Unboxed: BlackBerry Curve 8900

RIM has spent most of 2008 either denying the existence of a touchscreen competitor to the iPhone, or bigging up that very same phone, the BlackBerry

RIM has spent most of 2008 either denying the existence of a touchscreen competitor to the iPhone, or bigging up that very same phone, the BlackBerry Storm, when it finally leaked all over the web. And while there's no doubt that it's a phone worthy of all the praise it's received, it's RIM's efforts with their regular emailers that have really caught our eye here at Stuff Towers.

Following on from the excellent BlackBerry Bold, and taking style tips from its touchscreen sibling, the new BlackBerry Curve 8900, formerly known as the Javelin, is a real peach of a phone. The slimmest ever BlackBerry at just 13.5mm, it sits comfortably in the hand and is surprsingly light considering its full QWERTY board.

RIM has been at pains to stress this is their entry level machine, but the only thing that's really lacking here is 3G. With EDGE and Wi–Fi though, we're willing to forgive them, seeing as this device is mostly all about email rather than spending hours on the net cruising football results sites and nattering on the Stuff.tv forums.

Entertainment, however, has not been overlooked. RIM has given space for a 16GB microSD card, a 3.2MP camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack and an excellent hi–res screen for checking out vids and the like. Ok, the Storm might be the multimedia powerhouse of the family, but the Curve is an excellent addition to the BlackBerry clan. Check out more pics down below and don't forget to tell us what you think.