- Phil Lavelle , TechRadar
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great size and really feels like a complete package. The addition of 3G as well as a 5MP camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC makes you feel like you have it all in your pocket.
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 was released as a sleek-looking update to the BlackBerry Curve 9300. Its role in the BlackBerry lineup is to offer users a svelte choice for a handheld computer that won’t break the bank. With an 11mm-thin profile and sub-10g weight, it is definitely pocketable. And yet for something so sexy, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes with the latest version of the BlackBerry software, BlackBerry OS 7, pre-installed.
In terms of hardware features, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is not exactly stellar. It comes with a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip running at 800MHz and it has 512MB of RAM. The built-in display measures 2.44-inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 480x360 pixels plus a pixel density of 264 ppi. It has a built-in camera with a 5-megapixel sensor and accompanying flash, and it has several wireless features which include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. Clearly, RIM won’t win any awards for the use of future-tech in the BlackBerry Curve 9360—because there’s hardly any in it. But of course, as with any other BlackBerry smartphone, its true beauty lies in how all the features come together to make the most out of the built-in messaging capabilities, most notably with BlackBerry Messenger or BBM which is now on version 6.
Although BlackBerry OS 7 has been fully optimized to work with multi-touch input, RIM did not see it fit to use a touchscreen display on the BlackBerry Curve 9360. Instead, users will have to rely on the built-in trackpad and QWERTY keyboard for menu navigation and character input. The built-in keyboard is superb, but having a touchscreen display would have added a nice touch to the overall feature set.
If the hardware needs improvement, what about the software? Well, RIM is offering users the chance to download and install additional software applications on the BlackBerry Curve 9360 via its very own app store, called BlackBerry App World. It’s interesting and covers most of the essentials, but sadly, the BlackBerry App World pales in comparison with Google’s Android Market or Apple’s iOS App Store. RIM may release a new model with better hardware features, but it’s hard to see how it can turn its luck around in the software department. Developers haven’t been as excited about RIM’s platform as they have with Apple’s or Google’s. At least you won’t have to spend more than a day trying to look for apps that you’ll never find—the BlackBerry Curve 9360’s built-in 1000mAh battery offers battery life that’s just enough for a day’s worth of heavy use.
Need to Know: BlackBerry Curve 9360
1. The BlackBerry Curve 9360’s design is very sleek, making it one of the best looking phones in the Curve series from RIM. (The Good)
2. BlackBerry OS 7 offers a remarkable browsing experience and plenty in terms of eye candy. (The Good)
3. The BlackBerry App World has a rather limited selection of apps. (The Bad)
4. Lack of a touchscreen display may be a deal breaker for Internet browsing junkies. (The Bad)
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