Blackberry is one of the most affluent names when it comes to mobile phones especially if you’re a big qwerty keyboard fanatic. The Blackberry Curve 9360 is the best looking handset from the Curve series so far. Blackberry Curve 9360 QWERTY messenger is compact and to the point, with clean and grown up design. The Curve 9360 is sure it can deliver, its confidence unshaken by unknowns and uncertainties.
It’s also the 4th Blackberry mobile phone model to be installed with the Blackberry 7. The new operating system is faster and smoother, and it allows for easier Blackberry-to-Blackberry messaging. This particular function is called the BBM and each SMS message is free.
However, it must be noted that depending on your location, you may be asked to pay a fixed monthly fee by your service provider for the feature. This can only be unlocked by the network.
The main reason why Blackberry mobile phones are very popular among teens is the BBM function. However, this would only count a lot to you if your friends own Blackberry handsets as well.
The phone is thinner and more compact than other Blackberry phones, though. With practice, the typing ease in this mobile phone should increase. However, when you’re after typing comfort, you might still choose the Blackberry Bold 9900 over this one. It’s a bulkier phone, but the qwerty keys are comfortably placed with enough space difference from each other.
The Blackberry 9360 has easy physical buttons on the side to control audio volume which would give you the impression, right away, that it’s really designed to double as an MP3 player.
The Blackberry 9360 can connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi and 3G, has a bright display with 480 x 360 resolution, and is equipped with a 5PM still camera with Geo-tagging functions. The phone can also take videos but only produce VGA-quality output.
If you’re looking for a phone with a lot of applications and a price that’s worth the number of functions it has, you might want to consider purchasing an Android phone instead.
The higher-res screen, robust processor and the new BlackBerry OS 7.0 with NFC support propel the 9360 into an entirely different dimension. Well out of reach for the Curve as we knew it - stuck at QVGA screens and 2 or 3 MP cameras.
While The Blackberry has also released phones with both qwerty keys and touchscreen functions, the Blackberry Curve 9360 has one slight setback: it has no touchscreen. You’ll have to make do with the mobile handset’s tracker ball which is responsive in its own right. However, navigating websites with the tracker ball is still more challenging that touching the screen for select icons, drag items, and scroll.
BlackBerry Maps works only with a BIS plan
As one would expect nowadays, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and comes with A-GPS support. For navigation you get BlackBerry Maps preinstalled.
Unfortunately it is yet another application that only works with a BlackBerry internet plan activated. And the only navigation option you get is directions.
To get directions you can enter an address straight from your phonebook and you can also save your favorite spots so you don't have to type them every time.
BlackBerry Maps also allows you to send your location to anyone via email or SMS, and that rounds off a decent but certainly not spectacular application.
Also, addresses that are included in messages are automatically detected and can be displayed on the map at the expense of a few clicks. The map data has also been updated to include more cities.
Just take a closer look at the Key features OF The Blackberry 9360:
- Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
- 2.46" 16M-color TFT landscape display of HVGA+ resolution (480x360)
- Optical trackpad
- 800MHz processor
- 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
- NFC support
- 5 megapixel fixed focus, VGA video recording
- BlackBerry OS 7
- Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 32GB), 4GB card in the box
- Smart dialing
- BlackBerry Internet Service account is a must to enjoy all phone features
- No Touch Screen
- Poor still camera quality
- Bland text-only submenus
- Rigid call and navigation keys
- Fixed focus camera
- No HD video
- Glossy back panel prevents good grip, easily greased up
- Problem with battery for heavy users.
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is the best Curve experience to date. Looks good and works hard to meet your needs. The newly-found skill makes it the definitive upgrade for anyone coming from a previous generation of the Curves. It's the years of BlackBerry experience that many users will find hard to put behind.
Few have complaints that The BlackBerry Curve 9360 has a poor battery. But, there are lots of factors which contribute to poor battery life, Example, the network we are using, and the number of applications that we are running, display settings etc.
However, I would go with 9780 because of two things, first is obviously the battery life, and second would be the built quality. Bold feels very solid in hand, keyboard is softer and silent, trackpad is solidly planted into the unit unlike the curve, the four BB buttons are very nice on the Bold and easy to press, the battery cover also feel more solid with thicker plastic and leather finish on the outside.
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 delivers what is needed for for business and messaging. if you do not really care for other factors. As a professional, The BlackBerry Curve 9360 will serve you good.
I just hope it will come with a software update to improve its battery life but for the meantime, you need to have your charger with you where ever you go. Yes it lacks something regarding the battery performance.
It’s safe to predict that this comparatively mid-priced young Blackberry model will sell well in countries which already have a loyal population of Blackberry fans. However, for countries with few Blackberry users, it could be ignored simply because it lacks a touch screen and there are many mobile models with both qwerty and touch screen functions coming from both Blackberry and other mobile companies.