BlackBerry 8900 Curve (Javelin) Review

BlackBerry 8900 Curve (Javelin)

The BlackBerry Storm and all of its drama has just about died down, and attentions are turning to a more traditional release from Research in Motion: the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Known by many as its internal codename, Javelin, the 8900 follows closely in the Bold’s footsteps by offering a classic, slick, full-QWERTY device with Wi-Fi and GPS, but notably lacking 3G. Some can’t live without fast wireless speeds, while others who are outside of coverage anyway can make do with EDGE – besides, the BlackBerry’s an e-mail smartphone first and foremost, so maybe EDGE will do. Just like its Curve predecessors, the 8900 is light, slim, and has a snappy, well-spaced keyboard with a new trackball.

Hit the jump to get the full run-down of the BlackBerry 8900 Curve (a.k.a Javelin), coming soon to T-Mobile.

BlackBerry 8900 Curve (“Javelin”)

By Research in Motion (Rogers, T-Mobile – $199.99; T-Mobile Germany – 39,95 €/month; O2 UK – £35.00/month)


Available Features

Camera (3.2 MP)
Wi-Fi Support
Built-in GPS
Enhanced Media Player
Video Recording
BlackBerry Maps
Wireless Email
Corporate Data Access

Size and Weight

4.29 inches (109 mm)

2.36 inches (60 mm)

0.53 inches (13.5 mm)

3.87 ounces (109.9 grams)
Battery & Battery Life


1400 mAHr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
Talk Time: 5.5 hours
Standby Time: 356 hours


High resolution 480×360 pixel color display
Transmissive TFT LCD
Supports over 65,000 colors
Screen Size: 2.44 inches (diagonally measured)

Camera & Video Recording

Camera: 3.2 MP camera (JPEG Encoding) with Auto focus, Image stabilization, Flash and 2X Digital Zoom
Video Camera: Normal Mode: 480×352 pixel, MMS Mode: 176×144 pixel

GPS & BlackBerry Maps

Assisted and autonomous GPS enabled

Data Input & Navigation

35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard
Trackball located on front face of device, ESC key to the right, Menu to the left
Dedicated Keys: Send, End, Mute, Lock, VAD (user customizable), 2-stage camera (user customizable), 2x volume/zoom
User Interface: Intuitive icons and menus

Voice Input & Output

Integrated speaker and microphone, Hands-free headset capable, Bluetooth® headset capable, Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone
Rating for hearing aids (PDF): M3 (in cellular bands only)

Media Player

Video Format Support: DivX, XviD (MPEG4 Advance Simple Profile), H.263, WMV3
Audio Format Support: .3gp, WAV, MIDI, AMR-NB, G711u/A, GSM610, PCM, MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA9/10 Standard/Pro

Ringtones & Notifications

Ringtones: .3gp, WAV, MIDI, AMR-NB, G711u/A, GSM610, PCM, MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA9/10 Standard/Pro
Notifications: Tone, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator; notification options are user configurable


Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR; Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port Profile, Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP), SIM Access Profile and Dial-up Networking supported

Keyboard security

Password protection
Keyboard lock
Sleep (standby) mode


802.11b/g enabled
Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, WMM, WMM Power Save, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Cisco CCX certification planned
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Internet Server
Direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi
Support for UMA/GAN

Wireless Networks

North America: 850 MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
North America: 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
EDGE networks

The real meat and potatoes of the BlackBerry 8900 Curve (Javelin) review starts on the next page…

  • BBAddict133

    Not a bad review. The only thing I want to note is that you mentioned that you used UMA without subscribing. Both Rogers and T-Mobile allow UMA calling without subscriptions – it just pulls from your regular minutes (Whenever, Night/Weekend, Mobile-to-Mobile, etc.)

  • Simon Sage

    Oh, cheers, thanks for clearing that up. So what are the benefits of subscribing to the service, then?

  • Luke Mathews

    This phone is the worst phone I’ve ever owned. T-Mobile took the fattest dump on it’s customers by not offering a blackberry on the 3G network and blackberry made a crappy product. Oh sure, it emails, but try syncing it with a mac…no dice. Try using Blackberry maps…you’ll get to your destination before the map loads. Try using the internet…you’d have better luck praying for peek at CNN.

    This phone BLOOOOOOOOOOOWS and I bet T-Mobes is freaking out because they failed their customers by offering a product that can never compare to the iphone or even bold simply because bold has the 3G. A T-Mobile rep told me I would be better off with an iphone! That last statement is permanently etched in my customer file. I think T-Mobes should give me the money to get what they think I need.

    • Manimal

      i second this review…worst phone ive ever had…. i had an iphone til it got stolen….this was a cheaper replacement for the time but its turned out to be the biggest headache ever…

  • jackvicko

    the best phone ever i used freakin g1 i used iphone but i liked… 8900 the most man its a bussssiiinnneesss phonee thank you tmobile

  • charlotte

    i have had this phone for nearly six days now…….I LOVE IT!! just want to clear something up to all the bb haters….if you want something that does what an iPhone does, something that syncs correctly with a mac and is generally isnt a blackberry….then this next statement may shock you. BUY AN IPHONE!

    my only gripe with this phone is the battery isnt amazing. two days tops, but thats with constant twitter/myspace and faceook updates, GPS, wordmole and constant texting.

    but if sex was a phone… would be a RIM. Lol.


  • Suffered!

    My boss FOrce us to use this freaking phonE…

    Wa Jin Jie Shi BeTaHan!!!!

  • CitkaLou

    blackberry 8900 is a pretty sweet phone..but i’ve heard that the storm2 is better 🙂 so i’m savin up to get one from


    i can receive call .when i try to call something appear in the screen not allowed to dial what should i do

  • bunga emas

    just bought it yesterday…… new baby….hope it works well with me

  • mdevraj

    Blackberry Javelin 8900. Purchased in January 2010. Died in my pocket on August 16. Given for service on August 17. Received a replacement phone on August 28 since the original phone could not be repaired. The data was lost. Meanwhile Vodafone had deactivated my service. 4 days, 16 phone calls and at least 2 hrs on hold listening to the Vodafone jingle later, I received a call from Vodafone that they my service was reactivated and I could now configure my phone to receive email. But first, I was asked to switch off my phone, take out the battery and SIM card, reinsert these, and start the phone again. The handset wouldn’t come on. Vodafone said the problem was with the operating system of my handset. Back this morning to Redington, the Blackberry service centre. Now the replacement phone cannot be fixed and will need to be replaced. After much self assertion I am promised that I will receive a new replacement handset by tomorrow 4 p.m. They were trying to shirk me off for another week. But of course the handset will have to be personally collected. After that it will be back to Vodafone and their jingle. I’ll be singing it in my sleep.

  • Syeraeyramok

    why when I want to call someone why it will show the word not allowed to dail ? 

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