BlackBerry Curve 8350i hands on impressions

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BlackBerry Curve 8350i

Considering how much iDEN BlackBerry subscribers have been frothing at the mouth over news of the just-launched BlackBerry Curve 8350i, I would assume most of you bought the device without waiting for a hands on impression post. However, there are probably just as many of you that have been burned by Sprint in the past and are wondering if the Curve is a worthy iDEN successor. Heck, I just had to explain to a BlackBerry Cool reader what Nextel is, so I’m not taking anything for granted.

After hooking up the ‘Cool with some unboxing shots, we tasked our main man Mike with playing with all the Curves shown above for some worthwhile impressions. He’s going to keep giving updates, so make sure to post any questions you want to have answered. You can find everything after the jump.

Mike’s BlackBerry Curve 8350i hands on impressions

Build: while the 8350i looks and feels good in your hand, there’s something weird about it. It doesn’t feel as solid as the 8330. Almost feels lighter than it looks.

OS: 4.6 is some jumps in the right direction. Web browser is an improvement over 4.5. The theme (icons) takes some getting us too. Speed and stability are both very good. Wi-Fi is also a nice addition vs. iDEN browsing speed.

Overall: A well overdue BlackBerry for Nextel subscribers and a must for any 7520 or 7100i user.

Other Notes: Battery life has been great. And loving the fact that there’s an official RIM mad belt clip included (just don’t like aftermarket clips). I noticed there’s a bug report on the menu. Upon further searching I discovered there’s an option to turn on bug reports under the options menu (bug report email sent to beta@rim.com) looks like someone didn’t uncheck the option in the final OS. Going to check if Bold themes will work on 8350i.

  • Linda

    Just got mine yesterday and as much as I loved my old one, I do like this one. I like the feel of it and it has improved options. Odd thing happened though, before I connected to my enterprise server, to get my e-mails, the camera worked fine. But now that I am connected the camera won’t work, says I need to close open applications? The video camera works. I think it is odd. Any idea what might be going on?

  • Linda

    Just got mine yesterday and as much as I loved my old one, I do like this one. I like the feel of it and it has improved options. Odd thing happened though, before I connected to my enterprise server, to get my e-mails, the camera worked fine. But now that I am connected the camera won’t work, says I need to close open applications? The video camera works. I think it is odd. Any idea what might be going on?

  • Mike

    Try a battery pull..Had the same issue and that fixed it

  • Mike

    Try a battery pull..Had the same issue and that fixed it

  • Linda

    That is exactly what I did and it did fix the problem. Had another user having trouble connecting to wifi and we had to do the same thing. After pulling the battery, if you have saved a photo as your wallpaper/theme, you will lose it. Might want to save the photo for future reloads. Thanks for the response.

  • Linda

    That is exactly what I did and it did fix the problem. Had another user having trouble connecting to wifi and we had to do the same thing. After pulling the battery, if you have saved a photo as your wallpaper/theme, you will lose it. Might want to save the photo for future reloads. Thanks for the response.

  • Jerry

    Can anyone help with this one issue. For some reason, every single direct connect call appears in my message box log. Even though in the options, I have Call logging options in the phone application, I have selected “none” when asked to SHOW THESE CALL LOG TYPES IN MESSAGE LIST”

    Am I missing something, or is this a bug? Very annoying to see 10 entries for one direct connect conversation.

    Also…on the old 7100i, it had an option to automatically lock the keyboard upon holstering. Dont see that anywhere.

    Thanks for any help

  • Jerry

    Can anyone help with this one issue. For some reason, every single direct connect call appears in my message box log. Even though in the options, I have Call logging options in the phone application, I have selected “none” when asked to SHOW THESE CALL LOG TYPES IN MESSAGE LIST”

    Am I missing something, or is this a bug? Very annoying to see 10 entries for one direct connect conversation.

    Also…on the old 7100i, it had an option to automatically lock the keyboard upon holstering. Dont see that anywhere.

    Thanks for any help

  • Eric

    i have a question about bluetooth i hope can be answered. with the 7100 the phone would ring and beep even when paired with the bluetooth. the new 8350 only beeps thru the bluetooth but does nothing with direct connect. how do i get this phone to ring like the 7100? please help, thanks.

  • Eric

    i have a question about bluetooth i hope can be answered. with the 7100 the phone would ring and beep even when paired with the bluetooth. the new 8350 only beeps thru the bluetooth but does nothing with direct connect. how do i get this phone to ring like the 7100? please help, thanks.

  • Eric

    i have a question about bluetooth i hope can be answered. with the 7100 the phone would ring and beep even when paired with the bluetooth. the new 8350 only beeps thru the bluetooth but does nothing with direct connect. how do i get this phone to ring like the 7100? please help, thanks.

  • raymond

    i called up and they said that the direct connect woudnt show, but some direct connects show it seems because its being read as a message, i know one of my phones doesnt show up in message but the other one shows up in message

  • raymond

    i called up and they said that the direct connect woudnt show, but some direct connects show it seems because its being read as a message, i know one of my phones doesnt show up in message but the other one shows up in message

  • Jimmy

    I am a new BB user, and jumped into the market with the 8350i. i can’t figure out how to disable the call log in the message folder. It is very annoying to have all my call history show up as a new message. I have found forums explaining how to disable on older versions of the curve, but anyone know how it’s done on the 8350?

  • Jimmy

    I am a new BB user, and jumped into the market with the 8350i. i can’t figure out how to disable the call log in the message folder. It is very annoying to have all my call history show up as a new message. I have found forums explaining how to disable on older versions of the curve, but anyone know how it’s done on the 8350?

  • wendy

    I am having the toughest problems with the curve 8350i. First, my text’s aren’t coming thru when they are sent and i have to turn off my phone to see when a new message is received. Also, i’m trying to connect to mobile.live.com (msn’s mobile service) and it says that it requires at least a WAP of 2.0. What do I do?? Any help much appreciated. There’s more but I thought i’d start with that. I’m a new blackberry user and so far am disappointed in some basic functionalities. Just tried to take the battery out hope that helps!

  • wendy

    I am having the toughest problems with the curve 8350i. First, my text’s aren’t coming thru when they are sent and i have to turn off my phone to see when a new message is received. Also, i’m trying to connect to mobile.live.com (msn’s mobile service) and it says that it requires at least a WAP of 2.0. What do I do?? Any help much appreciated. There’s more but I thought i’d start with that. I’m a new blackberry user and so far am disappointed in some basic functionalities. Just tried to take the battery out hope that helps!

  • Mike

    To all with the Direct Connect Calls (DC,Walkie-Talkie,Chrip,Beep)showing in the meaages screen..First press the green call button (recent call list) and then the BlackBerry key, go to call logging and make sure the it is turned to NONE. There will still be some DC calls showing up in the msg screen. These are direct send info a featured offered on newer iDEN Nextel units (sends my info to the person your DC calling). If the option is turned on, from the unit calling yours then there direct send info will be recvd. as a msg.

    As for the bluetooth looks like a bug/quirk in the software.

  • Mike

    To all with the Direct Connect Calls (DC,Walkie-Talkie,Chrip,Beep)showing in the meaages screen..First press the green call button (recent call list) and then the BlackBerry key, go to call logging and make sure the it is turned to NONE. There will still be some DC calls showing up in the msg screen. These are direct send info a featured offered on newer iDEN Nextel units (sends my info to the person your DC calling). If the option is turned on, from the unit calling yours then there direct send info will be recvd. as a msg.

    As for the bluetooth looks like a bug/quirk in the software.

  • Andre

    trying to get one 8350i to put on my MIKE chip (Canada). any news about unlocking 8350i would be appreciated.

  • Andre

    trying to get one 8350i to put on my MIKE chip (Canada). any news about unlocking 8350i would be appreciated.

  • Chris

    I’m ahving troubles with text messaging – seems like I’m rx my messages a few hours later or the next day..anyone else having this trouble???

  • Chris

    I’m ahving troubles with text messaging – seems like I’m rx my messages a few hours later or the next day..anyone else having this trouble???

  • wendy

    yes with the text messages i spoke to sprint and they know its a major problem – they said bear with them for a couple more days and it should be fixed soon

  • wendy

    yes with the text messages i spoke to sprint and they know its a major problem – they said bear with them for a couple more days and it should be fixed soon

  • Ruth

    hey! i just activated my phone yesterday and i’m so upset because I’m not getting text…I’m so frustrated!! of course i called customer service they didn’t help me at all, they kept tranferring me to different departments and no one did anything to fix my problem. finally they gave me the blackberry technical support number but after holding for about 30min for some reason my called was droppped…

    PLEASE!! If anybody knows how to fix this help me =[

  • Ruth

    hey! i just activated my phone yesterday and i’m so upset because I’m not getting text…I’m so frustrated!! of course i called customer service they didn’t help me at all, they kept tranferring me to different departments and no one did anything to fix my problem. finally they gave me the blackberry technical support number but after holding for about 30min for some reason my called was droppped…

    PLEASE!! If anybody knows how to fix this help me =[

  • wendy

    they say the text issue should be solved soon- they are aware of it. its because so many people are activating their new nextels and they are fixing their bugs with the new phone. sucks!!! i’ve had mine for a week and its a problem…

  • wendy

    they say the text issue should be solved soon- they are aware of it. its because so many people are activating their new nextels and they are fixing their bugs with the new phone. sucks!!! i’ve had mine for a week and its a problem…

  • Mack

    Having same issue with chirps and rings not coming from phone when Bluetooth is activated. Particulary bad look when driving…already missed several DC’s…that’s a major issue. Also noticed the text issue mentioned previously sporadically…wasn’t sure if it was on my side or reciepients…guess that answer’s that. Wi-Fi was a little funky initially, but seemed to straighten itself out after first day…working great now.

    Jerry…look in Options/Password for lock in holster option.

    Otherwise not much to complain about for now…except maybe a better user’s guide…not nearly enough detail.

  • Mack

    Having same issue with chirps and rings not coming from phone when Bluetooth is activated. Particulary bad look when driving…already missed several DC’s…that’s a major issue. Also noticed the text issue mentioned previously sporadically…wasn’t sure if it was on my side or reciepients…guess that answer’s that. Wi-Fi was a little funky initially, but seemed to straighten itself out after first day…working great now.

    Jerry…look in Options/Password for lock in holster option.

    Otherwise not much to complain about for now…except maybe a better user’s guide…not nearly enough detail.

  • http://wwww.3DimensionsServicesInc.com/ luc

    After having a 7100i forever, I have no complaints. Now can someone please point me to some free themes? I been looking all over and can’t find any free themes? any ideas?

  • http://wwww.3DimensionsServicesInc.com luc

    After having a 7100i forever, I have no complaints. Now can someone please point me to some free themes? I been looking all over and can’t find any free themes? any ideas?

  • larry

    in regards to not receiving MMS messages i spoke with tech support at nextel they basically said the samething that the problem would be resolved soon and my bill would be credited accordingly

  • larry

    in regards to not receiving MMS messages i spoke with tech support at nextel they basically said the samething that the problem would be resolved soon and my bill would be credited accordingly

  • linda c

    i will receive 8350i next week, is this a site where i may ask questions directly and get a response without going through technical support?

  • linda c

    i will receive 8350i next week, is this a site where i may ask questions directly and get a response without going through technical support?

  • Mike

    Just adding my two cents regarding the “camera not opening” bug. Tells me to close other apps and try again, even though no apps are open. Battery pull solves it, but it is frustrating. Anyway, love the phone and its awesome to have a new BB with my direct connect!

  • Mike

    Just adding my two cents regarding the “camera not opening” bug. Tells me to close other apps and try again, even though no apps are open. Battery pull solves it, but it is frustrating. Anyway, love the phone and its awesome to have a new BB with my direct connect!

  • Mike

    Just adding my two cents regarding the “camera not opening” bug. Tells me to close other apps and try again, even though no apps are open. Battery pull solves it, but it is frustrating. Anyway, love the phone and its awesome to have a new BB with my direct connect!

  • Neil

    Thank goodness the text thing is not just me. Big NEXTEL user through our business. I talked my wife into the getting the BB to keep up with the emails, DC, smart phone,etc. She wanted a better texting platform to so this seemed like the perfect fit. Hope they fix the text problem soon so I can put down my old work horse BB 7100i.

  • Neil

    Thank goodness the text thing is not just me. Big NEXTEL user through our business. I talked my wife into the getting the BB to keep up with the emails, DC, smart phone,etc. She wanted a better texting platform to so this seemed like the perfect fit. Hope they fix the text problem soon so I can put down my old work horse BB 7100i.

  • charlie

    i just got the BB 8350i a few days ago, with anticipated excitement. I played around with it for a day and found it to handle messages and play music. But I noticed a number of shortfalls. One, there is no phone ring while bluetooth is connected. It doesnt even ring in the bluetooth headset, just a beep. Second, you can not record calls in session. Though there are things all over the net about legality, its not the point. Tons of other phones have that option, my old iden 870 did. And lastly, I couldnt visit youtube without getting highly distorted video and audio. Maybe its the slowness of iden.. but that too, a huge disappointment. Its a good thing I didnt sign a 2 year contract because I am already looking at alternatives.. sigh!

  • charlie

    i just got the BB 8350i a few days ago, with anticipated excitement. I played around with it for a day and found it to handle messages and play music. But I noticed a number of shortfalls. One, there is no phone ring while bluetooth is connected. It doesnt even ring in the bluetooth headset, just a beep. Second, you can not record calls in session. Though there are things all over the net about legality, its not the point. Tons of other phones have that option, my old iden 870 did. And lastly, I couldnt visit youtube without getting highly distorted video and audio. Maybe its the slowness of iden.. but that too, a huge disappointment. Its a good thing I didnt sign a 2 year contract because I am already looking at alternatives.. sigh!

  • wendy

    “I am already looking at alternatives.. sigh!”

    I did sign a 2 yr and i am also very disappointed with this phone! big time!!!

  • wendy

    “I am already looking at alternatives.. sigh!”

    I did sign a 2 yr and i am also very disappointed with this phone! big time!!!

  • chris gilbert

    hey everybody !! dont get the otterbox case cover for the 8350i blackberrys!!! it will ruin your phone !!!! i called sprint nextel and they said it was a otterbox problem and i called otterbox and spoke to the ceo assssssisnt brian thomas and he was suchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh a assholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!! ive got over 800 8350i blackberrys and im a general contractor for fema !!! when i called otterbox at first they said it was a update problem for rim to fix ! i called rim and they said noooooooooooooooo theres noooooooooooo updates coming down the line!! i then called otterbox back and this lady deb said ohhh its not rim its a sprintnextel update problem !! she doesnt know her asshole from her elbow!! allllllllll updates for anyyyyyyyy blackberry comes from rim !! if anyone would like to call me about this matter feel free to call me at 352 857 0214 or 352 812 2514 my name is chris gilbert! dont buy otterbox products ! brian thomas is a nasty fattttttttttt pig with this company and theyre just out for the allllllllll mighty dollar and youll find out they wont do a dammmmmmmmmm thing about it !! mr brian thomas you need to leave the doughnuts alone long enough to educate your employees and stop playing gulf and eating doughnuts with the consumers hardddddddddddddd earnt dollar and then dont do a dam thing about it !! your probaly the one that decided even after there was a problem you still push your product on the market !! otterbox company you all should be ashamed how you treat your customerssssss!!! brian thomas you need to get a job you like and are fimilar with cause this isnt your calling !!! try going to tasteeo doughnut company cause i think they need a sampler tester!!! anyone want to see this man google brian thomas otterbox!!

  • chris gilbert

    hey everybody !! dont get the otterbox case cover for the 8350i blackberrys!!! it will ruin your phone !!!! i called sprint nextel and they said it was a otterbox problem and i called otterbox and spoke to the ceo assssssisnt brian thomas and he was suchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh a assholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!! ive got over 800 8350i blackberrys and im a general contractor for fema !!! when i called otterbox at first they said it was a update problem for rim to fix ! i called rim and they said noooooooooooooooo theres noooooooooooo updates coming down the line!! i then called otterbox back and this lady deb said ohhh its not rim its a sprintnextel update problem !! she doesnt know her asshole from her elbow!! allllllllll updates for anyyyyyyyy blackberry comes from rim !! if anyone would like to call me about this matter feel free to call me at 352 857 0214 or 352 812 2514 my name is chris gilbert! dont buy otterbox products ! brian thomas is a nasty fattttttttttt pig with this company and theyre just out for the allllllllll mighty dollar and youll find out they wont do a dammmmmmmmmm thing about it !! mr brian thomas you need to leave the doughnuts alone long enough to educate your employees and stop playing gulf and eating doughnuts with the consumers hardddddddddddddd earnt dollar and then dont do a dam thing about it !! your probaly the one that decided even after there was a problem you still push your product on the market !! otterbox company you all should be ashamed how you treat your customerssssss!!! brian thomas you need to get a job you like and are fimilar with cause this isnt your calling !!! try going to tasteeo doughnut company cause i think they need a sampler tester!!! anyone want to see this man google brian thomas otterbox!!

  • karen

    I just purchased my bb curve 8350i. I can not receive txt or even have the option to send one. How do i resolve this? Also how do i set up my aim on this phone or my email?

  • karen

    I just purchased my bb curve 8350i. I can not receive txt or even have the option to send one. How do i resolve this? Also how do i set up my aim on this phone or my email?