1. I was getting bored of it.
2. It was not practical as a phone. (Great device, but as a phone its a no go will explain further down)
3. I could use better battery life (wasn’t terrible).
The reason I got a blackberry was because lots of my friends had them as well as I wanted a more practical phone (blackberry is supposedly the most business type phone). Next I didn’t know if I spring for the Bold or the Curve 8900. After weighing the features I decided that I would go for the Curve as the only features that were better on the bold are Internal Memory Size, Speaker, and 3g Connectivity everything else (Screen resolution, Camera, Size etc.) were better in the 8900 curve. I had a friend that worked in Rogers that got me a great deal on the phone and a great plan (I end up paying around the same I did on fido, but now I had a blackberry data plan (Bis)). I ended up paying 112.87 for the phone (when I bought it it was suppose to be for 200 plus tax) and signed a 3 year contract.
In the past blackberries were very ugly and nonuser friendly from my point of view. However RIM has obviously noticed this and kicked their design team into overtime. With the release of the 4.6 OS the Operating system looks much more snazzy and to my liking (might still have some non friendly issues, a drastic improvement). The hardware also has been designed very nicely on the Bold, Curve 8900, and Storm. The sleek new lines and thinness of the Curve 8900 is a win over the iPhone’s large size and weight (my opinion).
Features and Specifications
The phones features are great and the only thing missing is 3g, but to me I barley notice a difference (I currently use the bolt browser, its much faster than the normal blackberry browser). Whenever I’m home though and I really need to use the phone I just use wifi which is just a tad bit slower than on a computer. The battery life is great, I get on average 2-4 days on one charge (I’m not too heavy of a user). However if that is not enough juice for you, you can get the Seido Innocell 2600mAh Battery which has 90% more battery than the standard one, however it will make your phone larger. The phone charges relativly quick. and sports the new Micro-B usb spec.
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The Camera on the curve actually shocked me! Since I’ve had a 3.2MP Nokia N80, and a 5MP Sony Ericsson k850i and they both turned out to be mediocre for camera phone quality (I would expect the k850i to be decent, but it was not) I was not expecting much from the 8900’s camera. I took a picture with the phone to send to a friend of my new shoes, it looked great, but I figured that was only on the phones screen. Once I uploaded it to the computer and opened it in its full size I was shocked that the quality was almost digital camera standards! Let’s just say that now I have a flickr account because of the camera on this phone! Here is the picture of the shoe(click on it to see the full Size: 2048×1536):
Functionality and User friendliness
As I stated in the beggining of this review I switched to a blackberry because I felt I needed more practicality from my phone. I find the new blackberry os to be great in this respect, however it still lacks in the user friendliness department. Why do I say that? Well the reason is even though I consider myself a very tech savy person, I sometimes have trouble finding the location of certain settings on the device. Yes we all have a learning curve (haha pun intended), however on the blackberry os I found mine to be slower than on most devices I come in contact with. A feature that is so crucial to any phone (saving a number down while in a phone call) is not available on the iPhone. I thought this was the case with the blackberry, but a friend quickly showed me that you can take down a note (any type: a number, address, name etc) which gets saved in the call list. WOW I find that even greater than the normal number that just stays on the screen for nokias or Sony Ericsson, so thats a plus for the blackberry. Yet I still have to deduct points for the non user friendliness.
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I really think RIM has outdone themselves with this phone. It’s great all round, and I think this should be their flagship, not the bold. I also like that blackberryies just like Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and the iPhone, supports user upgrading. I’m currently using the .174 beta build and its great. I have all my contacts save on the Mac OS X address book so syncing was easy with Pocket Mac. In the future though I would like to see more Mac OS X software such as desktop manager. Finally there is a supposed 3g version comming out at the end of 2009 codenamed the Gemini 9300. But I’m sticking with my 8900 for now!