"Overall fantastic phone."4.5 starson by maximo92f
Pros: Slim,light,excellent display quality,slanted keys make it almost possible to type blind, plenty of memory for apps,wifi capability,excellent sound and picture quality for movies and music,excellent camera, excellent PDA and email, abilities.
Cons: No 3G network
Summary: This is about as good as you can get in a non touch screen non 3G phone, and a noticeable upgrade from my 8310. The lack of 3G is a little annoying but the Edge network is VERY reliable, and is fairly fast. I travel all over the DFW area every day and my phone is my tether to my family and this phone is a great tool for managing work and home. The 8900 has excellent call quality, picture taking abilities, though video is average, runs Word to Go and Sheets to go flawlessly.
Due to siting and waiting a lot I keep 10 to 15 movies at any given time on my phone with lots of music and pictures which is where the ability to read a 32gb micro SD card comes in handy. I set a lot of calender events and receive lots of emails and some document attachments and this phone never fails to come through. It is also very nice to be able to use your own MP3's as ring tones and alerts.
With just a few apps this phone becomes trouble free and VERY productive. Change themes add APPs, play music, watch movies, surf the net, send and receive emails from multiple accounts, receive IM, Facebook, calender, and weather alerts, set several different profile types to accommodate your need under certain situations.
After purchasing this phone new and using it for only 2 months I switched to the iPhone. One week later I switched back. This is not an iPhone bashing review, the iPhone is an excellent phone. However I instantly missed my profiles such as phone only, so I can receive emergency calls at night but my alerts don't interrupt my sleep, phone off which allows you to use the phones inner abilities without any incoming calls, other phones call this airplane mode, and of course vibrate, normal and loud. You can even create more if you have the need. I also instantly missed the ability to use my own MP3's as alerts and ring tones. I resented having to use iTunes to make changes to the phone. The iPhone was also larger, nice for screen size not so nice inside the pocket, and much heavier than my Blackberry 8900. The Blackberrys abilities to change alerts and profiles for inside the holster or out is amazing and nearly endless.
There are plenty of apps for individual taste for Blackberry's but I recommend these for all models.
BeJoose ( a memory manager ), Quick Launch ( gives one button access to any or all the apps or functions you set up yourself), Addonis ( does way too much to list everything here but most noticeably a call firewall that also creates a blacklist, blocking unwanted calls)no app for the iPhone exist that has the same abilities, One Touch Flashlight, the Bolt Browser ( it is much faster than the BB Browser especially when using wifi), and QuickPull. I use the free version and have it to set to simulate a battery pull every night at 3am. Keeps all of our Blackberry's running flawlessly without the dreaded battery pull. I have not had to do one battery pull since I started using it. Unless you just have your heart set on something else you will not be disappointed with the BlackBerry 8900 Curve. It is a great phone for managing work life and family life.