Dubbed the 'perfect affordable upgrade', the Curve 9360 touts a 2.4-inch screen, a 5MP camera, and integrated NFC smarts
Editor's Review of the Curve 9360
The Curve 9360 is the sequel to last year's BlackBerry Curve 3G - one of the best-selling smartphones of 2010. Like its brother, the 9360 is aimed directly at the younger market, thanks to its portrait QWERTY keypad and Instant Messaging smarts, but can BlackBerry still manage to hold its own against the incoming wave of budget Android smartphones?
Design & Build
We were surprisingly impressed with the design of RIM's latest BlackBerry Curve. It may lack the pizazz of the Bold 9900, but its rounded corners and metallic edges make it one of the best-looking - and dare we say 'cutest' - BlackBerry handsets to date. It also measures in at a svelte 11mm thick, making this the perfect choice for skinny-jeaned teenagers
We're not so impressed with its display, however. Despite Blackberry 7's support for 'fluid touchscreen navigation' - and despite the fact that we're in 2011 - the Curve 9360 forgoes a touchscreen. Instead, it touts a not-so-great 2.44-inch (480 x 360) non-touch display, and you're left fumbling with the trackpad for onscreen navigation.
Naturally, there's a portrait QWERTY onboard too, which lets you fire off BBM messages - assuming the service is working - at lightening speed. This is one of the handset's selling points, and we struggled to find fault with the finger-friendly keys.
OS & Interface
It may not be as highly-specced as the Bold 9900 or Torch 9810, but the 9360 runs on BlackBerry 7, the latest version of RIM's home-grown OS. While its much-slicker and prettier than previous versions of BlackBerry OS, we can't help but think that the platform's still lacking - due to its lack of apps and complicated layout. While it'll no-doubt please the BlackBerry-faithful, previous iOS and Android users may not have such high-praise.
Still, BlackBerry 7 does offer-up some pretty neat features. Chief amongst these is BlackBerry Messenger 6 - which enables you to chat with friends while playing a game - and a brand-new WebKit browser, which finally brings decent web surfing to the BlackBerry Curve line-up.
Multimedia & Storage
On the rear of the Curve 9360, you're greeted by a 5 megapixel EDOF camera, paired with a single LED flash. As you've probably guessed, the camera's lack of autofocus makes some photos look washed out and dull, and shots are often filled with graininess and noise. Saying that, the LED flash provides ample light, but the shooter is still by no means on par with that of its BlackBerry 7 siblings.
The camera is also capable of capturing video at VGA resolution, which much like our photos, is by no means as detailed at we would have liked. Still, the footage came-out smooth and good enough for Facebook, with the handset also delivering clear audio recording.
There's plenty of room for all your snapshots, too. The handset may arrive with a mere 512 MB of storage available, but this can be expanded to 32GB via microSD.
It may be billed as a 'budget' handset, but the Curve 9360 packs both HSDPA and WiFi connectivity. Paired with the brand-new browser, the smartphone delivers an excellent web experience, although we would have much preferred a bit more screen space.
We were wowed by the Curve 9360's excellent battery life, too, as we were able to get 2 whole days of heavy usage on a single charge.
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 will undoubtedly be a popular device amongst text-heavy youths and first-time BlackBerry users, but it'll struggle to appeal to busy professionals. Still, that's not what RIM aimed to do with this cheap-and-cheerful handset, and it offers a decent-enough spec sheet to follow in the footsteps of the Curve 3G.
BlackBerry Curve 9360 News
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has revealed that the new BlackBerry Curve 9360 will soon be available in a girly-pink model. As you can see from the image (right), the phone’s not quite as in-your-face as the similarly styled Samsung Galaxy S2, thanks to its mote-muted baby pink flavour. The picture also confirms that the Barbie-esque [...]
Carphone Warehouse has revealed its pricing for the BlackBerry Curve 9380, ahead of its release towards “the end of this week”. If you don’t fancy forking out £330 over at Play.com, CPW is offering the phone for free on a 24 month £20.50 Orange tariff. As well as a free Curve 9380 handset, this’ll get [...]
The white BlackBerry Curve 9360 has arrived on tariffs at T-Mobile UK, just days after Orange started selling the handset. T-Mobile’s pricing isn’t quite as cheap as that of its Everything Everywhere partner, but you can bag yourself a free Curve 9360 on a fairly reasonable £25.52 tariff. This 24 month long contract will also [...]
Orange has started selling the cheap BlackBerry Curve 9360 in a stylish white flavour, following its launch at Phones 4u. Over at the brightly-coloured network, you can get your hands on a free BlackBerry Curve 9360 in white from £20.50 per month. As well as a free phone, this tariff will bag you 100 minutes, [...]
We’ve just had word from Three that the network has started selling the BlackBerry Curve 9360, which is now available to buy both in-store and online. Three customers can bag a free Curve 9360 from £25 per month, while a £32 tariff buys an upgrade to The One Plan. This generous plan comes with 2000 minutes, 5000 [...]
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available on Virgin, for those who fancy paying over the odds for RIM‘s latest “cheap” handset. While Orange and T-Mobile are offering the device for free from £20.50 per month, you’ll have to sign-up to a £25.99 tariff to get a free Curve on Virgin Mobile. This two-year-long tariff [...]
BlackBerry Curve 9360 Specifications
109mm x 60mm x 11mm
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 2.44 inches
Resolution: 480 x 460
Scroller: Optical trackpad
BlackBerry OS 7
Integrated NFC Chip
External: microSD up to 32GB
A-GPS with maps
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Fixed Focus and LED Flash
640p Video Recording
Battery Capacity: 1000 mAh
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV