BlackBerry Curve 9350 review

A very capable business and personal device

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Battery life

Given the small size, the Curve 9350 turns in nearly six hours of talk time from the 1000 mAhr battery. If you're just surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music, then you should get much more. It's rated to supply 45 hours of music playback through headphones, and nine hours of video as well as 14 days of standby time. Of course, if you need more battery life, simply pick up a couple of extra batteries and keep them charged.

BlackBerry Curve 9350

Connectivity

Connection-wise, the Curve 9350 only offers 3G and Wi-Fi, with no option for 4G. We found Sprint's 3G network to be adequate in our neck of the woods, but your mileage may vary. Wi-Fi was our connection speed of choice, although we would often have a full signal while information would seem to trickle over. There were never any real connection issues, but it did lag from time to time.

BlackBerry Curve 9350

The optional BlackBerry Desktop Software that you can install on your Mac or PC is definitely worth getting (it's free) as it syncs immediately with iTunes, your contacts and calendars, provides upgrades, and more. It's a nice piece of software offering a high level of access to your phone and surpasses offerings from other phone makers, even Apple.

Maps and apps

The Curve 9350 comes with a fair amount of pre-installed software, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a lot more. There are also a lot of useful business apps, including Documents To Go, a voice recorder, a password keeper, and others. You can also add a slew of new apps via the BlackBerry App World, although don't look for anything even close to the Android or iOS marketplaces.

BlackBerry Curve 9350

The included Maps app is more powerful than you would expect, and while it doesn't provide voice navigation, it will give you turn-by-turn instructions, and you can adjust your route to avoid freeways, traffic, and more. Plus there are plenty of options that allow you to send directions to someone else, find nearby deals, and search for locations.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY
TouchscreenNo
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.47 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyCurve
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product Model9360
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Weight (Approximate)99 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time336 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameCurve 9360 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineCurve
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-30137-030
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

Social minded

The new BBM

Make sure your BBM friends never miss out on the fun. With BBM-connected apps, you can invite them to download that app you just can't get enough of or start chatting without leaving the app.

Social apps

Get social from the get-go with BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones. Facebook, Twitter and social feeds are all included so you can easily connect with your social networks right out of the box.

Email and IM

Never waste a moment wondering if you've just received an email or IM. With the ability to send and receive messages instantly, you'll always know what's happening.