PhoneWreck Wrecks a BlackBerry Curve 8900 and Likes It

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review
By Kevin Michaluk on 23 Feb 2009 07:23 am EST

I can't help but cringe whenever I see a new BlackBerry review pop up from the guys at There's a lot of BlackBerry Curve 8900 reviews on the net now, heck, there's even one, two, three greats ones on this site for you to read, but no review is quite as in-depth as one where the reviewer takes apart the phone bit by bit just to see exactly what it's made of.

The PhoneWreck crew rated the Curve 8900 "9 out of 10" trackballs and came away with this conclusion:

The Javelin doesn't really have too many gripes rather than the flimsy battery cover and the lack of 3G. We didn't include the latter, because we understood RIM's position in marketing this as an update to the Curve - because it is a Curve. And in fact, the improvements to the browser make the lack of 3G much more bearable. The tight, new form factor really has us drooling though. It's a great device to use, and definitely tops our list of favorites for the moment. The Javelin presents a good alternative to the faux-leather backed bigger brother, and we're very satisfied.

Obviously they like the Curve 8900, which isn't a big surprise. I've actually been having a difficult time findinging anybody who doesn't like this device. But the beauty of PhoneWreck's review is in the parts, so jump on over for a closer look.

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PhoneWreck Wrecks a BlackBerry Curve 8900 and Likes It


I don't really follow the "tear downs" very often on phones, however ANYTHING related to the 8900 draws my attention these days.. am dying for ATT to release it.

Anyway, I see that the teardown is a TMo handset, however the mainboard has a bit AT&T branded right on it. Is that normal? Does AT&T produce parts?

Lol it says "AT&S". AT&T doesn't produce parts -- I have no idea what AT&S means though. It might not even be a brand thing for all we know.

I love this phone but I can't justify replacing my Curve 8310. The 8900 just doesn't have enough differences. It's not just a phone but my Vaja Case, desk charger and various apps I would need to replace as well. Maybe if I got one for free... ;)

Is the battery cover made of plastic or some sort of epoxy shell. I have mine covered in "BodyGuardz" protective casing and I can clearly see some warping on one side of the cover.

I found the Curve 8900 on the EDGE network just a bit slow on T-mobile, and well the keyboard on the curve is too hard to use, plastic keys are too small, and too close together.

The Verizon World Edition 8830 is way better, I mean for big hands + its tactical feedback, bigger keyboard, and metal keys help you know you touching the correct key. I can text on it faster than just about any other phone out there.

I don't care if the curve is smaller.. the world edition just feels like a better constructed and faster 3G phone.. though Verizon don't wanna let us update the OS or themes!

BTW the Storm's Touch Keypad is better for bigger hands and figures. The iphone is heat sensitive, and well I felt like it just sucked for big hands. The Storm could do without its push in the screen feedback. It's visual enough feedback? Anyway, I felt the default theme on 8900 was just hard to discipher text messenging/emails.. I like OS 4.2 for that. I liked the standard contacts list. T-Mobile must some odd tweaks for that.

The new OS is pretty, but the World Edition v4.2 is just clean and simple.. though the Javascript on the Browser is horrible in OS 4.2.