- 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)
Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)
Great keyboard and good battery life with a low price tag
Bright, crisp display and Affordable price
From a technical and innovation standpoint, RIM's current product lineup is running on fumes. In an era when all that keeps the company going is the existing goodwill of its most dedicated users and a vault of cash reserves, it can't afford to release products that further alienate its customer base and tarnish its reputation. Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an outright disaster. While it offers a handful of improvements over the Curve 3G, it does little to keep pace in the highly competitive budget phone arena, where devices such as the Motorola Atrix 4G retail for a similar $2... Full review
Comfortably compact and impressively slim
Comfortably compact and impressively slim, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 looks good and works hard to meet your needs. The newly-found skill makes it the definitive upgrade for anyone coming from a previous generation of the Curves. Even Bold 9700 and 9780 owners, who are trying to steer clear of touchscreen, can give it a thought. The Curve 9360 is lucky too not having to deal with as much pressure as the flagship Bold 9900. It won't be too hard for the Curve 9360 to keep upgraders happy. There're plenty of old Curves, Pearls and even old enough Bolds whose owners will be happy to get the late... Full review
A good entry-level RIM handset
A great entry-level offering for those already in the BlackBerry camp
While the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a decidedly lower-end phone than RIM's Bolds and Torches, we think it's a great option for those still loyal to the BlackBerry brand. It comes with the company's latest mobile operating system, BlackBerry 7 OS; it has a decent physical keyboard; and it's definitely an improvement over the previous Curves with its faster processor and improved feature set. It even has support for NFC and for T-Mobile's UMA-based Wi-Fi calling service. For only $79.99 after a new two-year service agreement, the Curve 9360 is good entry-level smartphone for those wanting... Full review
A great looking phone, combining all the Blackberry features we love at an excellent price
The Blackberry Curve 9360 is a well built, user-friendly device that performs the key Blackberry features like Messaging and Email very well and with a redesigned interface, new svelte design and better camera features, it’s certainly superior to the 9300. However, it's not the fastest, most powerful phone out there, to keep up with the rivals, a touchscreen would have been ideal and (something we always seem to be saying about RIM phones) app choice is still disappointing. Ultimately, this phone isn't revolutionary. However by sticking to its core features and making an already popular p... Full review
High-end specs in a budget BlackBerry shell
We think it says it all that when writing the pros and cons, we were overloaded with pros and struggled to think of cons to list. Yes, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a budget device compared to the premium Bold 9900, but we can't help thinking that considering the cost of it, it's actually a million times better value for money.
It's still not all there. RIM could have fitted it with a quicker processor and larger battery, but then that would take this into the premium league and would negate the whole point of having more expensive handsets - although other manufacturers seem to manage... Full review
Compelling design, sleek and lightweight, stylish keypad
In the end, it all comes down to the price. At Rs. 19,990, the Curve 9360 is actually cheaper than the Bold 9780, which many are still buying and which is not even a year old. Come to think of it, the Curve 9360 has a better processor and OS 7, while all the Bold 9780 has is a bit more of onboard memory and a better keypad. The camera is the same, the display specs are the same.
Personally, I feel a price point around Rs. 18,000 would have been better, but with a compelling design, a faster processor, a new OS, an improved keyboard and a decent camera, besides awesome media capabiliti... Full review
A solid budget device for the BlackBerry faithful
It has enough incremental improvements to make it one of the more memorable Curve handsets in recent memory
Not all of us can afford to experience RIM’s latest and greatest offering, but for those looking for something reasonable without sacrificing too much of the experience, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 proves its worth – especially in its pricing. At $79.99 with a 2-year contract, it’s easy enough to afford on almost any budget, but more importantly, it’s able to provide us with that rock solid BlackBerry experience that it’s high-end siblings offer as well. Also, there are enough incremental improvements to make it one of the more memorable Curve handsets in recent memory, and in fact,... Full review
I had this phone for a little over a year and I can say that it is a good phone for it's price. It takes great pictures and is capable of viewing the internet as well as watch videos. Sometimes though the internets lags and the videos get blurry but I can live with it. The keyboard is really nice and easy to type with and it's overall a decent phone. I'm waiting to get a better one soon.Less
Don't waste your money!!
I bought this phone 10 months ago for my daughter. Nothing but problems!! It was sent for servicing once, and came back with the same problem.............the battery won't last more than 5 hrs on minimal use. Went back again, and they replaced the battery. Same problem after a few weeks. On-going issues with pictures disappearing, not uploading, "freezing", apps not being able to be deleted, memory randomly saying it's full, then back to normal a few days later. Back again, and luckily Koodo upgraded us to a new phone, a Galaxy Ace. Cheaper phone, but no longer a Blackberry.Less
Its pretty good
I got this at wind mobile in a 3 year plan for 300$, and its really good. The good things are it is really slim, portable and shiny, has great picture and voice quality, withstands drops of up to 5 feet and texts reach other people within 2 seconds. The problems though is that the keys are very small but thats ok for me cuz i have small skinny fingers, but also the battery life isnt that great, and the back scratches and dents pretty easily. If you buy this phone, its great, but i dont reccomend it to people with big hands. To anyone else, just buy a case with it and youll be fine.Less
Buyers BEWARE another Blackberry problem. Blackberry will not help you if you have a dead battery even after one day of your purchase. The fido rep told me that Blackberry was the only company that has this policy. I signed up for a two year plan and the phone battery would not hold a charge after 3 months. The Blackberry rep could only offer me the internet address for blackberry to purchase a new battery. Why would I buy a new battery that could last another 3 months. I will be looking for a product that the phone company will stand behind.Less
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