* Update: OK... So it's not just Gizmodo who has now gone hands-on with the BlackBerry Curve 8900... the Boy Genius has now followed up and posted his own review of the Curve 8900. Talk about a Halloween treat! *
Look what the BlackBerry Fairy left under Gizmodo's pillow last night... an AT&T branded BlackBerry Curve 8900! Formerly referred to by its codename the Javelin, I'm pretty sure these are the first shots (that I've seen anyway) of an AT&T branded 8900. The front of this next-generation Curve doesn't leave much room for a carrier logo, so they have stuck it on the backside of the device on the camera lens cover.
Matt's findings with the 8900 were very much on par with the ones I posted in our pre-release Javelin review... awesome device, better than the Curve 83xx in every respect, very much Bold-influenced and in some respects better than the Bold (comfy form factor, better camera), yet without 3G and some of the 9000's executive touches (leather back) doesn't quite trump the Bold as the flagship of the BlackBerry physical keyboard lineup...
RIM excels at many things, but keeping secrets ain't one of 'em, so we'd eyeballed the BlackBerry Curve 8900 (nee Javelin) quite a bit before this AT&T-branded one dropped in our laps. It's a Bolder version of the current Curve that improves it in basically every way: Lighter, tighter, but more powerful-and it feels like a phone that was produced in 2008, not when you were still keeping your 2006 resolutions.
Click the image at the top of this post to check out this solid and concise review. The photo gallery has some sweet images in it you won't want to miss!