By March 23, 2009

Blackberry Curve 8900 review

The Curve 8900 (also known the RIM Javelin) at first glance seems similar to the Bold 9000, but it seems to be a step up with some new features and a step down in size!

As with most of the Blackberry family the Curve 8900 is aimed at business users and techies alike.


The Blackberry Curve 8900


What’s in the box?

  • RIM Blackberry Curve 8900
  • Battery
  • Mains Charger (UK/US/EU)
  • Stereo Headset
  • Pouch Case
  • Data Cable
  • Software CD
  • Manual
  • 1GB Micro SD card

Check out Matt’s Blackberry Curve 8900 unboxing video for more info.


Blackberry Curve 8900 specification:

  • Dimensions: – 109 x 60 x 13.5 mm
  • Weight: – 109.9g
  • Display: – 480 x 320 pixels/2.4 inch
  • Network: – GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
  • Camera: – 3.2 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
    – 5 x Digital Zoom
    – LED Flash
  • Video: – Video Recording
    – Supported formats: DivX, XviD, MP4, H.263, 3GP & WMV
    – Video Streaming
  • Music: – Supported formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ & WMA
  • Messaging: – SMS
    – MMS (with video)
    – E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange, BES, BIS)
    – Instant Messaging
  • Memory: – 256MB (internal)
    – microSDHC (external)
  • microUSB
  • 3.5mm Audio Connector
  • Bluetooth (2.0)
  • Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
  • GPRS Class 32
  • Navigation: – AGPS
    – BlackBerry Maps


Front – 2.4inch screen, QWERTY keypad, ‘call’ and ‘hang up’ buttons, Menu button, trackball, ‘back button

Blackberry 8900 front view

Blackberry 8900 front view


The handset is powered on by holding down the red ‘hang up’ button.

Top – on the top of the handset are 2 buttons. From the picture below, the left side is a mute button and the right side is a keypad lock.

Blackberry 8900 top view

Blackberry 8900 top view


Back – 3.2MP camera, light/flash, battery casing, speaker. The micro SD card slot is under the battery cover as well.

Blackberry 8900 back view

Blackberry 8900 back view


Right – Power/USB, Right convenience key, Volume control buttons (also used as zoom with the camera function), 3.2mm stereo headphone socket.

Blackberry 8900 right side

Blackberry 8900 right side


Left – The voice command button.

Blackberry 8900 left side

Blackberry 8900 left side


Bottom – The microphone is located here. The shape of the buttons on the QWERTY keyboard can be seen in more detail in these pictures

Blackberry 8900 bottom view

Blackberry 8900 bottom view




  • The QWERTY keyboard has more defined buttons
  • 3.2MP camera with auto focus
  • Trackball
  • Narrower width making handling the handset easier
  • Sharp display


  • No 3G network support



On first impressions the Curve 8900 looks similar to the Blackberry Bold. But, upon closer inspection its design is more streamline and sleek. The narrower width and lighter weight of the handset makes it easy to handle and gives more scope to one handed texting.

The casing is robust and stylish even though it is made of plastics (again, a difference from the Bold which had a faux-leather back to it)

The QWERTY keyboard’s buttons are smaller but the fact that they have been made more defined and spaced apart makes using the keyboard quite easy and making mistakes by hitting the button next to the one you want much harder.

Blackberry 8900 keyboard view

Blackberry 8900 keyboard view


Some people may disagree with me here, and maybe my smaller hands make the keyboard easier to use – it all comes down to personal preference in the end.

The trackball is great for navigating around the menus and browser and is not that difficult to get used to if you haven’t used one before. The sensitivity of the trackball can also be adjusted in the settings.

The Curve 8900 comes with a 3.2MP camera with auto focus – a definite improvement from the previous versions of the Curve. It takes good pictures for viewing back on the handset, sending through MMS, and small prints. Unfortunately the resolution is still not high enough for larger prints. The quality of the picture is lost if you try to enlarge the picture. The LED flash could also be improved as it doesn’t give off enough light for subjects further away in low light conditions.

Messaging has always been Blackberry’s forte. SMS, MMS, Emails, and Instant Messaging are supported. For data transfer, it supports GPRS and EDGE, but, as mention in the ‘Highlights and Lowlights’ section above there is no support for 3G. However, it does have WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

Is not having 3G support a huge problem? I honestly didn’t miss it.

The built in web browser is simple to use. However, I’ve never been too much of a fan of web browsing on smart phones as there is always a wait while scripts load and there is no difference with this handset, even when using a WiFi connection.

Office viewers are built into the software for opening Word, Excel and Powerpoint files but the full version of the Office application would need to be purchased in order to edit or create files.

Other applications include a memo pad, a Task application, a calculator, and password keeper.

Maps software which works with the GPS function is also included.

The music player is capable of playing MP3, AAC, and WMA files and the built in speaker on the back of the handset gives surprisingly good quality sound as do the stereo headphones that come with it.

The video player is of high quality as well and shows off the sharp display.

Going back to basics – the general quality of the Curve 8900 when making/taking phone calls is pretty good. Although the reception is average the sound is clear and the microphone seems to be good at cancelling out a lot of background noise.



The Blackberry Curve 8900 is a definite hit with me. It’s easy to get used to even if you’ve never used any Blackberry phones before. The sound quality is good and the sharp display excels itself.

Messaging is easy to use even with the smaller QWERTY keyboard (I may be biased here as since I’m female my hands may be smaller than many who may read this!).

Setting up WiFi connections is simple and switching between connections can be done quickly.

Web browsing is the only downfall that I think is worth pointing out as hanging when scripts are loading happens frequently. This can happen with most smart phones but it seems that this is a little worse than others. But, apart from that you may feel that it’s not such a big deal as the average price is more affordable than the Bold 9000.


Review by: Emma

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More than 20 years in the IT industry. Blogging with a passion and thirst for new technology since 2005.
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