Sleek, smart, impressive.
The BlackBerry Curve series has been supporting RIM’s major market share for years, by providing a decent smartphone whose cost of entry is accessible to many. The new Curve 9360 brings this tradition back in the form of a smaller, faster and more elegant package.
The first thing old Curve users, and indeed anybody else who’s in the market for a smartphone, will notice is that how slim the new Curve 9360 is. Measuring only 109x60x11mm, the Curve 9360 weighs a mere 99 grams. And the way it is designed, what with all the curved edges, the new Curve 9360 is arguably the sleekest smartphone in the market right now.
The 2.44 inches screen has a 480×350 resolution, giving it a rather crisp 246ppi pixel density with 16m colors. Below that are the main menu keys; the phone control keys in particular being rather hard to press. That alone makes the whole phone feel very tacky; thankfully the main touch-based navigation key is very smooth to touch. The bottom half of the Curve 9360 is dominated by the full QWERTY keyboard.
The keyboard itself feels very good to type, thanks to the wide spaces between the keys and tactile feedback when pressing them. The click itself is somewhat dull, which I find comfortable because the loud clicky sounds on the older Curves was pretty annoying.
On the left is the USB port, while the right has the dedicated BB key, assigned to the camera by default, and the volume control keys. The top has the 3.5mm audio jack as well as the extremely hard to push and annoying ‘lock’ button.
On the rear we have the 5MP fixed focus camera accompanied by an LED flash. The biggest downer, apart from the fixed camera, is that there is no HD recording. I guess the lower speed processor wasn’t able to handle HD recording.
Speaking of which, the Curve supports a decent set of hardware components, namely the 800MHz CPU and 512MB RAM which is enough to run the BB OS7; the final traditional BB operating system before BBX hits the new handsets next year. The CPU may seem especially slow compared to the 1.2GHz processor on the Bold 9900 and Torch 9810, but without the touchscreen OS7 runs fairly smooth.