I was able to procure a BlackBerry Curve 8900 for the low low price of only $129.99. It comes in on Monday. To be frank, there was no compelling reason for me to upgrade to the new Curve. With customskins available for the Curve 8320, ones that emulate the style of the newer Bold and Curve UIs, the aesthetic value is negated. Then there’s a supposedly richer and sharper screen. I couldn’t care less about it: I don’t really do all that much with my BlackBerry but use it for messaging and the occasional webpage when I’m bored. The 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera? I don’t take photos with anything but a digital SLR anymore.

The only thing that I really appreciate is the faster processor speed and the GPS. For one, my hope is that the faster processor speed will make sure that the music player doesn’t take twenty seconds to loads. Other than that, the processor speed won’t really do much else for me.

Now the GPS is what I’m really after. There were enough occasion when I felt like a GPS unit would’ve come in handy. The only thing I’m worried about is how fast the device will acquire a signal.Now, the other more life changing gadget. Well, it’s not even much of a gadget. It’s a Dell 2408WPF monitor. 24″ of beautiful MVA panel, with lots and lots of connection options. If I were so inclined, I could connect my PS2, my Xbox 360, and perhaps in the future, a PS3. It also has a USB 2.0 hub. That’s great, considering that my hub has been getting a little screwy. The media card reader I don’t care much for: I’ve already got one in the hidden top panel in my Blackbird 002.My only concern is with the monitor’s purported lag issues. But I will have to see for myself. There was this article written by some guy (I can’t find it at the moment dang it) who used Counter-Strike: Source as a test. And in his comparisons, I deemed the monitor to be okay by my standards. But we shall see.