The Javelin is a great device from RIM, that runs OS 4.6, like the Bold (and Storm), but is much smaller than the Bold and doesn’t have 3G or as fast of a processor. Here’s an indepth review of the Bold and 4.6 OS that we’ve done in the past, so please read it to get background information. Since these devices are very similar in many ways; I’m not going to repeat anything we covered in the Bold review in this one, but I am going to highlight the unique qualities of the Javelin.
What the specs don’t capture – emotional connection
All specs aside, the Javelin feels much greater than the sum of it’s individual parts. The is special something about the Javelin as a whole, I love it. I have a very different connection with it than the Bold, and there was only one other BlackBerry I ever felt this with in the past, which was the BlackBerry 8700 from a long long time ago . I have owned nearly every BlackBerry since the 8700 up until now and never felt a connection with another one until now, with the Javelin. The Javelin is just friendly, inviting, and becomes a part of you. I have a small panic attack when I don’t know where it is or misplace it. Other BlackBerries, and this includes the Bold and all OS 4.5 devices just don’t have this lovable quality and do not feel like a trusty companion like the Javelin does. RIM got something very right with this device. All of its features, technical specs, and measurable qualities come together to make something must greater and special than one might imagine. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts .
A lot of software doesn’t support all the features of the Javelin, since they are written for compatibility with older BlackBerry operating systems. This keeps the software from taking advantage of all the power and beauty of the Javelin. For software that leverages the Javelin to it’s fullest, be sure to check out mobile apps from ScreamingToaster. Here is a video of Wicked WordPress App for BlackBerry.
Where to buy unlocked devices and accessories
You can buy unlocked BlackBerry Javelin 8900 devices here. If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth headset, I recommend the Plantronics 855 – it’s a stereo headset when you want it to be, and you can remove an earbud and make it a regular Bluetooth headset when you want. For a regular Bluetooth headset, I recommend the Plantronics 835.
Here’s a side by side picture showing the size difference between the Bold and Javelin. The Javelin is also much lighter and smaller in every dimension, and it doesn’t get hot when in use.
Here’s a picture of the Javelin from the back. It has a much better camera than the Bold. The autofocus feature is very handy when taking pictures.
Here’s a picture of the Javelin stacked on top of the Bold. The Javelin is smaller in every dimension, and way lighter.
Here’s a picture that shows the standby/mute and keyboard lock buttons on top of the Javelin. These buttons are awesome. The are integrated into the surface of the device, and there’s no outline of the button, but they’re there when you press to top left/right edges of the device. Beautiful!
Here are pictures of the convenience buttons on both sides of the Javelin. They are very easy to press.
The Javelin is just a beautiful device. Here are some pictures of it from different angles.
For sheer computing power and speed, the Bold can’t be beat. However, it’s big and heavy and bulky when compared to the Javelin. The Javelin is a much more balanced device which sacrifices a lot of the Bold’s functionality for greater battery life, smaller form factor. However, I don’t feel that anything is “missing” from the Javelin. It’s a great device. If I travelled a lot, I would get the Javelin . I really love both devices, and they are optimized for slightly different environments. To make a laptop analogy, the Javelin is an ultraportable, while the Bold is a mobile workstation.
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