Gadget Review / Blackberry Curve 8900

curve 8900
Update/ 

10 days and I’ve had it with Curve 8900 (Javelin); pretty much an incompetent gimmick compared to iPhone first generation. Here goes a review / ratings in comparison to iPhone 3G.

Music on-the-go ✩✩✩✩✩

Interface ✭✭✭✩✩

Applications ✭✭✩✩✩

File transfer ✩✩✩✩✩

Ease of navigation ✭✭✭✭✩

Internet browsing ✭✭✭✩✩

Language options✭✩✩✩✩

Camera ✭✭✭✭✭

Video camera/audio recording ✭✭✭✭✭ 
(unavailable on the iPhone, but perhaps possible with apps)
PDA function ✭✭✭✭✭

Typing ✭✭✭✭✩ 

Exterior ✭✭✭✭✩

Blackberry Messenger ✭✭✭✭✭ (Here’s an idea, if someone writes an app for bbm on iPhone, Blackberry would be DONE)(wait, what am I blabbering about? write an app for iChat and iPhone will RULE the mobile industry)
File upload ✭✭✭✭✭ 

Display font options ✭✭✭✭✩ (unavailable on the iPhone)

Accessing music on the go requires that I go through complicated set up procedures to download and purchase the applications (we have to pay extra for this? Unbelievable). Curve 8900 supposedly syncs with iTunes but as I later found out, to enable any syncing between laptop and Curve 8900 I first had to install Blackberry User Tools from a CD (who does that anymore?). Old school methods that I tried–transferring mp3 files by bluetooth–didn’t work, it couldn’t find my laptop (have checked all of the settings on both devices); transferring by the AV cord would involve the CD again; Pandora couldn’t run because of unstable wifi connections (the same wifi network worked fine on the iPhone). The radio, did not work. Not even Youtube would run (what? Ridiculous). As a last resort, I emailed myself an mp3 file. And guess what? Curve 8900 cannot download, open, or even preview any file larger than 2.9MB (this was an average, 3.35 minute song!). Downright pathetic. Unacceptable.  

That was just music. Now, email. You can’t be a trash-digging hobo when you’ve accidentally deleted an email. If you have several email accounts and attempt to clean things up by throwing them all into a Mail folder, then when mail comes in you will not see a red asterisk dot notification on the folder; you’ll only see it when you’ve clicked into the folder, which isn’t helpful at all (how do you know to click into the Mail folder if you don’t get notified for incoming mail??). Curve 8900 will notify you for Twitter updates by buzzing but no red dot will appear (you’ll be wondering where the new incoming message is). Flashing LED light next to the screen, on the phone itself, surprisingly invasive. 

Only a handful of downloadable apps, and some of them won’t even run properly after they’ve been downloaded (like Pandora). Browsing the Internet, you can only open one browser at a time; going to another url would close the first (absolutely incompetent). While it’s cool you get to choose display fonts on the 8900, you won’t be able to read any other language besides European languages (Asian characters show up as boxes–lame lame lame–has it not occurred to Blackberry that some users are multilingual?).

Meanwhile, the iPhone becomes omnipotent and takes control over just about every aspect of life, one app at a time—Hulu (rumored), Ego, Compounds, Tap Tap Coldplay, and an app dedicated to Coachella—comparing Curve 8900 to the iPhone is like comparing Jennifer Aniston to Angelina Jolie; simply unfair, because Angie is superhuman

April 15th, 2009/ 

Just placed an order for the international version of Blackberry Curve 8900 (Javelin) on Amazon. Arriving this afternoon, so stay tuned for a comprehensive review and comparison with the iPhone 3G, which was my phone before I lost it in Miami (so much seem to have happened in Miami). 

stay tuned.


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