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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 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 BlackBerry Curve 9370 is able to emulate the tight responsiveness of other recent BlackBerry smartphones. Specifically, it’s adequate enough to handle tasks such as opening programs, navigating across the homescreen, and even web browsing very smoothly.

With the Curve 9370 running BlackBerry OS 7, there’s not a whole lot of learning required for those who are well versed in the operations of OS 6. Granted that it is functional and organized, but the entire experience is now feeling antiquated versus competing smartphones. Even more, the user experience tends to feel more tedious than its touchscreen enabled siblings since we’re spending more time trying to navigate with the trackpad. 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.

The RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 runs BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
The RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 runs BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
The RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 runs BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
The RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 runs BlackBerry OS 7 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 runs BlackBerry OS 7


In addition to the standard RIM apps, you also have some social media ones like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as messaging apps such as Google Talk, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger. Verizon include their apps for VZ Navigator, VZW Tones, V Cast Videos and Song ID. Productivity users will enjoy that the handset is preloaded with Documents To Go, which quickly allows us to create and edit Microsoft Office files.

Facebook - Preinstalled apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Twitter - Preinstalled apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Google Talk - Preinstalled apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Documents To Go - Preinstalled apps - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

Facebook

Twitter

Google Talk

Documents To Go

Preinstalled apps


As with any BlackBerry, the Curve 9370 makes its mark 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 they are just as good as always have been.

Messaging - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Calendar - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

Messaging

 

Calendar

 


Camera:

Even though having a 5MP camera is nice, we’re a bit upset that it does not support autofocus. Not only that, but we found the image quality to be lacking, as colors are washed-out and some pictures appear to have a bluish hue. Indoor shots are filled with an abundance of graininess and digital noise, which masks any fine details, though the LED flash is potent enough to light up the shot, but at times it can over-expose the image.

Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Camera interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry  Curve 9370 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370


Strong - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


Sticking with good old-fashion VGA resolution video recording, there’s not a lot going on with it since there are subtle amounts of pixilation that can be seen. Obviously, it’s not HD quality like on the competition, but at least we’re given a smooth 30 frames-per-second capture and clear audio recording.

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Multimedia:

There also isn’t anything new with the music and video player. It was able to handle H.264 and MPEG-4 video formats, but could only play them at a maximum resolution of 640x480. We can’t imagine too many people watching full-length movies on the tiny 2.44” display, so this isn’t a big hit against the device.

Music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Music and video players - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

Music and video players



Internet:

Even though Verizon has been touting their 4G LTE network for the past year, the BlackBerry Curve 9370 still only makes use of their 3G EVDO Rev. A data network, though Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is supported. The web browser worked just fine and was able to load up complex web pages without a problem, though we didn’t like having to use the trackpad for scrolling around the page, and found the zoom to be pain to use. Not only that, but the small display discourages prolonged internet use.

Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review
Web browser - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review

Web browser


Being a global-roaming phone, the Curve 9370 supports dual-band CDMA and EVDO 800/1900 MHz networks and quad-band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz networks with the included Vodafone SIM card. Naturally, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR is supported, as well as NFC.

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posted on 23 Jan 2012, 13:45

1. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Yet another circa-2000 Blackberry....

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 14:15 1

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


How could anyone walk into Verizon and pick this phone when it's sitting next to the 4S and so many Droids?
RIM deserves to fail at this point.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 19:35 1

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


Another one?! They all look the same I don't even know which one is which now! The only device I still like from RIM is the latest Bold 9930. I just wish RIM was better...

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 20:47

4. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Agreed. Other than the 9930 everything sucks balls. Including the Porsche Design or Proceeding or WTFever they are calling it now.

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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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