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This 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. RIM must've enjoyed the safety and comfort of doing what they're best at. The new Bold flagship and the next Torch generation did the Curve 9360 a favor by taking the pressure of high expectations off it. All it needs to do is focus on the important stuff: giving business users and heavy texters the quality service they deserve. And by the way, it should be the best Curve experience they ever had. 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. In fact, it's an option that Bold 9700 and 9780 users would do well to consider. Blasphemy - upgrading from a Bold to a Curve! Well, no more. Just take a closer look at the specs. With the Bold stepping across into touchscreen, the Curve has new found space for growth. And the popular line of BlackBerries didn't hesitate to seize the opportunity.
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a smart phone with a full Qwerty keyboard, 5-megapixel camera and the latest iteration of RIM's BlackBerry operating system.The Curve 9360 is available on a monthly contract with prices starting from as little as £15. Pay as you go deals start at £225. BlackBerry's Curve range has always been about providing the full Qwerty experience on a modest budget, and that hasn't changed with the Curve 9360. What is different is the fact that unlike its 8520 sibling -- which was hamstrung by a lack of 3G connectivity -- the Curve 9360 manages to pack in a surprising amount of RIM's best gear. BlackBerry OS 7 is on board, as is near field communication (NFC) technology, which allows you to make contactless payments using your phone; for example, you will be able to pay for a coffee and a sandwich in one of the growing number of outlets where NFC terminals are being installed. You'll also find a nippy processor (by BlackBerry standards, at least), and a 5-megapixel camera. Also included are 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Less positive is the lack of a touchscreen or HD video recording.
RIM launched its next-generation BlackBerry 7 OS with a refreshed Bold 9900/9930, the Torch 9810, and the Torch 9850/9860. Conspicuously absent was the Curve, RIM's entry-level brand. That has changed, however, with the release of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 (the Curve 9350 is the CDMA version). It doesn't have a touch screen or the sleek industrial design of a BlackBerry Bold, but it does offer a number of improvements under the hood like the introduction of NFC support. Furthermore, the Curve 9360 for T-Mobile offers UMA-based Wi-Fi calling, a feature that even the higher-end Bolds lack. At only $79.99 with a two-year contract, the Curve 9360 is a great buy for BlackBerry enthusiasts who want to save some money. At first glance, the Curve 9360 doesn't look dramatically different from its predecessor, the Curve 3G 9300. They are similar in shape and size, with curved corners and a compact design. If you take a closer look, however, the Curve 9360 is a little sleeker. The glossy black front surface now flows from the top all the way to the bottom, giving the Curve 9360 a much more streamlined appearance. At 4.3 inches long by 2.4 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick, the Curve 9360 is also noticeably slimmer and lighter.
With users rushing to denounce BlackBerry and announce they'll leave the platform, RIM really needs to pull a belter out of the bag to put the horrors of 2011 behind it.Which is where the BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes in. The range has long been one of BlackBerry's most popular - affordable, but not cheap; sleek, but not too flash. And the bestselling Curve 9300 has now been updated to give even more bang for the buck. 3G, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and, of course, BBM are all here and accounted for.The first thing you notice is just how thin this smartphone is. The Curve 9360 feels almost like it's not completely finished, as though you're holding a dummy unit in a shop. It's only 11mm thick, and light as a feather at 99g. It also has precise edges - not enough to cut you, but it certainly gives that impression. Made of a combination of brushed metal and black plastic, this is one good-looking handset, and measuring just 109 x 60mm, it's a great size.Up top you have the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a lock button that's not touch sensitive, although we did wonder about this, since you don't actually press it in far enough to be noticeable to lock and unlock the screen.
What we have on the table is a Curve smartphone that actually has some curves to show off! The 9360 does look the part, and is a certain step up from the quality of smartphones we have seen in the Curve range till now. At 11-mm, the Curve 9360 is on the same platform as the Bold 9900 in terms of thickness. However, carrying on with the usual trend, this Curve also has a largely plastic body with the typical spaced out Curve keys. The micro USB slot is on the left side, while the right side gets the volume rocker and a convenience key, nicely integrated into the design. The battery cover is extremely glossy plastic. The side opening mechanism isn't as hard as we have seen on some other phones. Over and above the extremely slim design is the sheer weightlessness – at 99 grams, we aren't very sure if this will even work as a paperweight! Kudos to RIM for a excellent design package. Overall, we are quite impressed by the looks of this new Curve, and it does offer a premium feel to the package, something missing from most Curve phones till now. Slide it into the trouser pocket, and chances are you will forget it is there! The new OS is the biggest talking point – the OS7.
Blackberry has just launched its fourth phone to run on the latest BlackBerry 7 OS – and it comes in the shape of a Curve, one of the cheaper ranges to come out of the RIM stable. This review was rather badly timed for Research in Motion because as we were testing the latest BlackBerry were were hit by the great BlackBerry Server Meltdown storm of 2011. We're not going to hold that against the Curve 9360 in this review, but please don't do that again, will you RIM? The display looks good. It's a 2.44inch Liquid Graphics screen, which benefits from a great 480x360 pixel resolution. BUT, while it looks good, it can't feel good, because this is NOT a touchscreen. Okay, so we realise that the 9360 is a budget handset, but we reckon that omitting to include a touchscreen is a pretty big deal. There are plenty of basic phones on the market that cost far less than the Curve that at least manage to include a touch display. It just seems plain weird to have to navigate the OS without a touchscreen – it feels old-fashioned and clunky. Sizewise, the Blackberry Curve 9360 is pretty neat. It weighs a teeny 99g and measures just 109x60x11mm. It has a slightly curved reverse (hence the name) and is a mere 0.5mm thicker than the slimmest BlackBerry handset there ever was – the Bold 9900.
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is the first of the Curve line to run BlackBerry 7 OS. The $79.99 Curve 9360 also includes UMA-based Wi-Fi calling, which works great, and makes us wonder why it was left off the higher-end Bold 9900. If you're not smitten with Android, and think (as we do) that the Bold 9900 ($299.99, 3 stars) is overpriced, the Curve 9360 is a solid smartphone. It even pleasantly surprised us several times during this review. Design, Call Quality, and AppsThe Curve 9360 measures 4.3 by 2.4 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 3.9 ounces. It looks trim and classy, with a flush LCD panel, glossy black plastic, and a smoked chrome accent band around the edges. It sports a 2.5-inch, non-touch screen with 360-by-480-pixel resolution, a significant jump from older, 320-by-240-pixel Curves, although it still trails the latest Bold 9900's 640-by-480 (full VGA) capacitive touch screen. That's fine, though; the Bold 9900 series offers a hit-or-miss touch experience, and if you're looking at a Curve, you're likely already acquainted with the trackpad (or at least an earlier trackball). The four-row, slightly curved QWERTY keyboard features well-separated, raised keys. They're quite small, but I've never had a problem typing on any Curve from the past several generations; this one is no different.
Trying to own the recent BlackBerry Bold 9900 for T-Mobile can literally zap your wallet out of all your money, especially when it’s priced exorbitantly at $299.99. Similar to what we find in the past, that’s where RIM’s beloved Curve line comes to mind as it bears all of the wonderful functionality found with its brethren – while being priced on the affordable side. Continuing the trend, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 packs all of the typical incremental upgrades over its predecessor, but will it be able to establish itself now that we’ve spoiled by some of RIM’s current generation smartphones?The package contains:Retaining all of the design characteristics that are akin to the long standing line, it’s undeniably a Curve device from a cursory look. However, what’s new and surprisingly refreshing about it all is that it sports a considerably thinner chassis at 0.43” thick – thus, making it compact in form. Even though it still utilizes a glossy plastic exterior, which easily scratches in the rear, we do like the subtle refinement of it offering a spiffy looking gunmetal bezel. Additionally, its choice of materials allow it to feel extremely lightweight in the hand.
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