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Blackberry Curve 8900 review | Smartphone Functions

Published on: Thursday, April 9th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

BlackBerry Curve phone operation

BlackBerry Curve phone operation

BlackBerry 8900 buttons

The Blackberry Curve 8900 features a pair of almost invisible buttons on the top side which activate the key lock or the mute function during a call. The key lock button is particularly easy because it allows you to quickly activate and deactivate this function, which was also the case on the Blackberry Bold. Furthermore, shortcuts for the volume, camera and voice dial can be found on the side. However; the main operating tools are underneath the screen; the trackball and the full QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone

BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone

BlackBerry Curve operation tools

The keyboard is easy to handle, there is a small space between the keys, and thanks to the manageability of the Blackberry Curve 8900, you can type text quickly with your two thumbs. We are already familiar with the trackball from previous Blackberry smartphones and we were pleased to see that it also appears on the 8900. Personally I find that the trackball adds to the user-friendliness since it facilitates navigating the menu and scrolling through extensive text.

 

BlackBerry Curve multimedia phone

BlackBerry Curve multimedia phone

Media player on the BlackBerry 8900 Curve

The media player, integrated in the Blackberry software, managed to surprise us all. It is often a critical issue on this kind of businesslike mobile phone. However; the media player is nicely designed and able to play many file formats. All the general audio formats are supported, including DIVx movies. If the media player is activated, you can choose from five categories; music, videos, ringtones, images and voice memos. Everything is neatly structured and finding available files is not a problem.

BlackBerry Curve video function

BlackBerry Curve video function

Watching videos on the BlackBerry Curve

The built-in speaker is able to handle reasonable volume, only the low tones are missing which makes the sound rather hollow. Since this is only the case at high volumes, it is not too annoying. The crystal-clear screen shows its full potential when watching movies. The TFT color screen features a resolution of 480x360 which enables sharp reproduction of pictures and files. The BlackBerry Bold already had this type of screen; however, many other phones cannot keep up the quality of their screens. This becomes immediately obvious when you turn it on, with the background image on the main screen.

 

Blackberry Curve 8900 review

BlackBerry GPS navigation

T he Blackberry Curve 8900 features a built-in GPS antenna which allows the phone to be used as a navigation system. It comes standard with the Blackberry Maps application, which is not a full navigation software package. There are many other available options which could be installed for full navigation functionality.

 
 
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