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BlackBerry Curve 8350i review

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The BlackBerry Curve 8350i currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The BlackBerry Curve is one of the most popular and advanced devices from RIM to date, and the 8350i iteration affords the bonus of push to talk (PTT) functionality. PTT allows users to connect with up to 20 people, via a direct, virtually instant connection similar to a walkie-talkie.

Boasting a quality 2MP camera, improved trackball navigation that allows the user to move in any direction, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, autonomous GPS (works in conjunction with the included Blackberry Maps app), MicroSD memory expandability and much more, the BlackBerry Cure 8250i is a powerful phone that can handle many tasks from both the casual user and professional business person alike.

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is also a bit of a departure from previous RIM devices in that it has a certain “fun factor” that is much better defined. Whereas prior models allowed for some casual, entertainment interaction, the BlackBerry Curve puts “fun” front and center with an easy-to-access Media icon that houses pictures, videos, music, ringtones and voice notes.

Add a contoured full Qwerty keypad, a large, high resolution screen and a time-honored text-based pop-up menu system and you have a wonderful device that is a genuinely capable of handling just about anything.

Pros: Quality RIM craftsmanship, solid build materials, unique and easy-to-use trackball interface, solid library of available, optional applications, easy-on-the-eyes display, excellent Qwerty keypad.

Cons: Deeper level functions not so intuitive (requires some learning), some learning curve required to fully realize the Curve’s true potential, more keystrokes required to get to an endpoint than some of its rivals.

Verdict: The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is a powerful, well-appointed phone that can handle daunting tasks and casual escapes with equal ease. This is an excellent phone which, though it may require a bit of study, will reward you with advanced functionality tenfold!


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Engadget

In the end it really is an outstanding phone, messaging device, personal communicator or whatever you want to call it. Telus' pricing is a bit steep at $249 on a three-year contract all the way up to $599 completely contract-free. Though, this is the absolute top of the heap in Telus' portfolio of M...

- Sean Cooper, Engadget
PhoneArena

A very solid offering and should be just what iDEN business users were looking for.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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BlackBerry released the Curve 8350i on September 10, 2008.


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BlackBerry backs up the Curve 8350i with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.4"

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i's screen size is 2.4 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Intel XScale processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry v.4.6 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Curve 8350i Specs

Overview
Release date September 10, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
iDEN
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry v.4.6

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Processor Intel XScale
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 128 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.1 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 6.2 x 1.8 cm (4.4 x 2.4 x 0.7 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
240 x 180 pixels, 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments A camera-less version of Blackberry 8350i is also available from Sprint.
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Critic Reviews


Engadget

An outstanding phone, messaging device, personal communicator or whatever you want to call it

from Engadget

In the end it really is an outstanding phone, messaging device, personal communicator or whatever you want to call it. Telus' pricing is a bit steep at $249 on a three-year contract all the way up to $599 completely contract-free. Though, this is the absolute top of the heap in Telus' portfolio of Mike devices, and as such it demands some premium dollars...

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In the end it really is an outstanding phone, messaging device, personal communicator or whatever you want to call it. Telus' pricing is a bit steep at $249 on a three-year contract all the way up to $599 completely contract-free. Though, this is the absolute top of the heap in Telus' portfolio of Mike devices, and as such it demands some premium dollars.

While the BlackBerry 8350i may not have the same type of cache as, say, the BlackBerry Bold or 8900, it is an excellent device in its own milieu. Overlooking the glaring lack of SMS is tough, but the neato factor of Direct connect and a weak but functional workaround helps to soothe our souls. Simply put, if you want Telus' Mike Direct Connect functionality and BlackBerry services, this is without question the best device in the lineup. We used the set a fair bit over the course of a couple weeks, and found that we grew pretty fond of it as it transitioned from being called "the BlackBerry" to "my BlackBerry".

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PhoneArena

A big step in the revitalization of the Nextel brand

from PhoneArena

The Curve is a big step in the revitalization of the Nextel brand.  With the upcoming CABO it may not be the flagship device, but it is a powerful business tool and gives iDEN users a much needed refresh to the aging 7100i.  The inclusion of the 4.6 OS and increased memory shows that Sp...More

The Curve is a big step in the revitalization of the Nextel brand.  With the upcoming CABO it may not be the flagship device, but it is a powerful business tool and gives iDEN users a much needed refresh to the aging 7100i.  The inclusion of the 4.6 OS and increased memory shows that Sprint is serious about bringing a top-notch device to the iDEN network, rather than just slapping on a PTT button and running the same 4.3 OS their CDMA Curve sports.  Performance is noticeably improved, and while it is not a QChat smartphone the 8350i is a very solid offering and should be just what iDEN business users were looking for.

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User Reviews


Nextel

I manage a bank of over 60 Nextel phones. We utilized i580 phones for about three years. The direct connect feature is what lead us to Nextel, since most companies/agencies were using Nextel at the time and we could speak with others directly in a walkie talkie manner. We now, for about 5 months under...More
I manage a bank of over 60 Nextel phones. We utilized i580 phones for about three years. The direct connect feature is what lead us to Nextel, since most companies/agencies were using Nextel at the time and we could speak with others directly in a walkie talkie manner. We now, for about 5 months under a new contract, have all i576's, with the exception of 4 new 8350i's. Let me start with the 576's. Reception issues noticed from the start, however that has somewhat improved. Speaker is not as good as the i580. I had to put a couple of people back into the old i580's we used before. Typical reception with Nextel at this point, not as good as Verizon or At&T. The 8350i's have, for the most part, been a better phone for reception than the 576's. It takes many key strokes to do relatively simple functions on the 8350. We do not have hybrid phones (our mistake for not demanding) and the phone reception is typical Nextel. Direct connect feature to one phone works as it should. We still can not get the group connect feature to work on the 8350's, even with CONSIDERABLE phone contact with Nextel reps. We can not initiate a group direct connect with the 8350's, only receive them from somebody using 576. We have tried all Nextel suggestions. We have not received the in person assistance we were promised before signing the new deal. This is the same that we experienced after signing the last contract. Save yourself a lot of hassle and go with Verizon, At&T or any other company. This is certainly not the biggest contract Nextel has, however you would think that they would quickly send somebody to visit after countless atempts over the phone to solve problems. NOT! I almost forgot, the billing with Nextel has been screwed up as well. Their fault!! They simply can not get their act together. It is a hassle, however we will be switching service upon expiration of contract, if not sooner. Less

I love my New nextel Blackberry Curve 8350i

When I first heard that this phone was coming out I patiently waited. Even when they pushed back the release date. I am a nextel phone junkie, This is my my 4th phone this year. I am so satisfied with this phone I know I will not be purchasing another for a long time. I love all the features in i...More
When I first heard that this phone was coming out I patiently waited. Even when they pushed back the release date. I am a nextel phone junkie, This is my my 4th phone this year. I am so satisfied with this phone I know I will not be purchasing another for a long time. I love all the features in it. I love wifi, camera, video camera, the gps telenav...love the apps that is has to. Being a Nextel Junkie...I love the fact there is Nextel Direct Less
Phonedog

An "OK" Phone

from Phonedog
Pro: Very nice high quality design. Crisp, sharp, and bright screen. Very nice icons and layout. Great call quality and clearity. Con: Wi-fi did not work in many areas. Even when it did, the phone would not play streaming videos. Sprint nor Blackberry could help me get the internet feature working, s...More
Pro: Very nice high quality design. Crisp, sharp, and bright screen. Very nice icons and layout. Great call quality and clearity. Con: Wi-fi did not work in many areas. Even when it did, the phone would not play streaming videos. Sprint nor Blackberry could help me get the internet feature working, so my phone would only go to wi-fi, with no other browser available. This phone does not come with Sprint TV or the Music Store, so you cannot get the free NFL Mobile Live. It attracts lots of smuges and finger prints on the screen and on the back of the phone. Using experience: 10 days In all, they did a great job as far as giving the phone a high quality design. They should have made this phone Sprint TV enabled and gave it access to the Music Store as well. Like I said you cannot get the free NFL Live access either. What a bomber!!! Less

Love my 8350i

I am very happy with my new 8350i, no problems texting at all. The 7820 I had could not text but the 8350i is great

8350i SMS

I wish I'd read the previous review about the 8350i before I bought it. One of the top reasons I picked a Blackberry was so that I could send text messages with a QWERTY keyboard instead of pecking it out on a number pad. SOOO pissed right now. Who on God's green earth would think that text messaging...More
I wish I'd read the previous review about the 8350i before I bought it. One of the top reasons I picked a Blackberry was so that I could send text messages with a QWERTY keyboard instead of pecking it out on a number pad. SOOO pissed right now. Who on God's green earth would think that text messaging isn't important? They need Obama's marketing team... Grr. Less

Love It

Awesome phone. All my emails at my fingertips. Easy to work with. GPS is great. WiFi is sweet. I would expect this to be the bigest seller for nextel.

Can't send Text Messages

This is a great phone but beware that Nextel and BB don't think that text messaging is an important feature. That's right, it will not support SMS (text messaging) It does support MMS. But the fact that BlackBerry doesn't think text messaging is an important feature these days should make you think twice about this phone.
This is a great phone but beware that Nextel and BB don't think that text messaging is an important feature. That's right, it will not support SMS (text messaging) It does support MMS. But the fact that BlackBerry doesn't think text messaging is an important feature these days should make you think twice about this phone. Less
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