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Blackberry 8900 – Prepare to be frustrated

Blackberry Curve 8900

Rating: ★★★☆☆

For the first few months, a honey moon period perhaps, it was exactly what I wanted. But as time wore on, the imperfections came to light.

The menu interface is sometimes clunky at best and made much more difficult than it needs to be; changing settings requires going through endless menus and sub-menus to get where you need to be. Even then, the titles can be ambiguous and the options may not be where you expect them to be. While some may disagree, I think a simplified menu could have been implemented.

Next is the battery life, whilst it was great at first, lasting up to two days with quite a lot of usage, the condition of the battery quickly diminished and it will now last at most a day with average usage. It is also plagued by constant slow-downs which can only be fixed with a battery pull; something I now have to do every few days to keep the phone running smoothly.

Perhaps if you’re used to the Blackberry UI then this will be the phone for you. There are certainly a huge amount of features and the app store has plenty of free applications for seemingly every possible purpose.

This is certainly a great phone, don’t get me wrong, but don’t expect anything great if you already have a Blackberry or similar phone.

Pros

  • Good set of features
  • Hundreds of free apps

Cons

  • Flimsy battery cover
  • Poor UI
  • Poor battery life

Verdict

A great phone if you’re already used to the type of user interface but don’t expect much in comparison to other phones. The 8520 is cheaper and offers very similar features. It is also plagued by poor battery life.


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