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Blackberry Curve 8900 review | Camera & Internet

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

BlackBerry Curve digital camera

BlackBerry Curve digital camera

3.2 Megapixel digital camera

The camera has finally been slightly improved compared to previous Blackberry smartphone models. Whereas the latter featured an integrated 2.0 megapixel camera, the Blackberry Curve 8900 now features a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus. This is still not the pick of the basket, although the autofocus makes it easier to take a picture with acceptable quality. Starting up the camera application is swift and can be done via a shortcut on the right side of the handset or via the menu. The full screen can be used as a viewfinder when taking pictures. A small, slightly transparent bar remains at the bottom of the screen which makes it hard to see that the area behind it is also part of the picture, particularly when taking pictures outdoors. While framing your subject, you have to take this into account. Furthermore, the camera settings are rather limited. You can adjust several standard settings, such as white balance and color effects, but unfortunately there is no macro mode available although I have to admit that the Blackberry camera can shoot very sharp close-up pictures.

BlackBerry 8900 Cuve camera phone

BlackBerry 8900 Cuve camera phone

Digital camera settings

The 'Settings' menu also offers GeoTagging, which adds a little extra information to your picture. With a tag, you are able to see where the picture was taken. This is made possible by linking information to the phone using the GPS antenna. Taking a picture is done by pressing the shortcut or the trackball. The latter is also used to zoom in, which occasionally causes you to unintentionally take a picture. Unlike the Blackberry Bold that captures pictures quickly, the Curve 8900 takes time. The quality of the captured picture makes up for the delay and the pictures are certainly very beautiful on the phone. When displayed on a computer, you will quickly find noise, certainly on pictures taken from a distance. The colors are fine and sometimes even too hard, unlike other mobile phones. The built-in flash is quite bright and helps take a good picture. The way the camera handles backlighting is incredible, even when capturing a picture of a lamp (flash on). This is often not the case for digital cameras integrated in handsets.

 

BlackBerry Curve pushmail

BlackBerry Curve pushmail

E-mail on your BlackBerry smartphone

The internet, email and the Blackberry are inseparable from each other. Thanks to the pushmail support, emails arrive in the same way as SMS text messages. This way, there's minimal risk of missing an important email. The email application is quite well-structured. All messages are shown together. The Blackberry accounts can be adjusted via the Internet.

BlackBerry Curve Internet

BlackBerry Curve Internet

Wi-Fi en GPRS support

To be able to access the Internet, a shortcut is placed on the main screen. The Blackberry Curve 8900 supports WiFi and EDGE/GPRS. Sadly enough, there is no support for HSDPA. This support could have increased the phone's ranking by two full marks. Personally I think this device requires HSDPA although perhaps Blackberry does not want to get in the way of the Bold. The browser in itself is top of the top and combined with the trackball, it is easy to use the Internet on this Blackberry smartphone. Only the speed needs to be improved.

 
 
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