BlackBerry Curve 9360 review

High-end specs in a budget BlackBerry shell

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Chances are, if you're grabbing a BlackBerry, you're doing it because you're big on messaging, rather than just phone calls. And it's all in here: every option you could shake a stick at.

Firstly, email. Be it BIS or BES, you're home and dry with the BlackBerry Curve 9360, which operates as most BlackBerrys do when it comes to messaging: brilliantly (we'll skim over the events of October here.)

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You can customise how you want it to look and have your emails separate from BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) or from your SMS, or throw the whole lot together into a consolidated inbox. Heck, Twitter and Facebook messages will join in the party too if you want them.

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It's not any different to what we've seen before, but once again everything just seems to work. And you can add as many third party solutions as you want, from Windows Live Messenger to WhatsApp and Google Talk.

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BBM is one of the big selling points here: secure, encrypted instant messaging that enables you to keep in touch a lot easier (and cheaper) than SMS, which is why it's so popular with younger folk.

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RIM knows how much of a deal-breaker BBM is, which is why it's recently been looking at porting the software over to Android too. For now though, it's BlackBerry-only, and with the BlackBerry Curve 9360 - and the likelihood of it being popular with youngsters - it's one of this handset's biggest draws.

BlackBerry curve 9360 review

Typing on the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an easy enough affair. The physical keyboard lacks the size of the Bold 9900 and is of the typical Curve variety, which is more spaced out and clicks a lot more. BlackBerrys first got their name because the keys looked like the seeds from the BlackBerry fruit.

And here, that's more apparent than ever. Big shovels of hands may have issues with the small keys, but for the majority of us it's perfectly usable.

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BlackBerry's own Social Feeds app is also present, although we still don't get why you'd want to use this. It's not separate software - it just takes you into the relevant app when you click on anything. Still, at least you can ignore it if you want (which is what we did.)

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodAZERTY
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, 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 Size6.1 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
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-30380-030
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.