RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370 ReviewBlackBerry Curve 9370 5.5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; 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.
3. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; 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...
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.