Multiple BlackBerry Curve 8900 reviews released

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BlackBerry Curve 8900

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 seems to be making a few appearances in the New York region, lately, as both BGR and Gizmodo have posted hands-on impressions of what was formerly known as the BlackBerry Javelin.

Nothing is revealed in the two impressions posts that we haven’t heard before, but it’s exciting that both sites were so positive on the device. It seems as though the Curve 8900 is a worthy successor to its forefather. We’ve posted the most interesting bits from both impressions after the jump for your perusal. Enjoy.

Gizmodo Impressions

What’s interesting is that even though the Curve 8900 borrows heavily from the Bold in terms of design and in no way feels cheap (well the plastic-y chrome is a little cheap), it’s more clearly differentiated from it than the old Curve was from the 8800. It’s very much a Curve still, and clearly the consumer model to the Bold’s pro position. So what looked to be a hard choice from leaked shots, isn’t quite as difficult as it appeared.

The Bold is more substantial, exuding “executive” to the Curve 8900′s “middle manager” or “normal person.” It’s clearly more powerful, and has a bigger screen. The keyboards are way different, too—personally, I prefer the Bold’s larger, squishier keys to the Curve’s smaller, stiffer ones. But obviously, the biggest thing is 3G. The Bold has it, the Curve 8900 doesn’t, and we missed it sorely.

All that said, this thing will sell like a mother, and justifiably so. It pushes the BlackBerry you see in most people’s hands (if they’re carrying a BlackBerry) into 2008, exceeding the original Curve in every way.

BGR Impressions

* The size is awesome — totally small enough to be pocketable, but not too small where sacrifices on the keyboard had to be made.
* Unlike the Bold where some people had trouble hitting the right convience key since it was too low, on the Curve 8900, it’s located perfectly.
* The screen, as we’re getting accustomed to now with RIM, is flawless! It’s smaller than the Bold as you know, and that’s an even denser, crisper, and sharper display in our books. Really a job well done.
* What about the keyboard? Even better than the first Curve. The keys feel more “fuller” and not hollow like the original 8300 did. They’re also decently spaced, and even after using a Bold for 5 months, the second we picked this up, we were off to the races. Another great execution by RIM.
* It might just be us, but the fake chrome bezel around the 8900 actually seems like it’s more equipped to handle rough usage than the Bold is. We could be wrong, but at first glance it looks like a tougher material or finish. You know how our original Bold fared…

  • addictedtoBB

    I’m still waiting for my Storm…just a few more days!!!!

  • addictedtoBB

    I’m still waiting for my Storm…just a few more days!!!!

  • Bradley

    I’m going to the Bold… Need the 3G so I can use broadband and talk at the same time. The Bold and AT&T (soon TMO) is the only way to get simultaneous Broadband and voice in the United States. And I cant wait…

  • Bradley

    I’m going to the Bold… Need the 3G so I can use broadband and talk at the same time. The Bold and AT&T (soon TMO) is the only way to get simultaneous Broadband and voice in the United States. And I cant wait…

  • http://blackberry-photos.blogspot.com/ Tim

    I have never owned a Berry before but just changed my phone and opted for the 8900 Curve. I love it – I am a bit of gadget fan, and this is superb. Downloaded MediaSync last night and now I can sycn to iTunes who’d a thought it!

    Great phone, organiser, and general allround piece of pocket entertainment.

    I am running the Facebook app – cool.
    Uploading to Twitter and sending photos to my Flickr account…

    I think I will always have a Blackberry now..

  • http://blackberry-photos.blogspot.com/ Tim

    I have never owned a Berry before but just changed my phone and opted for the 8900 Curve. I love it – I am a bit of gadget fan, and this is superb. Downloaded MediaSync last night and now I can sycn to iTunes who’d a thought it!

    Great phone, organiser, and general allround piece of pocket entertainment.

    I am running the Facebook app – cool.
    Uploading to Twitter and sending photos to my Flickr account…

    I think I will always have a Blackberry now..

  • http://kiri.com/ michael

    Great phone, small though. Does not look like a new 2009 phone should though. It looks mediochre

  • http://kiri.com michael

    Great phone, small though. Does not look like a new 2009 phone should though. It looks mediochre

  • seedy

    First time BlackBerry user.The 8900 has a really good feel to it. Getting use to the qwerty keyboard did not take as long as I thought.Only a few days.
    I still question with the battery.Not sure your going to get five hours talk time.
    So far i’m having to charge the phone by mid day. I’ve only had the phone two weeks.I srtongly suggest that you do not drop this phone. It appears the original model can stand more punishment.

  • seedy

    First time BlackBerry user.The 8900 has a really good feel to it. Getting use to the qwerty keyboard did not take as long as I thought.Only a few days.
    I still question with the battery.Not sure your going to get five hours talk time.
    So far i’m having to charge the phone by mid day. I’ve only had the phone two weeks.I srtongly suggest that you do not drop this phone. It appears the original model can stand more punishment.

  • maquero

    And whats about voice quality on a call????

  • maquero

    And whats about voice quality on a call????

  • Sean Williams

    I recently switched from an iPhone to a 8320, then after 3 weeks went to the 8900. What I like about the berry’s are the fact that they are so versatile! The speakers are incredible in comparison to my iPhone. The ability to send multiple attachments and keep multiple messenger services running all the time is awesome as well. Although I sacrificed the larger screen, I love the crispness of this screen. My iPhone is now being used as an ipod touch. I am now a crackberry addict!

  • Sean Williams

    I recently switched from an iPhone to a 8320, then after 3 weeks went to the 8900. What I like about the berry’s are the fact that they are so versatile! The speakers are incredible in comparison to my iPhone. The ability to send multiple attachments and keep multiple messenger services running all the time is awesome as well. Although I sacrificed the larger screen, I love the crispness of this screen. My iPhone is now being used as an ipod touch. I am now a crackberry addict!

  • cindy

    Ever since I’ve seen my sister with a blackberry, I have always wanted a blackberry. I was able to upgrade(I have t mobile) and I absolutly love the blackkberry 8900!!!! Its a good size for every thing it does. It takes a bit getting used to, and adjusting to using its key board. I am still learning new things about it every day. The only set back is the battery because I have to charge it every day. But I guess with all the applications on it, like playing music, texting, talking on the phone, internet easily drains the battery. I figure there must be a better way to make the phone more efficient

  • cindy

    Ever since I’ve seen my sister with a blackberry, I have always wanted a blackberry. I was able to upgrade(I have t mobile) and I absolutly love the blackkberry 8900!!!! Its a good size for every thing it does. It takes a bit getting used to, and adjusting to using its key board. I am still learning new things about it every day. The only set back is the battery because I have to charge it every day. But I guess with all the applications on it, like playing music, texting, talking on the phone, internet easily drains the battery. I figure there must be a better way to make the phone more efficient

  • Sophia Anderson

    I love the Blackberry 8900. Its the best phone I have ever ever bought and now I have 2 of them!

    I purchased mine from here covered in Swarovski Crystals:
    http://www.crystal-iced.com/product.php?id=305

  • Sophia Anderson

    I love the Blackberry 8900. Its the best phone I have ever ever bought and now I have 2 of them!

    I purchased mine from here covered in Swarovski Crystals:
    http://www.crystal-iced.com/product.php?id=305

  • Sabrina Hilton

    i am getting that one sooo soon and i AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY , to finaly get a phone to text my friends :D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!