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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 22, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    Review: Blackberry Curve 8900

    Ciara O'Brien

    The Blackberry Curve 8900

    I was never a big fan of Blackberry devices in the past. They seemed a little too serious, a little too business-like for my taste. And to be fair, they were originally designed to keep busy people tethered to their email no matter where they were.

    However, RIM’s latest offerings have certainly shaken off the “dull” tag that used to dog the Blackberry. From the Pearl to the Storm, and now the Curve, Blackberry is finding its niche in the consumer market.

    It’s taken some time, but it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

    The Blackberry Curve 8900 is sleeker, slimmer and more powerful than previous models. It has left the touch screen interface to the Storm and instead has a full – albeit tiny – QWERTY keyboard for sending emails, texts and browsing websites.

    Under the hood, the Curve has a 512Mhz processor, and 256mb of Flash memory that can be expanded up to 16gb with a hot swappable microSD memory card.

    Wi-fi and Bluetooth take care of wireless connectivity, while built-in GPS helps with things like mapping and geo-tagging photos.

    The built in camera is 3.2 megapixel, with automatic focus, image stabilisation and a flash to help take pictures and video in low lighting, and takes some pretty decent images.

    However, it’s not all great. It’s not 3G for a start – EDGE only – which is surprising. The keyboard can also be a little on the awkward size if you have anything above average sized fingers.

    Minor niggles aside, however, the Curve is a pretty impressive device.

    Available on O2.