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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review
Crazy to say, but all is not well in the calling quality department as our ears are subjected to some flat sounding voices through the earpiece. Meanwhile, our callers mention hearing choppy voices on their end of the line. Hoping for something better, things don’t improve when switching to the speakerphone since voices are muffled in tone.

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is able to retain a solid connection to the network during our testing in the greater Philadelphia region.

Above all things, we’re astounded by the Curve 9360’s excellent battery life, as we’re able to get 2 days of heavy usage on a single charge. Taking into account that it’s packing only a 1,000 mAh battery, it’s impressive to find it lasting for so very long.


Conclusion:

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, it’s able to supplant the Curve 8900 as being the best looking Curve to date.

OS Version: v7.00.319

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Pros

  • Slimmer design
  • Responsive platform performance
  • Long lasting battery life
  • Affordable cost

Cons

  • Stiff feeling keyboard
  • Outdated platform experience
  • No auto-focus camera
  • Poor calling quality
PhoneArena rating:
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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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