Expert Review of Blackberry Curve 9360
Blackberry Curve 9360 brings a whole new BBM experience at your end so that you never miss out any fun with your BBM friends. BlackBerry is the best thing that has been gifted by Research In Motion that allows you to have your own BlackBerry world around you. With BBM connected applications, you can invite your friends to download that application and once you start chatting you will always feel reluctant in leaving your chat. Apart from the BBM world you have access to other social applications like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and more so you can easily stay connected with your non-BBM group. You can even check your mail accounts or IMs instantly without wasting much time on opening your account. You can easily check your mail with a single click and can also send attachments via e-mail using your BlackBerry handset. The device has candy bar form factor and comes packed in a size of 109mm x 60mm x 11mm, which is easy to hold in hands for long time. The mere weight of 99 grams make it on of the lightest smartphones available in the market.
The front of the device has the non sensitive screen with a very responsive optical trackpad and the nicely built QWERTY keyboard. The optical trackpad is surrounded by a thin square chrome bezel to highlight it. This trackpad has four keys, two on each side, where two keys are the call buttons for receiving and ending a call and the other two are for BBM world and Back. The keys of the QWERTY keypad are oval in shape and are very aptly spaced to avoid any accidental press. The mouthpiece is placed inside the keypad at the bottom. The top of the screen has an earpiece with status LED and BlackBerry logo. The left side holds a microUSB port only for syncing and charging your BlackBerry Curve 9360 via your PC or Laptop. The right part of the device has thin rubbery convenience key and volume rocker. By default the convenience key is set to serve as a shutter key and launch the camera. There is a pause/mute button in between the volume keys that you can use while listening to music player. You can also skip the songs by a long press of the volume keys. The lock key and the 3.5mm universal headphone jack are placed on the top for convenient usage.
The bottom has nothing to look for and is left bare as the mouthpiece is inside the keyboard. Coming to the back cover, you will find a very powerful 5 megapixels fixed focus camera lens accompanied by the single LED flash. The lens is well recessed so you cannot scratch it unless you try really hard. Removing the rear panel reveals the strong battery, a microSIM card slot and a microSD card slot. The good news here is that the memory card is hot swappable so you do not have to take out the battery in order to insert or remove the memory card. There are no sensors in the phone but that is perfectly fine as it is not a touch screen phone so this omission is bearable. You can utilize the facility of Near Field Communication (NFC), which is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology that permits the transmission of data between two compatible devices over about a distance of ten centimeters.
User Interface and UI functionality
Blackberry Curve 9360 comes with a 2.44 inches wide TFT display that shows up a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels with 16M of color depth that makes the screen comes alive with realistic view from each angle. The pixel density of 246 ppi brings richness, sharpness, vividness and brilliance to the screen and you can get even the minute details with perfection. The touch sensitive optical trackpad is very responsive and you can make your task easier than ever before with this optical trackpad. The droid has BlackBerry's proprietary user interface on top of BlackBerry OS v.7.1, which is the advanced platform by BlackBerry and offers lots of technologically advanced features and applications. This smartphone is powered by 800MHz processor that makes the processing of applications really fast and brings results within micro seconds. NFC is one of the feature that is being gifted by this latest OS. The new platform is based on a better processor and more potent graphics hardware when compared to the older handsets by BlackBerry. Though the UI icons are very much same to the previous handsets but you will see a slight change in them as the UI icons have been updated to mimic the PlayBook. The status area of the homescreen has quick toggles for the cellular, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth radios. You can easily access your missed events, either SMS, e-mail or missed calls, very quickly by pressing the bar between the search and profile icons on the default screen.
It is really fun listening music on Blackberry Curve 9360 as the sound quality of this smartphone is very good and you can create your own library of multi media files as the default music player supports multi formats, such as .3gp2, .m4v, .avi, .wmv, .wma, .mp3, .flac, .ogg, .aac, .amr, .wav and .mid, for recording and playback. The device supports FM radio also for which the 3.5mm headphone acts as an antenna. You can also attach speakers or woofers to the device to fill the room with music flowing out from each corner. The video player also runs very smoothly and delivers quality services at the users' end. It supports .mp4, .m4a, .3gp, .avi and .asf video formats for superb playback and qualitative recording. You can store a huge lot of multimedia files as the device comes with a large amount of internal storage space and it has the support for extensible memory also so you do not have to really bother while storing your favorite album or video as you will never fall short of storage space.
Pictures and Video quality
Blackberry Curve 9360 is bestowed with a 5 megapixels fixed focus camera that supports features like LED flash that helps in taking clear snapshots in low light ambiance, Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, various scene modes to add fun and experience to photography and 4x digital zoom so that you can have minute details about the image. The images taken from this 5 megapixels sensor are captured with a resolution of 2592 х 1944 pixels and you can record HD videos with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with this snapper. Pictures taken and pictures downloaded are supportable in .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .png, .tif and .wbmp image formats.
Blackberry Curve 9360 provides connectivity to Internet through EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSPA+ speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and UMA via WLAN. The in-built HTML browser works amazingly well and delivers the best service ever. You can also have nearby connections with the compatiable devices through Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB via microUSB port v.2.0 and NFC that enables the transmission of data between two compatible devices in a distance of ten centimetres, wirelessly. The device also has GPS via A-GPS support.
Internal and External Memory
Blackberry Curve 9360 holds an internal storage space of 512MB with 512MB space for RAM. This space is sufficient to play heavy files and applications without any sluggishness and lag. You can increase the external memory of the device up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card that is placed in a microSD card slot.
Applications and Gaming
Blackberry Curve 9360 is full of applications and latest features that will make you feel happy and proud on your choice. Latest applications like Vlingo, Wikitude, BlackBerry travel, Scoremobile, Streetsmart, Mobiesta, CoMix on the go, Shaadi.com, Naukri.com, Zomato, Bookur Table, Nic Nac Noe, Gayatri mantras, Best of Mehdi Has an, Shri Ganesh Siddhivinayaka, Music for pregnant women, Cure with diet, Abida Parveen’s music magic and lots more. You can also enjoy many games on this droid that will give you fun and will easily pass your free time.
Blackberry Curve 9360 comes with a very powerful standard Li-Ion 1,000 mAh battery that allows a talk time of up to 5 hours on 2G and up to 5 hours on 3G. The standby time is up to 336 hours on 2G network and is up to 288 hours on 3G. You can also play music files for continuously 25 hours without any battery drainage problem.
Blackberry Curve 9360 offers connectivity to GSM 2G and 3G networks at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G, 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz and 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 3G network. You can download data via 3G network at an HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps, which is quite fast for such kind of smartphones.
Blackberry Curve 9360 is a nice handset that will p[lay the role of a mini computer for you in terms of its connectivity, storage space and sending options where you can send an e-mail with attachments with ease and superb speed. The device has a 5 megapixels primary shooter that captures images in HD mode and you can easily capture your best moments without missing any of them. The contemporary handsets that can give a tough competition to BlackBerry Curve 9360 are HTC One X, Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC Rhyme, Sony Xperia S, Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Arc S, Apple iPhone 3GS and many more.