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 firstname.lastname@example.org) looks like someone didn’t uncheck the option in the final OS. Going to check if Bold themes will work on 8350i.