New BlackBerry Lands in a Sweet Spot

Physical keyboard, just-right size make Curve 8900 a winner
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2009 9:57 AM CST
The BlackBerry Storm is a touchscreen like the iPhone but has left many users disappointed.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Research in Motion’s newest BlackBerry, the Curve 8900, is "a satisfying combination of high-end features, ideal size, and good looks," writes Katherine Boehret for the Wall Street Journal. Unlike the high-profile Storm, the new smartphone has a real keyboard that's "a dream for thumbs," she raves. Overall, the Curve 8900 fits into “the Goldilocks category of not too big, not too small—just right.”

The T-Mobile gadget hits the street in February and costs $200, after a $100 rebate, with a 2-year contract. One drawback is memory; you'll need a microSD card to add room for those photos you’re going to take with the 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera. Battery life is solid, and, almost incidentally, call quality is good on both ends.