BlackBerry is returning to its roots with its 9360 by bringing a QWERTY keypad. The device is run by BlackBerry OS 7. It is a pixel packed screen with a relatively faster central processing unit than its predecessors. It looks like a good upgrade for existing BlackBerry users. It has to be seen how it fares against the competition.
The retail box comes with a phone, USB cable, charger and earphones. The package also contains a 4 GB Micro SD Card. The handset weighs ninety nine grams and measures 4.3” (length) x2.4” (width) x0.4” (thickness). It looks quite similar to the Curve 8520 and Bold 9780 except for its slim body. The glossy plastic on the front looks good. It has the same finish on the back. It does not do much for the grip. It definitely looks better than the previous BlackBerrys.
This phone lacks a touch screen. Navigation is taken care of by five physical buttons. They are Call, Hang Up, Menu, Back and an Optical Track Pad. The physical keyboard is standard. The keys are reasonably spaced and sized well. The keyboard is a treat for regular texters.
The phone is powered by an 800 MHz CPU and has 512 MB of RAM. Other specs include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 5 MP camera, 3.5 mm jack, micro SD card slot, and a 1230 mAh battery.
The 2.4" LED-lit screen has pixel dimensions of 480x360. The display is bright and crisp. It has great viewing angles. The manufacturer has forgotten to include scratch-resistant glass on such an expensive device.Multitasking is duly covered and you can switch between apps with a long press of the [Menu] button. The web browser opens pages speedily and text reflow works well. However, it has a major stability issue and crashes very often. Also, BlackBerry Maps is not very useful since it lacks voice-guided navigation. RIM should focus on this issue since a capable navigation solution will definitely appeal to its audience.
BlackBerry Curve 9360 cost will be announced soon in India but expoected price tag may be near to be around Rs. 15000/-