is not doing much better. the device would have error
messages then lock up and the battery would have to be removed just
to get it going again and this would happen constantly. Then emails
would not arrive timely. we've spent a lot of money with our IT people
following the proceedure given to us by BBrim and T-Mobile and still
we have problems. Now don't get me wrong the unit that the 8900 replaced
had some issues so we replaced it, but they were nothing comapred to
what we are going thru with this 8900. these problems began in 3/12/09
and continue to present. and when you are a professional you can't be
expected to be dealing with problems with your com device on a continual
basis. It just does not make sense.
Reviewed by Matt Field from England on 16th Apr
Just got this phone yesterday and I'm completely sold on it - I regret
not switching to BlackBerry sooner! I got it purely for =personal use
- I'm a student - and it doesn't disappoint! The battery life is stunning:
after a full charge overnight, I've been calling/texting/browsing like
crazy and I've only lost 15% battery. The camera is surprisingly good
considering it's only a 3.2MP, and the images come through crisp and
are perfect for quick snaps if you're not concerned with blowing them
up to epic proportions. All in all, it's a seriously good piece of kit
and I highly recommend it to any student out there.
Reviewed by Becky from England on 10th Apr 2009
I am new to blackberry's but was attracted to the 8900 because of all
it's capabilities and apps, the text, e-mail and most of all the GPS
and maps, which would save me from buying a sat nav seperately. So far
i love my 8900, apart from the fact that when i bought it i had the
same problem as Steve (commented on 7th Feb below) i couldn't find the
maps anywhere it jut told me i was at 0 N, after an almost 2 hour conversation
with orange help and trying everything, we discovered that if you go
to Blackberry's homepage and download the program called 'Blackberry
Apps World' install and register (all free) then the maps icon will
appear on the main menu and should work, but you also need to go into
GPRS settings and refresh it so it can find your position. My maps now
work perfectly showing, roads, giving directions and offering me things
like hotels/restaurants if i want. However i still can't get the proper
sat nav going - any ideas, very hard to follow a tiny map whilst driving,
need the proper sat nav pic with the person saying turn left etc. any
ideas? Other than that, very happy with my Blackberry and pleased with
my purchase, so am giving it 4 stars - minus one for having to go through
looong phone call to get maps set up.
Reviewed by Ruairidh from Scotland on 7th Apr
Overall a great handset. Find the keypad easy to use, emails are great,
although notice that they sometimes take a while to come through. Battery
life is good, only problem so far which is disappointing is that trackball
has malfunctioned after just 2 months and handset has been sent away
for repair. Other than that, great phone, hence 4 stars.
Reviewed by Peter from Ireland on 31st Mar 2009
I've had an 8900 for about 3 months now. Excellent phone, solid build,
battery life is about 3 days and once you get used to the qwerty keypad
it won't be a problem. Two caveats though. 1) The 8900 is an email device
first and a phone second. As a consequence of this the call quality
does not match a Nokia (I'm comparing to a 6233 or 6288). You will get
a lot of interference from outside noise over the mic (eg. wind etc)
and if you use the loudspeaker it can get very distorted. Please note
this is a phone issue and not the metallic voice you sometimes hear
when you have poor reception. 2) You can't (or at least I haven't figured
out how to) set your email service to manual. This means that the device
will always fetch your email automatically. This won't be a problem
on your home network but if you are roaming it could lead to heavy data
usage and very large bills. If anyone knows how to set this function
to manual please let me know. I'm knocking off a star for these two
details but for a lot of people these won't even qualify as problems.
Highly recommended otherwise.
Reviewed by graham from england on 27th Mar 2009
this is my second blackberry now. My main concern was that the key pad
was too small. I have fairly chunky fingers but i can use without a
problem. I have also found last week that if you go the the blackberry
bookmarks page from your browser, go to information and then gps you
can download a sat nav called Amaze for free. This is a fully functioning
talking sat nav. Although i have a sat nav i have been evaluating it
for the last few days and it can easily replace tom tom etc.
Reviewed by Lionel from West Berkshire on 25th
My first Blackberry and it excells my expectations. This is based on
18 months using a N95 which has good features.
Reviewed by Ben from London, UK on 23rd Mar 2009
I would echo Sean's comments to the letter. It's a brilliant piece of
kit and I would have no problem in recommending it to anyone.
Reviewed by Sean from Northern Ireland on 21st
I change my mobile every year at least once!! Ive been round them all...Gimicks
here and there. Last phone was LG viewty....best phone so far was N96
8gb let down by poor battery.BUT THIS IS A CLASSY NO NONENSE PHONE....i
cant recommend this phone enough. My first blackberry and its brilliant.
Screen superb...making a call simple and texting is a cinch...what more
can i say..buy it and love it
Reviewed by Ashley from Epsom, UK on 5th Mar 2009
Further to my review below, I'd like to add that, for all the advantages
of the E71 over the 8900, the 8900 seems to be more reliable for calls,
which is obviously a core advantage. I have actually found that the
lack of 3G isn't a problem. If I was a commuter who wanted to browse
on the train for hours then I think it would be a factor, but for me
I tend to browse while I'm at home as I don't get the time when out,
so the wifi works a treat. Previously to actually owning a BB I'd read
that their browsers were pretty average. I'd actually say the browser
is excellent, and a pleasure to use. So, just to be fair I've given
5 stars this time as that is the current average, and further to my
slightly harsh assessment of this device, would actually say that it
is a very handy device. The lack of functionality in the email is dissapointing
given BB's rep for such, but no phone ticks all the boxes, and overall
its a great phone for business use, and thats what counts.
Reviewed by Ashley from Epsom, UK on 3rd Mar 2009
I have this phone as well as a Nokia E71, which is a very interesting
comparison if you are a phone geek like me! The 8900 is a great phone
for sure, but it lacks a few basic functions (unless I've failed to
find them - let me know if I'm wrong). For a start, the email function
doesn't seem to even have separate folders for inbox and sent items.
When you type an already used email address the phone doesn't recognise
it. You can't group emails by date, sender etc. You can't hide your
number when making a call. All of the above you can do on the Nokia
E71 with Nokia Messaging installed (free at present). The 8900 is definitely
a great handset, and if you've not had a phone that does email (like
most of the reviewers here) then its great. However, I've got to say
that the E71 beats it on so many levels - build, keyboard (the 8900
is so plastic feeling in comparison, and the Nokia offers things like
full stops and other symbols on 1 click rather than two or more). Also,
the battery life is tiny compared to the Nokia. I could go on and on,
but the main thing I'd say about Blackberry is that they've always had
this rep as the best email tool. That may have been true a few years
back, but having had two of the cutting edge devices of the last 12
months I really can't agree. The one thing which is far superior about
the 8900 is the screen and sexy menu system. The Nokia's is almost childish
in comparison, and very annoyingly doesn't allow users to upload wallpaper
that covers the whole screen, but gets cut at the top and bottom. So,
my reccomendation is if you are all for show then get the 8900 as it
has a very high bling factor. But, if you want a solid (both build and
functions) handset that does have 3G also, the Nokia E71 kicks this
little baby's butt.
Reviewed by Rick from Deptford, UK on 3rd Mar
I am totally new to BlackBerry and have only been using this device
for three weeks. In the past I have always been a bit sceptical about
moving away from a conventional phone. Well, I took the advice of a
friend, who has been using a BlackBerry for years, and I am now converted!
This device is awesome… there is no other word to describe it!!
The email facility is first class and I’m now kicking myself for
not migrating over to BlackBerry sooner.
Reviewed by Shane from UK on 1st Mar 2009
In a nut shell... BRILLIANT!
Reviewed by FUNDRUM from G.B. on 26th Feb 2009
My first Blackberry after having excellent Nokias for years. What a
beaut!! It has everything I need and more, in a neat easy to carry fun
and functional package :o) I may now be hooked on Blackberry :o) Gary
Reviewed by xbabe82517 from UK on 25th Feb 2009
I got this phone as a free upgrade from o2 and it arrived five days
ago. This is my first BlackBerry, having owned a wide range of phones
since I was 18 (I'm now 26) and I have to say that I'm absolutely smitten!
I like to think I'm pretty savvy where technology is concerned and it
didn't take me too long to get my head around this gorgeous piece of
kit. The first thing that hit me when I switched this phone on was the
screen - it's incredible! My previous phone was a Nokia 6500 Slide which
had a screen that supported 16 million colours. With the Curve supporting
only 65,000 colours, I was worried that the screen would look dull and
washed-out in comparison to my Nokia. But I was shocked! The screen
is so bright, crisp and colourful. It's a massive improvement over every
phone screen I've seen! Once I'd finished admiring the screen, I got
stuck into setting up my e-mail, the browser and Wi-Fi. I have wireless
internet at home and it took me no time at all to get it all connected.
I saved the connection and my clever Curve now automatically jumps onto
my Wi-Fi whenever I'm home. And it IS free, providing you connect to
your own wireless at home. I was very impressed with the browser. The
amazing screen makes browsing a treat, and whilst no phone browser can
ever replace a 'real' browser on a PC or laptop (in my opinion), the
browsing experience on a BlackBerry is probably one of the best you'll
get. I've already saved many of my favourite websites and discovered
that certain sites that wouldn't open on my Nokia will now open with
no problem at all on my Curve. Regarding the absence of 3G (which my
Nokia did have), I can honestly say that I don't miss it because there
is no 3G coverage where I live anyway, so I never even used it on my
Nokia! And because my Curve connects to my wireless at home anyway,
I get faster speeds on that than I ever would have got with 3G. I do
have 3G coverage in my local town centre and where I work, but surfing
in those places on GPRS or EDGE has been perfectly satisfactory for
me with only very short delays when loading websites with lots of graphics.
I don't do massive amounts of downloading on my phone so the absence
of 3G doesn't bother me at all. Had a few issues setting up my e-mail
(I use Gmail) and I kept getting my sent e-mails back as a new message
in my inbox. I have now overcome this issue by setting up a Yahoo e-mail
account on my BlackBerry (I removed the Gmail account), and set up forwarding
on my Gmail account to send a copy of every incoming mail to my Yahoo
account. This means I can send and receive e-mails perfectly fine now,
but I don't have the annoying issue of getting my sent items sent back
to me! This is not an issue with the phone - this happened because of
the way e-mails are stored on Gmail. So once I had that sorted, I got
on with experiencing everything else the phone had to offer...and I
still haven't finished! The keyboard is dinky, but I have fairly chunky
fingers with only short nails and I have no problems. I made a few typos
at first, but now I'm more acquainted with the keyboard I'm a lot better!
I've also added a few apps and I can now use Windows Live Messenger
from my phone if I want to. There's also the facility to use AIM or
Yahoo Messenger. And I'm sure there are plenty more apps out there to
add, I just haven't discovered them yet! The OS is very intelligent
- I love how you can hide certain items in the menu if you have no use
for them. I've already tidied mine up! You can also rearrange the items
so you can have your five most-used options at the top, which will then
appear as shortcuts on your home screen. The phone book is incredibly
sophisticated, with the ability to add job titles, company names, birthdays,
anniversaries, and plenty more. I've had a play with the GPS and it
works fine, though I doubt I will have much use for it as I don't drive!
I have to say that the camera is not as good as the one on my Nokia,
and the video-recording is quite poor in comparison. But I have a 12mp
Kodak digital camera which records in HD, so I really couldn't care
less about the Curve's camera! It's there for emergency snapshots, but
other than that, I doubt I'll ever use it. The music player looks good,
but again I can't really comment as I have an iPod and have no intention
of using my Curve as a music player. But I have Bluetoothed a couple
of songs from my laptop to use as ringtones. Which brings me to the
Bluetooth - it was difficult to figure out at first, as you have to
go into the Media settings and set the phone to 'Receive via Bluetooth'
and only then can you receive items. But once I'd got it worked out,
I was fine! Pairing it with my laptop worked like a dream. Battery life
is good - I have played around with it almost non-stop since I got it,
and the battery has still lasted a good two days. I'm sure that once
the novelty has worn off and I can actually leave it alone, the battery
will last a good three or four days. And of course - the basics, like
making and receiving calls, and texting, are great. Call quality is
good with decent clarity. The functions available during a call are
very useful, such as displaying your own phone number on the screen,
and the menu also gives you full access to your Contacts and Messages,
etc. The speakerphone is also very good - a lot clearer than my Nokia
was. Finally, I'll talk about build-quality. I'll admit it felt a bit
lightweight and flimsy at first. But that was only because I was used
to the solid and heavy feel of the stainless steel body on my Nokia.
And I do miss that a little - a metal body just makes a phone seem a
bit more sturdy - but it's something I can quite happily live without
because this phone is a beauty and does everything it should perfectly!
The build-quality may be plastic but it's still well-made. I couldn't
recommend this phone enough and I know that I will always be a BlackBerry
lover now. RIM should give themselves a massive pat on the back for
this phone, it's simply perfect!
Reviewed by Brad from UK on 24th Feb 2009
This is one serious piece of kit. I love it and have no doubts in recommending
it to anyone that is looking for a comprehensive communications device.
RIM have done an excellent job with this one.
Reviewed by Eddie from UK on 19th Feb 2009
This is my first Blackberry and so far I'm very pleased. My last couple
of phones have been SEs. Not bothered by the lack of 3G, as I never
used it on my other phones. Email was easy to setup and works great,
both sending and receiving. keyboard is fine and I find myself sending
correctly spelt texts now (I am in my 50s, it's a generation thing).
Had to sign up for an 18 month contract so just hope the rollerball
lasts that long. Battery life seems OK, only charged it twice in the
week I've been using it. Overall, no complaints so far.
Reviewed by Grant from London, UK on 19th Feb
You have to admire the phone's aesthetics before exploring the various
avenues of its functionality. This BB slips smoothly into your pocket,
such are its dimensions. It has a wide display with a 480 x 360 pixel
resolution and a lovely qwerty keyboard that is very comfortable on
the fingers. The navigation trackball is an efficient navigation tool,
with the mastery of which, BB becomes extremely easy to explore. It
has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Unfortunately, there’s no 3G which
could be a deal breaker for some. That said, the phone sports a good
1400 mAh battery and gives a good all-round performance with regard
to talk and standby times. It also supports EDGE, GPRS and WLAN connections.
The 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and image stabilisation is
brilliant and takes good sharp pictures. You can access your email accounts
including POP3 and IMAP as the phone can be connected to BIS. This phone
enables you to access your emails with ease, emails can be received
in HTML format and all the attachments of your emails can be downloaded
without problems. The processor of the phone is quite impressive at
512MHz. The speed combined with the high resolution screen enables you
to run applications without any lag. Not just that, the screen also
enables you to play videos with the perfect clarity and brightness.
Also, you can benefit from the phone's support for Word and Excel files
with a spell checker. You can also rely on the phone with Google Maps
installed, the combination of GPS will always keep you informed of where
you are positioned. Even it you are lost in the midst of thick woods,
the phone will give you a hand for you can navigate your way back using
the GPS and the LED photolight. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack
and a decent music player that can deal with both MP3 and AAC audio
formats. It even synchronises with your iTunes library… how good
is that? The phone does not disappoint music lovers, for it gives you
a smooth audio experience and gives you freedom to shift through the
tracks of your choice. Ignoring the absence 3G, the phone has many efficient
features to boast about and indeed, you too will boast about this beauty
if it sits in your pocket.
Reviewed by Arron from UK on 18th Feb 2009
I must dissent from the rave reviews hitherto awarded by the site and
its users. Firstly, it should be noted that the video camera on this
phone can only record at 240 x 176 and NOT at 480 x 352 as listed on
the review specifications. This is confirmed on BlackBerry's UK website.
I bought the Curve 8900 for personal use, not as a business user, as
I was attracted to the QWERTY keyboard for texting and my using my private
webmail account. I believe the phone is marketed on this basis, as a
corporate user would surely prefer the Bold 9000 with its larger keyboard
and 3G internet access. However, in my opinion the phone is unsuitable
for this purpose. The keyboard is simply too small; after a week of
intensive use I still found it frustrating and typo-prone (perhaps my
hands are larger than average, but not a great deal so). The trackball
is fast and efficient for navigation, but it feels flimsy and I had
concerns about its long-term durability. Moreover, the ball required
a lot of pressure to depress for 'select' which I found uncomfortable
(the enter key could be used instead, although this was a little unwieldy).
There's also no FM Radio which I would expect on a smartphone designed
for personal use. As for the BB's primary selling point, mobile email,
I configured the device to 'PUSH' my Gmail messages to the phone relatively
easily. However, although I appreciated the ability to full HTML emails,
I eventually used the Gmail mobile app instead - comprehensive synchronisation
with the webmail version and any other IMAP email client, full search
and label access. This application is available from Google for just
about any mobile phone, and the BB version has only a few modest additional
functions. The screen is very sharp at 480 x 360, but it is still only
2.44 inches across and this feels like a waste of such a high resolution
(the iPhone uses the same resolution over a 3.5" screen which still
looks sharp). Finally of course there's the lack of 3G. I didn't anticipate
that this would be a problem, but in practice the high resolution screen
and advanced browser encourages desktop style website viewing with full
graphics, which can be frustrating slow using GPRS or even EDGE. The
phone has therefore gone back to O2 this afternoon!
Reviewed by Marcus from London on 18th Feb 2009
I think this is a wonderful phone and feel giving it just 3 stars because
it got damaged after dropping it on the pavement is a little harsh.
Phones are not designed to sustain this type of impact! I broke the
glass on my watch whilst fixing my car engine but I don’t blame
the watch manufacturer!!!! I rate it FIVE stars and would strongly recommend.
Reviewed by Jerry from Bahamas on 17th Feb 2009
I love the features of this phone as well as the interface and lightweight
design but I dropped it on the sidewalk once and now the speaker phone
doesn't work which means no ringer and no music. I had the curve 8300
and that thing took a major beating and never skipped a beat. My kid
even used to throw it around and the most I ever had to do was reinsert
the sim or media card and everything was fine. If it were durable I
would have given it a 5
Reviewed by Heather from UK on 16th Feb 2009
My very first BB and I am loving it.
Reviewed by Vijay from United Kingdom on 13th
I received my phone today my first ever blackberry and i am absolutely
delighted with it, it will be replacing my iphone 2g. The screen is
awesome, i had everything up and running within an hour including my
email, msn messenger and facebook. With this phone you have the world
at your finger prints. My advice is get it!!! Camera quality is good
sharp crisp clean images with the 3.2 MP built in camera.
Reviewed by luckysepgirl from Scotland on 13th
I got mine yesterday and this is my first BB, I have already fallen
in love with it. It is compact, very light (even lighter than the general
Nokia "N" series. The battery life is great, I have been using the phone
all day yesterday and today, surfing the net and still have 75% remained
battery. The WiFi is super fast, although it is 2G, not 3G, I find it
is actually fast enough, only slowing down a little bit when downloading
picture from the web page. The design is very classic, I expecially
love the Titanum cover and screen. Keyboards are very easy to use, I
don't seem having any problem with the rolling ball either. The speakers
are really good, too, produce high quality of music. Oh... how can I
forget, the email on the move, I love it. Finally the only disadvantage
I find about BB8900 is the langauage supporting system, it doesn't support
Chinese or any other Asian languages, which is not practical in nowadays,
especially in business world. However, I manager to get a software installed
for only $10, which still works out well. This is definately a great
compact phone comparing to Storm and Bold, and any other BB smartphones.
Reviewed by Gina from UK on 12th Feb 2009
I love my new BlackBerry 8900, its so much better than previous Curve
models that I have had. I rate it very highly and have no doubts in
recommending it to anyone that wants a high spec phone with the ability
to send and receive emails. Nice battery tip below from Dean, I can
now get three days on a single charge, which is better than the one
day that I was getting.
Reviewed by Kurt from Norwich, UK on 12th Feb
A top notch phone with superb features and build quality. Strongly recommended.
Reviewed by fryburger from UK on 10th Feb 2009
well i am now able to get the screen to show missed calls/messages before
unlocking. The battery does perform slightly better if you use the standby
button and you turn wifi off when you dont need it. So as a result,
i can give this phone 5 stars. best blackberry ever!
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 8th Feb 2009
The best BlackBerry yet. Well done RIM and keep up the good work.
Reviewed by Steve from England on 7th Feb 2009
I am new to BlackBerry but decided to take the plunge with the 8900
because it is so compact, and still has nice features like the 3.2 megapixel
camera and music player with 3.5mm jack. I am absolutely loving the
QWERTY keyboard. Finally I can send text messages with proper punctuation
without watching whole hours of my life disappear. Loving the ringtones,
as it has proper ones that go "ring ring" really loud! It
took me about an hour to get to grips with the menus, and now it is
pretty much second nature. I am enjoying having a web browser on my
phone too. One question - my GPS doesn't seem to do anything. It always
tells me that I am at North zero degrees, East zero degrees. Any suggestions?
ALso, I am on Orange and I'm wondering if they have removed Blackberry
Maps, because I can't find them anywhere. Once again - any help appreciated.
I was under the impression that I could use this for GPS navigating,
but I can't see how.
Reviewed by dean from wales on 6th Feb 2009
this phone is totally awesome! no im not a teenager but a 40 year old!
who loves gadgets! it does everything. Facebook,msn yahoo messenger
emails all on the go and very easy to set up! I cant get a signal cause
im in the middle of no where in wales but no problem,i just connected
it to my wifi internet router and im still in touch with all my pals!
if you buy if you wont have any regrets!
Reviewed by frank from yugoslavokia on 6th Feb
nice phone cool fetures and very responsive. i recommend
Reviewed by David from Wales on 5th Feb 2009
I like this phone lots. It has does everything that I need it to and
it does it well, which is important. The battery tip from Dean, which
is not in the User Manual, is excellent and my phone now lasts over
two days before it needs charging. Because this phone is so good, I
suspect it will be BlackBerrys best selling phone to date.
Reviewed by Matt from Brighton, UK on 5th Feb
In my opinion, this is without doubt the best BB that RIM has ever made.
The overall quality and features of the device is nothing short of awesome.
Anyone thinking of a new phone that wants to access email on the move
should definitely consider this beauty - you will not be disappointed!
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 4th Feb 2009
I am currently waiting for my 8900 to be delivered but am responsible
for a companies communications and I.T needs which includes our current
base of Blackberry devices and our own Blackberry Enterprise Server.
I tell you this because the phone review above has emitted one star
due to the lack of 3G??? When a Blackberry device is registered as a
Blackberry device e.g. it is used via a Blackberry server infrastructure
this device DOES NOT NEED 3G because the Blackberry Server (BES) looks
after all the file / data management for this device (and all other
Blackberry's) Even web browsing is especially tailored through the server
to suit the particular device so dont be put off with the lack of 3G,
RIM know exactly what they are doing with this device. I currently use
the Curve 8310 for work and am looking forward to getting this device
for private Vodafone use but will have to inform Vodafone that I want
the Blackberry functions on my SIM otherwise no advantage from a Blackberry.
They are truly special devices and have transformed our business communications,
keep it up RIM!
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 4th Feb 2009
In responce to my earlier mail i commented on the poor battery life,
however after taking Deans advise the battery life drastically improved,
therefore it now gets 5*.
Reviewed by Denis from UK on 3rd Feb 2009
This is my first BlackBerry and all I can say is, it is great. No way
will I be returning to a standard phone. It does everything from making
calls to collecting your emails. The build quality is second to none.
Reviewed by john west from croydon on 3rd Feb
Just got mine and i understand why they call it crackberry. cant keep
my hands off it. simply amazing. messenger and emails are a breeze.
theres no 3g but if you needed that kind of speed to download something
just use your pc or get a tom tom(for the maps) battery is phenominal.
I love the auto off and on function. saves loads of battery.
Reviewed by Ruairidh from Scotland on 3rd Feb
First BB and very impressed. Build quality is great. Very easy to use
emails and internet. Battery life seems good, have managed three days
but that's with limited internet usage. Good tip below re standby mode
to extend battery life. Keys and trackball much better than on previous
Reviewed by Matthew from UK on 2nd Feb 2009
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Just go this baby as a free upgrade. The only problem I am finding is
I cannot put the thing down. Its just brilliant and the screen is top
notch. The navigation via the trackball thingy is so easy to use. You
will not be disapointed believe me.
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