After RIM reducing the price of its PDAs, they have sacrificed 3G in favor of autonomy.  Is this the right choice?

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900

PLUS

  • +  Color display of 480 x 360 pixels
  • +  Compatibility with Wi-Fi 802.11b / g
  • +  The chip A-GPS
  • +  The support for microSDHC memory cards
  • +  The battery 1400 mAH
  • +  The price
  • +  Design

MINUS

  •   The non-support for the 3.5G

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900: the promises

Despite not having support for 3.5G, RIM tries to seduce with its new BlackBerry Curve 8900, a smartphone offered at low prices. Is it not detrimental to the user?  The offers by the operators are in fact indifferent to the loss of power (or the 3.5G Edge offers are the same).

To find out, we tried this new Curve several days.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900: reality

The first thing that attracted with the new Curve is its design. If previous models which clearly outdated (the Curve 8300 with Bouygues, the Curve 8310 SFR) , the 8900 appeals.

But hey, the design is fine, but the key is elsewhere. For what you ask this type of device is to provide a range of services and keep the road.

3G, the enemy of autonomy …

RIM, we are not afraid to play the “Edge”. Why? The answer lies in one word: independence. Does not look like much but a phone that does not take the day, it bothers! And if there is a defect found in general by the 3G phone users who spend time to check their e-mails, to phone, to play and surf the Internet -all activities- options, it consumes. And there it is true, one can, by making a fairly intensive use of this phone, do not have to reload it for three days. With the BlackBerry Bold, his alter ego on 3G, is let us say-le- almost impossible.

… but the Edge is the speed

If using a BlackBerry is not detrimental to check e-mail, send messages on Facebook or even post pictures as soon as we move to the Internet, it is slow, very slow! Already without the 3.5G is not always that, with the Curve 8900 we are happy to enjoy Wi-Fi hotspot. And yet!

Because even if the browser offered by RIM gets better with time, the screen size is not comfortable to view pages designed for screens 800×600 pixels or more. We must therefore use the zoom … Well, let’s say it clearly, we will not buy such a device if it is to surf the Internet regularly.

A fabulous display of nice options …

The Curve 8900 is not altogether without interest. With it, you can take small pictures in the dark thanks to its small built-in light. But we stopped selling phones telling them that with 8, 10 or even 12 megapixel (it happens!) We make prowess. No, given the size of the sensor, a 3.2 Mpix like here is largely satisfactory for who wants to post photos on Facebook, for example, or another Web service.

GPS side, the proposed service is depending on the operator and subscription. Here too it is the little bonus and this should not be the driving force that should make you take such a phone. Navigating is good but it’s gadget, be guided it is anything but practice with a phone. Except occasionally!

But where you are happy and this time it is not a detail is the quality of the screen. Besides its definition of 480 by 320 pixels, the screen offers amazing brightness. Despite a size of 6.5 cm diagonal, one really enjoys view short videos. The sound is okay and that both enjoy the videos to phone for listening to music with the supplied headphones. Briefly, where a well-equipped device.

The Best Points

  • +  Color display of 480 x 360 pixels
  • +  Compatibility with Wi-Fi 802.11b / g
  • +  The chip A-GPS
  • +  The support for microSDHC memory cards
  • +  The battery 1400 mAH
  • +  The price
  • +  Design

The Worst Points

  •   The non-support for the 3.5G

THE TEST VERDICT

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900

Less fun, less gimmicky and certainly less quick to surf the Internet as a lot of other public phones, Curve 8900 delivers the service that is expected of a BlackBerry with a powerful messaging system, excellent battery life, beautiful screen and some bonuses as an operational picture function even in low light and a aGPS function available if only you steer. Failing to be innovative, the 8900 offers a good compromise. This is not the “poor” BlackBerry  that we foresaw, but a smart BlackBerry . A report that its price is likely to be quickly offered -Subscription operator included- below the 50 euros. Only at this price then we will advise the unit rather than the Bold, just to be as smart as that its designers!