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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

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Interface, Software:

The BlackBerry 7 OS is fluid, familiar and still clunky.  RIM has tried to keep pace with iOS and Android and OS 6 made some nice speed and visual improvements, but usability still suffers.  The same thing can be said about OS 7.  The fatal flaw with BlackBerry OS is that it is still menu-driven in an app and gesture based mobile world.  BlackBerry diehards will appreciate the improvements, but for the average user it is just too much work to use.   To give credit where credit is due, OS 7 runs quickly and smoothly on the Curve 9350, thanks in part to the 800MHz Marvell processor and half a gig of RAM.

The Curve 9350 uses BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
The Curve 9350 uses BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
The Curve 9350 uses BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
The Curve 9350 uses BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

The Curve 9350 uses BlackBerry OS 7



The software is what we’ve seen from Sprint BlackBerry devices for a long time now.  In addition to the standard RIM apps you also have some social media apps like Facebook, Twitter YouTube.  Sprint’s standard apps are also virtually installed, such as SprintTV, Football and Telenav navigation.  Vlingo is also a nice addition to the virtual installs, but it won’t work unless you set your convenience key to it.
As with any BlackBerry the Curve 9350 makes its name with strong messaging, email and calendar options especially when paired with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.  There is nothing new to say about these services other than that they are just as good as always.

In addition to all of the standard app there are ones for social networking - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
In addition to all of the standard app there are ones for social networking - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
In addition to all of the standard app there are ones for social networking - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
In addition to all of the standard app there are ones for social networking - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

In addition to all of the standard app there are ones for social networking




Camera and Multimedia:

The 5 megapixel camera didn’t perform particularly well, but was good enough for casual photos.  Viewed at full resolution details were muddled, and in low light situations images were very grainy.  When it was announced the Curve 9350 was touted as having HD video capture, but in reality it maxes out at VGA.  Videos were still pretty smooth and plenty good for YouTube.  As usual, settings are very limited.

Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

Outdoor samples


Strong - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Sample Video:


There isn’t anything new with the music and video players.  It was able to handle DivX, Xvid, H.264 and MPEG-4 formats, but could only play videos at a max resolution of 640x480.  We don’t imagine too many people will be wanting to watch movies on the tiny 2.4” display so this isn’t a big hit against the Curve 9350.

There is nothing new with the music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
There is nothing new with the music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
There is nothing new with the music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

There is nothing new with the music and video players




Internet:

The Curve 9350 runs on Sprint’s 3G EVDO Rev. A network and uses Wi-Fi b/g/n for local connections.  The tweaked WebKit browser runs decently quick over Wi-Fi but wasn’t all that great over 3G.  While it rendered complex pages like phoneArena just fine, but no matter how you spin it the web just isn’t the same with a trackpad and not a touchscreen.  Other connectivity options include GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and semi-surprisingly NFC. 

The WebKit browser runs decently quick and renders pages just fine - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
The WebKit browser runs decently quick and renders pages just fine - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review
The WebKit browser runs decently quick and renders pages just fine - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 Review

The WebKit browser runs decently quick and renders pages just fine


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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:27

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


And it doesn't even have a touch screen.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:41 1

2. kentuckyloan (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


I kinda like the smallness of it and no call quality issues in my area. Probably on the network where they tested the phone, not a blackberry problem.

It compliments my laptop perfectly.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:57 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5278; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@HTC - didn't you get the word? RIM is going retro. Touchscreens don't exactly fit in the retro theme.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 17:57

5. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


by retro I assume you mean BACKWARDS

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 14:32 2

4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Not everyone needs touchscreen. There are people who need good qwerty, fast e-mail and that's it.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 05:22

6. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i dont mind the small size, no touch screen is ok, but battery life only 1040mAh for BBM?? oh please....

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Display2.4 inches, 480 x 360 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 800 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.43 inches
(109 x 60 x 11 mm)
3.49 oz  (99 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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