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BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review!

"The best BlackBerry Curve experience to date was found on the Curve 8900, a device that combined luxury and ruggedness. Since then, this feeling has been absent from the Curve line. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a triumphant return to that."

BlackBerry Curve 9360
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The Video - Curve 9360

Of course, the ritual unboxing of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 had to happen. Watch Bla1ze walk through the new Curve in detail. Expand for full view or hit the link below.

Youtube Link (expand video for full view)


The Good

RIM has moved away from making the BlackBerry Curve line feel cheap. Instead, they've given it a more solid, sleek feel all while making sure it still remains cost effective for end-users.

The Bad

The 800MHz processor still shows signs of slowness, while other devices got bumped to 1.2GHz, the Curve 9360 did not. The lack of HD video recording is pretty far up there on our bad list as well to say the least (and we're still debating how big a deal it is to lack autofocus on the camera).

Conclusion

Thought it may be the "entry level" offering of the BlackBerry 7 Smartphone lineup, it trumps the BlackBerry 6 flagship -- the Bold 9780 -- in just about every way. If you need a nice looking, yet tough device to get the job done and are not looking to break the bank -- the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great choice! No doubt.

 

In This Review
Curve 9360 Hardware Review
BlackBerry 7 Impressions
Curve 9360 Final Thoughts
Pros/Cons Summary

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Curve 9360 Features & Specs
Curve 9360 Help & Discussion Forum
Buy Curve 9360 Cases & Accessories
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The BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review

BlackBerry Curve 9360
The not to be forgotten BlackBerry Curve line
 

While not announced alongside the top tier devices such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, or the new BlackBerry Torch 9 line (Torch 9860/9850, Torch 9810) -- the BlackBerry Curve series is still going strong and some might say better then ever. Personally, I'd agree with that statement. The Curve series has a long standing history of being a tough and cost effective line and while its seen some changes over time -- now proves that to be the case more so then ever.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Hardware Impressions

BlackBerry Curve 9360
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 keeps all the styling we know, while packing a lot into a small package

Having been using the BlackBerry Bold 9900 since its release, with a short venture on the new BlackBerry Torch 9810, I'll admit picking up the new BlackBerry Curve 9360 felt like a little step back in time. Like I had just been downgraded to the previous BlackBerry experience. Those thoughts were of course generated without having given the device much time -- after a few minutes use, downloading apps and firing off some emails I realized rather quickly the BlackBerry Curve 9360 wasn't so much of a downgrade at all. It was actually quite a nice experience.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
From top: Looking down from the top, you notice how thing the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is.

The new BlackBerry Curve 9360 keeps all the styling of the Curve line people know, while making stripping the device of some of that "cheap" feeling previous versions such as the 85xx, 93xx series had. The best BlackBerry Curve experience in my opinion was found on the BlackBerry Curve 8900, that device combined a luxury and ruggedness feel that has since been absent from the Curve line. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a triumphant return to that.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Features & Specs

Appearance, Form Factor, Build Quality


Thin, stylish, rugged with a touch of class.

While RIM may have kept this device under wraps and separate from their high end line of devices such as the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch, considering it never got the same spec upgrades as those devices -- the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is quite a looker. No it doesn't have a big touchscreen display, or a battery door made of composite glass but it's thin and has a certain charm to it that I'm sure quite a lot of folks will love.

When it comes to the form factor of the device, you know what you are getting here. It's a Curve, no doubt about it. You get the Curve keyboard -- and while it may not be my favorite keyboard of all time, it works and does so quite well. When you first take the Curve 9360 out of the box, I'm almost certain everybody's first thoughts are going to be "Wow, that's thin!" and that would be totally accurate. The Curve 9360 feels great in the hands, due in part to its thinness and the keyboard is nicely laid out. You really can't ask for much more then that.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Thickness compared to the BlackBerry Curve 8520

As I noted previously, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 was my favorite in the Curve series, and after having used the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and BlackBerry Curve 3G, I can't help but think RIM heard others out there when they were asking for a return to the BlackBerry Curve 8900 quality. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 feels solid and like it could withstand quite a bit of abuse where previous Curves felt like they could break in your hands if handled too rough.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
The battery door is my least favorite part of the device

I'll kick this portion off around the backside of the device, and get my biggest issue out of the way. The battery door -- I hate it. It's the one component of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 that I wish RIM would have improved upon. It's plastic, it feels cheap, it scratches easily and is darn near impossible to get off unless you have longer fingernails. There, I said it -- the battery door sucks. I feel better now. If you're looking to get a Curve 9360 -- get a case if nothing else, it'll keep the battery door safe. After the battery door you have all the usual suspects, mircoSD slot and SIM card slot -- the microSD card slot is hot swappable so no issues there at all. It can easily be inserted and removed, all without even taking the battery out.

Above the keyboard is of course, a row of BlackBerry controls. Those of you who make use of one-handed navigation will have no issues here and much like other BlackBerry 7 devices, instead of individual buttons, the Send, Menu, Back and End keys are all part of the same piece, with the trackpad centered in the middle.

Again keeping with the BlackBerry 7 line, you'll find the trackpad and display light up and power down in sequence. First the display, then the buttons and finally the trackpad. Nice touch added by the RIM engineers and glad it made it's way to the BlackBerry Curve 9360. Final notes on the trackpad, it's kind of raised up. I noticed previous Curve designs had it rather sunk in but RIM has raised them up once again, making finding the trackpad when not looking fairly easy.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Clean lines, silver band around the device -- all signs to me RIM wanted the 8900 styling again

Typical buttons and ports can be found around the BlackBerry Curve 9360. The right side of the phone has the standard volume up and down keys, with the mute key relocated from the top of the phone to be in between the volume keys. They serve double duty as media keys when playing music as well, for skipping tracks and play/pause. At the bottom right is the programmable convenience key. One thing you'll not find however, is the dedicated media keys at the top -- guess RIM is done with those. And really, I'm glad -- they wouldn't fit in here at all.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
The left side of the Bold 9360 is kept clean, with just the microUSB port present.

The left side of the Curve 9360 is pretty bare. The microUSB port for syncing and/or charging is all you'll see. But given the port is built right into the housing, there should be no long term issues with loose USB ports and such as seen in previous models.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
At the top of the phone is your button for locking/unlocking the screen and a 3.5mm headphone jack

At the top of the phone is your button for locking/unlocking the screen and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In my opinion, not the best spot for the headphone jack, as it creates some awkwardness when in use but for the most part I use Bluetooth headphones anyway, so not that big of a deal. The bottom of the device is, well -- nothing. Not even charging contacts for a charging pod. Just one little hole for what is presumably a microphone or speaker port.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Nothing here, not even spots for a BlackBerry Charging Pod
 
 
 

Processor / Chipset / Performance

Marvell GPU

This portion is where most people looking to pick up a BlackBerry Curve 9360 will draw concern. Unlike other devices in BlackBerry 7 line, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 doesn't get bumped up to the new 1.2GHz Qualcomm processors. Is that a bad thing? Could be, depending on what your expectations of the device are. In my opinion, it's not an issue as long as you go into the device purchase knowing that.

Realistically, the enhancements made within BlackBerry 7 go beyond RIM having just tossed more horsepower at it and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 proves that. BlackBerry 7 on the Curve 9360 runs quite nicely, and while I was able to reach the devices limits faster on it, then say my BlackBerry Bold 9900 ultimately -- it's still an improvement that is far and above the experience felt of previous generation Curves.

For Example: On my BlackBerry Bold 9900, I can download multiple apps at the same time all while doing other things. This is still possible on the BlackBerry Curve 9360 but not in the same capacity as my Bold 9900. Downloading four apps on the Bold 9900 at the same time, would only equate to being able to download 2-3 apps on the Curve 9360. But the fact it can still do it, while making making use of the Tavor MG-1 800MHz processor shows it's not just the processor working here -- it's the BlackBerry 7 optimization as well.

The processor area however, is where we had some questions. The Tavor MG-1 800MHz processor is noted to of have hav been used in the BlackBerry Torch. Now technically, that line from Marvell is capable of going up to 1GHz since it falls under the PXA9XX platform, or in this case -- PXA940 problem is, very little is known about that processor beyond that. So the real question here became does the Curve 9360 support liquid graphics? And does it support OpenGL? We reached out to RIM and asked a few questions about the processor and OpenGL support:

The BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 all support Liquid Graphics. They each have a GPU and the re-architected graphics pipeline works wonders, so you should notice the fast, responsive UI, which is made possible by Liquid Graphics. And yes, the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 models all support OpenGL

Interesting, we know of course "Liquid Graphics" is just a combination of hardware and code optimization but it seems when RIM said they went deep into the code and cleaned it up, they redesigned it all to a certain point.

Keyboard / Typing

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Traditional Curve keyboard here

Going as far back as the BlackBerry Curve 8300 when it launched, I always felt the Curve keyboard had a certain "clickiness" to it. And while I loved it on my 8300, the experience of using what, at the time was a BlackBerry Bold 9000 spoiled me. That's not to say I can't use the Curve keyboard -- I can. I just find that you either love it or hate it. The Curve 9360 did nothing to change my mind in that respect, it's a traditional Curve keyboard and if you're a fan of it -- then you'll feel right at home here. It's not mushy. it's not overly clicky or loud but you know, when typing on it that it's a Curve keyboard through and through.

Display

BlackBerry Curve 9360
No touchscreen here but the Curve is now on par with the Bold 9780's 480x360 screen

Now, the display. I'm sure a few people out there will leave some comments about how RIM should have upped the display resolution for the Curve series but fact is -- they did. Previous Curve generations made use of a 320x240 display that we can only assume was left over stock from when RIM was producing BlackBerry Curve 8300's but that, is no longer the case. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now on par with the likes of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and comes loaded with a 480x360 display which produces 246ppi and measures 2.44" (measured diagonally). For comparison, the BlackBerry Bold 9900's 2.8-inch (diagonal) 24-bit display runs VGA at 640 x 480 pixels, for 287ppi.

The display is bright and vibrant but does of course lack any touchscreen capability and realistically -- it doesn't need it. For what RIM will be marketing this device as, and for the price it costs; the Touchscreen capability is better left out here. Although, I did often find myself reaching to touch it on many occasion but that was simply born of my Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 usage. For the curious, the screen is made of plastic -- it's actually one big piece that combines the buttons and top portion of the device.

Memory

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Application Memory after five days of use and a handful of apps installed.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 ships with 512MB of RAM and has an additional 512MB of on-board memory for media storage. Additionally, there is an expansion slot that supports up to 32GB microSD cards (whether or not a microSD card comes in the box will be carrier dependent - the TELUS unit reviewed here did ship with a 2GB microSD card).

The lack of additional storage space at this point is a concern for a lot of people. Although, I can say I never personally had any issues with a device that had 512MB of RAM and I never use the internal storage provided anyhow. That's what a microSD cared is for and with developers now able to store portions of apps on the SDCard the application space here in my opinion, isn't really a factor.

Battery Life

BlackBerry Curve 9360
The Curve 9360's 1000mAh battery is small but should get most people through the day OK.

The second thing instantly noticeable about the BlackBerry Curve 9360 when you unbox it is how small the battery actually is. RIM is making use of a new battery to the Curve line and it's one that is actually lowered powered then the one they are replacing. The new E-M1 battery is set for 1000mAh and the old was set for 1150mAh, but will you notice the difference? Not from my experience -- the new E-M1 battery lasts just as long as my Bold 9780 battery from my usage maybe even better.

Here's how RIM rates the battery life on the BlackBerry Curve 9360:

  • GSM Talk Time: up to 5 hours; Standby Time: up to 14 days
  • UMTS Talk Time: up to 5 hours; Standby Time: up to 12 days
  • Audio Playback Time: up to 25 hours
  • Video Playback Time: up to 6 hours

So how's the real world battery life been?

I left the Curve 9360 to charge over night, took it off the charger at 10AM and used it all day. Emails, BBM, web, Twitter, Facebook and three 10 minute calls -- even went to the mall, a low coverage area. Come time for bed that night I was sitting at around 30% battery life remaining, slept for four hours woke up to approx. 25% remaining and used it till mid-afternoon. Finally, it showed red and I had to put it on the charger. So if the question you find yourself asking is will it last me a all day? Then the answer I have is yes -- unless for some reason you spend a LOT of time making calls.

Phone, Audio, Data

When it comes to using the BlackBerry Curve 9360 Smartphone as a phone, I had no issues. Attribute that to the device or the Rogers network, that's entirely up to you. I believe it's both really, you need a good device and a good network to have good call quality and if one of those things is missing then somewhere along the line the experience is ruined

Given that the microphone port is right there on the bottom portion of the front bezel, no one had any issues hearing me when I called them. Calls sounded fine, not tinny nor did they have any echo to them and most importantly -- no one told me I sounded like I was talking underwater.

Speaker phone could have been approved, for those listening on the other end it seems fine but when it comes time for them to talk -- you may find yourself hard pressed to hear them as it seems like there isn't enough sound pumping to the speakers -- though, I know the power is there cause music sounds fine when played.

Looking at data usage, you'll be getting a device capable of pushing 7.2Mbps but that's not the 14.4Mbps as seen on other BlackBerry 7 devices. We'll leave the whole 4G vs. FauxG argument alone and just say, you'll be getting 3G speeds here and if you're coming from any other previous BlackBerry you'll have no issues with speed. Though remember, speed is relevant to your carrier for the most part.

Cameras / Video Recording

Video Recording: Still no HD video recording for the Curve series of devices but we assume that is due to the processor used. That said; video quality isn't all that bad. No one should be buying a Curve 9360 based on it's video capture ability but if you need some video, it will do the trick just fine. You can watch the example above that turns out 480p shot at 640x480.

5 Megapixel EDOF Camera:

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Taken on the Curve 9360's 5mp EDOF Camera

The debate about the EDoF camera's used on the latest BlackBerry devices rages on. Some people have issues with the camera while others, like myself have no real concerns with it. I've taken plenty of pics on my Bold 9900, none of which I would say turned out horrific. The only time I personally experience issues of concern is when conditions are less then ideal for taking pictures -- like it being dark out or trying to take close up shots of text. For some, such things as taking images of text on paper might be important, and it's true -- other devices like the Bold 9780 do handle that better especially when auto focus comes into play. That said; consider your options and your use cases for the device. Worst case, if you don't like the camera or it doesn't fit your needs -- make use of the return policy.

NFC

NFC
Not as elegantly hidden as the Bold 9900's NFC Antenna

Much like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the Curve 9630 does support NFC, or Near Field Communication, which is a short-range wireless technology (4cm or less) that allows two devices to communicate - there's always an initiator and a target. That can mean a few things for usage like bringing the phone close to a poster to launch an action such as downloading an app, or pairing accessories together, or even making wireless payments. However, where NFC is still an emerging technology, the uses for it that are currently supported are rather slim -- which kind of makes us wonder why RIM included it on the Curve 9360 but not other devices. As it stands, usage in the US and Canada is slim -- but usage in other areas such as the UK are more broadly available. As we know it, folks in the UK love BlackBerry devices so maybe RIM was banking on selling a bunch of Curve 9360'S there and NFC getting more use on their cost-effective offering. To learn more on NFC you can read up on it here and be sure to check out the demo video we recorded of NFC in action on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 back at BlackBerry World.

Other Internals - Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Connection options aplenty, but no concerns

Bluetooth: The Curve 9360 supports it -- no issues arose in my testing. All devices connected fine and by now, this is the real world expectation.

GPS: The Curve 9360 has GPS on-board, it loads up rather quickly from my testing. It doesn't seem as accurate as the Bold 9900 or the Torch 9810 but it's close enough for it to never be a concern -- it's on par with my Bold 9780 for sure.

WiFi: WiFi connectivity is present: 802.11 b/g/n

What about WiFi hotspot? Nope -- not here, at least not yet. Could come in and update but for now RIM is keeping quiet on the matter. We reached out to RIM on this one too, and got this for a response:

Mobile Hotspot functionality is not available.

It wasn't expected for it to be present anyhow, only the BlackBerry Torch and Bold lines were slated for it at one point or another.

Other Sensors: The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch line include a magnetometer that acts as a digital compass, but that item was left out of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 as the hardware doesn't support it. So, no Wikitude here folks -- sorry. It's kinda creepy anyway.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Accessories

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Accessories

With the BlackBerry Curve 9360 offering an all-new design, you're pretty much going to be on the hook for all new BlackBerry Bold 9360 accessories, especially when it comes to BlackBerry Curve 9360 cases and BlackBerry Curve 9360 batteries. You'll be good to go with any microSD cards you own, and most microUSB chargers should work fine. For more information and to buy accessories for your BlackBerry Curve, be sure to visit our ShopCrackBerry.com store. Canadians be sure to head to our CrackBerry Canada store. Keep it locked to CrackBerry for reviews of all the new accessories as we get them!

 

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Hardware Wrap-Up

BlackBerry Curve 9360
The BlackBerry Curve 9360's hardware is refreshing

When it comes down to it, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a nice piece of hardware all around. Sure, you could nitpick at the fact it doesn't have a faster processor, more RAM and more application storage but that's not really the point. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 exists for those who either don't want or don't need all of those things and just want a BlackBerry that works and doesn't cost a whole lot.

BlackBerry 7 OS Impressions

BlackBerry 7

I addressed my BlackBerry 7 impressions on my BlackBerry Torch 9810 review so I'll echo those here:

What started life as BlackBerry 6.1 has now transitioned into the new BlackBerry 7 OS. Code optimization, liquid graphics. Swiping, zooming and scrolling all while maintaining the same BlackBerry feel just in a faster, improved environment. That about sums up BlackBerry 7 from a RIM standpoint. But how does all that translate to a current BlackBerry user? Quite nicely in fact.

I'm not going to blow the RIM smoke and say that it's a totally trans-formative experience that'll change the way you look at the BlackBerry OS but I will say things do generally feel better on BlackBerry 7 vs. BlackBerry 6. With built-in features you can tell RIM is getting ready to transition into something bigger, being QNX. But the fact they took the time to clean up the useless code left over from when the BlackBerry OS first starting out shows they're still relying on BlackBerry 7 as we know it to get them through things.

BlackBerry 7 overall feels better then BlackBerry 6 all while maintaining the familiar BlackBerry feeling. Something that I'm sure some will say is a bad thing at this point, claiming RIM needs a complete overhaul to QNX on their smartphones but realistically - RIM will do fine with BlackBerry 7 for now. Coupled with the hardware improvements, even if liquid graphics is something they just made up; they've since turned it into something real by making the changes visible to the end user.

Add in the ability to manage panels, bake in BlackBerry Protect and BlackBerry ID and a browser that is on par with iOS, Android as well as vocal universal search and you add some value to the aging OS for users that is visual and there for all to see. When it comes down to it, RIM should have done this a while ago -- clean up dirty code, get hardware up to snuff and make things more stable but they didn't. We're getting it now, for some it maybe too late but at the same time -- not everyone wants a overnight overhaul into QNX and for those anyone who is fine waiting for RIM to do it right, BlackBerry 7 is a nice subtle change with some real deep down changes.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Conclusions

BlackBerry Curve 9360
Even with a Rogers wallpaper, it still looks sexy

Bottom line, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 meant to be a higher specced device then previous Curve generations wrapped into a sleek and ultimately cost-effective form factor and it does that superbly. It's nice, it feels like a device that will last you a while and get the job done and make you look good while doing it. I think for those who don't need all of what the higher specced and ultimately higher priced devices off, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great choice and am glad to see RIM keep the Curve line alive. The most funny thing about the Curve 9360 though, is the fact that even though it remains the cost-effective device in the line up -- it still blows past by BlackBerry Bold 9780 in terms of speed and how well it functions.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Summary

Pros
  • Slim, lightweight
  • Much improved web browser
  • Return to the rugged feeling the Curve series had
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No HD video recording
  • Battery door sucks
  • EDoF camera (opinion based)

Reader comments

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Review!

77 Comments

Nice review!
Tiny battery may be a bit of a concern, but you addressed that issue.
Seems like a fantastic choice as entry-level device.

BTW, what's with the smurfs? LOL!

WORD OF WARNING!!!
DO NOT BUY THIS FONE!
UNLESS you can cope with!

• 5MP camera that DOESNT FOCUS (BAD QUALITY)
• 1000mAh battery (LASTS about 4 hours)
• Wobbly TRACKPAD
• CRASHES!!!
Ive had the phone for 5 MONTHS AND I'VE GOT 4 CASES- 1st EVER BlackBerry. Kept it in PRESTINE condition. 1 tiny WINY scratch thats all :'(

REAALY ANGRY RIGHT NOW!! I PAID £230 FOR THIS AND I REGRET EVERY SECOND OF IT!!
It JUST decided that it would STOP the Scrolling on the TRACKPAD- WHICH JUST TOPS IT ALL OFF DOESN'T IT!! :'@

HURRY WITH BB10!

BTW any help with what I should do, its still under warranty HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:'(

Hi @ichat,

Alex from RIM here. Good call on grabbing the Curve 9360! It’s my official second device here at work (I’ve been a fan of the Curve’s form factor since the Curve 8900). It’s a steady and reliable smartphone designed with social in mind, all made possible by our new BlackBerry 7 OS.

Sounds like you’re set on the Curve, so you might want to dig even deeper with this “three things you should know” post on our Inside BlackBerry Blog: http://bbry.lv/qwtcUM.

Cheers,
Alex, RIM Social Media Team

NFC support is likely in place due to the Curve being the workhorse for the enterprise. With the real-world NFC payments being slim, it has been said that RIM is focusing more on areas such as secure access.

FOr an entry level phone. Blackberry 9360 will be my bet choise.. In here, almost 60% of people use blakcberry curve as their blackberry device :)

I've been wondering for over 2 years if RIM would ever develop another Curve that matched the 8900.

Looks like it has finally happened.

Not sure how the on top headphone jack is awkward. The side jack is the only complaint I've had about my Blackberries over the years. I wish my 9900 had a top jack, but it isn't enough to make me downgrade. For those of us who like to to play a lot of music on their BB while commuting, the top mounted jack is the only one that really makes sense.

RE: 800MHz CPU and Curve form-factor.

A likely explanation of the slower CPU is the Curve form-factor likely doesn't offer enough room to thermally dissipate the heat from a 1.2GHz CPU.

That is also one of the things that concerns me about people replacing their Torch 9810 battery doors with the 9800.

what about the screen quality in sunlight?
i'm tired of my moto defy being next to unreadable in bright sunlight.

if the 9360 is decent outdoors then it'll be my first blackberry for sure!

While I couldn't capture it on camera.. the screen is certainly readable under bright sunlight. I have Motorola Atrix and it's the same as the dfey, can't see anything in bright light.

Certainly the best Curve ever...but with a smaller, non-touch screen, slower processsor, etc, does it really deserve a better score than the 9810?

That's if you're a new customer, for us existing customers it's $149 with a 3 year. Also its a bit less than half the price out of contract comparing to the 9900 ($349 to $629)

Woot woot! :D:D been waiting for this phone for ages! :D
But i really have a big question i need clarified by someone who is using this phone
Is there any space or socket or anything like that for a phone charm? or like those wrist straps thingys? ive heard from many sources saying they dont and some saying they do so im real confused here >.<"

Hate to break it to ya but -- there is no slot or anything for it. There isn't much space left in the back of the device. I suppose if you found one long, and thin enough.. you COULD tuck it in under the battery but.. I dunno.

Damn, I was afraid of that :( well I guess im going for the 9300, unless i manage to find some way to hang it through the battery duct, or through a tight case i find for it in the future -- its odd to say but the charm slot is a dealbreaker for me, you know how it is, personal sentiments from my youth heh :) anyways thanks for the reply, and wowwie i cant wait to recommend this sexy phone to all my friends! :)

I think the rating system in the reviews needs to be changed. Like how does this device score higher in performance than the 9860? ....like come on!

Feel, quality and design should not be 75 % of categories.

It needs to be:

DESIGN: 8
PERFORMANCE (specs like cpu and screen res): 7
FEATURES (bbm, nfc, digital compass etc): 9
VALUE: 10

Final score: 8.5

Summary: A great entry-level smartphone with superb value for your money. A feature-packed smartphone at the heart of the Blackberry ecosystem. BAM. done.

Actually it's better than my 9700. I'm thinking about switching to this flat thing. I don't need big huge 9900, don't need touch screen, everything else is in 9360. For about half of the BigBold price.

The 8330 was my first Blackberry device and I loved it. This curve looks to be a nice addition to the Blackberry line and if I had to carry another one besides my Bold 9930, this one would be it. I like the redesign and upgraded screen(both needed) but the lack of 1.2ghz processor really doesn't matter if you can download 2-3 apps at once instead of 4.

I loved my 8900, and still have it as my back up. I'm about to get the BOLD 9900 though and I am really excted about that come payday.

On another note did anyone notice that the T-Mobile site shows the BOLD 9900 is now out of stock? Could that mean they actually sold a lot of them or does that mean they only had a small quantity?

I believe the 9900 is selling very well all over the place and RIM have been stocking them for a while now while waiting for carriers to approve them. My opinions it is just selling like nothing else before it.

I think the new curve is a perfect device for people who want an os7 berry that either are paying the full off-contract price, have a playbook so are not concerned about all the bells and whistles of the torch/bold series, or are waiting for the qnx berries next year and just want a newer device to hold them over. I kinda like the keyboard with the spaces and the part of Bla1ze's review about the battery life better than the 9780 has me convinced. This might be my next blackberry!

Thanks for the review Bla1ze! been waiting for this :)
Can anyone confirm the off contract price for the Curve 9360 in the UK?

i have a bold 9700, and im seriously considering this for my upgrade, in fact i think i will. the only thing that really lets it down is the lack of wifi hotspot login. i cant even understand why you can do that.

Hi, I've been using the curve 9360 for the past 3 days and agree with most of the review. The only part I totally disagree with is the battery life - with minimal usage I was only able to get 8 hrs out of the battery. My previous Bold 9700 and Curve 8900 would last 18-20 hrs. Although the curve is nice in every respect the battery life is a total deal breaker! I also forgot to add that the phone gets extremely hot! I re-installed the os but still the same.

8 hours thats itt ? Not good at all. i think 9370 has a better battery life i guess. how many hours did u play the videos, music,web and ofcrs talktime ?

***Update*** I set the brightness level to 70% and now it's been 6 hours and I'm at 75%!!! Yeah!! I'm hoping to get a whole day ... I'll update later!

But how many hours did u lsin to music ? and ofcourse the web ? give details bout your usage . please do reply :)

Overall usage was not much other than 20 mins of talk time and maybe 20 mins internet browsing and about 10 emails and 20 texts. No music but I did have Facebook and Twitter apps running in the background. I also have bluetooth running as I use it to connect with the car. Overall battery life is not as good as I`d like it to be! I now adjusted brightness levels to 60% hoping to squeeze a bit more out of the battery.

The screen still looks good @ 60% brightness. But today I'm at 8 hours with 25% remaining ... really annoying! i hope the new update improves battery life!

Update from Digicel has improved battery life! 7 hours and @ 60% - used google maps this morning / 30 mins talk time / few texts / bluetooth connected in the car this morning

The thing that still makes no sense to me is why Blackberry releases a sub-par device at all. I understand price point being an issue - but they shouldn't ever release a device without touch screen anymore, they shouldn't release a device without all of the latest and greatest technological capabilities. I've got the Torch 9810 - it's a good phone and so much faster than the 9800 but I mean no NFC? Why?

Also - why would they choose a processor that doesn't allow HD video recording? I guess they think that some people might not want that feature? Just dumb. If you're going to release an new OS and a bunch of new devices don't let any of them not at LEAST meet the bar of where technology is at their release time.

The Bold 9900 is awesome, the Torch 9810 is pretty cool for $50 but I mean why do they waste their time releasing a curve that doesn't have all of the latest and greatest? Are they really that slow in development that they can't give ALL of their devices the best that technology can offer?

Well the price difference off contract is much more than $50. In some cases it can reach up to $270. That's alot of extra money to be spending on a phone that might not be necessary

i disagee with your post completely and its rather niave

the curve sells millions more then any other device that you mentioned, ever, period

if you make a ratio of devices i sell to businesses are - Torch : Bold : Curve

1: 3 : 20

managers have bold, directors have torches, the rest have curves that has usually been how it is, no one is going to spend 500 dollars on a phone for everybody.

I agree that the Torch 9810 should of had NFC as its a full price high end device, but the whole of your post about the curve was just naive and uneducated.

Why is there a 16GB version of the Playbook? Why can you still buy an old generation Iphone 3GS? Why can you buy a 40GB PS3? why do they offer an arcade cheap dumped down version of the xbox 360? Why when i fly is there exonomy class and business class?

seriously, there are those questions that just dont need to be asked...

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Sorry, but I just have to tell how you much I HATE HATE HATE touch screens! And I'm not even close to turning 20 yet. Hate the Torch, hate the Bold, hate the iPhones, the Androids with them--all of them. Just. Hate. Them.

And I'm already pissed off about the phone selection nowadays enough as it is. I might actually just forgo buying a new phone for myself when mine dies if there is ever a time where everything's got a touch screen--there are very few exceptions that I would make for this, and none are conceivable to be made anywhere in the near future.

Also - there is no entry level smartphone for the companies that matter. Apple and the companies that build for Android don't have an "entry level" device. To have one is dumb. They are getting their asses kicked in the US - people make fun of blackberry all the time. It's just frustrating that RIM can't see that. I understand they aren't here in the US but is Canada really that much further behind the United States in expectations?

.. "getting their asses kicked in the US"

First:
Unfortunately that's because majority of consumers in the USA fall for marketing gimmicks and get on the latest "must have" bandwagon, while the rest of the world seeks out functionality v. bling.

Second:
The US isn't the centre of the universe!

ANd FINALLY - NO - the majority of developers aren't going to get on board with OS7. The new BBM6 integration is amazing and should attract developers like mad - BUT RIM continues to make devices with too many different resolutions, screen sizes, and functionalities that make it NEARLY impossible for a developer to make mountains of cash.

GET WITH IT RIM - I love your phones but you guys are getting CREAMED by the big 2.

Dude.. can you wake the 4k up please???

NO.. i don't want a touch screen phone cos i've seen the freeze and whatnot issues they can have.

No I don't give a rats a$$ about some mad crazy 3D/HD 2000*42million pixel screen cos even the 8520 screen is mad enough for me.

Hell no I don't care about games and fart apps and 32MPx camera's cos I currently use them like 1% of the whole time I actually use my phone. As a matter of fact all games we're deleted from mine cos they only take up space.

I mean.. where do people like you come from that think you have some God given right to moan about what the rest of us should have. I don't need a 1.2mgz chip. My girl got the 9900 but i dont want it... i prefer the slim, more portable can do everything i need it to do phone like the 9360 so please just let me be and live MY LIFE how I want to and use the phone that I BELIEVE IS OK FOR ME.

Im'a do me ..you just do you and shut the f up while you're at it cos nobody cares. End of.

Peace..

Well for one if they put all the "latest and hi tech" software it would increase the price even more. the point of an entry level phone is to widen your target market so less well off people like students can afford one. And anyway who buys a blackberry for recording videos and playing games? if you want to do that get an ipod touch or even an iphone. On top off all this the curve is good enough as it is because it does what it was made to do very well. So please dont rage before you think the situation through more thoroughly and if you can manage to make all the changes to the blackberries which you want whilst keeping the prices similar im sure RIM would love to have you ;)

Too bad RIM didn't include the holster as they always do. I'm disappointed because I really wanted the 9860 and they didn't have it either. I don't get why they limit the app download too. They should hav at least given 1GB for apps because as we've seen some new apps (games) take like 16 megs.

did any one notice the comment under the pic of the left side of the phone says "The left side of the Bold 9900 is kept clean, with just the microUSB port present" isnt it a curve??? lol

I love Curve, and I got Curve 8900, the keyboard is absolutely good but the keyboard of Curve 9360 isn't good as 8900. The keyboard of 9360 is almost similar to Curve 8520, which is one I HATE... :D

I was linked here while searching for a tip on how to open the batter door only to find "you must have long nails. Finally wedging some thin under the door to notice the 6 contact pointes facing in. Press your thumb in the centre of the battery door, it will flex the sides for the battery door outward. Then you can easily pry the sides.

Frankly, the keyboard of this BB 9360 is not as good as the BB 8900. I love the BB 8900's keyboard. This BB 9360's keyboard made me so frustrated and disappointed some times.. :(

Don't think replacing ur 9780 with a 9360 would do much use, they're almost identical phones from a specification point of view. Just wait till the 9780 has an OS 7 upgrade. And after all, a Bold always holds out more than a Curve.

Oooo.. Everything u wrote on here just justified my plans on buying this phone, especially about the battery where u showed me that in normal usage conditions could last well up to 2 days, real fine by me. And the fact that it breezes past ur 9780 even upped the condition lol.
Thanks so much for the review. This is going to be my next Blackberry. :)

Great review as always Bla1ze. I had gotten this phone December 1st. Great handset and definitely and improvement from my 9300 which I'd gotten shortly after its release in 2010. One thing I noticed about this BlackBerry and Im sure this is true with other OS 7 BlackBerrys is that the "battery pulls" we had to do to clear the RAM is no longer needed. Those who had OS 5 BlackBerrys and upgrade their OS to BlackBerry 6 know what Im talking about very well :). Im happy to report that you dont need to shrink the OS, and Ive found that if you keep your phone idle after using some intensive apps that the RAM goes back up and doesnt require a battery pull. A subtle change in the programming which makes a HUGE difference, Loving BlackBerry 7 and the Curve 9360.

I have had my Curve 9360 for just over a month runs great,crisp clear calls and so far easy to use. I love it so far. My old phone Curve 8900 great phone as well, 5 years and still working great. Hope 9360 last even longer.
As long as RIM is not missing in action.
Keep up the good work RIM, sorry I couldn't afford a new one every year.
I would like more battery life though.
Good phone all around.

Is anyone getting more than half a day of battery life out of their 9360? Mine has been improving each day since I have gotten it but under moderate usage using data (no calls) this curve drains faster than champagne bottle on new years.

hi can you please help me i have the 9800 torch but im considering replacing it with the new curve 9360 am i doing the right thing is the 9360 a better phone?thanx.

Great, thorough and honest review as always.

However, you wrote:

"Speaker phone could have been approved,"

Don't you mean "improved"? :)

Late comment I know, since this phone is almost 3 years old. Just wanted to say that I been using android and iphone touchscreens for the last few years and recently realized that I really missed an actual qwerty keyboard. So last week purchased myself a bb 9360. To my surprise I am enjoying using this phone. No games and nothing much to distract me except actually using it as a phone. Back to the basics and lovin it!

Just purchased one. Only smart phone with full capability and no touch screen. Solid build, rugged, light, should be a good compliment to my android tablet. Upgrading to latest os. Hopefully i adjust to the trackpad :P