The "1-Minute" Review
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!
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BlackBerry released the Curve 8350i on September 10, 2008.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i user manual here.
BlackBerry backs up the Curve 8350i with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Curve 8350i has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.