Blackberry Curve 9360 Review: Released in 2011, the Curve series by now had evolved somewhat into more of a mid-range Blackberry handset. Other families such as the Bold and Torch by now had embraced the touchscreen revolution which had touched most phones by now. Even without a touchscreen, the Curve was still extremely popular. The latest iteration of the Curve improved on the spec of the phone, and it delivers virtually everything a full-feature phone can do.
The new series of Curves came as three separate models which catered for the CDMA/GSM networks and had the model numbers 9350/9360/9370. All featured the same look and basic specification, although the 9370 version came with 1GB of RAM instead of 512MB.
Nevertheless, with the last Curve release being the Curve 9300, the improvements here were significant in almost every department. The phone featured a sharper screen, a better camera, more RAM, more storage and the latest Blackberry 7.0 software. With support for new features such as NFC, the phone had something for everyone.
With Blackberry being muscled out of the phone market by other handsets, this may have represented the peak for the Curve series. A new Curve 9320 was released the next year, but this was more of a budget phone. The Blackberry 9720 was released in 2013 and bore some resemblances to the Curve series, although it came with a bigger screen.
Blackberry Curve 9360 Review Pros:
- The screen resolution had been been increased to 480 x 360. With the screen size staying almost identical, this produced a noticeably better display for photos and video.
- The camera was also improved drastically and now featured a 5MP sensor. A LED flash, long missed on these phones was now added.
- The QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad was well established. With few improvements necessary, this was one of the best experiences of its type.
- The latest Blackberry software was uploaded to the phone which allowed the user a wide choice of applications to download.
Blackberry Curve 9360 Review Cons:
- Imaging was still a weak point compared to other phones. There was a distinct lack of on-board processing features, and video was in VGA at relatively low resolution.
- There was no front-facing selfie camera, which seems at odds with the rest of the spec.
- Multi-tasking on the device was slow, especially for web browsing. This was to prove much easier on bigger, touchscreen devices.
- The cost of the phone was pretty good relative to the more premium Bold series, but not so compared to the many mid-range Android devices coming to market.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Like all of the Curve handsets, this carved out a large and loyal niche for itself. The higher spec means that this is one of the more useable handsets and should attract a higher price, although Blackberry handsets tend to be towards the lower end of the market.
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Blackberry 9360 Disassembly Instructions
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Blackberry 9360 Video Review
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