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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Introduction:

Trying to own the recent BlackBerry Bold 9900 for T-Mobile can literally zap your wallet out of all your money, especially when it’s priced exorbitantly at $299.99. Similar to what we find in the past, that’s where RIM’s beloved Curve line comes to mind as it bears all of the wonderful functionality found with its brethren – while being priced on the affordable side. Continuing the trend, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 packs all of the typical incremental upgrades over its predecessor, but will it be able to establish itself now that we’ve spoiled by some of RIM’s current generation smartphones?

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The package contains:

  • RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360
  • Stereo headphones
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Product Information

Design:

Retaining all of the design characteristics that are akin to the long standing line, it’s undeniably a Curve device from a cursory look. However, what’s new and surprisingly refreshing about it all is that it sports a considerably thinner chassis at 0.43” thick – thus, making it compact in form. Even though it still utilizes a glossy plastic exterior, which easily scratches in the rear, we do like the subtle refinement of it offering a spiffy looking gunmetal bezel. Additionally, its choice of materials allow it to feel extremely lightweight in the hand. We can’t help but think about the Curve 8900, with its good looks and all,  but the Curve 9360 manages to take the cake with its razor sharp appearance.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 sports a very thin chassis at 0.43” thick - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 sports a very thin chassis at 0.43” thick - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 sports a very thin chassis at 0.43” thick


RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

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Seeing the first visual improvement right away, it features a slightly larger 2.44” TFT display with a higher resolution of 480 x 360 – versus the QVGA resolution of the Curve 3G. Combining its size and resolution, it results in 246 ppi, allowing it to produce plenty of details to make fine text easily visible from a good distance. Furthermore, colors are crisp and deep in tone to perfectly complement its already nice looks. Throw in some good viewing angles and high brightness output, it’s more than equipped at lighting up the room.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Faithful to its siblings, we find the optical track pad and BlackBerry buttons below its display. Needless to say, navigation is easily accomplished with the use of the trackpad, however, the physical buttons are a bit too stiff for our liking.

Unmistakably, it’s easily established from afar that it’s a Curve handset of some sort due to the distinguishable keyboard it’s using. As usual, we’re greeted with the same layout used by its predecessors, which also consists of those tough plastic buttons that are rather tiny in size. Overall, its cramped confines and stiff response definitely limits our rate – though, some patience can eventually make the experience tolerable. We’re definitely more conscious on our typing compared to the Bold 9900. Not only are buttons smaller in size, but we’re required to firmly press down a key in order for it to register. Again, it’s not entirely bad as long as you have some patience.

We’re greeted with the same keyboard layout used by its predecessors - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
We’re greeted with the same keyboard layout used by its predecessors - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
We’re greeted with the same keyboard layout used by its predecessors - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

We’re greeted with the same keyboard layout used by its predecessors


On its sides, we find a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, stiff feeling lock button, right convenience key, and volume rocker. Meanwhile, there’s a 5-megapixel snapper in the rear along with its LED flash nearby as the “Curve” branding and speakerphone notch sit squarely in the middle. Finally, pulling off the plastic rear cover provides us access to its SIM card slot, tiny 1,000 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

3.5mm headset jack and lock button on top - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Convenience key and volume rocker on the right - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Bottom - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
microUSB port on the left - The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

3.5mm headset jack and lock button on top

Convenience key and volume rocker on the right

Bottom

microUSB port on the left

The sides of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360


Back - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Rear camera - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Battery compartment - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
SIM and microSD card slots - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment

SIM and microSD card slots



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posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:39 2

1. Casey (unregistered)


You report all those minuses and STILL it receives an EIGHT? What does it have to do to get a seven then? Good God...if it was a Nokia with all those minuses you would have prolly given it a -1 and would have made a video of how you run it over with a tank...

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:50 2

6. gain1998 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


It got an eight because the issues are minor when you think about the price at which T-Mobile and RIM are selling it at. Just Saying.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 15:36

14. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Run over the Nokia? Do you WANT to destroy the damn tank? Those things are expensive you know!

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:40 1

2. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


A very important Blackberry. This is a gateway product, and if the curve doesn't sell, you cannot build an audience for the higher end Blackberry or the upcoming QNX devices.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:55 1

7. gain1998 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Well, the Blackberry Bold 9900 is selling at a nice rate, surprisingly ($300 dollars for something the HTC Sensation offers at $200... oy vey). So if the Bold is selling with THAT price tag, then the Curve will definitely sell. I can't wait to see what QNX will look like!
But with QNX, does this mean that Blackberry is over?

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:49

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


By the end of October, the 9900/9930s will be available for $50 on contract, so I don't understand why the rush to get a Curve.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:35

4. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


The 9650 is still 199. I don't know what you're talking about.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 12:37

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Best Buy is offering the 9850 at $99 and the 9930 (Sprint) for $199. The 9930 opened at $249. In another month, with all of the competing announcements from Apple and Android, the only way to get mind-share will be to drop the price.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 07:46

13. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Bold 9930 was released and is still $199.99 on Sprint last time I checked. And I feel it's going to stay that way for a while longer. It is a good solid device.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 06:17

9. mazhar_noor_ (unregistered)


.hello..I am from India....I want to buy a BLackberry smartphone...please tell me which 1 is btr BB Bold3 9780 or BB curve 9360..as curve features BB OS 7 and Bold features BB OS 6.which one is btr of the two for taking photos as curve does not have auto focus...kindly tell me anyone...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 06:38

10. mazhar_noor_ (unregistered)


.hello..I am from India....I want to buy a BLackberry smartphone...please tell me which 1 is btr BB Bold3 9780 or BB curve 9360..as curve features BB OS 7 and Bold features BB OS 6.which one is btr of the two for taking photos as curve does not have auto focus...kindly tell me anyone...

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 15:04

11. aslpin (unregistered)


easy to find bbm users in the same city on aslpin.com

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 01:38

12. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Blackberry hasn't impressed me with their Curve series. It's already free in some retail stores. I'm a huge fan of the bold 9930, but I agree that we're paying more than what we get at $199.99-$249.99. It needs to drop to at least $99.99 for me to consider. Right now I'm happy with my epic touch, but BB's keyboard is just butter on toast, Delicious!

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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 hours talk time

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