Expert Review of Blackberry Curve 9350
Blackberry Curve 9350 is a mid-range smartphone by BlackBerry. This phone is the first in Curve series to run on the BlackBerry 7 OS which boasts of many improved features such as faster graphics, enhanced browser performance, support for NFC and augmented reality apps. The Blackberry Curve 9350 is powered by a 800 MHz powerful processor supported by 512 MB of RAM. Measuring 109 x 60 x 11 mm in dimension and weighing just 99 g, the Blackberry Curve 9350 feels incredibly small and light making it easier to carry around. The device features a 2.44 inch HVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels which displays graphics and text equally well. Beneath the display there is a QWERTY keyboard with a optical touch pad which assists in navigation through the device. The 5 megapixel camera on Blackberry Curve 9350 allows users to capture the fun and memorable moments of life. The camera on the device comes with various features like face detection, image stabilization and various scene modes.
Blackberry Curve 9350 also provides multiple connectivity features. It supports dual-band CDMA 2G/3G connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity over b/g/n standards, Bluetooth 2.1 and NFC. There is also a microUSB port on the device which allows user to connect the device to computer for transferring files to and from the device.
User Interface and UI functionality
Blackberry Curve 9350 looks very similar to Curve 9330. However, it is much thinner than Curve 9330 and thanks to the tapered edges it feels much smaller in hands.
The front of the device features a brilliant and crisp 2.44 inch HVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels and 16 million colors. Below the screen is the full QWERTY keyboard with a layout similar to those on other curve devices. Though the keys on the keyboard are decently sized, the smaller size of BlackBerry Curve 9350 make the keyboard a little cramped and you may end up pressing two keys at once. On the left spine of this BlackBerry Curve 9350 is a microUSB port, while the right side is home to a volume rocker and a customizable shortcut key. On the top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack along with screen lock key. The BlackBerry 7 OS brings Liquid Graphics technology to the device which brings some nice speed and visual improvements. The UI is mainly menu driven and integrates various social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube apart from the standard RIM apps.
Blackberry Curve 9350 is feature rich when it comes to multimedia options and comes loaded with music and video player. The audio formats supported by the Blackberry Curve 9350 are MP3, WAV, WMA, Flac and AAC+. The music can be played either on loudspeaker or using earphones which connect to 3.5 mm audio jack on the device. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is also able handle DivX, Xvid, H.264 and MPEG-4 video formats and can play videos at a max resolution of 640x480.
Pictures and Video quality
Blackberry Curve 9350 come loaded with a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and is able to capture still images with a maximum resolution of 2592х1944 pixels. The overall image quality of camera is good and the images taken come out sharp and colorful. The presence of features like Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization further enhances the photography capabilities of the device. Blackberry Curve 9350 is also able to capture VGA quality videos.
Internet connectivity on this device can be enabled through 3G and Wi-Fi platforms. It supports 3G connectivity over CDMA EVDO technology and uses Wi-Fi b/g/n for connecting to wireless networks. The devices are also loaded with BlackBerry Browser with HTML5 support which enhances the Web browsing experience. Also, pre-installed applications like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google Talk, YouTube and BlackBerry Messenger allows user to stay connected with other 24 x 7.
Internal and External Memory
BlackBerry Curve 9350 comes with the decent 512 MB on-board internal storage and also supports up to 32 GB of external storage through microSD card which can be used to store huge amount of data like music, video and other documents.
Applications and Gaming
Blackberry Curve 9350 comes pre-loaded with various applications like Email, Push Mail, Facebook, Twitter, BlackBerry’s own Social Feeds app that acts as a hub for RSS feeds and BBM. The Blackberry continues to dominate the corporate E-mail front with support for all sorts of systems and services, including BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, and Novell GroupWise. The Push Mail also allows user to sync up to 10 different POP3 or IMAP4 e-mail accounts, apart from the corporate account, via BlackBerry Internet Service. There is also a Document viewer application that allows user to view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files right on the handset. There are some productivity applications too, like Organizer, memo pad, calculator and tasks list that helps you balance your work. More applications can always be downloaded using BlackBerry App World.
Blackberry Curve 9350 is powered by 1000 mAh Li-ion battery, which is rated to provide up to 5.5 hours talk-time, 348 hours of stand-by time and up to 45 hours of continuous music playback.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 offers lot of connectivity options. It supports frequencies of 800 and 1900 MHz and 3G CDMA connectivity which facilitates to make calls and download data over the cellular network. The device also has Wi-Fi support for b/g/n versions which allows connecting to Internet whenever the device is in a Wi-Fi enabled zone. Moving on, there’s Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, which can send and receive data with other Bluetooth enabled devices. The microUSB port allows user to connect BlackBerry Curve 9350 to PC to transfer data to and from the device. BlackBerry Curve 9350 also has Near Field Communication (NFC) support that allows data exchange, accessory pairing, smart tag reading and writing and transactions through your phone. Presence of GPS, with A-GPS support, ensures that you can navigate your way in any new locality without any hassle.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 is a great entry level device for BlackBerry enthusiasts. It brings various improvements over previous curve models and runs on the latest Blackberry 7 OS. While Android and iOS devices make operating system as their strength, BlackBerry has chosen hardware as their new rallying cry. There are some nice hardware upgrades, like incorporation of NFC, faster processor and EV-DO support but the software revisions are too few on this BlackBerry devices and it seems to runs the same basic OS that the Curve 8330 did 3 years ago. So if you are not a die-hard BlackBerry fan, you might want to go for other options that offer better OS and functionality.