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BlackBerry 8900 review

 Review: February 2009  

Rating: 4 stars

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.



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 the Bold.

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 this powerful.

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.

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Average rating from 178 reviews:

Reviewed by comfort from nigeria on 8th Jul 2014
It does not download picmix, badoo, viber, and some mobile apps. Am really disappointed.

Reviewed by jonathan from south africa on 6th Apr 2014
I'm downloading music frm different web sites n it just doesn't want 2 play weather its mp3 or 3gp I dnt understnd its says not supported format y pls rply

Reviewed by Ransom from Nigeria on 30th Mar 2014
I like BB

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 tht brap

Reviewed by ALISTAIR MUNRO from GLASGOW on 16th May 2012
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 loudest.
The camera,and video are extremely good and the video playback is also very good.
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 the best.
Ringtones and text tones are as loud as you can get.
Love this phone and i would not part with it

Reply by Nabeel from India on 5th Dec 2013
Good phone but slow internet poor battery backup lacks 3g bad browser lacks games

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 2012
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
Good phone

Reviewed by kalpesh mewada from india on 6th Jan 2012
i love my b.berry

Reviewed by hillary briss from wales on 29th Dec 2011
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 Nov 2011
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 Steve from UK on 26th Sep 2011
I am love it too much.it is no.1

Reviewed by Huntah from UK on 21st Sep 2011
Great phone Dannow

Reviewed by truth from UK on 16th Aug 2011
do not get this,it has so many problems its a joke...

Reviewed by hassan shonnay from UK on 7th Jul 2011
tooo sick it is so bad and bare fun to use

Reviewed by georgeia from UK on 28th Jun 2011
this is an amazing phone best phone i have ever had first blackberry and defently not the last i love my phone so so so so much

Reviewed by Serial shagger from UK on 16th Jun 2011
i have this phone for 18 weeks and a love gammon

Reviewed by mike from UK on 9th Jun 2011
i love em to bits.........

Reviewed by paul from UK on 24th Mar 2011
so far had this phone 3 weeks its had a new trackball new speaker and now you cannot hear callers but they can here you fine when working but beware problems round the corner conpaired to so called lesser phones garbage

Reviewed by seema from UK on 14th Feb 2011
i m sorry 2 write here that it has no convinience manual functions as others mobile have.

Reviewed by cas from UK on 7th Feb 2011
I tink it a sweet fone bt nt 2 keen on da trak bakk

Reviewed by Sophia from UK on 27th Jan 2011
Had this phone for a year on orange and have had to have it replaced 5 or six times due to crashing, errors, not letting me phone out and or text. other than that its okay but I don't think I am going to stick with it much longer! Too much hassle and a waste of money!

Reviewed by rogger from UK on 25th Jan 2011
Great robust phone for every day use however I have given up trying to load web pages or the GPS, they are so slow they are almost entirely useless. Otherwise as a phone and email device this phone is fine.

Reviewed by rich, from UK on 11th Jan 2011
Fantastic phone, best phone RIM has made, i think i like it better than the bold series

Reviewed by Beth from UK on 9th Jan 2011
It'll be my 3rd blackberry........ive had 2 Curve 8520s an both broke :/ my contract wont refund me another fone so my insurance are giving me one a model up.......hope its better *figers crossed*** :D

Reviewed by Graham from UK on 9th Jan 2011
Hate it, menu system dreadful, but I am only of average intelligence, it took me a very long time to find the made and received calls log. I am now trying to find how to delete contacts en mass not one by one. When that's done it will go in the dustbin, if I can't it will stay in its box and be marked Rasberry!

Reviewed by Laura from UK on 3rd Dec 2010
love this phone- espcialy the amount of times i've dropped it and it's still fine! perfect for anyone and so easy, so great for a first time bb owner! can't fault it at all, it's amazing!The silver edge even gives off the impression to people that it's an "expensive" blackberyy which of course it isn't, but why not play along with it? ;) a superb phone!

Reviewed by Margret Aitken from UK on 24th Nov 2010
Have loved this phone since receiving it in August, but have suddenly encountered a problem with which nobody seems to be able to help. It is not recognising my password and I have got up to 7/10 tries. If I go on to 10 it will totally wipe any trace of me from it. I await with interest what advice Vodafone have to offer, because the Blackberry site is atrocious as far as trouble shooting goes. I use this as a basic phone for texting, keeping a track of work contacts etcetera and suddenly all these details are taken away - so I can't organise my work diary. I feel very let down because I really have loved having a quality phone thus far.

Reviewed by loves blackberrys from UK on 24th Nov 2010
best phone ever bought!!

Reviewed by Big from UK on 29th Oct 2010
very good phone, excellent battery life, keyboard very to use, top notch display and cherry on the cake included in the package is a 2GB storage card :)

Reviewed by Thom from UK on 26th Oct 2010
i had the bold 9000 for a few months before it broke and i bought this. this phone is great! i love how fast it is and how small it is the bold is too chunky for my liking and this is perfect i love it <3 OUTSTANDING!

Reviewed by gundo from UK on 24th Oct 2010
this fone is amazing

Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 15th Oct 2010
If I'm honest they're not that good, firstly I got it and it was fine for a few weeks then I downloaded a few apps like google maps and facebook and i could be doing something and it'd switch off automatically then turn itself on and update and take forever to update with a white screen. Then I plugged it in to my computer one day to put some music on, it asked whether to update the software so I put yes. It completely messed up my BB saying to reload the OS, did that and now it switches itself off about a minute after I switch it on.

Reviewed by chocolate from UK on 19th Sep 2010
I hav freinds who have this phone. And they are always reccommending it to me. Touch phones always freeze apparently. The Blackberry 8900 is fab! Go for it

Reviewed by Georgia from UK on 18th Aug 2010
I have had nothing but trouble from this phone, i have had 3 phones and all of them have done the same thing! It is constenly freezing and sticking, it can freeze up 5 minutes and thats maybe everyday. I would not recomend this phone to anyone! But that is just my opinion!! :(

Reviewed by kabir from UK on 12th Aug 2010
Best Blackberry so far......I call it "my world in my pocket"

Reviewed by Sophie from UK on 25th Jul 2010
I got this phone because all my friends raved about their blackberrys and I'm not a fan of the other curve. I have to say when I first got it I was impressed; it ran smoothly and everything was so easily accessed, from facebook to my texts. However it soon started to slow down, freeze, turn itself off and when I went on the internet I may as well have sat on the trackball for all the control it had over the cursor. If you are considering getting a blackberry I wouldn't recommend this, the feedback I get off friends now is that the bold 9700 is definitely the one to buy so check that one out before you buy this.

Reviewed by umar digil from UK on 17th Jul 2010
am enjoying my blackberry curve very well

Reviewed by ed from UK on 21st Jun 2010
Dont get this phone. The trackball sticks constantly. Get the bold with opti pad

Reviewed by Ben from UK on 8th Jun 2010
I have been using the BB Curve 8900 for almost 8 months and really like it. It does everything i want it to do. If you want an MP3 player buy one, if you want to take pictures at gigs buy a digital camera. Highlight of this now is BB messenger which all my friends are on. The internet is slow and you cant multi-task web pages which is a bit of a downside. The trackball has gave no issues and i prefer to the trackpad as everyone i know who owns a BB 8520 or Bold 9700 have had serious bother with the touch pad thing. am gonna go for an iPhone next. Think i need to come to terms with this touchscreen world now!

Reviewed by alex from UK on 24th May 2010
the trackball breaks all the time it's not a strong phone, maybe only good for over-cautious over 50 year olds.

Reviewed by Georgia from UK on 16th Apr 2010
Love this phone.... the only thing is when u turn the phone off it takes ages for it 2 come on and sometimes it freezes on me when im on the facebook app and when i go on the net but apart from that its good jus wish it had predictive text on the sms love my BLACKBERRY xx

Reviewed by Kay from UK on 14th Apr 2010
Gutted!! I got this phone late November, day i got it it locked itself and i had to contact tech supp to have it re-started and lost most of the features...bb messenger, word etc, i only realised this when the phone turned itself off in Jan and i had it sent away and a new one delivered, its now april and the same thing has happened to 4 diff handsets!! it just switches itself off and doesnt switch back on, ive sent it away again but this time i have refused to accept another bb, any of their models, I am currently having to search for a replacement phone from a list agreed by tmobile. Its a lovely phone and I wil miss it, but I wont miss its non-stop freezing or re booting and the battery has to be charged every day, im hoping to get a phone I can actually rely on!!

Reviewed by Brad from UK on 8th Apr 2010
Its a good phone with decent menu system, and I want to love it BUT I cant due to one thing, The build quality, it is truly shocking, have had to send it back 1 once due to the track ball not selecting after 3 months, it came back fine but after 15 months (Yep out of warranty!) track ball has gone again, this time I can move in all directions except down so now useless, and if you do use the pocket pouch all that seems to do is scratch all the silver paint off the sides which makes it look a state, certainly put me off Blackberry's in future.

Reviewed by Henry Pearson from UK on 1st Apr 2010
I agree with the review above.i have had several BlacBerry mobiles. This is the best by some distance. I am not concerned about it not having 3G as it compresses information such that it really is not noticeable. It often outperforms public access wifi in its GPRS and EDGE mode. Trackball is the only issue due to it sometimes not wanting to work in a particular direction. This has happened with every curve i have known but is much improved on this model. I am a comissioning engineer working in damp and dusty conditions and overall do not find the trackball a hindrance to my making 30 or so emails a day.It "plays up" once a month or less and always corrects itself.i am sure it is soiling from use and have had no problems since i have cleaned the area around trackball. I highly recommend the BlackBerry skins. they fit perfectly and act as shock absorber. I drop mine frequently and no damage has occured.

Reviewed by Ktable from UK on 29th Mar 2010
I am the sort of person who gets super bored of a phone within a few months. But since i got the BlackBerry Curve, i have never looked back. I personally think it is excellent. At one point it was going quite slowly. But if you add all the udates that it need it keeps it on track an very sppedy. Absoluetley love the phone 100%

Reviewed by Devon from UK on 26th Mar 2010

Reviewed by t from UK on 25th Mar 2010
complete rubbish

Reviewed by bilbo from UK on 24th Mar 2010
I have to say I feel very lucky to have this phone. It is simply fabulous. It feels perfect in your hand, is easy-peasy to text and the rollerball thingy is just superb. I have never used a phone that I like so much, it does everything I could ever want. I got a 15 o2 simplicity sim only deal and a 7.50 Blackberry unlimited 'bolt-on' ..thats 22.50..and its a bargain..superb unlimited data and superfast blackberry push email...great operating system, menu's and layout, very easy to use and NOT just a business tool. I have 6 email accounts all pushed to this 8900 on my 22.50 simplicity deal, I think thats excellent....the camera takes surprisingly great shots, they really are good for what it is..the media stuff is cool too. Overall I love this phone..Iam an Iphone 3G user as well ! and to be honest I dont use the Iphone at all much now..could be going on Ebay, this 8900 has just about made it redundant for my needs. Hope this mini-review helps, but the curve 8900 is great for work and play. I dont miss the 3g to be honest, in a decent signal area the blackberry browser works fast enough for me and is not super-slow as I have read elsewhere, that is just not true.

Reviewed by Ben from UK on 5th Mar 2010
I bought this blackberry a few months ago and im absolutely in love with it. Normally i keep a phone for a few months and buy a new one but i can see myself lasting a long time with it. The only problem i have found is if you set a password the buttons could easily go off in your pocket and call the emergency number without you knowing. That is the one tiny problem i have found. I loveee it!

Reviewed by Brett from UK on 3rd Mar 2010
Stay away, the battery life is not accetable, my 4 month old 8900's battery now lasting 3 to 4 hours

Reviewed by Nigel from UK from UK on 27th Feb 2010
This is the best fone I have ever had. I understand that some people may have had a few issues with it, and this is because nothing is perfect. They may have been the few unlucky to receive the few that had problems, but on the whole I know about 20 peeps that don't have problems with the phone whatsoever! Push email is a dream come true on this one. The only Problem I have had with it is when the facebook application starts crashing the phone, but that is completely down to the application not being fully compatible with the phone or something else and has nothing to do with the phone itself. I would recommend this fone to anyone who wants a high performance, robust fone that can do literally anything that a mobile device can do! PS: I have had it for about 4 months now with no problems.

Reviewed by ian from UK on 26th Feb 2010
its a great phone! once you get use to using it!

Reviewed by fannie... from UK on 15th Feb 2010
my boyfriend loves this phone so much....that im a free to make dinner nightly and clean while he whisks his way through his applications ...wish it had an applicatiun on how to make him put it down for 5 mins so captivated by its beauty the smoothness and how she sits comfortably in his hand... well hes happy so im happy ... therefore just for him i give it 5 stars if it could wash and tidy up after him id give it 10 lol

Reviewed by Emily from UK on 12th Feb 2010
Right well where do I start! I have had this phone since November 2009, I have recently only just got it back from being in for repair as the trackball stopped working for no reason I have had problems setting up my email and sometimes it doesn't work for no reason wot so eva. The internet is very slow but that is due to it not having 3g. The battery life is rubbish it last for 2 days only wot ever happened to the extended life battery rubbish. I could go on for ages but it would just bore u I would not tell anyone to get this phone I wished I had stuck with my W910i.

Reviewed by Naveed.Akhart Syed from UK on 5th Feb 2010
only drawback is immediatly LCD damage. Please take care when used. Don't put in your back pocket

Reviewed by Steve Collins from UK on 4th Feb 2010
I have just made the transition from iPhone 3G 16GB to the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Instead of spending loads more money on the 3GS I decided to give the BB a go. Instead of slating the iPhone which is an awesome device, I will just say that that the key reasons for getting rid of it were lack of a hard button for the autofocus/camera, no flash, no local servicing for faults, no option for mass storage (SD), and the ultimate irritation for me, its absolute dependency on iTunes, I always hated that my phone was locked to that rubbish software. I never ever felt that I actually owned the iPhone regardless of how much cash I had paid for it. So then, my new BlackBerry Curve 8900. I got it new for 40% of the cost of a new 3GS! and I love it, I really do. I am not missing the touchscreen one tiny litte bit, having the full range of keys for typing in front of you at all times is great, I agree with all of the points in the review above, I am actually quite shocked to find that EDGE operates pretty quick whilst browsing and is not painful with download either, so lack of 3G is not the worst thing, lack of WIFI would have stopped me buying it for sure. The camera is good! it really is, I have taken night shots that came out well, the flash actually does help and is very bright for an LED. It also works well with the video function, wish it could be used as a flashlight like SE's can. The SD mass storage option is wicked, you've gotta love that whole drag and drop concept, transferring video, music and photos is just so simple. The doc viewer which I use a lot is very nice, it is provided by Dataviz and has a nice layout on screen for spreadsheets and word docs with editing facilities. I am also very happy to know that I can if I so desire to, buy replacement faceplates, battery covers, other language keypads and spare batteries. The memory card can be removed easily without powering down the phone, the sim card is easy to remove also but does require battery removal first. The phone is very pocketable and neat in your hand, one handed operation is simple and when you are finished simply depress the top mounted button to lock the screen down and slip it into your jeans pocket....nice! The screen although not massive is big enough to read easily, even with my need for reading glasses, and the display quality is stunning! and with the right HD wallpaper looks more beautiful than the iPhone, True! I have an HD image of a Ducati 999S as my wallpaper and it looks incredible. I honestly cannot think of how they could improve this phone, sure 3G would be nice but then it would rate as a perfect device! and that would be just too much to ask, wouldn't it? I have read negative comments about the GPS functionality on both BB maps and Google maps, well yes BB maps is always in sat search mode and is annoying, but after downloading Google maps on my device no such problems exist, it works fine. Of course no serious life risk navigation should be entrusted to this GPS device, just my opinion. I cannot cover every aspect of this phone here, but suffice to say I am one seriously fussy begger when it comes to smartphones/gadgets etc and I will nit pick at every little function finding fault wherever I can. So I am very pleased to report that this smartphone satisfies me in every way so far. I also have very high aesthetical standards and it satisfies me there too, good looking, functional, and most importantly, it does all the stuff I want it to do, and that is a tall order for me.

Reviewed by Mike from UK on 31st Jan 2010
This is my first Blackberry phone which I have purchased and I must say it doesn't dissapoint. The ease of setup for emails, and the browser is great even though its not at 3g speed but that doesn't bother me 2g speed is quick enough. The opera browser I use works well and downloading and installing new content to the phone is a breeze. The Facebook application works wonders and so does the MSN messenger. All in all its like having a portable computer at your fingertips. Camera is great for taking pictures and works in dim light. Typing gets some used to using the qwerty keyboard but after a day or so you find your own typing style (thumbs or thumb and finger). I would highly recommend this phone to all and do believe that its the best smartphone on the market. Highly Recommended

Reviewed by john caroler from UK on 27th Jan 2010
this is the best phone ive had in my young life and ive had 8 in the last 2 years and its the only 1 that fits my lifestyle its quik and has enough memory 4 all of my apps and themes who cares about 3g in my country (panama) almost everybody has 1 totally freakin awesome!!!

Reviewed by craig from UK on 17th Jan 2010
had the phone for 6 months now and cant fault it, except occasionally the trackball gets a bit sticky.

Reviewed by Rod from UK on 5th Jan 2010
Upgraded to this after being a Palm addict for years! It hasn't got a patch on the usability of the Palm but that's not a fault - just poor design! However, what's really depressing is I'm now on my 3rd phone in as many weeks - and now this one has stopped receiving texts! Across the 3 phones there's been various faults due to poor build quality (e.g.loose back cover, keys not working etc.) together with wi-fi problems and poor reception. The latter has been a factor on all the phones so it seems to be an inherent problem. My main use is as a PDA so things like the calendar and tasks are essential. This is where RIM could really take a leaf out of Palm's book! As a business tool the PIM applications are rubbish and the desktop client is woefully inadequate. As it happens I've found a 3rd party application (PocketInformant) which is a vast improvement, but on a new phone this shouldn't be necessary. Overall I'm really disappointed having expected so much better. I r eally can't recommend this phone, especially for business use.

Reviewed by roger 1361 from UK on 5th Jan 2010
I was looking for a robust and reliable phone, not too many gimmicks just a solid all round performer, well this is it. Great phone,easy to use, buy with confidence it won't let you down

Reviewed by anna from UK on 29th Dec 2009
i love my blackberry , im normally so fussy but think its great

Reviewed by Emma from UK on 18th Dec 2009
I looooove this phone i had it for 4 months before liquid damage meant i had to get a curve 8520 but i really miss this phone, cant fault it at all!!

Reviewed by Joji Mathew from UK on 10th Dec 2009
I bought Blackberry 8900 2 weeks before (Saudi). It looks good but I think function wise Nokia is better .I am not able to download fring on Blackberry .My friends can download fring to their Nokia & do cheap international calls & even can do video mobile calls from their Nokia via skipe (Which support only iphone& Nokia)to other parts of the world & I feel really trapped. I would not have purchased Blackberry . Blackberry should have a web site to help beginers like me to know ,what all sites/programs I can down load & what all facilites I can awail from blackberry. Now my friends laugh at me for buying Blackberry & it is like having no use except e-mail recieving & more internet charges for special blackberry services. If anyone know whether I can download fring program to my blackberry so that I can make very very cheap international calls & video moble calls ,please let me know .mathewjoji@hotmail.com

Reviewed by Antonio from UK on 6th Dec 2009
I have had 5 8900's in less than a year! Less than six months! Freezing, slower than normal downloads with a full signal, trackball issues, and the worst of them all... I can't get incoming calls anywhere in the US! I live in the US! My carrier nor blackberry support can fix the problem and I don't want the replacement that's a complete down grade. Some my love it. I love the camera and quality of the screen and other related stuff but that's it! Oh and the physical feel. Try at your own risk!!!!!!!!!! Seriously.

Reviewed by John from UK on 5th Dec 2009
i have had my 8900 since feb 2009 and have found it to be excellent. Dont let the lack of 3G put you off, on a day-to-day basis this isnt as big a drawback as you would think. the menus are easy to use and the camera is an excellent stop-gap when your digital camera runs out of battery or you forget it! personally i like the trackball, and find it compliments the menus perfectly. the email function is excellent, and often i recieve the emails slightly before or at the same time as my desktop. i have found it to be reliable too, i normally dont have a phone longer than 1-2 months before i have managed to break it but i have had mine almost 10 months and its still going strong! for me, its been as close to perfect as is possible with a phone!

Reviewed by John from UK on 2nd Dec 2009
In a word, boring. It does what it's designed to do i.e. push e-mail, open attachments, etc but in this day and age with all singing, all dancing phones it just seems very out of date. RIM seem dedicated to the task of sticking with the same features they've been putting on their phones for 5 years now. They need to get a little creative.

Reviewed by zircon master from UK on 2nd Dec 2009
Blackberry won't play youtube, bbc Iplayer and a whole host of other sites, I can't download or play music or video. Loading other sites is like waiting for xmas. Everything is a little hard to get to but its not a totally bad phone, has aspects of goodness to it. Getting used to idividual keys is a nice challenge.

Reviewed by Bob from UK on 30th Nov 2009
There are enough reasons on here why this phone is great, so let me explain my history so those in similar situation may make better judgement. I have been a HTC WM user for many many years, mainly for the complete integration with outlook. Occasionally trying alternate OS, but always going back to WM as they always failed in synchronisation somewhere. Finally after a frustrating 12 months with the Diamond, I had had enough so tried out the BB 8900 and Iphone 3GS. Both great, both sync wonderfully well with outlook, but without doubt the BB is finally the phone I have always been looking for. It is quite simply, practical for all my day to day requirements.

Reviewed by James Booth from UK on 24th Nov 2009
I've had this phone for a day now and already love it! The phone is bigger than the average phone, but boasts a full qwerty keyboard which is small enough to not make the phone too bulky, but large enough to easily send texts and email. The trackball is good and easy to use, however that is my personal preference, I have seen a LOT of negative comments regarding this so I would ask to try it out before hand if you are considering purchasing one. The screen is quite large, and is very vibrant which makes navigating through the many menus a pleasure rather than a chore. There are a lot of menus and sub menus on the phone. However, the menu can be moved around and is very versatile. Folders can be hidden at the click of a button or moved to inside other folders. One of the main reasons I bought the phone was internet. I got a good deal on it because Vodafone messed their computers up and got the prices wrong. Therefore, I got a FREE phone (It should have been 15) for 25 a month with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. In the main part, the internet is good. Most top websites have mobile pages which fit well onto the screen, it's easy to navigate through the pages especially with the shortcuts on the keyboard. However, it does not have 3G. This means that internet on the move is quite slow. It does have Wi-Fi, but 3G is missed here. The other reason I got the phone is for texting and I have not been dissapointed! Texting is easy, a mile easier than texting on the iPhone. It saves texts sent and received from a contact in a conversation type format, and although it's a simple, black text on a white background, it is a nice little feature. There is also BlackBerry App World which isn't as big and varied as iTunes but still has some useful apps. Maps and GPS are useful, albeit quite slow when on the move without 3G. Camera is good and has flash, as does the video player. In summary, I am very pleased with this phone and can see me using it, and enjoying it, for the remainder of my 24 month contract. I feel that I have got a great deal here and would be happy pay 30 a month or pay 150 for the handset and still feel I was getting value. I highly reccomend this phone if you are into texting or emailing, wanting to keep in touch with friends via social networking sites such as FaceBook or Twitter or IM with BlackBerry Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Instant Messenger.

Reviewed by Richard, UK from UK on 19th Nov 2009
Hi I've had mine a week and whilst I agree with most of the above I'm afraid I dont agree with all of the gushing praise. I already have the curve and expected the 8900 to be an much better upgrade. Sure it looks good and is feature packed but the music sound is extremely tinny compared with the old curve and the battery flattenes within a day. I may of course have a faulty one and I do intend to return it to find out, but if it's not I am ditching it and will give the old bold a go.

Reviewed by Neil Chapmna from UK on 17th Nov 2009
Can I also add that it syncs perfectly with the bluetooth kit fitted to my BMW - displays all contacts as required.

Reviewed by Patrick from Ireland on 7th Nov 2009
This phone is brilliant for sure. It has everything I need and more. 100%

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 2009
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 Sep 2009
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 first.

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 2009
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 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 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 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 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 Sep 2009
Love this phone, it's brilliant for texting and emails. Strongly recommend.

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 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 Shane from UK on 9th Sep 2009
In a nutshell, excellent! I could not cope without my 8900.

Reviewed by Brad from Brighton, UK on 6th Sep 2009
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.

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