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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

It might not be a 1GHz processor under the hood, but for an entry level handset, we’re accepting of its single-core 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM. Even with that, the Curve 9360 is able to emulate the tight responsiveness of other recent BlackBerry smartphones. Specifically, it’s adequate enough to handle tasks such as opening ups, navigating across the homescreen, and even web browsing very smoothly. Seriously, it just goes to show that you don’t need a high-end processor to produce some admirable results.

Running BlackBerry OS 7, there’s not a whole lot of learning required for those who are well versed in the operation of OS 6. Granted that it’s functional and organized, the entire experience is beginning to feel a bit antiquated versus the competition. Even more, the experience tends to feel more tedious than its touchscreen enabled siblings since we’re spending a great deal of time just trying to navigate. Certainly, we’re left with a lot to desire with the OS 7 experience, such as having a deeper level of personalization, but we’re grateful to see it running smoothly with its performance.

Much like all the other BlackBerries before it, the email experience never ceases to amaze us since it’s always giving us push support. Not only does it save battery, but it’s just nice to receive messages the moment they’re sent. However, we’re still waiting to see it upgraded to offer features like threaded conversation for easier organization. Nevertheless, the setup process is absolutely painless since it requires only our email addresses and passwords to correctly set up.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Email - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
 

Email

 

Productivity users will enjoy that the handset is preloaded with Documents To Go, which quickly allows us to create and edit Microsoft Office files. Besides the usual BlackBerry apps that are commonly preloaded, the only other third party ones that we find include Slacker Radio, Amazon MP3 Store, Facebook, and Twitter.
 
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is preloaded with Documents To Go - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is preloaded with Documents To Go - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is preloaded with Documents To Go - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is preloaded with Documents To Go - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is preloaded with Documents To Go


Amazon MP3 Store - Third party apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Twitter - Third party apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Third party apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Amazon MP3 Store

Twitter

 

Third party apps



Camera:

As much as we like finding an upgraded 5-megapixel camera with flash in the rear, we’re bummed by the fact that it doesn’t offer auto-focus – meaning, it’s nearly impossible to have clear looking close ups. Despite that, we’re still not impressed by the faint details and ethereal appearance of its results. Moreover, indoor shots are filled with an abundance of graininess and digital noise, which masks any fine details.  On the other hand, its LED flash is potent enough to light up the shot – but at times, it can over-expose the image.

Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Camera interface


Gallery - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Gallery - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Gallery


Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Camera samples taken with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Sticking with good old-fashion VGA (640 x 480) video capture, there’s not a lot going on with it since there are subtle amounts of pixilation and artifacting going on. Obviously, it’s not as detailed as we’d like, but at least we’re given a smooth 29 frames per second capture and clear audio recording.
 
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Straightforward with its layout, there’s nothing overly captivating with its music player interface – albeit, we do like the cover-flow like interaction when browsing through songs. On the audio front, its tones are crisp and robust in quality without a hint of crackling evident at the loudest volume setting.

The music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

The music player


Much to our surprise, the handset is actually capable of playing our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution. Even though its tiny display isn’t the most optimal thing to watch videos on, we adore its smooth playback, rich details, and in-sync audio.

The handset is actually capable of playing our test video in 1280 x 720 resolution - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The handset is actually capable of playing our test video in 1280 x 720 resolution - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The handset is actually capable of playing our test video in 1280 x 720 resolution - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

The handset is actually capable of playing our test video in 1280 x 720 resolution


Not surprisingly, the handset is preloaded with a 2GB microSD card, which is a nice inclusion considering its price. However, if it’s simply not enough, it can always be swapped out for others up to 32GB in capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

Packing 3G support, which was introduced by its predecessor, we find a better improvement in the overall web browsing experience on the Curve 9360. Specifically, it’s able to load up complex web site like ours in under a minute, plus, its navigational controls are remarkably more responsive. However, there’s only a slight pause when zooming in because it simply has to render the page before proceeding. But it’s not that bad at all!

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is able to load up complex web site like ours in under a minute - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is able to load up complex web site like ours in under a minute - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is able to load up complex web site like ours in under a minute - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is able to load up complex web site like ours in under a minute - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is able to load up complex web site like ours in under a minute


Naturally, this GSM smartphone will be able to place phone calls in almost any part of the world, but it’s only able to gain 3G speeds via T-Mobile’s specific AWS band. Standard amongst smartphones nowadays, the Curve 9360 packs connectivity features like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and aGPS. Unfortunately, it’s still lacking things like mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi calling functionality.

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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: 3275; 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: 5908; 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: 5908; 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: 1514; 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: 1514; 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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